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Ex-Secret Service: Bhutto Killing A “Professional Job”

Ex-Secret Service: Bhutto Killing A “Professional Job”
Government explanation loses all credibility as Musharraf looks for Britain, US to bail him out

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
January 2, 2007

http://youtube.com/watch?v=k-ZmNx3uZHc

Former Secret Service Assistant Director Bill Pickle tells CNN that the killing of Benazir Bhutto was a “professional job” as the credibility of the initial government explanation for her death dwindles into an outright farce.

With the official government explanation for Bhutto’s death (that she died after hitting her head on a sunroof) now completely discredited after footage emerged clearly showing a gunman firing at her before the explosion, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf has been forced to bring in London’s Scotland Yard to whitewash the ugly aftermath.

The military dictator was no doubt impressed by the Metropolitan Police’s execution of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, as well as their disgraceful success in avoiding any reprisals for his murder.

Musharraf is so dependent on his British and American handlers to bail him out of this mess that he is even prepared to hand over control of his nuclear arsenal to them, according to a report in the UK Herald.

“US special forces snatch squads are on standby to seize or disable Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal in the event of a collapse of government authority or the outbreak of civil war following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto,” reported the newspaper.

“The troops, augmented by volunteer scientists from America’s Nuclear Emergency Search Team organisation, are under orders to take control of an estimated 60 warheads dispersed around six to 10 high-security Pakistani military bases.

US might take over Pak nukes?
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/january2008/020108_nukes.htm

Pakistan Accepts UK Help In Bhutto Probe
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-01-02-voa36.cfm

Special forces on standby over nuclear threat
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/for…_standby_over_nuclear_threat.php

 



Bhutto Had Proof ISI Was Planning to Rig Polls For Musharraf

Bhutto Had Proof ISI Was Planning to Rig Polls For Musharraf

Reuters
Janurary 1, 2008

Benazir Bhutto was poised to reveal proof that Pakistan’s election commission and shadowy spy agency were seeking to rig an upcoming general election the night she was assassinated, a top aide said on Tuesday.

Senator Latif Khosa, who authored a 160-page dossier with Bhutto documenting rigging tactics, said they ranged from intimidation to fake ballots, and were in some cases unwittingly funded by U.S. aid.

Bhutto had been due to give the report to two visiting U.S. lawmakers over dinner on December 27, the day she was killed in a suicide bombing.

“The state agencies are manipulating the whole process,” Khosa, a top Bhutto aide and head of her Pakistan People’s Party election monitoring unit, told Reuters.

“There is rigging by the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), the election commission and the previous government, which is still continuing to hold influence. They were on the rampage.”

President Pervez Musharraf’s spokesman Rashid Qureshi dismissed the claim as “ridiculous”.

“It makes one laugh,” he said. “The president has said a free, fair, transparent and peaceful election is essential, which forms part of his overall strategy for transforming Pakistan into a fully democratic (nation).”

“Benazir’s coming back to Pakistan was part of a national reconciliation ordinance,” he added. “Take it from me, it’s going to be perhaps the best election that Pakistan has ever had.”

Khosa said the report, entitled ‘Yet another stain on the face of democracy’, details how the spy agency was planning to issue 25,000 pre-stamped ballots for each of 108 candidates for national assembly seats in Punjab from the party that backs President Musharraf and formed his government.

INTIMIDATION

“They have used intimidatory tactics, they intimidated the returning officers into rejecting nomination papers … they prevented candidates from submitting their nomination papers,” Khosa said.

“This happened in Baluchistan and in the other central areas of Pakistan. It happened in Sindh.”

He said the ISI also had a “mega computer” which could hack into any computer and was connected to the Election Commission’s system.

Separately the commission had tried to manipulate the voting register by leaving millions of potential voters out, he added.

An initial draft list of voters published in June put the electorate at 52 million people, more than 20 million short, triggering a backlash from Musharraf’s political opponents.

The Supreme Court ordered the commission to revise the list, and in October it raised the total to 80 million.

“The Election Commission is completely subservient to the government,” Khosa said.

In the Election Commission’s case, U.S. financial aid had been used in rigging, he added, stressing however he did not believe it was diverted military aid.

“She was going to give the dossier to two U.S. lawmakers simply because they happened to be visiting. It was then going to be made public,” Khosa said.

“Benazir was supposed to hold a press conference. It was going to be distributed to everyone, but unfortunately that did not arise because she was assassinated.”

 

Bhutto report: Musharraf planned to fix elections

McClatchy Newspapers
December 31, 2007

NAUDERO, Pakistan — The day she was assassinated last Thursday, Benazir Bhutto had planned to reveal new evidence alleging the involvement of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies in rigging the country’s upcoming elections, an aide said Monday.

Bhutto had been due to meet U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., to hand over a report charging that the military Inter-Services Intelligence agency was planning to fix the polls in the favor of President Pervez Musharraf.

Safraz Khan Lashari, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party election monitoring unit, said the report was “very sensitive” and that the party wanted to initially share it with trusted American politicians rather than the Bush administration, which is seen here as strongly backing Musharraf.

“It was compiled from sources within the (intelligence) services who were working directly with Benazir Bhutto,” Lashari said, speaking Monday at Bhutto’s house in her ancestral village of Naudero, where her husband and children continued to mourn her death.

The ISI had no official comment. However, an agency official, speaking only on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the subject, dismissed the allegations as “a lot of talk but not much substance.”

Musharraf has been highly critical of those who allege that his regime is involved in electoral manipulation. “Now when they lose, they’ll have a good rationale: that it is all rigged, it is all fraud,” he said in November. “In Pakistan, the loser always cries.”

According to Lashari, the document includes information on a “safe house” allegedly being run by the ISI in a central neighborhood of Islamabad, the alleged headquarters of the rigging operation.

It names as the head of the unit a brigadier general recently retired from the ISI, who was secretly assigned to run the rigging operation, Lashari said. It charges that he was working in tandem with the head of a civilian intelligence agency. Before her return to Pakistan, Bhutto, in a letter to Musharraf, had named the intelligence official as one of the men she accused of plotting to kill her.

Lashari said the report claimed that U.S. aid money was being used to fix the elections. Ballots stamped in favor of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, which supports Musharraf, were to be produced by the intelligence agencies in about 100 parliamentary constituencies.

“They diverted money from aid activities. We had evidence of where they were spending the money,” Lashari said.

Lashari, who formerly taught environmental economics at Britain’s Cranfield University, said the effort was directed at constituencies where the result was likely to be decided by a small margin, so it wouldn’t be obvious.

Bhutto was due to meet Specter and Kennedy after dinner last Thursday. She was shot as she left an election rally in Rawalpindi early that evening. Pakistan’s government claims instead that she was thrown against the lever of her car’s sunroof, fracturing her skull.

 



Conclusive Evidence Bhutto Was Shot

Video: ‘The most conclusive evidence’ Bhutto was shot

Raw Story
December 31, 2007

On Sunday, UK’s Channel 4 news broadcasted a new video of the Bhutto assassination which they say “provides the most conclusive evidence yet that Benazir Bhutto was shot.”

Although the Pakistani government officially claims that Bhutto died from hitting her head on the sunroof as she ducked into her car, evidence in the video drastically contradicts that account.

The video shows a large crowd swarming around Bhutto’s car. A clean-shaven man in sunglasses is visibly watching, concealing a gun; behind him stands the suspected suicide bomber dressed in white. As the video rolls, the man in sunglasses moves closer to Bhutto’s car and fires three shots. Directly after, the suicide bomber detonates his device and chaos ensues.

Reporter Jonathan Rugman points out how, as the gunman fires, Bhutto’s hair is lifted and her shawl seems to rise as she falls inside her car.

“These images … apparently [contradict] the official version of events,” Rugman asserts.

“As more such images come to light,” he says, “they will fuel the anger of protesters both here at the scene of the crime and around the country who feel that they’ve been lied to by the government and that there’s been a deliberate coverup of what amounts to a massive security failure to protect this country’s best known politician.”

Authorities initially said that Bhutto died from bullet wounds, and a surgeon who treated her said the impact from shrapnel on her skull killed her. But, Rugman points out, no blood was found on the bulletproof car — and, every other passenger in the car survived. The video clearly shows three policeman to the left of the car, doing nothing to hold back the crowd. Was the government trying to cover-up a security lapse? Those close to the president say that was not the case.

“We do things here [quite differently],” says Senator Tarif Azeem, a friend of President Musharraf, citing Bhutto’s want to “be amongst the crowd” as the reason why she stood through the sunroof without much security around her.

Officials have rejected calls for independent foreign inquiry, although they have offered to exhume her body if requested. According to Rugman, the government’s actions suggest they may be hiding something.

“[The truth] really matters in a country where scores of people have died in protests against Mrs. Bhutto’s death and indeed against the circumstances of Mrs. Bhutto’s death,” Rugman says, adding that the “great fear” in Pakistan is that the assassination will go unsolved.

This video is from Channel 4 News, broadcast on December 30, 2007.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwB8rFmDr6k

Lockheed to supply 18 F-16s to Pakistan
http://www.reuters.com/article/gc04/idUSN3159264420071231

Bhutto Doctors Forced Into Silence
http://www.washingtonpost.com…/AR2007123102493_pf.html

Pakistan backtracks on claim sunroof killed Bhutto
http://rawstory.com/news/200…n_claim_sunroof_killed_0101.html

Washington post-early warning: U.S. Special Forces Head To Pakistan
http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2007/12/29/9219.shtml

“Global Democracy,” Neocon Style
http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/018057.html

Bhutto’s son takes over party mantle, vows revenge
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/0…s_bhutto_heir_vote_1

FOX News Joins BBC in CENSORING Benazir Bhutto’s Statement That Osama bin Laden Is Dead
http://existentialistc…ns-bbc-in-censoring-benazir.html

 



Bhutto Killing Points To Pakistani ISI

Bhutto Killing Points To Pakistani ISI

Lee Rogers
Rogue Government
December 30, 2007

The barbaric assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto points directly to the work of the Pakistani ISI. As expected, the establishment media is already blaming Al-Qaeda for the assassination because ever since the attacks of 9/11 the media has blamed every government sponsored terrorist attack on this fictional organization. Al-Qaeda is nothing more than a front for government intelligence agencies that was originally formed in the 1970’s as a database of people who could be counted on to fight the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan. There have already been news reports mentioning how the Pakistani ISI has associations with Islamic extremists and members of Al-Qaeda. This is because many of these so called Al-Qaeda groups and Islamic extremists are actually working for intelligence agencies like the Pakistani ISI. Not only this, but it is clear that the intelligence services that work directly for the criminals in the military industrial complex stood the most to gain from this assassination. It has destabilized Pakistan which has given Pakistan’s current leader Pervez Musharraf the excuse to unleash the military on the general population. There’s also talk of delaying Pakistan’s elections which serves the interest of the unholy partnership the U.S. government has with Musharraf. It has also provided an excuse for the increase of U.S. Special Forces within Pakistan. In a report from the UK Daily Mail, Bhutto herself sent an e-mail weeks prior to her death identifying three people within the Pakistan government who she believed wanted her dead. In addition, the government refused to provide Bhutto adequate security even after numerous death threats and a previous assassination attempt that killed over a hundred of her supporters. Police even abandoned their security posts in the general area prior to her assassination. All of this evidence indicates that the Pakistani ISI had involvement in the killing because they had the most to gain and their associations to Al-Qaeda groups is a historical fact.

Due to the overwhelming evidence pointing the responsibility of the Bhutto assassination to the Pakistani ISI, the Pakistan government has attempted to misdirect the discussion of who killed Bhutto by making claims that Bhutto died by hitting her head against the vehicle’s sunroof instead of gunfire. This is just a distraction to change the discussion of who killed Bhutto into a less important discussion of how she died. The Pakistan government continues to claim that an Al-Qaeda group is responsible for the attack which is a ridiculous assertion.

Bhutto herself was an individual with ties to various globalist organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council of Women World Leaders. The globalists may have been seeking to install Bhutto into a position of power within Pakistan but her assassination served to consolidate power behind Musharraf which opens up the possibility to delay Pakistan’s elections and continue the militarized police state. Bhutto had also been critical of foreign troops being deployed to Pakistan to deal with the nation’s internal issues. It is possible that she was turning on the globalists and was prepared to take a more nationalist stance on the nation’s affairs which would have been a major problem for the establishment. Regardless of what actually happened, the globalists gained from her death. The assassination also allows the corporate controlled media to continue hyping the need for this phony war on terror right before the start of the 2008 presidential elections. The media pundits are already encouraging voters to cast their vote for an establishment candidate that will be strong on the terror war. This serves the interest of the military industrial complex because the phony terror war has been very profitable for them.

The point is, that Bhutto’s assassination served the interests of the Pakistani dictatorship as well as the military industrial complex. The fact that the U.S. military will be moving more special forces into Pakistan is proof of this. This military action will be sold to the American people as an escalation in the hunt to destroy Al-Qaeda. The globalists have sought to achieve order out of chaos and the assassination of Bhutto will serve to further those aims. All evidence points towards the Pakistani ISI and western intelligence agencies for the assassination of Bhutto. They had the most to gain from this barbaric act and history has shown that major terror attacks like this one almost always point to the work of clandestine government operations.

 

Pakistani TV shows pictures of Bhutto “attackers”

Robert Birsel
Reuters
December 30, 2007


A Pakistani television channel broadcast on Sunday grainy still pictures of what it said appeared to be two men who attacked and killed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Former prime minister Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack on Thursday as she stood up through the sun-roof of her bullet-proof vehicle to wave to supporter as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi.

The government has blamed al Qaeda.

Dawn News Television showed three pictures it said it had obtained from an amateur photographer.

One showed two men standing in the crowd outside the rally ground before Bhutto left.

One was a clean-cut young man wearing sun glasses, a white shirt and dark waist coat. Behind him stood a man with a white shawl over his head, who Dawn said was believed to be the bomber.

Two other photographs showed the clean-cut man pointing a pistol at Bhutto as she left the rally.

He appeared to be about 10 feet from Bhutto, standing on the left of her vehicle, pointing the gun with his right hand as she faced away from him.

Authorities said three shots were fired at Bhutto moments before a suicide bomber set off explosives. As well as Bhutto, 23 people were killed.

Authorities have not said how many attackers they believed were involved.

Senior police and government officials declined immediate comment saying a four-officer team was handling the investigation.

The government said Bhutto was killed when the force of the blast smashed her head into a lever on the sun-roof, which fractured her skull.

Her party dismisses that as “ludicrous” saying she was killed by a bullet in the head.

Read Full Article Here

CIA-ISI Created “Qaeda Network” Blamed for Pakistan Troubles
http://www.truthnews.us/?p=1471

BBC CENSORS Benazir Bhutto’s Report that Bin Laden is dead
http://existentialistcowb…red-benazir-bhuttos-reports.html

Bhutto Blocked From Bringing In Bodyguards
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/…7/12/30/wbhutto230.xml

Al-Qaeda denies Benazir Bhutto killing
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22985260-5005961,00.html

Bhutto email named killers weeks before assassination
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live….52&in_page_id=1811

Election in doubt after Benazir Bhutto murder
http://www.telegra…ml=/news/2007/12/29/wbhutto1229.xml

Pakistan ‘in grip of chaos and anarchy’
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/289612

Bhutto’s Husband blames Musharraf
http://in.news.yahoo.com/071228/211/6oyf2.html

In Reaction to Bhutto Assassination, Giuliani Calls for Military Buildup
http://www.jbs.org/node/6751

Bhutto party accuses government
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL2862173220071229

 



Benazir Bhutto said Osama bin Laden was dead

Benazir Bhutto said Osama bin Laden was dead

Jazz From Hell Blog
December 28, 2007

And right on cue, shortly after former Pakistani premier Bhutto’s own slaying, two key al-Qaeda news items appear. First, “senior US officials” are checking into an al-Qaeda claim of responsibility for the assassination, and—lo and behold—”Osama” himself will soon release a message regarding Iraq.

Bhutto asserted to David Frost less than two months ago that bin Laden had been murdered by Omar Sheikh, whom the Sunday Times once described as “no ordinary terrorist but a man who has connections that reach high into Pakistan’s military and intelligence elite and into the innermost circles” of bin Laden and al-Qaeda. (Watch video starting at 5:33 for mentioned part.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIO8B6fpFSQ

New Fake Bin Laden Tape To Be Released
http://www.roguegovernment.com/news.php?id=5730

 



Bhutto holds Musharraf “responsible for her death”
December 29, 2007, 11:14 am
Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, CNN, FBI, Musharraf, Pakistan, Rawalpindi, Wolf Blitzer

In October e-mail, Bhutto said she would hold Musharraf ‘responsible’ for her death

Raw Story
December 28, 2007

In an e-mail sent to a confidant in the US two months ago, assassinated Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto said she would hold the country’s current leader Pervez Musharraf “responsible” because his government did not do enough to provide for her security.

“I wld [sic] hold Musharaf [sic] responsible,” Bhutto wrote to her US spokesman, Mark Siegel, in the October e-mail, which was reported Thursday afternoon by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I have been made to feel insecure by his minions, and there is no way what is happening in terms of stopping me from taking private cars or using tinted windows or giving jammers or four police mobiles to cover all sides cld [sic] happen without him.”

Blitzer told viewers he received the e-mail soon after it was sent two months ago, but he agreed not to report on it unless Bhutto was assassinated. “It’s a story I was asked to report to the world in — if Bhutto were killed,” he said.

The former Pakistani prime minister was shot twice Thursday just before her assassin detonated a suicide bomb that killed at least 20 more of her supporters.

Appearing on The Situation Room on CNN, Siegel said Bhutto was concerned about her security as soon as she returned from years-long exile in October.

“Benazir was very concerned by the lack of security that she had on her arrival in Karachi on October 18th,” Siegel said. “The circumstances around the attempt on the night of the 18th, the morning of the 19th, was very, very suspicious. … There was no investigation of that horrendous killing which killed 179 people. She had asked that Scotland Yard and the FBI be brought in for forensic help for the investigation. The government of General Musharraf absolutely refused.”

Since October, Siegel said, Bhutto received “some police protection,” but was denied other security precautions such as jammers to prevent improvised explosive devices or four police escorts to protect her from all sides when she appeared in public.

Mahmud al-Durrani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, also appeared on Blitzer’s program. He said it was “naive” to blame Musharraf’s government for the attack.

“Musharraf tried his best, but the circumstances under which she moved, that was a problem,” al-Durrani said. “When she was moving almost in a sea of humanity, so this — this — no system in the world can protect you against that.”

This video is from CNN’s Situation Room, broadcast on December 27, 2007.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR1SFl5Ehdk

 



Pakistan’s Troops Ordered to ’Shoot Protesters on Sight’

Pakistan’s troops ordered to ‘shoot protesters on sight’ as Bhutto lies buried next to her father

Daily Mail
December 28, 2007


As Pakistan’s troops were told to “shoot protesters on sight” after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, her body was buried next to her father in her family village.

A procession of thousands of her supporters in Nau Dero signified the beginning of her funeral as she was laid to rest in the village of Garhi Khuda Baksh.

It is the same spot where her father, the former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was buried after he was hanged in a military coup.

Thousands of mourners thronged Ms Bhutto’s ancestral home as her body arrived earlier aboard a military aircraft, accompanied by her husband Asif Ali Zardari and their three children.

People cried and wailed as Ms Bhutto’s coffin was taken to her family home by ambulance.

“Show patience. Give us courage to bear this loss,” Mr Zardari urged mourners as the coffin was borne into the house.

Her burial came as a wave of violence broke out, killing 19 people so far and throwing Pakistan into one of the worst crises in its 60-year history.

It threatens the country’s already unsteady role as a bulwark against Islamic terror.

As mobs looted and set buildings on fire, paramilitary rangers were given the authority to use live fire to stop rioters from damaging property in southern Pakistan.

Major Asad Ali, the rangers’ spokesman, told reporters: “We have orders to shoot at sight.”

However, despite fears that the election on 8 January could be put off, the country’s caretaker prime minister Muhammad Soomro announced today that the government had no immediate plans to postpone it.

As the news of the assassination spread, supporters gathered at the hospital where Ms Bhutto had been taken, smashed glass doors, stoned cars and chanted, “Killer, Killer, Musharraf”.

At least 10 people were killed in fighting in several cities. The provincial minister in Sindh said the security forces were given the authority to shoot protesters.

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Pakistan Unleashes Police State On Rioters

Channel News Asia
December 27, 2007


KARACHI : At least four people were killed on Thursday as angry mobs took to the streets of Pakistani cities to protest the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, torching scores of vehicles and buildings.

Two people were shot dead in rioting in the eastern city of Lahore and two others were killed in the southern province of Sindh, Bhutto’s birthplace and stronghold, police said.

Sporadic gunfire could be heard echoing around the streets of Lahore where shops and vehicles could be seen on fire.

The markets and shops immediately closed down as paramilitary patrols roamed the streets in an attempt to keep a lid on the violence, a local police officer told AFP.

Meanwhile, Pakistan paramilitary and police forces were put on the highest “red alert” level after the assassination.

“The security was already high nationwide, but we have further alerted police and paramilitary forces,” ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema told AFP.

“The security is at red alert level across Pakistan,” he said.

Bhutto returned from exile in October, planning to contest the January 8 parliamentary election.

In the southern metropolis of Karachi police said at least 70 vehicles were burnt by protesters, including 35 trucks filled with wheat. All petrol pumps were immediately closed as knots of protesters blocked many roads.

Witnesses said that as news spread of Bhutto’s assassination in a suicide attack, the streets of Karachi were clogged with traffic as panicked people tried to rush home.

The mood was tense in Bhutto’s home town of Larkana where two banks were set on fire, witnesses said.

In Peshawar in the northwest police used tear gas and batons to break up angry crowds; and in the central city of Multan some protesters fired shots into the air and many shouted slogans including “Musharraf is a dog” and “Long live Bhutto.”

As angry Bhutto supporters looked for a scapegoat for her death, residents in the Sindh town of Jacobabad said shops belonging to the family of interim Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro were burned down.

Portraits of Soomro were set on fire while demonstrators took to the streets, blocking roads and a railway track. The main court, banks and other buildings were also set on fire, an AFP reporter said.

Fearing renewed violence in the northwestern valley of Swat, which has been troubled by months of religious militancy, officials clamped a curfew on the picturesque region, a local official told reporters.

ISI main suspect in Bhutto’s killing: reports
http://in.rediff.com/news/2007/dec/28bhutto22.htmDid the ISI Kill Bhutto?
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3100052.ece

Non-Existant Al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Bhutto Death
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=1.0.1710322437

Bhutto’s Party Rejects Al-Qaeda Claim as Riots Spread
http://www.bloomberg.com/ap….v7RmUhVqmbg&refer=home

Media: Pakistan Now A Nightmare Scenario
http://www.spacewar.com/2006/071228100643.f4dbacks.html

The Musharraf Commission to announce that a lone nut killed Bhutto
http://www.attytood.com/2007/12/the_musharraf_commission_to_an_1.html

Opposition Party To Boycott Elections
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8TPV9EO0&show_article=1

Neocons to quick to blame ‘Al-Qaeda’ and ‘terrorists’ for Bhutto Assassination
http://lataan.blogspot.co…quick-to-blame-al.html

Behind the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto
http://www.parade.com/benazir_bhutto_assassination.html

 



Gold Rises Above $830, Oil $97 a Barrel

Gold rises above $830 over Pakistan

The Times
December 28, 2007

Gold put in a stellar performance again after fears of political instability in Pakistan in the wake of the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto sparked a flight to safety.

Gold has traditionally performed well in times of uncertainty and has maintained its reputation as a safe-haven investment despite recent price volatility.

The precious yellow metal was trading $11.47 firmer at $836.77 at 17:35 after safe-haven buying triggered a new test of previous multi-decade highs.

Spot prices had been languishing well below the US$830 an ounce mark when they were jolted from a month-long slumber yesterday afternoon as news of Bhutto’s death aroused concerns over heightened geopolitical tension.

The metal climbed to US$830.50 on the news but a brief round of profit taking saw it finish slightly easier yesterday at $827.50.

Bhutto died when an attacker shot her and then blew himself up as she left a political rally in Rawalpindi, a city near the capital where Pakistan’s army has its headquarters.

It was the second suicide attack against her since her tumultuous homecoming from an eight-year exile in October.

Her assassination has sparked nationwide grief and fury, while unrest risks tipping the volatile country into chaos.

Bhutto was buried earlier today and along with her the promise of restoring democracy in Pakistan.

“For the moment resistance at the $830 level appears to be capping gold, however with the dollar under pressure and violent protests seen in Pakistan it is likely that gold could see further safe-haven investment demand, and potentially rise to challenge this years high around $845.60,” said James Moore of TheBullionDesk.

With political tensions providing the environment of uncertainty that gold enjoys, the momentum in gold prices remains to the upside for now.

 

Oil steady near $97 on lower US stocks, Bhutto

Reuters
December 28, 2007

Oil rose on Friday on U.S. supply concerns, the slumping dollar and mounting tensions in Pakistan and northern Iraq.

U.S. crude traded up 23 cents to $96.85 a barrel by 12:05 p.m. EST. London Brent gained 12 cents to $94.90 a barrel.

A U.S. government report on Thursday showed unexpectedly large draws in crude and distillate inventories in the world’s top consumer. U.S. crude inventories are now at their lowest level in nearly three years, adding to winter supply worries that helped push oil to nearly $100 in November.

“Escalating geopolitical tensions, tightening oil supplies and a weakening dollar would seem to stack the deck in favor of further upward movement,” said Mike Fitzpatrick, vice president at MF Global.

The assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Thursday stoked geopolitical concerns, although Pakistan is not a major crude producer and unrest is unlikely to directly affect oil flows.

“The Bhutto story will keep being a factor into next week, and it should help keep a floor under the market, along with the other geopolitical uncertainties,” said a New York broker.

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Forex – Dollar falls continue on weak US data; Euro at record high vs pound

Thompson Financial
December 28, 2007

The dollar fell across the board, coming under further pressure after a string of weak US data, while yet another disappointing report on the UK housing market pushed the euro to fresh record highs against the pound.

Yesterday’s unexpectedly weak US durable goods orders data added to fears about the state of the US economy and increased the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will need to cut interest rates further next year.

‘US economic data continues to disappoint the market with yesterday’s worse-than-expected durable goods orders for November adding further downside pressure to the greenback,’ said James Hughes, market analyst at CMC Markets.

The European Central Bank by contrast is not expected to temper its hawkish rhetoric any time soon, particularly with regional German inflation figures suggesting that the inflation pressures it warned of have not gone away.

The euro rose to a 15-day high against the dollar of 1.4682 usd, but it also staged fresh gains against the pound, hitting a new record high of 0.7350 stg.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2…puc&refer=home

Wage Slavery For Elderly People
http://www.truthnews.us/?p=1411

Chrysler CEO: We Are Operationally Bankrupt
http://money.cnn.com/2007/12/2…stversion=2007122107

US braces for baby boom retirement wave
http://www.breitbart.com/article.p…5pv&show_article=1

Bank’s Face Financial Turmoil
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/200712…XWQKEAn6oLKKoOrgF

Credit Loss Could Hit $1 Trillion
http://www.theaustralian.news…22973589-643,00.html

Oil Rises On Inventory Shortfalls
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/071227/oil_prices.html?.v=18

Growing Credit Card Debt In US Prompting Warnings Of Worse To Come
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8TNB7E00.htm

October Home Prices Post Record Decline
http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/071226…mesindex.html?.v=7

No Trial, No Conviction: FBI Steals Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold
http://cryptogon.com/?p=1731

China’s New Oil World Order
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2060….QO2SvA7w&refer=china

Denmark Bank predicts Ron Paul presidency and U.S. depression
http://www.usadaily.com/article.cfm?articleID=210132

Saudi Arabia fatwa against the dollar
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/busine..ber07/fatwa.htm

Goodbye to the $2 pound in 2008
Fed promises as much money as the banks want
Ethanol Blamed For Food Price Hikes
7 economic warning signs: Could a small shock push the economy over the edge?
Zimbabwe Woe As Banks Stay Shut
People & Power – Death of the dollar
Growing number of Americans expect recession: poll
Gold climbs above $800 in London as dollar drops; silver gains
Northern Rock Rescue Cost $100B
US Inflation Soars – Largest Rise in Producer Prices Since 1973!
US foreclosure filings up 68 pct in Nov.
U.S. Dollar’s Credibility Being `Stretched,’ UBS Economist Says
US Federal Reserve’s subprime regulations shield Wall Street banks
Economy teeters on brink, says Resler
GAO Says Government Failed Yet Another Financial Audit
One in Five Americans Must Borrow to Heat Homes This Winter
Morgan Stanley secures $5bn from China
CNN: Ron Paul Says U.S. Going Broke
ECB Offers Banks Unlimited Funds
Overstock.com CEO warns of depression

U.S. Economic Collapse News Archive

 



Denmark Bank predicts Ron Paul presidency and U.S. depression

Denmark Bank predicts Ron Paul presidency and U.S. depression

USA Daily
December 27, 2007

Denmark based Saxo Bank predictsRon Paul presidency in 2008. According to Pravda.Ru, the bank predicts Paul will be the next president and that the U.S. economy will plunge into a depression prior to the election.

Saxo Bank says the U.S. economy will shrink by 25% and the Chinese economy will decrease by 40%. The economic downturn will come about as a result of the housing crash.

Ron Paul has been critical of the Federal Reserve and has blamed the Federal Reserve for causing the real estate bubble and crash. Paul has said that the loose monetary policy of the Fed had artificially inflated real estate prices which lead to the collapse.

Paul supports ‘Sound Money’ and opposes the Federal Reserve’s ‘Inflation Tax’ and says that he wants to prevent a dollar collapse. On December 16th grass roots activists organized an online protest of the ‘Inflation Tax’ and donated a record 6 million dollars to Paul’s campaign in one day.

Paul now leads all Republicans in fundraising and is best positioned to win the GOP nomination. His campaign is already financed through Feb 5th when 22 states hold primaries.

Paul also advocates the elimination of federal income taxes and a non interventionist foreign policy and is an advocate of protecting the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. Paul has maintained that U.S. foreign policy was bankrupting the country.

Saxo Bank also predicts $175 a barrel for oil and the price of grain will double. Some have predicted that oil will climb to $250 a barrel if the U.S. attacks Iran. The bank also predicts that 30% of large building companies will go bankrupt.

 

Ron Paul on Tucker – (12/27/2007)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkpRaGvK1Lo

 

Ron Paul on Bhutto assassination with Wolf Blitzer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EidPmOpDJ08&feature=bzb302

 

Mclaughlin Group awards Ron Paul: Person of the year

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys0HgHLpy98

AOL “spam proof” Straw Poll. Guess who is winning GOP?
http://news.aol.com/political-m….?ncid=NWS00010000000001

Get ready for GOP surprise on caucus night (Jan. 3rd)
http://www.wcfcourier.com…1862573b800726214.txt

Daily Kos and Huffington Post Connive to Slander Ron Paul as Racist
http://www.truthnews.us/?p=1431

Agents of Disinformation, The Smearing of Dr. Ron Paul
http://www.opednews….071226_agents_of_disinforma.htm

Tucker’s fill-in disses Ron Paul on Lincoln comment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqv8AOVpGfw

Paul: Hawks control republican party
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=36432&secti..3510203

New York Times retracts Ron Paul racist smear
http://themedium.blogs.nyti…e-the-ron-paul-vid-lash/

 



Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto killed in suicide attack; supporters in uproar across Pakistan

The Canadian Press

December 27, 2007

Pakistan’s opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, aides said.

Bhutto’s supporters erupted in anger and grief after her death, attacking police and burning tires and election campaign posters in several cities across Pakistan.

The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, about 18 kilometres south of Islamabad, the capital. She was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up, said Rehman Malik, Bhutto’s security adviser.

Sardar Qamar Hayyat, a leader from Bhutto’s party, said he was standing about 10 metres away from Bhutto’s vehicle.

“She was inside the vehicle and was coming out from the gate after addressing the rally when some of the youths started chanting slogans in her favour,” he said. “Then I saw a thin, young man jumping to her vehicle from the back and opening fire. Moments later, I saw her speeding vehicle going away.”

Party supporter Chaudry Mohammed Nazir said that two gunshots rang out when Bhutto’s vehicle pulled into the main street and then there was a big blast next to her car.

But Javed Iqbal Cheema, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told state-run Pakistan Television that Bhutto died when a suicide bomber struck her vehicle.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf blamed terrorists for Bhutto’s death and urged the nation to remain calm.

“I want to express my resolve and seek the co-operation from the entire nation and we will not rest until we eliminate these terrorists and root them out,” Musharraf said in a nationally televised speech.

He announced three days of mourning and convened a high-level emergency meeting to discuss the government’s response.

In Crawford, Texas, U.S. President George W. Bush said: “The United States strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan’s democracy. Those who committed this crime must be brought to justice.”

No one claimed responsibility for the killing.

Bhutto’s supporters blamed the president, but suspicion was likely to fall on Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban, who hated Bhutto for her close ties to the Americans and support for the war on terrorism. A local Taliban leader reportedly threatened to greet Bhutto’s return to the country from exile in October with suicide bombings.

At least 20 others were killed in Thursday’s blast, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene.

Bhutto was rushed to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery.

“At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto’s party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital.

The death of the charismatic former prime minister threw the campaign for the Jan. 8 election into chaos and created fears of mass protests and an eruption of violence across the volatile South Asian nation.

Musharraf was expected to discuss with his senior staff whether to postpone the election, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

‘Surge’ Of US Special Forces Expected In Pakistan In Early 2008
http://yournewreality.blogspot.com/20…-us-special-forces-expected-in.html

Police Officials: Bhutto shot in the neck and chest at rally
http://news.google.com/news/url?s….jeOYqxqVN8UEw

Former premier Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071227/wl_afp/pakistanvotebhutto

Suspects in the Bhutto assassination
http://www.guardian.co.uk/pakistan/Story/0,,2232496,00.html

Benazir Bhutto assassination: the blog reaction
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3099884.ece

U.S. Troops to Head to Pakistan
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/200….nav=rss_blog