Skip to comments.Michael Hastings’ Chilling Final Story
Posted on 06/19/2013 9:07:56 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Journalist Michael Hastings was killed early Tuesday morning in a bizarre car incident in Los Angeles. Hastings, 33, was best known for writing the Rolling Stone story that ended in Gen. Stanley McChrystals resignation as head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Hastings final story, Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans, was a searing take on the NSA snooping scandal, which Hastings described as North Korea-esque. Hastings pulled no punches as he linked the NSA scandal to the Department of Justices spying on reporters and the IRS abuse scandal. Hastings built a case that the same Democrats who turned Bush-era anti-terrorism techniques into wedge issues that helped them capture Congress and the White House in 2006 and 2008 were now defending much worse and more widespread spying on American citizens by the Obama administration.
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Did they Breitbart him?
Another LA County coroner getting arsenic-poisoned in 3, 2, 1.......
No wonder he was “Marcy Parked.”
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This was another painful entry into the Obama Dead Pool file...
Guess he didn’t have a blue dress?
Did they Breitbart him?
Hastings body was burned beyond recognition, according to reports.
How does a car jackknife?
We all discussed “Arkancide” victims here during Toon’s regime. This is all too familiar.
A US Person
“Crashed and burned huh, Mav”
If you set off a bomb in a car, you could cut it in half and then it could jackknife.
So the MarxoFascists are going Munich Postal on those who dare report against the Fuhrer and his regime.
Since when do Mercedes ‘explode’ after ‘jackknifing’ all by their lonesome??
They’re playing for keeps, and if you don’t toe the line with the regime, you are gonna die.
After all, they know everything there is to know about all of us - and taking us all out one by one or en masse is not going to be a problem for them.
It’s about time for something to really pop!
Hastings’ article referenced by Preston
“Barrett Brown, another investigative journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, among others publications, exposed the connections between the private contracting firm HB Gary (a government contracting firm that, incidentally, proposed a plan to spy on and ruin the reputation of the ***Guardians Greenwald***) and who is currently sitting in a Texas prison on trumped up FBI charges regarding his legitimate reportorial inquiry into the political collective known sometimes as Anonymous. “
Comment to Preston’s article on PJ Tatler:
Rest in peace Michael. Interestingly at his untimely death he was working on a story about the imprisoned journalist Barrett Brown (facing 105 years for sharing a link, etc.) and planning to visit him in jail. They were friends and allies. About this story he said “Get ready for your mind to be blown.” His last article mentions BB, as do his tweets from early June. I confirmed he discussed the story with his editor at BuzzFeed and here’s some of my correspondence with Michael: https://twitter.com/ageis/status/347435866089717760 I last talked to him June 3 when I referred him to the lawyers about the visit. See http://twitter.com/FreeBarrett_
By the way, I find this spectacular, fiery crash deeply suspicious.
Written by Glenn Greenwald on Mar 21, 2013
I don't know much about such things: I'm a doctor, not a mechanic.
Wow! Thanks for the links!
Other plans targeted social organizations and advocacy groups. Separate from the plan to target Greenwald and WikiLeaks, HBGary was part of a consortia that submitted a proposal to develop a persona management system for the United States Air Force, that would allow one user to control multiple online identities for commenting in social media spaces, thus giving the appearance of grassroots support or opposition to certain policies.
It was clear to Brown that these were actions of questionable legality, but beyond that, government contractors were attempting to undermine Americans free speechwith the apparent blessing of the DOJ.
The lawmakers say it is “deeply troubling” that “tactics developed for use against terrorists may have been unleashed against American citizens.”
Considering that the person who carried out the actual Stratfor hack had several priors and is facing a maximum of ten years, the inescapable conclusion is that the problem is not with the hack itself, but with Browns journalism. As Glenn Greenwald remarked in the Guardian: it is virtually impossible to conclude that the obscenely excessive prosecution he now faces is unrelated to that journalism and his related activism.
One cant help but infer that the US Department of Justice has become just another security contractor, working alongside the HBGarys and Stratfors on behalf of corporate bidders, with no sense at all for the justness of their actions; they are working to protect corporations and private security contractors and give them license to engage in disinformation campaigns against ordinary citizens and their advocacy groups. The mere fact that the FBIs senior cybersecurity advisor has recently moved to Hunton and Williams shows just how incestuous this relationship has become. Meanwhile the Department of Justice is also using its power and force to trample on the rights of citizens like Barrett Brown who are trying to shed light on these nefarious relationships.
While the media and much of the world have been understandably outraged by the revelation of the NSA’s spying programs, Barrett Browns work was pointing to a much deeper problem. It isnt the sort of problem that can be fixed by trying to tweak a few laws or by removing a few prosecutors. The problem is not with bad laws or bad prosecutors. What the case of Barrett Brown has exposed is that we confronting a different problem altogether. It is a systemic problem. It is the failure of the rule of law.
FObama leaves the country so not to be a suspect.
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