The second Veritas mission for which I received publishing approval is code-named KILLING GAME. Unlike CAT’S PAW, which took place in a major U.S. city (New Orleans), this mission was deep in a southern swamp. This story was particularly important because of the two central players (Brannon Hardegree and Caitlyn Landry) and how they saved countless lives from a homegrown terrorist.
Veritas frequently receives intel from a number of confidential sources. In this case, they were provided information about New America, a domestic militia, and its leader, Quinton Ellers. Ellers was already on the FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s radar after a series of armed robberies in Georgia and Florida, the proceeds of which they suspected might have been used to buy weapons and explosives.
After much discussion, Veritas decided to send one of its operatives undercover in an attempt to determine the separatist’s plans, unaware that the FBI had already lost contact with one of their agents who'd also been undercover.
If Ellers proved a credible threat, that intel would be passed onto the feds. The mission fell to Brannon Hardegree, a former Army Ranger, whose military background and skillset made him an attractive “convert” to the militia’s violent cause.
In the next blog post: we’ll examine Brannon Hardegree’s background dossier. It’s an intriguing one.