Section 12 (Flashback) - The Original Stories:
Every year millions of dollars are given in scientific grants by governments all over the world. This money is used to further research and the quality of life for mankind as a whole. We celebrate scientific break-thrus and make celebrities out of these top-tier scientists that make our lives better. However for every success story there are hundreds of failures. We never hear about the failed projects and the strange results these experiments produce.
Section 12 of the East Bay research center is really a top secret government facility designed to keep scientific failures out of the public eye. The project's unique and somewhat reluctant "Retrieval Team" is comprised of super-powered beings blackmailed to work for the government.