Tom McLean and Ray Abbott were crouched over the table, which was covered with bits of paper and two laptops. They were going over the information that their first research had provided.
“If we just look at the three main headings – Himmler, Atlantis and archaeology – there doesn’t seem to be any single factor that could have suggested to these people that we were looking for something significant”, Tom said.
“No, you’re quite right! But I have been looking further into this remote screening business, you know; the way that they look for patterns in behaviour. You know, Tom, everybody’s at it in some form or another; supermarkets, banks, all the internet providers, they can all tell what you are buying, what you are looking at, what your interests are. So every time you log on to a porn site, you just think about that.” Ray giggled.
“Well, I think it’s frightening. I know it’s all supposed to be about improving service and all that, but someone somewhere is going to put all this information together at some stage, and then it will be used against us. The whole history of the world tells you that someone is going to turn it to their advantage, and by then it will be too late to do anything about it. Personal privacy will have gone, disappeared for ever. It’s a frightening prospect, Ray!”
“Well, whatever. What I had started to tell you before you interrupted”, she paused, expecting some come back; when nothing came she resumed, “what I was going to say was that it is usually groups of words or perhaps interests in similar subjects that triggers a response. It’s not just single words or subjects, so what has happened here is probably that their interest, this organisation, has been prompted by the combination of subjects that we have looked at. So it’s something about the ship Atlantis, coupled with Himmler and then with archaeology; there must be something significant about those three things together, that’s my feeling.”
“But what is it, how do we find it?”
Ray pointed at the piles of paper “Well it’s here somewhere, it must be.”