Militants, Bhutto aides allege cover~up…


In from ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, An Islamic militant group said Saturday it had no link to Benazir Bhutto’s killing and the opposition leader’s aides accused the government of a cover~up, disputing the official account of her death.

The government stood firmly by its account of Thursday’s assassination and insisted it needed no foreign help in any investigation.

“This is not an ordinary criminal matter in which we require assistance of the international community. I think we are capable of handling it,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema.

Bhutto’s aides said they doubted militant commander Baitullah Mehsud was behind the attack on the opposition leader and said the government’s claim that she died when she hit her head on the sunroof of her vehicle was “dangerous nonsense.”

Cheema said the government’s account was based on “nothing but the facts”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called for an independent, international investigation into Bhutto’s death, perhaps by the United Nations, saying Friday there was “no reason to trust the Pakistani government.”

Attackers opened fire at a motorcade of Bhutto’s supporters as they returned to Karachi after her funeral, killing one man and wounding two, said Waqar Mehdi, a spokesman for Bhutto’s party. The government said mass rioting has killed 38 people, though officials in Sindh province say at least 44 people were killed there alone.

In Rawalpindi, thousands of Bhutto supporters spilled onto the streets after a prayer ceremony for her, throwing stones and clashing with police who fired tear gas to try and subdue the crowd.

President Pervez Musharraf told his top security officials that those looting and plundering “must be dealt with firmly and all measures be taken to ensure the safety and security of the people,” the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Pakistan’s election commission called an emergency meeting for Monday to discuss the violence’s impact on Jan. 8 parliamentary elections.

Nine election offices in Bhutto’s home province of Sindh in the south were burned to the ground, along with voter rolls and ballot boxes, the commission said in a statement. The violence also hampered the printing of ballot papers, training of poll workers and other pre~election logistics, the statement said.

The U.S. government, which sees nuclear-armed Pakistan as a crucial ally in the war on terror, has pushed Musharraf to keep the election on track to promote stability, moderation and democracy in Pakistan, American officials said.

Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro said Friday the government had no immediate plans to postpone the election, despite the violence and the decision by Nawaz Sharif, another opposition leader, to boycott the poll.

Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party also called a meeting Sunday to decide whether to participate in the vote. Her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, told the British Broadcasting Corp. that their son would read a message left by Bhutto and addressed to the party in event of her death.


Roads across Bhutto’s southern Sindh province were littered with burning vehicles, smoking reminders of the continuing chaos since her assassination Thursday. Factories, stores and restaurants were set ablaze in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, where 20 people have been killed and dozens injured, officials said.

Army, police and paramilitary troops patrolled the nearly deserted streets of Bhutto’s home city of Larkana, where rioting left shops at a jewelry market smoldering.

The government blamed Bhutto’s killing on al Qaida and Taliban militants operating with increasing impunity in the lawless tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. It released a transcript Friday of a purported conversation between Mehsud and another militant, apparently discussing the assassination.

“It was a spectacular job. They were very brave boys who killed her,” Mehsud said, according to the transcript.

But a spokesman for Mehsud, Maulana Mohammed Umer, denied the militant was involved in the attack and dismissed the allegations as “government propaganda.”

“The fact is that we are only against America, and we don’t consider political leaders of Pakistan our enemy,” he said in a telephone call he made to The Associated Press from the tribal region of South Waziristan, adding that he was speaking on instructions from Mehsud.

Cheema said the government had evidence to back its claim.

“I don’t think anybody has the capability to carry out such suicide attacks except for those people,” he said.

Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party accused the government of trying to frame Mehsud, saying the militant, through emissaries, had previously told Bhutto he was not involved in the Karachi bombing.

“The story that al Qaida or Baitullah Mehsud did it appears to us to be a planted story, an incorrect story, because they want to divert the attention,” said Farhatullah Babar, a spokesman for Bhutto’s party.

After the Karachi attack, Bhutto accused elements in the ruling pro~Musharraf party of plotting to kill her. The government denied the claims. Babar said Bhutto’s allegations were never investigated.

Bhutto was killed Thursday evening when a suicide attacker shot at her and then blew himself up as she left a rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi near Islamabad. The attack killed about 20 others as well. Authorities initially said she died from bullet wounds, and a surgeon who treated her said the impact from shrapnel on her skull killed her.

But Cheema said she was killed when she tried to duck back into the armored vehicle during the attack, and the shock waves from the blast smashed her head into a lever attached to the sunroof, fracturing her skull, he said.

“We gave you absolute facts, nothing but the facts,” he said. “It was corroborated by the doctors’ report. It was corroborated by the evidence collected.”


Bhutto’s spokeswoman Sherry Rehman, who was in the vehicle with her boss, disputed the government’s version.

“To hear that Ms. Bhutto fell from an impact from a bump on a sunroof is absolutely rubbish. It is dangerous nonsense, because it implies there was no assassination attempt,” she told the BBC.

“There was a clear bullet wound at the back of the neck. It went in one direction and came out another,” she said. “My entire car is coated with her blood, my clothes, and everybody, so she did not concuss her head against the sun roof.”

The government said it was forming two inquiries into Bhutto’s death, one to be carried out by a high court judge and another by security forces.


Thank you AP NEWS and Associated Press writers RAVI NESSMAN, Zarar Khan in Larkana, Sadaqat Jan in Islamabad, Ishtiaq Mahsud in Dera Ismail Khan and Afzal Nadeem in Karachi, who contributed to this report.


Well, there are a lot of finger pointers and not enough results back yet. And even then, as Hillary Clinton states…can we trust the Government there ? World Peace,

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Benazir Bhutto dies from a fractured skull…BUT…they still murdered her!


In from ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto died from a fractured skull caused by hitting her head on part of her car’s sunroof as a bomb ripped through a crowd of her supporters, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Interior Ministry said Friday.

Bhutto waved to supporters at a campaign rally minutes before she was assassinated.

“When she was thrown by the force of the shockwave of the explosion, unfortunately one of the levers of the sunroof hit her,” said spokesman Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema.

The explanation is the latest from the Interior Ministry. It initially said Bhutto was killed by shots fired by the bomber, and then, via the state~run Associated Press of Pakistan, it said the cause of death was a shrapnel injury.

But Farzana Raja of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party told CNN the government’s explanation is “a pack of lies,” she told CNN. Raja also accused the government of a “total security lapse.”

At a news conference, Cheema showed images of Bhutto in a car, standing up through an open sunroof, looking out at the crowd as she was about to be driven away.

When the gunshots rang out and the explosion occurred, Bhutto “fell down or perhaps ducked” and apparently hit her head on a lever, Cheema said, adding that the lever was stained with blood.

The blast killed at least 28 more people and at least 100 were wounded.

The Interior Ministry also revealed Friday that it had proof showing that al Qaeda was behind Bhutto’s assassination.

Cheema said the government had an intelligence intercept in which an al Qaeda militant “congratulated his people for carrying out this cowardly act.”

However, that claim has not appeared on radical Islamist Web sites that regularly post such messages from al Qaeda and other militant groups.


The Interior Ministry told Pakistan’s GEO~TV that the suicide bomber belonged to Lashkar~e~Jhangvi, an al Qaeda linked Sunni Muslim militant group that the government has blamed for hundreds of killings.

U.S. officials believe that a Taliban leader, Baitullah Mahsud, may be the person behind the assassination.

Bhutto was laid to rest in a chaotic funeral at her ancestral home of Garhi-Khuda Baksh on Friday after violent scenes erupted across Pakistan following her death a day earlier.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the surrounding streets almost brought the procession to a standstill before it finally reached the Bhutto family’s mausoleum.

The throngs of her grieving supporters crushed up against the flag-draped coffin, while minor scuffles also broke out.

Violence erupted in Pakistan in the hours before Bhutto’s funeral started, with at least nine people reported killed and banks, train stations and cars torched.

Bhutto’s body arrived in the hours before dawn at Garhi~Khuda Baksh after a long journey by plane, helicopter and ambulance.

The opposition leader’s family, her husband Asif Ali Zardari and three children, accompanied the body aboard a Pakistani Air Force C~130 transport plane to Sukkor but traveled by bus from there to Larkana and on to Garhi~Khuda Baksh.

Another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, told CNN on Friday that he had planned to attend Bhutto’s funeral, but was advised not to by Zardari, who cited security concerns.

The prime minister’s office has launched a judicial inquiry and the Ministry of the Interior is setting up a police inquiry, according to Information Minister Nisar Memon.
Memon said no decision had been made to postpone parliamentary elections scheduled for January 8.

Bhutto, who was campaigning for the elections, had completed an election rally and was leaving the rally site, Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh Park, at the time of the attack.

Her father and former prime minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was hanged in the same northern city in 1979.

As a shocked Pakistan absorbed the news of Bhutto’s death, authorities called for calm and asked residents to stay inside.

In Sindh province, where Karachi is located, police said demonstrators had burned a dozen banks, set two train stations on fire, along with three trains. Since Thursday, 240 vehicles have been burned.

Because of the violence, paramilitary forces in Sindh were told to “shoot on sight” anyone causing civil disturbances, a spokesman for the Pakistan Rangers said.

But by Friday morning, Pakistani media reported an uneasy calm had spread across the shaken country, now marking a three~day period of mourning declared by President Pervez Musharraf.

Bhutto led Pakistan from 1988~1990 and 1993~1996, but both times the sitting president dismissed her amid corruption allegations. She was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation.


A terror attack targeting her motorcade in Karachi in October killed 136 people on the day she returned to Pakistan after eight years of self~imposed exile.

Bhutto had been critical of what she believed was a lack of effort by President Musharraf’s government to protect her.


Thank you CNN News


WHY wasn’t she better protected???

Why was what she fought so deperately against, what killed her so violently?

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

From RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday after addressing a large gathering of her supporters.


The bomb explodes near Bhutto’s vehicle following a political rally in Rawalpindi.

Bhutto died of a gunshot wound to the neck, the Pakistani Interior Ministry said. The attacker then blew himself up. The bomb attack killed at least 22 others, doctors said.

Video of the scene just moments before the explosion showed Bhutto stepping into a heavily guarded vehicle to leave the rally.

John Moore, a photographer for Getty Images, said Bhutto was standing through the sunroof of her vehicle, waving to supporters, when two shots rang out.

Bhutto fell back into the vehicle, and almost immediately a bomb blast rocked the scene, sending twisting metal and shrapnel into the crowd, he added.

Police sources told CNN the bomber, who was riding a motorcycle, blew himself up near Bhutto’s vehicle. Watch aftermath of the attack.


Bhutto was rushed to Rawalpindi General Hospital, less than two miles from the bombing scene, where doctors pronounced her dead.

Her body was removed from the hospital, carried above a crowd of supporters, late Thursday night, and a Pakistan Air Force plane is flying the body to Sukkur, accompanied by her husband and three children, said Pakistan People’s Party leader Sen. Safdar Abbasi.

Bhutto is scheduled to be buried in the ancestral graveyard of the Bhutto family at Gari~Khuda Baksh in Sindh province Friday afternoon, he added.

Chaos erupted at the hospital when former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived to pay his respects to Bhutto less than three hours after her death.

Hundreds of Bhutto supporters crammed into the entrance shouted and cried, some clutching their heads in pain and shock. Sharif called it “the saddest day” in Pakistan’s history. “Something unthinkable has happened,” he said. Watch Benazir Bhutto obituary »

Sharif said his party will boycott Pakistan’s January 8 parliamentary elections in the wake of the assassination.

President Pervez Musharraf said the killers were the same extremists that Pakistan is fighting a war against, and announced three days of national mourning.

Police warned citizens to stay home as they expected rioting to break out in city streets in reaction to the death.

Rioters burned tires and blocked roads in Karachi and other cities, police sources said. Police fired on an angry mob, killing two people, in the city of Khairpur in the Sindh province, Geo TV reported.

Bhutto’s husband issued a statement from his home in Dubai saying, “All I can say is we’re devastated, it’s a total shock.” He arrived in Pakistan late Thursday.

President Bush said those responsible “must be brought to justice” and praised Bhutto as a woman who had “fought the forces of terror” He said: “She refused to allow assassins to dictate the course of her country.”

The number of wounded was not immediately known. However, video of the scene showed ambulances lined up to take many to hospitals.

The assassination happened in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh Park, named for Pakistan’s first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, who was assassinated in the same location in 1951.

The attack came just hours after four supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif died when members of another political party opened fire on them at a rally near the Islamabad airport Thursday, Pakistan police said.

Several other members of Sharif’s party were wounded, police said.

Bhutto, who led Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation, was participating in the parliamentary election set for January 8, hoping for a third term.


A terror attack targeting her motorcade in Karachi killed 136 people on the day she returned to Pakistan after eight years of self-imposed exile.

CNN’s Mohsin Naqvi, who was at the scene of both bombings, said Thursday’s blast was not as powerful as that October attack.

Thursday’s attacks come less than two weeks after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf lifted an emergency declaration he said was necessary to secure his country from terrorists.

Bhutto had been critical of what she believed was a lack of effort by Musharraf’s government to protect her.

Two weeks after the October assassination attempt, she wrote a commentary for CNN.com in which she questioned why Pakistan investigators refused international offers of help in finding the attackers.

“The sham investigation of the October 19 massacre and the attempt by the ruling party to politically capitalize on this catastrophe are discomforting, but do not suggest any direct involvement by General Pervez Musharraf,” Bhutto wrote. **************************
Thank you CNN News and CNN’s Mohsin Naqvi contributed to this report
I will never understand why people, who are for peace, have to die so violently.

Not only Pakistan will mourn her loss. Her passing will be far reaching…even here, to the states.


World Peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Hello Baby Boomers,

I have been thinking about Drew Peterson recently…don’t you think his first priority would have been to sell his plane, boat, motorcycle or even mortage his house if he had to to find his wife…to hire an investigator to find her…what ever it took? To clear his name if nothing else???


Instead, he whines to the American public to send him money so he doesnt go broke with “his defence…”

That does not look good in my book.

If my husband was missing…it would be the first thing I would do. Even if I thought he might have run off with an other woman. I would want to know where he was and I would want to clear my name!

I still say…he knows where she is! And it isn’t alive!

If I am wrong I will be glad to say I am sorry and apologize!

But, I don’t think I will ever look at a blue plastic drum and not wonder if Stacy Peterson is in it…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Bodyguard in the Nancy Kerrigan attack dies at 40


PORTLAND, Ore., Brian Sean Griffith, a former bodyguard to figure skater Tonya Harding who admitted a role in the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan during Olympics tryouts, has died. He was 40.

Griffith died Wednesday of what his doctor reported as natural causes, according to the Washington County medical examiner’s office. The specific cause of death is expected to be listed when the doctor files a death certificate, which could take two weeks, the medical examiner’s office said.

Formerly Shawn Eckardt, Griffith had changed his name since the attack in an attempt to put it behind him.

Griffith, of Beaverton, was Harding’s bodyguard when the Portland-born skater competed for a spot on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team in 1994.

That January, an assailant clubbed Kerrigan in the knee, forcing her out of the competition. The International Committee of the U.S. Figure Skating Association granted Kerrigan a spot anyway, and she recovered in time to win a silver medal at the Olympics.

Days after the attack, Griffith confessed, detailing a plan that he and Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, had hatched. The investigation also eventually netted convictions of Shane Stant, the actual attacker, and Stant’s uncle, Derrick Smith, who drove the getaway car.

Griffith was sentenced to 18 months in prison for racketeering but was released four months early, in September 1995.

He started a computer business, Applied Information Systems Inc., in 2001, but state records show it was dissolved in 2005. He was also sentenced to three years’ probation for misdemeanor assault in 2001.

Family members refused Friday to comment on Griffith’s life before or since the infamous attack.

“Shawn Eckardt died a long time ago,” his brother, Mike Skinner, told The Oregonian. “There is no other person than Brian Griffith.”

Harding has always said she didn’t know of the plan. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder an investigation and was banned from U.S. Figure Skating Association competitions.


In BOLINGBROOK, Illinois…A former police officer’s missing wife once confided in a pastor that her husband admitted killing his third wife, the pastor said.


Former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson is considered a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife.

Former Westbrook Christian Church pastor Neil Schori told Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview broadcast Monday that Stacy Peterson told him in August that her husband, Drew Peterson, admitted killing his previous wife, Kathleen Savio.

Schori said he asked Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s fourth wife, to clarify what she had said and she responded, “‘He killed Kathleen.”‘ Schori said the conversation occurred when he and Stacy Peterson met at a coffee shop.

Savio’s body was found in her bathtub in 2004 and her death initially was ruled an accidental drowning. After Stacy Peterson disappeared in October, prosecutors opened another investigation into the Savio case, and said it appears her death was a homicide staged to look like an accident. Drew Peterson has not been named a suspect in her death.

Stacy Peterson offered enough detail to be credible, said Schori, who declined to discuss the details in the interview.

“But it was very clear that this was not just speculation,” he said. “She was not jumping to conclusions.”

Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s attorney, did not immediately return an after hours phone message seeking comment from The Associated Press. But he said on the Fox program that “I’d love to get to cross examine [Schori] because there are a lot of problems with his story.”

Schori said he thought Stacy Peterson never shared the information about Savio with police. Asked why Stacy Peterson chose to stay with her husband after learning about his former wife’s death, Schori said, “My guess would be out of fear.”


Although he has not been arrested or charged, Drew Peterson, 53, has been named a suspect in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance by Illinois State Police, who have labeled the case a possible homicide.

Stacy Peterson was last seen October 28 and was reported missing by her family the next day. Drew Peterson, a member of the Bolingbrook Police Department until he quit after his wife went missing, has denied any involvement in her disappearance. He has said he believes his wife left him for another man and is alive.

Last month, the Westbrook Christian Church’s pastor of spiritual formation told The Associated Press that Stacy Peterson requested an August meeting with a member of their pastoral staff when the church made a routine call to see why she and Drew Peterson had not attended services in recent months.

The church official made a “judgment call” not to alert authorities and did not consult with other church staff, Rob Daniels said.

At the time he spoke to the AP, Daniels would not identify the clergy member who met with Stacy Peterson or say where the meeting took place.

Thank you AP News
AHHHhhhhhh…Baby Boomers the plot thickens.

BUT…why haven’t these people come forward sooner???

I am smelling a mini series, here…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~