This is a follow-up to Government Maintaining Good PR despite zombies and is another XCOM-inspired question.
In XCOM, a substance called Meld ( a mixture of hybrid nanomachines, part nanobot, part microorganism) allows scientists to A) genetically modify humans and B) integrate nanomachines in human bodies to create cyborgs. My question is how the government would maintain good PR despite their controversial actions to prevent revolts/insurrections if a similar scenario occurred.
Now, what is this "similar scenario?" There are three parts:
The elite among the aliens seem to have advanced psionic abilities (telekinesis, telepathy, energy projection, even mind control) and through a combination of gene therapy and reverse-engineered alien tech, select military operatives have gained the same abilities.
The government, using reverse-engineered alien tech and recovered alien corpses, have genetically modified select soldiers to have alien traits, including but not limited to: superstrength, superspeed, enhanced healing factor (think axolotl), chitin armor, flight, camouflage (which is advanced to practical invincibility), extreme resilience and/or durability (think cockroach or indomitable ironclad beetle, they're good examples of resilience and durability, as are rats...NOT speaking from personal experience, just an animal buff...)
The government, using advanced alien biotech, have created cyborgs-think humanoid, giant Battlebots combined with big, buff soldiers and you have the basic idea. Basically the 'mechs' so common to science-fiction, but integrated instead of separate (cyborg instead of human pilot/robot mech combo). No cyborg is more than 9 feet tall.
In the first question, it turns out when there's a crisis or ongoing war, politicians are untouchable, but in this case, the aliens have been beaten and life is getting back to normal again. Except.....y'know, the government really didn't see a reason to inform military personnel's families of their extensive modifications during the war, they let military personnel contact their loved ones but made sure the secret didn't get out.
Why? Because using poorly understood alien technology and genes to create super-soldiers is controversial, if not outright wrong, even if done with consent. It is obviously a poorly thought out plan, that only someone truly desperate would undergo, and yet this has happened.
There will be an absolutely massive backlash (at least, if my reasoning is correct). Below are four different examples, each happening to a different person:
- Your husband is called into action and you haven't seen him for about a year when he comes back, looking like a Goliath from Evolve.
- Your military boyfriend comes back, clad in modern-looking power armor, and you're happy to see him; and then he tells you it's not power armor, that he was infused with nanobots and is now literally walking, talking half-alien tech....a cyborg.
- Your brother comes back, his hair and skin now an eerie white, and he acts strangely. You wonder what happened to him, and finally he reveals that he's looked at the world differently after seeing it through the eyes of the aliens and zombies he's mind-controlled. You don't believe him, but then he lifts your pickup with his mind and shoots a lightning bolt from his hand that nearly hits you as evidence. "Now do you believe me?"
- Your sister comes back, but she's acting so strangely that you consider having her tested for insanity. Finally, she tells you that she was turned into a zombie by an alien soldier and that while her humanity was partially restored by modern medicine (ie. she can think and act like a human,), deep down, she's still a zombie. Oh, and she's traumatized by her memories of being first zombified and then being mind-controlled to fight the aliens.
My question is, How can the American government best handle this to A) keep their positive PR and B) dial down the backlash?
Specifically, the government has to:
- Ensure benefits for those who agreed to modification and fought against the aliens
- Prevent discrimination against those specified in 1
- As specified in the preceding question, the mind-control ability of certain operatives is already set so they can't use it on people; however, they can use it on aliens and zombies, and something tells me that will cause tension... .A) there will be that one guy who wants to bring his alien "pet" back home with him, B) there will be people mind-controlling select aliens to help the government uncover their secrets and recreate their technology and C) zombies will likely be protesting against the actions taken against them (ie. mind-controlling them and putting them on the battlefield) and calling for government action to ensure that they are not controlled again if they're not actively seeking revenge....
The government has to somehow account for all of that. Yeah, it's an awful lot to take in, I'd go step-by-step. As always, I appreciate your input and feedback, thanks in advance! As a final note, if this question needs narrowing down or fixing please let me know, and if you decide to close-vote or downvote, please don't do so without an explanation so I can keep improving my questions.