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Omar Karindu

Subj: Re: Something I still don't understand....
Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 09:37:14 am CDT (Viewed 1 times)
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Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 07:34:14 am CDT (Viewed 1 times)

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Once an Anti-Reg hero has been captured, and has his or her or its name, powers, and limitations catalogued, aren't they de facto registered? They're not in compliance with the mandatory training part of the law, of course, but indefinite detention seems like a rather bizarre and unfair way to handle someone once you have the information from them that the SHRA requires.

Are we really meant to think that the legal penalty for refusing to register is life imprisonment with parole solely conditional on working for SHIELD? The arrestees we've seen seem to be treated as if they'd forfeited some sort of "one-shot-only" retirement option of the sort that Firestar used. Of course, the Initiaitive #1 strongly suggests that merely using super-powers, as opposed ot using them for vigilantism, is illegal. Cloud 9 wasn't fighting crime when she was conscripted, after all; she was just flying around. Surely the SHRA as explained by its defenders ought to be aimed at curtailing vigilantism specifically rather than the mere existence of superpowers?

- Omar Karindu

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> Once an Anti-Reg hero has been captured, and has his or her or its name, powers, and limitations catalogued, aren't they de facto registered?

Only if they actually KNOW the person's name powers and can credibly believe that they know all their powers (The same way that Moonstone, in her Meteorite guise, never used her phasing power, even though it would have been convenient to do so, so people would be less likely to connect them. Similarly Mimic in one of the Exiles arc, displayed all his powers as a captive gladiator, except for his optic blasts, which he kept as an ace in the hole)

> Are we really meant to think that the legal penalty for refusing to register is life imprisonment with parole solely conditional on working for SHIELD? The arrestees we've seen seem to be treated as if they'd forfeited some sort of "one-shot-only" retirement option of the sort that Firestar used. Of course, the Initiaitive #1 strongly suggests that merely using super-powers, as opposed ot using them for vigilantism, is illegal. Cloud 9 wasn't fighting crime when she was conscripted, after all; she was just flying around. Surely the SHRA as explained by its defenders ought to be aimed at curtailing vigilantism specifically rather than the mere existence of superpowers?

Given that the Initiative #1 has a scene where Yellowjacket very pointedly stays silent when asked by one of the newest crowd of draftee's what happens if they FAIL in their training (Which is something a lot of people would be asked very volubly (including established heroes like Stingray)) I'd say they still don't know the rules they're playing (and writing) under.


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