Article 18

Excerpted from the US Bureau of Extrahuman Affairs handout ‘Article 18 and You’

What is the Article 18 Interim Registration Initiative?

Article 18 is an act of Congress that says, at least for the time being, that certain heightened individuals must register with the Bureau of Extrahuman Affairs. These individuals are neither questioned nor detained, merely asked to report the nature of their powers, and their whereabouts.

Who has to register under Article 18? Is registration mandatory for all mutants?

No, the Bureau of Extrahuman Affairs only requests that you register if your power is:

  • A threat to public health and safety, such as the ability to spread disease, emit radiation, or self-detonate.
  • A threat to national security, such as the ability to read or control the minds of others, turn invisible, or move through physical barriers without physical interaction.

In addition, if you possess a power not under the written purview of Article 18, and use it in a manner outside the confines of the law (i.e. to commit or assist in committing a crime) you may be required to register with the BEA.

Is my registration information made public?

No. The only people who readily have access to Article 18 data are BEA officers. On some occasions, police officers can and will request data on Article 18 registrants pertaining to their powers, whereabouts, and current registration status. This data is given to law enforcement agencies in a very raw, anonymous form. If a law enforcement officer can prove within a reasonable doubt that a particular registrant may be suspected or otherwise involved in a crime, more information on that registrant is provided, up to and including the entirety of data possessed by the BEA.

Article 18 data is protected by privacy laws, and is not available, under any circumstances, through civilian channels without written authorization from a presiding judge who has been in direct contact with the registrant. This restriction, due to the nature of privacy and national security laws, is also enforced upon registrants themselves.

What happens if I don’t register?

Failure to register under Article 18 is a fourth degree felony, punishable by up to 2 years in federal prison and no more than $10,000 in fines.

You have failed to register if:

  • You knowingly possess an ability that is a threat to either human health and safety, or national security, and willfully choose not to disclose it to the BEA.
  • You have been convicted of a crime committed with your ability, and you fail to re-register or check in with your case worker.
  • You are previously registered under either of the previous premises, and fail to report changes in living location, long-distance (over 200 miles) travel plans, or plans to leave the country.
  • You have a minor in your care who falls under any of the previous premises and you fail to register that minor.

Failure to register with the BEA will result in a consultation with your caseworker. After reviewing your file, your caseworker will recommend whether or not to issue a warrant for your arrest. Should such a warrant be issued, it will be handed over to local law enforcement within the jurisdiction in which you last registered, who will carry out the arrest. These law enforcement officers will receive all necessary information they require to ensure your apprehension, and will be authorized and expected to do so under federal law.

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