Posner, Gerald L. Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK. New York: Doubleday, 1994.

Surveillant 4.1 provides quotes from Tom Wicker -- "Case Closed is a ... conclusive destruction of one Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory after another"; William Styron -- "I cannot believe that any rational reader will ... still be persuaded that there was a conspiracy involved in the murder of John F. Kennedy"; Stephen Ambrose -- "The chapter on the Single Bullet is a tour de force, absolutely brilliant, absolutely convincing."

Frank, WPNWE, 15-21 Nov. 1993, is not so easily convinced, seeing Posner's book as "an all-too-transparent brief for the prosecution.... Posner avoids the inevitable blind alleys that fascinate critics, but he also turns away from the very real mysteries of the case.... [He] leaves the case not closed but murky."


Posner, Richard A.

Posner, Steve. Israel Undercover: Secret Warfare and Hidden Diplomacy in the Middle East. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1987.

Johnson, IJI&C 2.2, says this is a "flawed but indispensable popular history." Posner's "techniques are often more those of the novelist than of the historian or honest reporter."


Posner, Steve. "[Op-Ed:] The Spy At Wye." Washington Post, 27 Oct. 1998, A23. [http://www. washingtonpost.com] Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 2 Nov. 1998, 27.

"When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refused to cede more territory without a mechanism for ensuring a Palestinian crackdown on terrorists, [CIA Director George J.] Tenet emerged with an offer that his agents would monitor Arafat's security effort.... Netanyahu bristled,... [b]ut Arafat embraced the idea, knowing that for the PLO, the CIA has been a reliable partner....

"[I]n the years when the PLO was still wandering in the political wilderness..., it was the CIA that carried out secret diplomatic negotiations with Arafat and his lieutenants.... [I]n the early 1980s,... Robert Ames, the CIA station chief in Beirut,... was ... participating directly in secret, face-to- face political talks with Arafat."

When Israel invaded Lebanon, Ames "was instrumental in formulating the Reagan Middle East peace plan, which called for 'the peaceful and orderly transfer of authority from Israel to the Palestinian inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza'.... Although the Reagan plan foundered, the United States brokered a deal that enabled the PLO to evacuate Lebanon for safe harbor in Tunis."


Post, Jerrold M. Leaders and Their Followers In A Dangerous World: The Psychology of Political Behavior. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Peake, Studies 48.4 (2004), notes that "[t]he basic principle of the book is that in order to deal with terrorists, one must understand the world from their perspective." What this work makes clear "is how complex dealing with terrorist leaders can be, especially when they are motivated by religion and hatred in addition to politics. For that reason alone, it should be studied by all those charged with solving the problem."


Post, Jerrold M. The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Sinai, Washington Times, 15 Apr. 2008, and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), says that this work "provides a framework for understanding modern-day terrorism's psychological mindset.... Dr. Post's book [is] especially valuable for its capsulated histories and profiles of the world's terrorist groups and their leaders.... Some of Dr. Post's assumptions about today's terrorists are out of date. The most glaring is his reliance on a typology of terrorism..., which has little contemporary relevance."


Post, Jerrold M. "Psychological Operations and Counterterrorism." Joint Forces Quarterly 37 (2d Quarter 2005): 105-110.

"There has been little attention to the potential of strategic PSYOP in undermining the enemy to prepare the battlefield.... Terrorism is a vicious species of psychological warfare waged through the media.... One does not counter psychological warfare with high-tech weapons.... [T]he way to counter psychological warfare is with psychological warfare, and PSYOP should be the primary weapon in the war against terrorism."

[CA/PsyOps/Gen; Terrorism/00s/Gen]

Post, Jerrold M., ed. Psychological Assessments of Political Leaders. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2003.


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