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Task Force X, also known as the Squad, was a field black ops team of expendable and deniable specialists, mostly condemned criminals, who carried out "suicidal" projects for Project Cadmus.
At the time the Justice League expanded its membership, Task Force X was commanded by a professional military officer, Colonel Rick Flagg, Jr.. All the other members were convicted criminals, several of them facing the death penalty. They carried out their assignments in exchange for the promise of pardon, in the unlikely possibility that they survived five years of service with the squad.
Deadshot, and possibly others, were discouraged from deserting by secretly being fed explosive nanites that would fatally injure them if detonated.
Under Flagg's command, Task Force X was ordered by Amanda Waller to infiltrate the Watchtower to steal the Annihilator. Preparations for the mission included detailed planning; studying the Watchtower's blueprints; strict timing; and going over theoretical scenarios, such as what to do when things went wrong and improvisation was necessary.
The mission was a success, thanks largely to a carefully conceived plan by Temple Fugate and inside information supplied by Vance, one of the Watchtower's bridge officers. However, Plastique was left behind in their escape, critically injured.
Task Force X's activities after that are not known, but it is implied that it was disbanded along with Cadmus. At least one of its members, Captain Boomerang stated that he had been pardoned after five years.
- X-1: Colonel Rick Flagg, Jr. - Leader; experienced special ops officer, and master unarmed combatant;
- X-2 (presumed): George Harkness/Captain Boomerang - inventor and expert thief;
- X-3: Bette Sans Souci/Plastique - explosives expert (possibly deceased);
- X-4: Temple Fugate/The Clock King - master planner and tactician, expert in locks and security systems.
- X-5 (presumed): Floyd Lawton/Deadshot - professional assassin and master marksman;
Task Force X is another name for an organization most commonly referred to in DC Comics as the Suicide Squad. However, censorship rules prohibited the use of the word "suicide" on children's television, so the other name was used.
The main recruiting grounds for the Squad is Belle Reve Penitentiary in Louisiana, as it contains several of the country's most dangerous criminals, including some metahumans.
In the comics, both Rick Flagg, Sr., and his son, Rick, Jr., have been members of the Squad. Deadshot and Captain Boomerang are also regular members.