Benazir, Blackwater & AL-Qaida

Jeremy Scahill (award winning investigative journalist who has carried out extensive investigations into Blackwater dealings around the world) has some startling relevations in his Sept 15, 2010 article in the Nation regarding Benazir and Blackwater. The article @ Blackwater’s Black Ops The pertinent passage being the first paragraph on the 2nd page.

Also almost same quote from his interview on Democracy Now,


Perhaps what is going to be most eye-raising for some in Pakistan about what I’ve reported is the idea that Benazir Bhutto worked with Blackwater in the months leading up to her death. There’s an email that I obtained from Rob Richer, the former deputy director of operations at CIA working for Blackwater at the time, where it is revealed that American security has been hired by Bhutto. And richer writes back—and I think it’s important to quote this exactly as he said it—he writes to the other analysts for Blackwater and Total Intelligence Solutions, and he says, “We need to watch this carefully from a number of angles. If our name surfaces, the Pakistani press reaction will be very important. How that plays through the Muslim world will also need tracking.” Richer wrote, quote, “We should be prepared to [sic] a communique from an affiliate of Al-Qaida if our name surfaces,” meaning Blackwater. “That will impact the security [profile].” There’s a word missing there, or there’s a typo. “We should be prepared to”—what—”a communique.” It’s unclear. And the missing word or the typo there will dictate, of course, the full meaning of that message, because Benazir Bhutto was assassinated two months later. So I’m sure that this bears much further scrutiny by the Bhutto family and the Pakistani government. This really needs to be investigated, what role Blackwater had in Benazir Bhutto’s security operations.


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