Subject: For All Nails, pt. 4 - The Traitorous Eight
Kramer Associates Security HQ - Taipei, June, 1967
Richard Kennedy, head of Kramer Security, was on the telephone. His
right-hand, Taichung Complex security chief Raul San Martin, sitting in front
of Kennedy's desk, listened in on the conversation.
"Yes Mr. Salazar. 8 men have left the country... yes, 8 from Taichung.
"San Martin is here. He found a letter among what was left. Shall I read it
Another, longer pause.
"Okay. I'll also have Liz telecopy it to you after we finish here."
He began reading:
To the Kramer Associates:
For 10 years we have worked on making Kramer business run more
efficiently. The tools we have developed have allowed the company
to reduce paperwork, costs, and turnaround time for analyses.
Several times we have proposed turning our work into a potentially
profitable arm of the company. Several times we were refused,
citing "Company Confidentiality" and "World Security".
We weren't talking about publishing plans to the Bomb, we were
talking about automation of information flow. Our projects -
primarily the Benedict System and its follow-on projects - are not
usable as tools to aid Vincent Mercator in claiming his vengance on
Ever since the Bomb, this company has become less an profit-driven
enterprise and more an armed camp. Police everywhere, people living
not where they choose, but where the company chooses - even in a
country such as Taiwan, where there's company locations everywhere.
We cannot sit idly by and fall victim to oppression that Garcia,
Mercator, and Dominguez have foisted back in our home. We therefore
are severing our ties with the Kramer Associates, and hope that we
can find ourselves in a place that allows men to build their ideas
however they see fit.
Kennedy didn't need to continue with the names.
"Sir? Are you sure? I'm pretty sure we've tracked them to either Tokyo or
A small pause.
"No sir, the sentence about 'however they see fit' indicates to me that they
wouldn't go back."
Another small pause.
"To be honest, San Martin tells me it wasn't all that different from the
evacuation of '51. They had chartered one of the airmobiles, presumably for
a retreat, then just vanished."
A longer pause, with much volume.
"Our man was drugged and left behind. Finding him led us to this in the
The longest pause. Then Kennedy sighed.
"Yes sir. We'll look into it. San Martin believes they have no financial
information, nor anything beyond Project Benedict and its follow-ons."
Kennedy hung up the phone.
"Raul - gather up every shred you can find. We're burying this and burying
it deep. Hopefully they'll just fade into nothingness in," he grasped for a
province name, "Vandalia, or something like that."
. . .
"Salazar ultimately didn't think it was a great loss. He was far more
worried about the bomb, and he figured if their ventures were successful,
Kramer could just replicate the business model and jump in to any forming
"Yes, in hindsight the mistake was not listening to the 'Traitorous Eight' as
he called them later."
Stanley Tulin, as interviewed in the
New York Journal for the piece
"General Computing Turns 10, Keeps
Turning the World", December 16, 1979
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