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He’s BAAAAACK! Gerald Posner’s Latest Gig

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COMMENT: As a young­ster, I watched the old Ham­mer hor­ror films star­ring Christo­pher Lee as Count Drac­u­la. No mat­ter what they did to the vam­pire in one movie, he kept com­ing back and suck­ing the blood of unsus­pect­ing vic­tims.

In cer­tain respects, the Count resem­bles Ger­ald Pos­ner, whose lit­er­ary efforts have rein­forced the unten­able “lone nut” hypoth­e­sis of the assas­si­na­tions of Pres­i­dent Kennedy and Mar­tin Luther King.

Less well known is Pos­ner’s role in lead­ing the media charge to dis­cred­it Ladis­las Farago’s research into Reich­sleit­er Mar­tin Bor­man­n’s pres­ence and activ­i­ties in Latin Amer­i­ca.

Now, it appears that Pos­ner is cham­pi­oning Ahmed Wali Karzai, the broth­er of Afghan pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai. Wide­ly sus­pect­ed of being a major play­er in the Afghan opi­um trade, Ahmed Karzai has appar­ent­ly been receiv­ing cash pay­ments from the CIA for years.

Can’t keep a good man down, right Ger­ald?

This lat­est pro­fes­sion­al incar­na­tion builds on the pro­found sus­pi­cions that Pos­ner plays the role of tidy­ing up messy inves­ti­ga­tions involv­ing ele­ments of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty. (As can be seen in a post about Men­gele, Bor­man­n’s activ­i­ties received the assis­tance of ele­ments of CIA in Latin Amer­i­ca. Bor­man­n’s net­work, in turn, worked with ele­ments of CIA on numer­ous occa­sions.)

“Pecu­liar Pos­ner” by Russ Bak­er; WhoWhat­Why;  8/26/2010.

EXCERPT: At first glance, I thought my eyes were deceiv­ing me. Here’s a com­plaint let­ter to the edi­tor pub­lished in The New York Times, from a man rep­re­sent­ing the high­ly con­tro­ver­sial broth­er of Afghanistan’s pres­i­dent Karzai—and the letter-writer’s name is Ger­ald Pos­ner.

Ger­ald Pos­ner? Isn’t that the same name as the inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist who resigned from the web­site Dai­ly Beast after alle­ga­tions sur­faced of ser­i­al pla­gia­rism? (The Mia­mi New Times also pro­vid­ed exam­ples that Pos­ner “seems to add, sub­tract, or mis­at­tribute quotes” and dis­played a series of such “appar­ent­ly altered or mis­at­trib­uted quotes.”) The let­ter to The Times puts this Ger­ald Posner’s loca­tion as Mia­mi Beach—where the Pos­ner in ques­tion hap­pens to live, so yes, it does seem to be the right per­son. Assum­ing Karzai didn’t pre­fer to hire some unknown Ger­ald Pos­ner from Mia­mi. Which rais­es some more ques­tions.

Why would Ahmed Wali Karzai hire Pos­ner, of all peo­ple, to help clear his name? And why would Pos­ner the jour­nal­ist take what is essen­tial­ly a pub­lic­i­ty job rep­re­sent­ing this seem­ing­ly unpleas­ant and fraught fel­low?

Actu­al­ly, Pos­ner has been in a pro­pa­gan­da role before. But first, the let­ter.

The Times ran it under the head­line, Defend­ing Karzai’s Broth­er. It begins,

“I rep­re­sent Ahmed Wali Karzai, the chief of the Kan­da­har Provin­cial Coun­cil and Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai’s younger broth­er. In your Aug. 13 edi­to­r­i­al, ‘The State of the War,’ you cite uniden­ti­fied ‘Amer­i­can offi­cials’ to assert that ‘the younger Mr. Karzai is involved in the opi­um trade and oth­er cor­rupt enter­pris­es’ as well as being ‘on the C.I.A.’s pay­roll.’ ”

Pos­ner goes on to sug­gest that there’s no evi­dence on these counts. Then, he writes,

“Also, while he is a key part­ner with the Amer­i­cans and coali­tion forces—having sur­vived mul­ti­ple assas­si­na­tion attempts himself—he adamant­ly denies being on the C.I.A. pay­roll.”

Here, the words “assas­si­na­tion” and “CIA pay­roll” caught my eye. Ger­ald Pos­ner is per­haps the lead­ing author in the world who has worked assid­u­ous­ly to con­vince Amer­i­cans that Lee Har­vey Oswald killed John F. Kennedy and act­ed alone. As if to ward off all the ques­tions about what the CIA knew about the pecu­liar events lead­ing up to and tak­ing place on Novem­ber 22, 1963, Pos­ner titled his book “Case Closed.” . . . .

“Broth­er of Afghan Leader Said to Be Paid by C.I.A.” by Dex­ter Filkins, Mark Mazzetti and James Risen; The New York Times; 10/27/2009.

EXCERPT: Ahmed Wali Karzai, the broth­er of the Afghan pres­i­dent and a sus­pect­ed play­er in the country’s boom­ing ille­gal opi­um trade, gets reg­u­lar pay­ments from the Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, accord­ing to cur­rent and for­mer Amer­i­can offi­cials.

The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a vari­ety of ser­vices, includ­ing help­ing to recruit an Afghan para­mil­i­tary force that oper­ates at the C.I.A.’s direc­tion in and around the south­ern city of Kan­da­har, Mr. Karzai’s home.

The finan­cial ties and close work­ing rela­tion­ship between the intel­li­gence agency and Mr. Karzai raise sig­nif­i­cant ques­tions about America’s war strat­e­gy, which is cur­rent­ly under review at the White House.

The ties to Mr. Karzai have cre­at­ed deep divi­sions with­in the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion. The crit­ics say the ties com­pli­cate America’s increas­ing­ly tense rela­tion­ship with Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai, who has strug­gled to build sus­tained pop­u­lar­i­ty among Afghans and has long been por­trayed by the Tal­iban as an Amer­i­can pup­pet. The C.I.A.’s prac­tices also sug­gest that the Unit­ed States is not doing every­thing in its pow­er to stamp out the lucra­tive Afghan drug trade, a major source of rev­enue for the Tal­iban. . . .

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