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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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