Thursday, June 20, 2013

Reporter Michael Hastings Dies In Car Crash

Reporter Michael Hastings Dies In car Crash

.Summary | .Quotes | .Topics | .Sources | .Notes

.Summary: June 19, 2013 A reporter who fearlessly covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dies in a mysterious one-car crash. Mainstream press covers it as an accident, but PressTV suggests that he was assassinated.  He was remembered for his aggressive line of questioning which angered Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks.

Hastings Crash New Video, Links to CIA
August 12, 2013 - A follow up to suspicious crash of reporter's car into a tree shows new security video of the car showing a pre-explosion before it crashes, and a that Hasting was working with CIA and targeted for investigation by Brennan's CIA along with other leakers sought by Obama.

.Quotes

KTLA: “Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered, from wars to politicians,” Smith said...Friends said that, because of the nature of Hastings’ work, he often led a very paranoid lifestyle. ...were worried that he was in a very agitated state, yes. No question, people were concerned,” said Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks.” “He was incredibly tense and very worried and was concerned that the government was looking in on his material,” he said.

LA Times: The vehicle crossed a median, struck a tree and burst into flames in the Hancock Park area, LAPD Officer Christopher No said. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner's officials said they could not immediately identify the victim, saying the body was burned beyond recognition
PressTV (Iran): Michael Hastings, a 33-year-old reporter responsible for ending the career of renegade General Stanley McChrystal, died in a mysterious “one car accident.” ...General McChrystal along with Vice-President Cheney headed JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), the half-military, half-political group that used death squads and drug cash to fight world terrorism. ... It is equally clear why General McChrystal or his supporters might want Michael Hastings dead....

.Topics


  • Engine:  location of the engine and drive train at more than 100 feet from the tree impact area.  
  • Explosion: an employee of ALSCO a nearby business, and a witness to the accident told KTLA/Loud Labs (Scott Lane) the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and he saw sparks coming from the car and saw it explode BEFORE hitting the tree. The pre-explosion could possibly explain the flash of light on the video that preceded the appearance of the car in the video. The pre-explosion and slower speed could also explain the minimal damage to the palm tree and the facts the rear tires rested against the curb. It also provides an explanation for the location of the engine and drive train at more than 100 feet from the tree impact area.  
  • Gag order: As we reported last month, police and firefighters in the area have been given a gag order and told not to talk to the media about Hastings’ death.
  • Jill Kelly case: he was reseraching, there are rumours she could be part of some intelligence operation on the part of people in Arab states and made visits to the white house, credited with bringing down two generals
  • FOIA  numerous FOIAs have been filed with other federal agencies concerning details of Hastings suspicious car “accident.”
  • Location: Based on the accident location, Hastings was only 1.5 miles from his home and was headed away from his address. 
  • Suspicious: called suspicious car “accident.”
  • Spy fiction: Looks like out of a spy action fiction like Bourne 
    • Time: where was Mr. Hastings going at 4:30 in the morning? 

    .Updates


    http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/06/bowe-bergdahl-story-get-michael-hastings-killed/
    Many in the alternative media community believe that Michael Hastings did not simply die in a car accident on June 18, 2013. They believe that accident was the result of sabotage. However, the prevalent theory has been that, if he was targeted it must have had something to do with the NSA. Tim Brown reported back in August of 2013:
    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/06/bowe-bergdahl-story-get-michael-hastings-killed/#3zadpdrxZAvu4w8O.99

    Did the Bowe Bergdahl Story Get Michael Hastings Killed?

    There have many credible reports, from those who were in Afghanistan, that stated clearly that fellow soldiers were under orders of silence in reference to the desertion of Bowe Bergdahl. That is somewhat understandable. However… If a reporter was able to reach out to those same troops, and get them to break that silence, would that be enough to get that reporter killed?
    On June 7, 2012 Michael Hastings had a piece published in Rolling Stone titled America's Last Prisoner of WarThis was not a fluff piece. It was hard-hitting journalism that was the trademark of Michael Hastings' reporting. Even back in 2012, Hastings was reporting that Bowe was a deserter and a lot of the stories you have been hearing and reading over the last week stemmed from that ground-breaking account. He was ahead of his time and effectively blew the lid off this story long before it was a story. Here is a brief excerpt from the article, although I would encourage you to read it in full.
    The next day, American forces had a chance to free Bowe. The battalion operations officer, call sign GERONIMO 3, met with two tribal elders from the nearby village. The elders had been asked by the Taliban to arrange a trade with U.S. forces. The insurgents wanted 15 of their jailed fighters released, along with an unidentified sum of money, in exchange for Bowe. The officer hedged, unwilling or unable to make such a bargain, and no deal was struck. Instead, the Army ordered all units stationed in the eastern half of Afghanistan – known as RC East, in military jargon – to join the search for Bowe.
    On July 4th, the search effort got a break: Bowe was spotted in a village in Ghazni, about 15 miles across the mountains to the west. He was wearing khaki, with a bag covering his head, and he was being driven in a black Toyota Corolla, escorted by three to five motorcycles. But by the time troops arrived to investigate, it was too late. That was the last time that Bowe would be seen until the first propaganda video, released later that month.
    Michael Hastings got Bowe Bergdahl's fellow soldiers to speak upon conditions of anonymity while disobeying the "gag orders" of their superiors.

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/06/bowe-bergdahl-story-get-michael-hastings-killed/#3zadpdrxZAvu4w8O.99


    Yesterday Eric Barlow, reporting for wearechange.org, brought to light a scarcely known FBI document that was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request:
    At the time of the story's publication, the media had all but forgotten about Bergdahl — who was released on Saturday after five years in the hands of the Taliban, in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners. And, with the exception of some initial chatter, Hastings' piece, which paints a deeply unflattering picture of Bergdahl's unit and its leadership, hardly had the impact of some of his other investigations.
    But someone did pay attention to it: the FBI.
    That, at least, is what was revealed in a heavily

    . For instance, and I am not stating these as facts, maybe Bergdahl worked for the CIA or maybe he really was working with The TalibanThe original FBI report has been partially unredacted because of legal challenges. If you would like to read the report, you can see it here.
    Whether the story of Bowe Bergdahl would have been enough to get Michael Hastings killed is certainly debatable, but you cannot deny that he was way ahead of everyone else on this story as with many other stories.


    1. Eyewitness To Hastings Crash Reported “Giant Explosion” Alex ...

      www.infowars.com/eyewitness-to-hastings-crash-reported-giant-explosion/

      Aug 5, 2013 - Newly released transcripts of 911 calls made by eyewitnesses to the fatalcrash of Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings describe the ...

    2. New Stunning Surveillance Video Shows Fiery Michael Hastings Car

      www.theblaze.com/.../new-stunning-surveillance-video-shows-fi...

      Jul 28, 2013 - Newly unearthed footage captured on an Los Angeles restaurant's surveillance camera allegedly shows the final moments before journalist ...

    3. Hastings car crash kills at least 1, deputies say | syracuse.com

      www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/.../hastings_crash_tree_car.html

      Jul 31, 2013 - The crash occurred at 6:08 p.m. Wednesday near 125 Bradford Road in the town of Hastings, Oswego County 911 said.
    4. News for hastings crash

      1. Los Angeles Times ‎- 6 days ago
        The widow of Michael Hastings -- the journalist whose reporting led to the resignation of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan -- is calling his fatal ...

      KTTH David Bose reported on this development: 
      1. San Diego 6‎ - 1 day ago




        CIA DIRECTOR BRENNAN CONFIRMED AS REPORTER MICHAEL HASTINGS NEXT TARGET



        tv video shows 3 explosions

        Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:51:00 PSTBy Kimberly Dvorak
        Updated: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:08:27 PST
        This week Elise Jordan, wife of famed journalist Michael Hastings, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, corroborated this reporter's sources that CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project (CNN clip). 
        Last month a source provided San Diego 6 News with an alarming email hacked from super secret CIA contractor Stratfor’s President Fred Burton. The email (link here) was posted on WikiLeaks and alleged that then Obama counter-terrorism Czar Brennan, was in charge of the government's continued crackdown or witch-hunt on investigative journalists. 
        After providing the Stratfor email to the CIA for comment, the spymaster's spokesperson responded in lightning speed. Two emails were received; one acknowledging Hastings was working on a CIA story and the other said, “Without commenting on information disseminated by WikiLeaks, any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.”  
        The emails also prompted a phone from CIA media spokesman Todd Ebitz. He said they were saddened by Michael’s death and reiterated their position that they had a cordial working relationship with the investigative reporter. 
        On the other hand, Stratfor, specifically Fred Burton, remains nonresponsive. 
        As for Hastings’ final story, his wife said Rolling Stone would publish the Brennan piece in an upcoming edition of the magazine.

        Was speed a factor? 
        The release of a new surveillance video from a nearby Italian restaurant by Michael Krikorian, an author, freelance blogger who also writes for LA Weekly, reveals a lot of information about Hastings’ final seconds.
        A University professor told San Diego 6 News that calculating the speed of Hastings car follows a simple mathematic equation. By using the video and the distance traveled (195 feet) as well as the seconds that lapsed prior to the explosion – the car was traveling roughly 35 mph.
        That revelation is important because Jose, an employee of ALSCO a nearby business, and a witness to the accident told KTLA/Loud Labs (Scott Lane) the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and he saw sparks coming from the car and saw it explode BEFORE hitting the tree.
        The pre-explosion could possibly explain the flash of light on the video that preceded the appearance of the car in the video. The pre-explosion and slower speed could also explain the minimal damage to the palm tree and the facts the rear tires rested against the curb. It also provides an explanation for the location of the engine and drive train at more than 100 feet from the tree impact area.  
        This new information prompted another round of FOIA/CPRAs and only adds to the questions that remain unanswered. One of those questions is where was Mr. Hastings going at 4:30 in the morning? Based on the accident location, Hastings was only 1.5 miles from his home and was headed away from his address. 
        Other unanswered questions point to the contents (computer, phones, notes, etc.) of his home, so far there has been no response from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) FOIA request regarding these issues. Also, numerous FOIAs have been filed with other federal agencies concerning details of Hastings suspicious car “accident.”
        I would like to thank the tens of thousands of people following this important story and the supportive comments that include many helpful tips. You can post anonymous tips for me at theKDreport.com orsandiego6.com or email: Kimberly.dvorak@hotmail.com
    5. Images for hastings crash

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    6. Michael Hastings Crash Caught On Surveillance Camera - New ...

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjaPHWNzTHQ

      Jul 27, 2013 - Uploaded by WeAreTheSavageNation
      7/26/13 - A new video shows the final moments before journalist Michael Hastings' Mercedes Benz exploded ...

    7. Michael Hastings death: New video of crash emerges - latimes.com

      www.latimes.com/.../la-me-ln-michael-hastings-death-new-video-of-cras...

      Jul 27, 2013 - A new video has emerged purporting to show the fiery crash earlier this year that killed journalist Michael Hastings.

    8. Michael Hastings Crash Caught On Surveillance Camera - Breitbart

      www.breitbart.com/.../New-Footage-Michael-Hastings-Crash-Caught-On-...

      Jul 27, 2013 - New Footage: Michael Hastings Crash Caught On Surveillance Camera.

    9. Gruesome Video Appears to Be Aftermath of Michael Hastings' Car ...

      gawker.com/gruesome-video-appears-to-be-aftermath-of-michael-hasti-5...

      The L.A. coroner's office has yet to declare that the body taken from this crash wasHastings, but Buzzfeed, Hastings' employer, confirmed that the 33-year-old ...

    10. New Video of Michael Hastings' Car Accident - Heavy

      www.heavy.com/news/.../michael-hastings-car-crash-video-watc...

      Aug 6, 2013 - Security camera footage turned up on the web that claims to depict of the fiery crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings. Does it look fishy to ...

    11. Dramatic Video Shows Michael Hastings' Fiery Crash: LAist

      laist.com/2013/07/27/video_shows_michael_hastings_crash.php

      Jul 27, 2013 - A dramatic video showing the fiery single-car crash that killed MichaelHastings has emerged. The grainy video comes from a surveillance ...
    .Sources:
    01. Afghanistan Reporter Michael Hastings dies at 33
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57589964/reporter-michael-hastings-dies-at-33/
    02. Seen on Facebook: assassinated? 
    03. PressTV Gordon Duff http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/20/309944/truth-out-on-flight-800-crash/
    04. http://ktla.com/2013/06/19/driver-killed-in-fiery-car-crash-in-hollywood/#ixzz2WcDXWNjW
    05. LA Times - Email from Michael Hastings before crash mentions FBI probe he was researching Jill Kelley case "wild conspiracy theories have bloomed on the Internet, implying he was murdered by powerful forces wanting to silence him. Hastings was researching a story about a privacy lawsuit brought by Florida socialite (uhh, she brought down two  generals..) Jill Kelley against the Department of Defense and the FBIHe was scheduled to meet with a Kelley representative next week in L.A. to discuss the case, according to a person close to Kelley.
    06. Email Sent by Michael Hastings Hours Before His Death Mentions ‘Big Story’ and a Need to ‘Go Off the Radar’ | TheBlaze.com The new revelation will certainly do nothing to tone down the unfounded conspiracy theories that have been wildly spreading across the Internet. Many of the theories have implied that the journalist was murdered by powerful forces within the U.S. government. “Hastings was researching a story about a privacy lawsuit brought by Florida [socialite] Jill Kelley against the Department of Defense and the FBI,” the LA Times reportsHe was supposed to meet with a representative of Kelley next week in L.A. to discuss the case, a source close to Kelley told the Times.

    .end updates

    .Topics List

    .Topics

    .conspiracy theory

    David Boze KTTH said it sounded like fodder for conspiracy theories and sounded like something out of spy fiction like Bourne series

    Infowars
    http://www.infowars.com/eyewitness-to-hastings-crash-reported-giant-explosion/

    .Explosion

    recently uncovered surveillance footage that appears to show the journalist’s Mercedes suffering several explosions before crashing into a tree.
    http://www.infowars.com/eyewitness-to-hastings-crash-reported-giant-explosion/

    .cia

    a source provided San Diego 6 News with an alarming email hacked from super secret CIA contractor Stratfor’s President Fred Burton. The email (link here) was posted on WikiLeaks and alleged that then Obama counter-terrorism Czar Brennan, was in charge of the government's continued crackdown or witch-hunt on investigative journalists. 
    After providing the Stratfor email to the CIA for comment, the spymaster's spokesperson responded in lightning speed. Two emails were received; one acknowledging Hastings was working on a CIA story and the other said, “Without commenting on information disseminated by WikiLeaks, any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.”  
    The emails also prompted a phone from CIA media spokesman Todd Ebitz. He said they were saddened by Michael’s death and reiterated their position that they had a cordial working relationship with the investigative reporter. 
    On the other hand, Stratfor, specifically Fred Burton, remains nonresponsive. 

    .stratfor 

    a source provided San Diego 6 News with an alarming email hacked from super secret CIA contractor Stratfor’s President Fred Burton. The email (link here) was posted on WikiLeaks and alleged that then Obama counter-terrorism Czar Brennan, was in charge of the government's continued crackdown or witch-hunt on investigative journalists. 
    After providing the Stratfor email to the CIA for comment, the spymaster's spokesperson responded in lightning speed. Two emails were received; one acknowledging Hastings was working on a CIA story and the other said, “Without commenting on information disseminated by WikiLeaks, any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.”  
    The emails also prompted a phone from CIA media spokesman Todd Ebitz. He said they were saddened by Michael’s death and reiterated their position that they had a cordial working relationship with the investigative reporter. 
    On the other hand, Stratfor, specifically Fred Burton, remains nonresponsive. 


    .End Topics

    Notes:
    01. Afghanistan Reporter Michael Hastings dies at 33
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57589964/reporter-michael-hastings-dies-at-33/
    Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings, who wrote the Rolling Stone profile that led to Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation, died in a car accident early Tuesday in Los Angeles, ..
     authored several books, including: The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, which stemmed from his story on McChrystal; I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story, written after his then-fiance, an aide worker, was killed in a car bombing while he was covering the Iraq war for Newsweek; and a book on the election for Buzzfeed, Panic 2012.
    Watch: Michael Hastings discusses his interview with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

    NANCY_NAIVE says: No one can replace him, but someone must succeed him.

    In a memorable exchange with Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks, Hastings' aggressive line of questioning angered Reines. "Why do you bother to ask questions you've already decided you know the answers to?" Reines asked. "Why don't you give answers that aren't ******** for a change?" Hastings replied

    DYLANESQ says:
    Given Michael's stature in news reporting I hope, despite indications it accident was caused by his driving, a thorough investigation checks out whether car was tampered with or he had (self or otherwise) drugs in his system. The latter may be hard to prove as 'body was burned beyond recognition'.
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    NANCY_NAIVE replies:
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    Michael Hastings, a 33-year-old reporter for Buzzfeed whose Rolling Stone report on comments made by aides to Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal ended McChrystal's career, died early Tuesday in an explosive one-car crash in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

    Video of the crash scene posted to YouTube shows an extremely fiery aftermath of the fatal wreck, with Hastings' car burning furiously at 625 N. Highland Ave. The car burns on the median strip outside the office of psychic Madam Mazale.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/19/journalist-michael-hastings-killed-in-fiery-l-a-crash/#ixzz2WfQPxy1j

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    One-car, fiery crash with no witnesses to the event, only the aftermath.

    Yeah, right!

    DYLANESQ replies:

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-hastings-dies-car-crash-20130618,0,7611310.story
    A witness described the accident to KTLA News: "I was just coming northbound on Highland and I seen a car, like, going really fast and all of a sudden I seen it jackknife," Luis Cortez said. "I just seen parts fly everywhere, and I slammed on my brakes and stopped and tried to call 911."

    02. Seen on facebook:

     assassinated
    17 hours ago · Like

    agreed, in these dark days, with a lying president whose draconian and deceitful ways surpass Bush 2, I believe Obama put a hit on Michael Hastings...it is the way it is done all over the world, when one offends/overreaches...welcome to the new Amerika...See More
    13 hours ago · Like


    03. PressTV Gordon Duff http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/20/309944/truth-out-on-flight-800-crash/
    Michael Hastings “Boston brakes” 
    Yesterday, Michael Hastings, a 33-year-old reporter responsible for ending the career of renegade General Stanley McChrystal, died in a mysterious “one car accident.” 

    Hastings exposed General McChrystal as a “cowboy” military leader, unanswerable to civilian command, oblivious to the rules of war and a general more inclined to worry about keeping the flow of heroin from Afghanistan going than anything else. 

    General McChrystal along with Vice-President Cheney headed JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), the half-military, half-political group that used death squads and drug cash to fight world terrorism. 

    JSOC knew no borders. They still don’t. JSOC doesn’t recognize the President as Commander-in-Chief, takes no orders from the secretary of defense or Joint Chiefs of Staff. In fact, many JSOC operatives are employed by civilian contracting firms under the control of political extremists openly opposed to America’s form of government. 

    Thus, it isn’t hard to understand why President Obama fired General McChrystal. It is equally clear why General McChrystal or his supporters might want Michael Hastings dead. 

    McChrystal’s friends have the expertise, giving all that is needed, means, motive and opportunity, for an arrest. There won’t even be an investigation. 

    Boston brakes 
    Another minor issue, which should be brought up. One of the common methods used by operatives of JSOC to “neutralize” opponents is “Boston brakes.” 

    The staged “one car accident” is actually taught in classes to members of a number of commands, Special Forces, Navy SEALS, CIA and others. All that is needed is access to a car, someone stupid enough to drive down a lonely road or be out very late at night, and control of accident investigators and a medical examiner. 

    Not that long ago, an Arizona sheriff who stood his ground against the Mexican drug cartels died in a “Boston brakes” accident. It may very well have been JSOC “operatives” who arranged his death. That man was Larry Deaver. 

    The “JSOC boys” are mostly “conservatives” and very amenable to “private enterprise.” They are fanatic Zionists, carry bibles wherever they go and account only to “God” who, according to them, seems to love their criminal enterprises. 


    04. 
    http://ktla.com/2013/06/19/driver-killed-in-fiery-car-crash-in-hollywood/#ixzz2WcDXWNjW
    “Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered, from wars to politicians,” Smith said...Friends said that, because of the nature of Hastings’ work, he often led a very paranoid lifestyle. ...were worried that he was in a very agitated state, yes. No question, people were concerned,” said Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks.” “He was incredibly tense and very worried and was concerned that the government was looking in on his material,” he said.

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