Nichols was dispatched with his partner, Agent Samuels to the Islamic-American Alliance to recover their personnel files in an effort to track down possible terrorists. He and Samuels were not following any leads, and had no warrant, so they were rejected by attorney Sandra Palmer. They then came back with an "administrative warrant" of questionable applicability. When Palmer deleted the personnel files, Agent Samuels placed both Palmer and IAA Director Walid al-Rezani under arrest. Nichols questioned the wisdom of Samuels' decision, given that Sandra was the sister of PresidentWayne Palmer, but Samuels insisted that Sandra should get no special treatment. Nichols then went to seize all the computers at the IAA.