Posner Plagiarizes Again

Posner's claim about "degrees of plagiarism" struck Gelembiuk as insincere. One key reason: after the New Times' story was published, the grad student caught Posner apparently trying to edit the section about his crimes on his own Wikipedia page.

On April 11, "miamiskull" — the same name Posner uses on his personal YouTube page — deleted a paragraph about evidence that he'd altered or misattributed quotes in Babylon. (Evidence is posted at miaminewtimes.com.)

Gelembiuk alerted Wikipedia and the revisions were undone. But a week later, "miamiskull" again scrubbed the page. Neither Posner nor Lane responded to New Times' questions about the Wikipedia edit.

Bill Cooke

So Gelembiuk bought ebook copies of Why America Slept and Secrets of the Kingdom and ran them through Viper, which turned up the 19 suspect passages in the 9-11 book and 16 in the Saudi Arabia book.

Most egregious seem to be Posner's theft from Hoffman's book about Timothy McVeigh's bombing. Check out these excerpts:

Hoffman: All resolved to use whatever force was necessary to oust all foreign forces stationed on Islamic holy land. One Arab observer with direct knowledge of the conference said the participants' resolution was "a virtual declaration of relentless war" on the U.S.-led West.

Why America Slept, page 111: All resolved to use whatever force was necessary to oust all foreign forces stationed on Islamic holy land. One Arab observer with direct knowledge of the conference said the participants' resolution was "a virtual declaration of relentless war" on the U.S.-led West.

Many other passages are simple paragraphs taken from news stories that Posner borrows without citing the source in end notes. For example:

The Progressive, August 1995: In the statue's shadow stood three turbaned, bearded men smiling and waving, as one held a bomb and the others burned an American flag. The cartoonist modified Emma Lazarus's famous poem to read: "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, your terrorists, your slime, your evil cowards, your religious fanatics..."

Why America Slept, page 92: In the statue's shadow stood three turbaned, bearded men smiling and waving as one held a bomb and the others burned an American flag. The cartoonist had modified Emma Lazarus's poem to read: "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, your terrorists, your slime, your evil cowards, your religious fanatics..."

Or consider the following:

New York Times, October 21 2001: And while the nation was having a good laugh at the expense of Florida's hanging chads and butterfly ballots, Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi were there, in Florida, learning to drive commercial jetliners.

Why America Slept, page 149: And while the country enjoyed a good laugh at the expense of Florida's butterfly ballots and hanging chads, Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi remained in Florida learning to fly jetliners.

In his May 12 letter to New Times, Lane doesn't dispute the findings. The elderly lawyer and author — whose colorful history also includes representing Jim Jones' People's Temple and then barely surviving the community's massacre in Guyana — declined to talk about whether Posner had plagiarized. "I'm not your witness in this case. The question is improper," he scoffed.

Instead, he suggested: "Have you guys done anything about the fact... that the Central Intelligence Agency and the FBI and other intelligence organizations have assets in the news media and agents posing and working as reporters?"

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