Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gerald Posner has private cell number of Afghanistan's leader's brother - accused of CIA ties

I sometimes wonder about Posner's IQ level. Look at this, from here:

Early Wednesday morning at nearly 1:00 A.M., I checked my email for a final time and saw notice of a newsbreak from The New York Times that Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and the man often called the Pablo Escobar of the country’s heroin trade, has been on a CIA payroll for the past eight years. I immediately called him.

I reached him on his private cell number. When I asked if he had seen The Times story, he seemed surprised. His Internet access was down.
Hmmm. How would Gerald Posner get the private cell number of the brother of the so-called President in Afghanistan if not through a contact at CIA?

So a guy who claims not to be CIA but shows remarkable CIA access (Posner) calls another guy accused of working with the CIA (Karzai), and Posner uses their subsequent conversation to attempt to prove Karzai is NOT working with the CIA?

Can we say "implausible denial" here?

Sheesh, Gerald. I had given you more credit than that. Try not to be so open about your love affair with the agency next time, okay?

And Keith Olbermann - why do you have this guy on your show? He's a joke, to those of us who know a little something about history. Perhaps that's the price for being able to do your special comments now and then?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll

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.

Read the whole story here. Thanks, New York Times, for this one.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Can C. David Heymann be believed in "Bobby and Jackie" or anywhere elsewhere?

FYI, I started to review C. David Heymann's book Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story but found the entire book relies on Heymann's credibility as an honest broker, because all his key witnesses are dead, and the families of dead people can't sue for libel. So I started researching Heymann and his previous works. I'll give you a hint as to what I found. He lies right on the cover of his book, claiming to be a three-time Putlizer Prize Nominee. The Pultizer Prize committee never nominated him for anything. His book was sent in to the committee three times. That makes him a multiple entrant, along with thousands of others. Not a nominee.

I wrote a long, in-depth piece, and will talk about it on Black Op Radio next week. Please take a gander at it here: Then listen up next Thursday night at as host Len Osanic and I discuss Heymann's works.