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Authorized Personnel Only was a deep cover, black-operations division of the Central Intelligence Agency which undertook highly secretive covert missions. The headquarters of APO was underneath the Los Angeles subway system. APO's director was Arvin Sloane, who ironically had previously led a fake black-ops division of the CIA.
The name of the organization refers to the sign on the entrance door from the LA subway.
To enter APO, an employee had to travel on the Los Angeles subway to North Hollywood station. At that station, one had to go towards a door marked "NO ENTRY: Authorized Personnel Only" (the reason for the name of the division). Using a keycard provided the employee could enter the door, at which point they would have to push up two levers as well as activating several buttons which would open the door to the main APO entrance hallway. The door shut automatically after the employee entered.
Taking a left from the hallway led to APO's bullpen where employees worked at computer stations or conversed around tables. The design was a bright white one on all walls, floors and ceiling. The only exception from this was the dark entranceway Authorized Personnel Only,Parte 1.
Employees (formally operatives for the CIA) had to leave their former job by means of resigning or being fired so as to convince coworkers who stayed with the CIA that they no longer worked for the government. Sydney Bristow was supposed moved to the Langley mailroom, whereas Michael Vaughn chose to quit after the events of the previous year. It is unknown what Jack Bristow, Marcus Dixon or Arvin Sloane's covers were Authorized Personnel Only,Parte 1.
The Central Intelligence Agency's Pacific Rim surveillance worked out of the APO office until 1998. After it closed the office was unused until the APO division was approved two months before Sydney Bristow first entered. They felt that the increased amount of "red tape" surrounding recent investigations prohibited them from effectively doing their job, and so therefore decided to ask Arvin Sloane to set up a covert unit that was liable to US laws but not hampered by bureaucratic chain of command (They also chose Sloane as he gave the US government a valuable Rambaldi artefact). Sloane summerized to his team that the CIA practically wanted their own SD-6; a division that "doesn't exist" with team members who have no recordable affiliation to the US government. He said that the government did not want to know how they got things done, just that they did.
Sydney followed the instructions given to her by Director Chase, who met her there when she arrived. Chase showed her the office and explained that her, Vaughn, Jack and Dixon had been hand-picked to help run the team at APO by Arvin Sloane, the director. Sydney was shocked that Sloane, who ran "what amounts to a terrorist organization" was allowed to manage APO, but Chase told her that they could use his contacts to good effect and he would be closely watched Authorized Personnel Only,Parte 1.
|Authorized Personnel Only (Part 1)||Mission 1: Find Yuri Komarov|
|Russia's leading nuclear scientist went missing and APO's first task was to find him and a vial of a deadly, unstable isotope called Aurine-12 which he had in his possession and was planning to sell on a train travelling between Belarus and Latvia the following Thursday. APO planned to intercept the isotope and give the buyer, Kazu Tamazaki, a fake isotope that could be tracked by Langley. Sydney managed to get the isotope while Vaughn gave the buyer the tracker. However, Tamazaki did not think Vaughn to be Komarov and so tried to have him killed. Vaughn managed to overpower his attacker and save Sydney before she was killed by her attacker.|
|Authorized Personnel Only (Part 2)||Mission 2: Find Kazu Tamazaki then eliminate his boss, Roman Vadik|
|To attract Tamazaki's attention, APO stole the Shintaro sword from Hazunaga Asian Museum in London (with the help of Marshall Flinkman who joined the team). As they waited for Tamazaki to get word of the stolen sword, Jack Bristow interrogated one of Tamazaki's men from the attack on the train who informed him that Tamazaki was Vadik; the second name was a cover. Tamazaki agreed to a meet, in Rio de Janerio. Upon arriving Tamazaki instructed Sydney to go to the tenth floor of the Alves building, alone. She soon realized it was a trap and Tamazaki kidnapped her and the sword. Nadia managed to save her after having been informed of the situation by Vaughn and using her knowledge of Tamazaki. Tamazaki knocked Nadia out and ran as Vaughn and Jack arrived. Sydney pursued him and managed to kill him with the Samurai sword he had tried to use against her.|
|The Awful Truth||Mission 3: Discover who stole the Valta computer|
|The Valta computer, holding cutting edge technology, had been stolen by someone and was going to be delieved to a German terrorist organization named the Baden-Liga, but APO did not know who from. The data was stored in the bank in the Bahamas where money was deposited in payment for the Valta, but the data was protected. Sydney and Marshall went to the bank posing as people who wanted their funds stored. They received a meeting with manager so as to be close to the safe. At the same time, Vaughn and Dixon began a fight at a different place in the bank. The manager was called to deal with the situation, and whilst he was out of the room Sydney used the manager's fingerprint she obtained when shaking his hand to access the identity of the person who stole the Valta computer; Martin Bishop.|
|The Awful Truth||Mission 4: Recover the Valta computer|
|After discovering the identity of Martin Bishop, APO concluded that he was storing the location of the Valta on a highly-defended server inside his mansion, just outside of Malaga. Realizing that it could not be hacked from the outside, Sydney realized they would have to be invited in to get at the server. An elaborate plan was designed involving Sydney supposedly being in a car crash which Bishop helps her out of, then invites her back to his house to clean up afterwards. She managed to hack his server and found the Valta to be at Alameda Yards, container number Charlie-0717. A CIA team was sent and it destroyed the Valta but was captured by Bishop's men. Sydney, who Bishop realized to be CIA, was kidnapped but she and Weiss escaped and killed Bishop.|
|Ice||Mission 5: Recover Ice 5|
|Sydney met with Derek Modell who had a sample of Ice 5 (a dangerous biological weapon), but had swallowed it as precaution. He was followed to the meet and despite APO's efforts to save him he was shot and shattered into a thousand pieces as a result of the biological agent which freeze-dried his body until it crystallized. APO discovered that Ice 5 was being developed at Modell's former place of employment; the Hospital Sava in Montenegro by Fenton Keene. Sydney went posing as a British Omnifam worker and with the help of Vaughn (posing as Father Michael Leconte) they managed to take down Keene and acquire the Ice 5 with the aid of Keene's sister, Meghan.|
- Arvin Sloane, Primeiro diretor
- Jack Bristow, Segundo diretor (Raptor)
- Sydney Bristow, agente de campo (Phoenix)
- Michael Vaughn, agente de campo (Shotgun)
- Eric Weiss, agente de campo
- Marcus Dixon, agente de campo (Outrigger)
- Nadia Santos, agente de campo (Evergreen)
- Thomas Grace, agente de campo (Sidewinder)
- Rachel Gibson, agente de campo (Oracle)
- Marshall Flinkman, suporte técnico (Merlin)