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CIA believes that Al Qaeda killed Bhutto

I have written a lot on Benizar Bhutto (here, here and here). She knew before she returned to Pakistan that there were going to attempts on her life. My question is where was the security? If she was unable to Pervez Musharref and the Pakistani government to protect her then she needed to get someone. What about Blackwater? I guarantee that Blackwater would have been able to protect her for a price. Roads would have been cleared. She would have never been allowed to stick her head out of sunroof. Guys with high powered rifles, machine guns and wrap-around sunglasses would have been everywhere. Bullet-proof and bomb resistant Black Chevy Suburbans would have been everywhere and she would have been safe. (Yes, they would have run over innocent Pakistanis and probably shot a few also, but she would be alive today.)

The CIA has issued a report that Bhutto was killed by Al Qaeda and allies of Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud. Amazingly, this view is echoed by the Pakistani government. With knowing or understanding the internal politics of Pakistan, I know that the US government would like for me to think about how dangerous Al Qaeda is. This I know. To say that I have my doubts would be an understatement.

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From WaPo:

The CIA has concluded that members of al-Qaeda and allies of Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud were responsible for last month’s assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and that they also stand behind a new wave of violence threatening that country’s stability, the agency’s director, Michael V. Hayden, said in an interview.

Offering the most definitive public assessment by a U.S. intelligence official, Hayden said Bhutto was killed by fighters allied with Mehsud, a tribal leader in northwestern Pakistan, with support from al-Qaeda’s terrorist network. That view mirrors the Pakistani government’s assertions. (more…)

By |2008-01-18T15:33:34-04:00January 18th, 2008|Pakistan|Comments Off on CIA believes that Al Qaeda killed Bhutto

Bhutto controversy

The Pakistani government has taken a page out of the US government playoff.  Keep throwing explanations at the public.  The public will get tired before you have to give up the real answer.

I detailed the problems with the “official photo” in an earlier post.  This video clear tells us that the doctors are being forced to be quiet.  There was no autopsy.  The physician’s notes don’t really make any sense.  One doctor spoke out, sort of, “The government took all the medical records right after Ms. Bhutto’s time of death was read out,” said a visibly shaken doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Sweating and putting his head in his hands, he said: “Look, we have been told by the government to stop talking. And a lot of us feel this is a disgrace.”  The medical report is here.  It is incomplete.

Today, in an interview with foreign reporters, Pervez Musharraf cleared the air.  He laid blame were it clearly belonged.  “…Ms. Bhutto had defied the government’s warnings when she decided to go ahead with the rally in Rawalpindi, where she was killed a week ago. He added that she had broken standard security rules by standing in the open top of her vehicle as the crowd swarmed around her and by not leaving the rally quickly.”[NYT]  Blaming the victim, always a great neocon strategy.

I don’t think that we will ever get the straight story on how Benazir Bhutto died.  In my opinion, using only freely available information, I can say that Bhutto was shot without a doubt.  She most likely died secondary to a gunshot wound.  I don’t think that we will ever get the straight scoop on this story with the government cleaning the area after the shooting.  I would guess that the CSI team would have a hard time getting the evidence after the Pakistani government has washed it away.  Today, we heard that Scotland Yard is going to help with the investigation.  We’ll see about the outcome.  I don’t see how Scotland Yard can do anything but reinforce the official party line.

By |2008-01-03T21:00:04-04:00January 3rd, 2008|Bush Administration, Pakistan|Comments Off on Bhutto controversy

Who killed Bhutto?

I’m not sure that I have the answer to the question – Who killed Bhutto? First, she has as many enemies as friends in Pakistan. Secondly, Al Qaeda benefits from chaos but not from the increased attention that the US would put on the organization. Thirdly, Pervez Musharraf and his guys seem to benefit the most. President Musharraf is deeply unpopular for the resent crackdown on freedom, liberty and the people of Pakistan. If he can calm the unrest without Marshal Law and jailing thousands, then he could be seen as an effective leader. No matter how he plays his cards, Bhutto was really the only opposition that had a chance at winning in the January election.

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From WaPo:

Even before the official search got underway in Pakistan, U.S. intelligence agencies yesterday were drawing up their own list of possible suspects in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto — a list that includes al-Qaeda as well as elements of Pakistan’s own intelligence service.

In the initial hours after the slaying, intelligence officials had no firm indication of who was behind the attack and no independent means of verifying any early claims of responsibility. But it was quickly clear that numerous groups possessed both the means of carrying out the assassination and a deep antagonism toward Bhutto and the moderating influences she embodied, according to several current and former officials closely tracking the situation. (more…)

By |2007-12-28T23:00:35-04:00December 28th, 2007|Al Qaeda, Pakistan|Comments Off on Who killed Bhutto?
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