If you fast forward that video-clip to 2:14, Bhutto is stating people that she felt were trying to kill her and she says "Ohmar Sheikh, the man who murdered Osama Bin Laden".
In my haste to get this posted, I forgot to add two one very crucial event to our time line.
April 26, 2002: In an interview with Robert Burns, Donald Rumsfeld says "We're hunting [Osama Bin Laden] down," he said. "We're tracking him down. He's hiding. We haven't heard hide nor hair of him for about, oh, since December, in terms of anything hard."
September 22, 2004 to May 5, 2006: Porter Goss, one of the men who was having breakfast with Mahmoud Ahmad during the September 11 terrorist attacks (and later cosponsor of the Patriot Act) serves as the director of the CIA.
Now we are ready to fast forward to 2007, Bhutto's return to Pakistan, and subsequent assassination.
October, 2007: US Secretary of State, Condolezza Rice telephones Bhutto in Dubai, and helps broker a deal for Bhutto's safe return to Pakistan. Bhutto agrees to not protest Musharraf's re-election as President, so long as Washington promises to hold Musharraf to his promise to hold free and fair elections. Rice says that she will see this through.
October 16, 2007: Bhutto writes a letter to Musharraf naming four people she believes to be involved in an alleged plot to kill her. These included the current Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief Ijaz Shah, former chief minister of Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, former chief minister of Sindh Arbab Ghulam Rahim, and the former ISI chief, Hamid Gul, as those who posed a threat to her life, all of which are connected to Musharraf.
October 18, 2007: Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan.
Two suicide-bombers set off blasts at the airport where she lands. The detonations kill 136 people and injure approximately 450. Bhutto leaves unharmed.
Bhutto makes requests for increased security protection, which she does not receive. She begins daily contact with officials in the US embassy. They recommend private security firms for Bhutto, which she refuses, fearing that militants will have infiltrated them.
November 2, 2007: Bhutto gives the interview with David Frost (embedded clip above) when she talks about people trying to kill her. She states:
Now I know that dealings with people does not necessarily mean direct evidence, but I also know that internal security has totally collapsed in Pakistan, and that internal security cannot collapse without there being some blind eye, if not collusion, being turned towards the rise of the militants and militancy." "One of them is a very key figure in security. He's a former military officer. He's someone that has had dealings with Jaish a Mohammad, one of the band groups of Maulana Azhar, who was in an Indian jail for decapitating 3 British tourists and 3 American tourists, and he also had dealings with Omar Sheikh, the man who murdered Osama Bin Laden.
"One of them is a very key figure in security. He's a former military officer. He's someone that has had dealings with Jaish a Mohammad, one of the band groups of Maulana Azhar, who was in an Indian jail for decapitating 3 British tourists and 3 American tourists, and he also had dealings with Omar Sheikh, the man who
murdered Osama Bin Laden.
November 3, 2007: Musharraf declares a state of emergency, due to the actions of the Supreme Court and religious extremists. The constitution is temporarily suspended. Bhutto, states that if the state of emergency is not lifted that free and fair elections will be difficult, if not impossible. She says "The extremists need a dictatorship, and dictatorship needs extremists."
November 8, 2007: As Bhutto prepares for a rally to oppose the state of emergency, she is taken under police custody and placed under house arrest.
November 9, 2007: The house arrest is lifted.
November 30, 2007: Musharraf gets sworn in as a civilian President, promises to lift the state of emergency by December 16.
December 15, 2007: State of Emergency is lifted.
December 27, 2007: After leaving a political rally in Rawlapindi, Bhutto stands through the sunroof of her bulletproof car to wave to supporters. A man, standing very close to her car (pictured and circled to the right), fires a number of shots at her. Shortly thereafter, a bomb is detonated, killing at least 20 people. Bhutto is rushed to the hospital, but dies later that day.
December 28, 2007: Pakistan's interior minister, stated that Bhutto was not killed by gunshots, but died from a skull fracture when she tried to duck into the car, and struck her head on the lever for the sunroof, and that she had suffered no bullet or shrapnel wounds. This directly contradicted the initial hospital report. Bhutto's lawyer disputes the claims made by the government as does Toyota (the makers of the car that Bhutto was in) as they state that it was an impossible scenario, given the design of the car.
One anonymous doctor, states that the Pakistani Government took Bhutto's medical records, and urged them all to stay quiet on the subject.
December 30, 2007: Scotland on Sunday, a British newspaper cites sources in the British Secret Service, who claim that forces in the ISI were responsible for Bhutto's death.
So here we are now three weeks later, and still trying to fit the puzzle together. The Pakistani government is claiming that Al-Qaeda is responsible for the murder, but opposition leaders are very insistent that the Musharraf government is somehow involved.
If you remember, from her interview, Bhutto stated that someone out to get her was a "key figure in security" and a "former military officer", who had links to Ohmar Sheikh. Connecting the dots, ever so slightly we can see that she could very well be referring to Mahoud Ahmad, he himself a former general, and head of the ISI. Who used Sheikh as an intermediary for transferring funds to a 9/11 Hijacker. Also, it should be worth pointing out that the city Bhutto was killed in, Rawlapindi, was the very city that Ahmad served as military commander in. Obviously he would have quite a bit of contacts in the region.
The motivation for Ahmad and Sheikh, seems apparent enough. Bhutto opposed terrorists, and those who financed terrorism. Sheikh was himself a terrorist, and Ahmad helped finance one. Makes sense, does it not?
If Ahmad was somehow culpable, what are we to make of his connection with the CIA? Remember, he had meetings with Porter Goss, when he was a congressman on 9/11, and Goss would go on to become the director of the CIA. What are we to make of that?
Also worth noting, is that very night she was killed, Bhutto was scheduled to have a meeting with two US Senators, Patrick Kennedy and Arlen Spector. According to Spector, they were going to discuss "...our concerns are about what is happening here, the stability; what's happening with the supreme court; what's happening with our fight against terrorism, our efforts to capture Osama Bin Laden; and what is happening to the very substantial funding the United States has put in here..."
Can we notice that Spector mentioned the efforts to capture Bin Laden? This coming a mere six weeks after Bhutto states in an interview that Bin Laden has been murdered. Could she have had some proof that he was dead to share with the Senators? Could Kennedy and Spector, both of which have been very critical of the Bush Administration, have taken this information back to Washington, leaving the powers that be in political hot water?
Lastly, why does the Pakistani government seem so dead set on hiding Bhutto's official cause of death? What could anyone in the government possibly have to gain from lying about this?
Sadly, I sit here, leaving only questions, and no answers. I am just a guy on his computer, and I can't find out too much, but I'm sure someone out there will be able to find a bit more if they only look. It's apparent here to me, that something really sinister is going on, and we are all getting taken along for a ride.
As horrible as it is that Bhutto was killed, and a country has been totally destabilized, I fear that there is a more tragic victim, the truth.
Until next time,