Task Force Mandarin

Task Force Mandarin, better known as Task Force Orange or the Intelligence Support Activity (ISA), was a support organization formed to provide signal intercept and intelligence-gathering capabilities to Tier One organizations. It was a body of men and women first sent to Japan to study Ninjitzu, then on to China’s Shao Lin Temple to study Kung Fu, then finally to Iran to study the ways of the Immortals under the former King of the Persian Empire, Xerxes the Great.

Troops from Task Force Mandarin demonstrating skills gleaned from their studies at the Shao Lin Temple in China.

“But what if I don’t need signal intercept and intelligence-gathering support for my mission?”

“Look, Geo… they’re here, they’re queer, and they’d like to say hello — just deal with it because they’re not going away. This is directed from –”

“ — waaay above my pay grade… yeah, I get it.”

So there they were, sitting in our Tactical Operations Center in Bosnia, waiting to be integrated into our PIFWC (Persons Indicted For War Crimes) hunting operations. What does one actually do with such… persons?

“I’m telling you, they are packed parachutes for you; all you have to do is jump — they don’t need any training or preparation — they can do it all!”

Botched Surveillance

Well, say… that was certainly good news. And with that, our boss, the Cantor, doled out a mission for a two-man team of Mandarins. He tasked them with installing a clandestine video camera (clandcam) framed such that it would record all the license plates of all vehicles turning down a specifically designated road.

A troop from Task Force Mandarin, as he was studying Ninjitsu in Japan prior to graduating to the Task Force.

Boss Cantor seemed satisfied with how the Mandarins gathered the necessary hardware for the mission and then marched smartly out the door. He seemed equally satisfied when they reported the next morning that the clandcam was up and recording and that they would have the product with them when they returned the next morning.