Ghost in the Shell - Scene 1: Thermo Optic Camouflage

[1 Thermo Optic Camouflage] 

(Text displays onscreen.) 

"IN THE NEAR FUTURE - CORPORATE NETWORKS REACH OUT TO THE STARS, ELECTRONS AND LIGHT FLOW THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE.

THE ADVANCE OF COMPUTERISATION, HOWEVER, HAS NOT YET WIPED OUT NATIONS AND ETHNIC GROUPS."

(Opens to a computerized view of airspace, with two objects moving towards a location.) 

To all patroling air units. A 208 is in progress in the C-13 district of Newport City. The airspace over this area will be closed. Repeat:

To all patroling air units. A 208 is in progress in the C-13 district of Newport City. The airspace over this area will be closed. Repeat…

There's nothing to worry about. You can try it again once you're in our country.

"Try it again?"

Just as there's no such thing as a bug-free program there's no program that can't be debugged. Am I wrong?

You don't understand. We still don't know if it really is a bug. Project 2501's original purpose was–

Major, Section 6 is ready to move in.

Major!

I hear you.

There's a lot of static in your brain.

It's that time of the month.

Won't there be trouble if Section 9 butts in on Section 6's operation?

That diplomat's a pretty well-known bastard. Even if they catch him there, all they can do is deport him. We're the only ones who can get our hands dirty.

They're moving. Take us over to the extraction point.

(Kusanagi scales down the building while the police move in.)

What? The police?

Stop it! Who told you to open fire?! Drop your guns!

I have diplomatic immunity! Let me see who's in charge!

Transporting a listed programmer out of the country violates our arms export treaty. I could also have you charged with kidnapping. Give the man up.

I'm afraid not. He's applied for political asylum with us and he's already signed a statement to that effect!

When?!

I don't have to tell you! By right of international law, my country can offer him protection and right of safe passage. The document is on file at our embassy. I'll transfer a copy to you in a few days.

Are you sure about this? They won't take you back alive.

I must ask that you watch what you say. Our country is a peace-loving democracy.

Is that a fact?

(The diplomat is shot, to put it lightly.)

Out the window! Shoot!

Thermoptic camouflage…


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