As I had stated in the “ST Claire’s, …” thread there very well could be other players in this drama. Who put them up to it? Was it MD, another group, or both entities? Now with the involvement of the DEA (ala Agent Mendoza and her section chief/handler Agent Davidson) it would seem that the playing field is getting a whole lot broader.
The very section of the federal executive branch which oversees these various departments:
the NSA (under the DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DEA (under the Department of Justice which also runs the FBI and US Marshals Services)… could be at risk here. In fact it could very well involve elements of all those agencies. Remember, Mr. Broyles does work with the NSA as well and he has ties through the DOD…notice his connections to the Marine Corps. Agent Scott, I believe, was also a Marine. This was evident by the style of his funeral. You only have Marine honor guards for former Marines, federal agents and political figures. Anyway, it is obvious that the creation and residual effects of the pattern is far reaching. This goes way beyond covert/ops, black/ops, and global geo-politics. Now the game is being cranked-up big time. And let’s not forget, there is still a lot of religious undertone being played out. Notice how Roy’s drawing of Agent Mendoza sort of resemble the crucifixion. Why would both her hands be drawn bloody (as was the case for Christ) when it was only her right hand that held the decryption disc? Also, who's to say that the drug cartel is not tied into this. What better way to fund your desire to execute your plans via the pattern than by selling drugs to fund your ambitions. The DEA was initially involved to run down a particular group of drug runners as well. Maybe they got caught up in the middle or maybe they were trying to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Deknor: the time period can easily be extended through the science of cryogenics.
Ajax: Good overview. I feel that Phillip does not want Olivia to end up the same way that John Scott did.
Wow, my head is spinnning, time for a mental nap!