Anonymous asked: Hi! I was reading your stuff about CIA Agent Janet and I was wondering if you had any plans to work in the fact that in addition to the... dubious legality?... of ordering a hit on an American citizen the CIA isn't supposed to operate on US soil when they put the hit out on Tim. Like, are they just going "fuck it no one will know"? Or is there something bigger at play? Does the CIA in your universe often put hits out on American citizens and/or operate illegally on US soil? Or this special?
Hey nonny! Glad you asked! To a certain extent, I’m half-assing it, as you probably guessed. I wrote that for the big bang, and the ending was rushed. I’m justifying it as ‘fuck it, it’s DC verse, they can’t even keep track of the difference between jail, prison, and involuntary commitment at a mental health institution, I can BS this’.
In universe, my justification is that Janet herself exists in a dubiously legal state. Her initial recruitment was shady as fuck, and so were many of her missions. She split from the CIA around Tim’s birth via blackmailing them by threatening to reveal certain details of missions they sent her on which were less-than-kosher, and only joined back up because her son and husband were in danger and they promised protection to get her back under control. Her unedited file, like those of several agents working for them, could get them in a lot of trouble with congress/the president if it ever came to light.
Tim being targeted is because of his connection to an external threat - Ra’s al Ghul, or rather, one of his many, many shell organizations which is associated with terrorist activities. The investigation of Tim himself was fairly above-board, he was a politically powerful young man associating with potential threats to the US. They started investigating when Tim was out of country, and inter-organizational politics resulted in them being still nominally in-charge of that even when he re-entered the states. Then the implications of direct connection with Ra’s came up, and that’s when the shit hit the fan.
This is something I need to work into the sequel, (and thank you for bringing it up, because otherwise I would have overlooked it) but in the DCU, certain ‘super-human’ threats, like Ra’s, Vandal Savage, Superman, etc, are really frightening to those in power. Which makes justifying action against them/their peripherals, stretching organizational mandates, and outright law breaking, all that more likely. Ra’s is an external threat, connection to Ra’s appears, we’ll just take care of that. Wait, he’s back on USA soil? fuck it, do it anyway.
And that’s my explanation, which is 85% bullshit, 15% political critique, but hopefully plausible enough that readers will suspend their disbelief for a bit.
Thanks for asking, and sorry for the ramble. If you’ve got any other questions and want to deal with another wall of words, please send them. I love talking about my fics.