Monday, September 08, 2003

I have been thinking some more about Mata Hari Mai Pederson and David Kelly:

  1. Mai Pederson may have been at the Defense Language Institute at the same time that 9-11 hijacker Saeed Alghamdi allegedly attended there (she was there from April 1997 to February 2001, presumably except for the time she was in Iraq). Since she was an Arabic translator, and the obvious reason for Saeed Alghamdi to be there was to learn Arabic translation (or, to be really cynical, perhaps he was there to learn how to speak Arabic!), I wonder if he was in her class. It's a small world.

  2. Isn't it odd that Mai Pederson, American Air Force Master Sergeant, was working in Iraq as a translator for Kelly? Do you think Saddam knew about this? Do you think she was acting as some sort of spy? She was translating for Kelly in 1998. Saddam stopped cooperating with the inspectors in 1998 because he claimed they were American spies. The inspectors were withdrawn (the disgusting American press later consistently rewrote the withdrawal into a claim that Saddam kicked them out). The Americans at first denied that they had spies, but eventually had to concede that they had planted spies amongst the inspectors. Was Mai Pederson one of these spies? The Defence Language Institute is often thought to be a school for spies.

  3. Pederson's name appears on the internet in an article dated May 2001. She was working for the air force as chief of enlisted skills management, apparently in charge of enlistment procedures.

How often do middle-aged hard-nosed scientists decide to convert to a new religion, particularly a somewhat flaky 'new-age-ish' one like Baha'i? Did he really have to go all the way to California to convert? The French have an expression: Cherchez la femme. Perhaps they should have a new expression: Cherchez le Pentagon.