Thursday, May 13, 2004


I can hardly wait to see the conspiracy theories built on this foundation. I'm sure you're aware of the horrifying and savage story of American businessman Nicholas Berg, who was captured and decapitated (apparently by al Qaeda-linked terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi) in Iraq. There has already been some bush-league conspiracy theorizing centering on Berg's orange jumpsuit which I haven't bothered to pay any attention to. But now there's a weirder story:
CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports on what is turning into a bizarre mystery with a connection to 9/11.

U.S. officials say the FBI questioned Berg in 2002 after a computer password Berg used in college turned up in the possession of Zaccarias Moussaoui, the al Qaeda operative arrested shortly before 9/11 for his suspicious activity at a flight school in Minnesota.

The bureau had already dismissed the connection between Berg and Moussaoui as nothing more than a college student who had been careless about protecting his password.

But in the wake of Berg's gruesome murder, it becomes a stranger than fiction coincidence -- an American who inadvertently gave away his computer password to one notorious al Qaeda operative is later murdered by another notorious al Qaeda operative.
I can't figure out what could possibly be going on here. But I'll bet that by tomorrow evening there are at least 50 theories of various levels of implausibility being bandied about on the internet.

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