This story –THE DOC novel – was written in a different title, before the year 2000. Since then, other references and certain events have been added to the story. It is somewhat remarkable that it was written before the Chandra Levi case and the knowledge of hundreds of other missing Washington women, before September 11, 2001, before videos of terrorist beheadings, before the Executive branch was accused of outing a CIA employee, before books by former Texas judge Catherine Crier.
THE DOC was written years after White House “plumbers,” after the movie “JFK,” after other conspiracy theories, after UFOs and Project Bluebook, after James Bamford’s “Puzzle Palace” on the NSA, after “Iran Contra,” after BCCI banking scandal, after Linda Hunt’s book “Secret Agenda” about Project Paperclip, after President Clinton impeachment acquittal, after 1990’s urban legends and Stephen Foster murder, after Oklahoma City.
Before September 11, 2001 this story, as a novel, was not completed. After September 11, 2001, this story was not pushed or submitted for publication. It didn’t seem right to reflect on a fictional government unit even if it was only a part of the GAO, the Government Accounting Office, and only a part of the whole fictional system of security.
That was ten years ago. Now, the global war on terrorism and terrorists is continuing. What has made the news during the past five years of anti-war criticism, the Iraq questions, and media naivety have shown that some incredibly bright people in government bureaus, as well as reporters, have said and done some incredibly stupid things. Whether or not one believes that a “government” really worries about a panic of the American people in a particular crisis can be argued. How is it possible that Ollie North pulled off his operations? Why did Waco happen, then Oklahoma City federal building bombing? And writing of the Timothy McVeigh case, why did a government agency turn on its own agent working undercover on those people in Arizona? These are only some things through the years. The average man-or-woman-on-the-street may have no answers, and is too busy making a living or trying to get by, to have to bother to ask. And, yet, the question persists. What is there, that one doesn’t know? What could be wrong? “Right?”