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The Federal Bioterrorism Commission was a American federal law enforcement agency tasked with combating bioterrorism initially solely within the United States, but expanding beyond later. It was the lead agency for tackling domestic bioterrorism, though likely shared jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBC served as the official face of the US' anti-bioterror operations during the early years of the War on Terror, but was shut down following the 2005 arrest of Commissioner Morgan Lansdale for terrorist conspiracy.
The Federal Bioterrorism Commission was established in 2001 by the National Biological Defense Act, following campaigning by Morgan Lansdale, then an advisor to the Federation of Pharmaceutical Companies. In its charter, the FBC was given the authority to conduct research on bioweapon countermeasures as well as maintain armed personnel on US soil and regions with agreed shared-jurisdiction. The National Security Council itself had ultimate authority over these matters, however, with its budget and action plans subject to NSC approval. The Act also established the office of FBC Commissioner, to be elected by the NSC, as well as the National Biological Defence Community, a council consisting of the FBC Commissioner, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff which was to focus on FBC planning. The first, and only, FBC Commissioner was Lansdale.
In the early years of the War on Terror, the FBC's priorities were tackling the sale of Umbrella bioweapons on the black market which may be acquired by domestic terrorists.[notes 1] This threat was, for the time, underestimated by the American public, as the existence of B.O.W.s was officially denied and operations by the US Army's Anti-Umbrella Pursuit and Investigation Team were kept secret.
2004 Terragrigia incident
Following its inception, Lansdale is known to have abused his office as Commissioner by conspiring with the Italian terrorist group Il Veltro. Using his connections with Tricell, Lansdale was able to finance a research project on t-Abyss, which he later handed over to the group so it could be used in their planned terrorist attack on Terragrigia. Under an agreement between the US and EU, the FBC held unilateral authority over biohazard countermeasures in the city, meaning that when Il Veltro attacked in mid-2004 only the FBC could take part and, ultimately, use their successes as justification for greater funding and wider powers. The actual attack, however, was much more controversial than anticipated for the FBC, with the EU voicing its outrage at their handling of the situation and bringing in the BSAA as an observer. After three weeks of fighting, Lansdale had Il Veltro's bases of operations sabotaged and ordered the destruction of the city with the Regia Solis satellite.
In the aftermath of Terragrigia, however, the FBC succeeded in securing the greater funds Lansdale had anticipated and effectively became its own army. To cover-up Lansdale's execution of the Il Veltro fighters, the official story became that the FBC assaulted a base some weeks later.
2005 Queen Zenobia incident
In 2005, responding to the reports that the members of Veltro returned, FBC agents, Raymond Vester and Rachel Foley are dispatched to the derelict Queen Zenobia to assess the threat to him around the same time that the BSAA agents, Jill Valentine and Parker Luciani are also dispatched to the vessel. They did not know that it was all a gambit orchestrated by BSAA Director, Clive R. O'Brian to expose Morgan Lansdale as the true force behind the rise of Veltro and the destruction of Terragrigia.
Lansdale made several attempts to cover his tracks such as firing Regia Solis at Queen Zenobia, releasing B.O.W.s from the ship's lab to deal with Jill and Parker and having Jessica Sherawat activate the destruct system. Finally, the FBC, accompanied by Lansdale invaded the BSAA headquarters and ordered the arrest of O'Brian on false charges of conspiring with Veltro. After Jill and Chris Redfield killed an infected Jack Norman and broadcasted incriminating evidence against Lansdale which was in his possession, O'Brian was released and Lansdale was placed under arrest and relieved of his position as the Commissioner of the FBC.
In the aftermath of the Queen Zenobia Incident, the FBC was disbanded and the remainder of its agents and resources were transferred to the BSAA, leading the latter organization to become a large-scale international force under UN sanction.
- Barioni, Dario
- Fisher, Neil
- Foley, Rachel
- Lansdale, Morgan
- Luciani, Parker
- Sherawat, Jessica
- Vester, Raymond
The standard FBC active duty uniform consisted of a white shirt and tie, navy trousers and a blue kevlar vest. In operations where force was necessary, they also used tactical helmets.
The FBC possessed few weapons models, which were seen in the Terragrigia Panic and the assault on the BSAA Headquarters.
- FN P90: Was used by FBC agents Parker and Jessica during the Terragigia Panic and by FBC special forces during the raid on the BSAA headquarters.
- Government: Was used by Fbc agents Parker and Raymond during the Terragrigia Panic and by FBC special forces.
- PC356: Was used by Jessica during the Terragrigia Panic and Raymond while on the Queen Zenobia.
- M3: A shotgun found by Parker while trying to escape FBC HQ in a blocked off passageway.
- Excerpt from official website:
- Resident Evil Revelations (2012), file: "The FBC's Charter".
- Resident Evil: Revelations (2012), file: "Daily Courier Article 2".
- Capcom.co.jp Revelations website
- Opening scene of Operation Javier in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.
- Resident Evil: Revelations (2012), file: "Daily Courier Article 1".
- Resident Evil: Revelations (2012), scene: "Ending scene".