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SD-6 (Section Disparu — literally, "the section which has disappeared") was a branch of the Alliance of Twelve run by Arvin Sloane under the pretence of it being a black-ops division of the CIA. In actuality the cell was one of over 100 SD-cells, part of the Alliance working against the U.S. government.
SD-6's supposed object was the "retrieval and study of intelligence both military and industrial throughout the world that is critical to the superiority and survival of the United States of America". Only a few highly placed members of staff, around six, knew the organization's true agenda, with most staff thinking they were working for the CIA (Q&A).
As a security measure, all three areas of the foundations of the building itself were rigged with C-4 explosives that would go off if the inner vault had been breached during a security lockdown or for other contingencies. Fail-safe or lockdown procedures could be carried out only by Arvin Sloane, using his right index fingerprint.
In addition, SD-6 employed an internal security group responsible for investigating and terminating individuals who even know of SD-6's existence, those believed to know about the true nature of SD-6, or those suspected to be Double agents or traitors to SD-6. Sydney's fiancée, Daniel Hecht, was murdered by SD-6's internal security division after Sydney revealed to him that she works for SD-6, believing it to be a part of the CIA.
As explained by Sydney in her questioning by the Department of Special Research, potential employees were approached by someone claiming to be from the government who said they were interested in recruiting them as a spy. Not using the name SD-6, the men led potential employees to believe that they were CIA operatives and were very convincing. After signing around 500 non-disclosure agreements a job was offered at the organization's cover, Credit Dauphine. In the example of Sydney Bristow, she was given a job as an office assistant on the twentieth floor of the Credit Dauphine building; the "Evaluation" phase.
After six months she was told that she was ready for the transition to the real organization. For eight months she was trained and tested for work with the "CIA". During this transition she first heard the term "SD-6". She was led to believe that it was a black-ops division of the CIA, undertaking highly classified missions that were hidden even from Congressional oversight, this being the reason they did not operate through Langley.
Eventually one was taken to the SD-6 headquaters, which was located underneath the Credit Dauphine building, on sub-level six. Passing through a white room in which a flash biometrically scans and visually confirms all occupants of the room, one is eventually taken to the SD-6 Rotunda (Q&A).
Infiltration by the CIA Edit
Jack Bristow began to work against SD-6 soon after he learnt that they were not part of the CIA, acting as a mole for the real CIA. When Sydney Bristow decided to leave the organization they took that to be a treacherous act and tried to have her killed. She was saved by her father - who she learnt also worked for SD-6 - and also was told that SD-6 was not really part of the CIA and was a branch of the Alliance of Twelve. Sydney decided to go to the CIA and also work as a mole for them within SD-6 with the eventual aim of taking them down (Truth Be Told). However, she was unaware to begin with of the extent of the Alliance and the depths that it reached. As informed by Michael Vaughn, she learnt that the objective was not just to take out SD-6, but to remove all of the Alliance which would take many more months than she had originally intended (So It Begins).
On many occasions Sydney and Jack worked against SD-6, giving the CIA artifacts and information that Sloane intended for SD-6. Eventually they worked closer and closer to crushing SD-6 once and for all, which they finally did with a successful raid on the location, along with raids throughout the country on all other SD cells as well as the Alliance headquarters in London (Phase One).
Building and Layout Edit
SD-6 had 600 cameras throughout its offices maintained by Security Section (The Box, Part 1).
In the event of emergency, the Credit Dauphine building had 500 lbs. of C-4 spread across three different locations beneath it that, when detonated, would leave no trace of the SD-6 cell whatsoever (The Box, Part 1).
- Sloane's office
- Jack Bristow's office
- Conversation room (The Box, Part 1)
- SD-6 Vault (The Box, Part 1)
- I.D. Services (Snowman)
Notable SD-6 staff Edit
The SD-6 office was manned by a contingent of 50 highly trained agents, presenting a significant barrier to any threats of physical security breach (The Box, Part 1).
- Arvin Sloane - Director
- Jack Bristow - High-ranking agent
- Marcus Dixon - Field agent
- Sydney Bristow - Field agent
- Marshall Flinkman - Technical expert
- Novak - Field agent
- Cooper - Field agent
- "Wilkinson" - Security section
- See Also: Unnamed SD-6 personnel
- Eloise Kurtz - Junior agent (deceased)
- McKenas Cole - Field agent, left for dead in 1996
- Whitney - Field agent, left for dead in 1996
- "Griff" - Field agent, Cole's Partner, left for dead in 1996