Ny Nyson, NY, NY: Yesterday evening I was very privaliged to be shown the transporter room deep in the undercofts of the United Nations Building complex. I can attest that it is no longer 'Star Treck' fiction, although for the forseeable future, it will only be used to transport world leaders to the UN at times of crisis and utmost urgency.
"We had tried to keep this on a need to know basis, for there are still some teeny weeny gleetches and gremlins." I was told by Una Natio, their spokesperson (demonstrating with her thumb and forefinger and stressing her 'ee's). "We can't allow John or Jane Doe to use it until everything has been fully tested for many many years."
"But at certain times of crisis, we can't afford to wait the hours wasted in Airport terminals, some things need immediate action to defuse international and national tensions. Then, and only then, the Transporter is used; but, as I said, there are risks!"
"Leettle changes have been noticed in some of those who have been transported. For example, Vlad Putin is no longer able to smile, VeeP Badluck Jonathan became President of Nigeria, and Yougo Chavez is now insane."
When asked about future use, Una obviously misunderstood the question and told me that she had personally used the machine to go forward to see the the World on 22 December this year.
"As you can see, I no longer exist, and this interview is a figment of your imagination." she said.