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  • Car Hacking Report Refuels Concerns About Michael Hastings Crash

    02/22/2015 10:06:07 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies ^ | 02/20/2015 | Mary Papenfuss
    The wreckage of the car crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings.Those still wondering what really happened in gonzo journalist Michael Hastings’ fiery demise likely sat up straight during 60 Minutes’ recent piece on how hackers can hijack the controls of a car.After Hastings died in a bizarre one-car crash along a straight Los Angeles street, former counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke noted the accident was “consistent with a car cyber attack” and that it was easy to hack cars. It seems he was right, as 60 Minutes demonstrated in a chilling fashion.In the segment, a nervous Lesley Stahl smashed into safety...
  • “Allah’s (White House) Muslim Terrorist” + Taliban’s TOP Jihadis + Bergdahl’s Islamic Family = The L

    02/04/2015 11:27:57 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 4 replies
    Adina Kutnicki A ZIONIST & CONSERVATIVE Blog ^ | February 5, 2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    “Commentary By Adina Kutnicki by Adina Kutnicki AS patriots await the official (Allah-wash) report regarding Bergdahl's (military-related) status, there are certain facts which are indisputable. We will get to that. BUT intertwined with the upcoming Pentagon's evaluation - re the aforementioned deserter and traitor - underlies the "logic" behind trading him for top Taliban leaders. IN this regard, it begs the question: why would the leader of the free world trade any soldier, let alone one with "questionable" loyalty, for high value, prized terror leaders? Well, if one's leanings are Islamist-infused, the question becomes the logical inverse: why not? Not...
  • Jill Kelley e-mails depict a striving Tampa socialite and a smitten military brass

    02/04/2015 5:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    Judging from her e-mails, Jill Kelley was star-struck by the big-name military commanders rotating between the war zones in the Middle East and her home town of Tampa. And they were equally smitten with her. (snip) Although Kelley was never accused of wrongdoing, her name and her unusual niche in the national-security establishment were quickly publicized by the news media. In 2013, she sued the FBI and the Defense Department, asserting that her privacy rights had been violated by officials who leaked her name and personal information to reporters. The federal government has sought to dismiss the case, but a...
  • House Democrat accuses Gen. Petraeus of “Charlie Sheen” strategy

    03/16/2011 1:32:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2011 | Hotair
    In what appears to be yet another desperate House Democrat attempt to stay relevant while in the minority, Rep. Lynn Woolsey accused General David Petraeus of using a “Charlie Sheen counter-insurgency strategy” in Afghanistan. Speaking at the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force, Woolsey made the comments while hearing testimony from Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings and other military experts: Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) on Wednesday sharply criticized David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and signaled agreement with an assessment from a Rolling Stone editor who likened the commander’s performance to that of...
  • Mysterious Death of Obama Critic and Reporter on Bin Laden’s Death and Ferguson Labeled Suicide

    12/13/2014 6:38:10 PM PST · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 67 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 13, 2014 | Lily Dane
    .... Di-Natale provided coverage of the [Osama bin Laden] raid's aftermath, including an exclusive interview with Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped U.S. agents verify Bin Laden's presence, and who remains imprisoned in Pakistan to this day. Di-Natale notably reported from Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound in the aftermath of the US raid, and is known for chiseling out a brick from the compound: Call me a conspiracy theorist, but when I heard about Di-Natale's death, the first thing that popped into my mind was this: Who killed him? It isn't that far-fetched to suspect foul play when a journalist...
  • This Journalist Died After Exposing Bowe Bergdahl’s Anti-Americanism Was it an inside job? (car cras

    "...the Obama administration actively sought to keep the lid on Robert Bergdahl and Michael Hastings’ reporting of Bowe Bergdahl, as secret FBI documents now reveal. A 22-page secret FBI report dated June 11, 2012, obtained by investigative reporter Jason Leopold, shows that both Hastings and former Afghanistan war veteran and co-writer Matt Farwell were under an intense FBI investigation in early 2012. The document is highly redacted; but it appears Hastings and Farwell were under direct FBI surveillance, including when they met with Bowe Bergdahl’s parents in 2012."
  • FBI: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents have received threats

    06/07/2014 6:15:32 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 92 replies
    CNN ^ | 06-07-2014 | Michael Martinez
    (CNN) -- As the controversy surrounding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release gains growing attention, Bergdahl's family is now the target of recent threats, according to an FBI spokesman. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl family have received threats following his release after five years in captivity at the hands of the Taliban, an FBI spokesman told CNN on Saturday. "We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously," FBI Special Agent William Facer said in an e-mail. Facer declined to detail the nature and severity of the threats. Additionally, the military spokesperson for the Bergdahl family...
  • As Bowe Bergdahl Heals, Details Emerge of His Captivity

    06/07/2014 8:22:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 67 replies ^ | June 7, 2014 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told medical officials that his captors locked him in a metal cage in total darkness for weeks at a time as punishment for trying to escape, and while military doctors say he now is physically able to travel he is not yet emotionally ready for the pressures of reuniting with his family, according to American officials who have been briefed on his condition. Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Bowe Bergdahl, left, in 2009. His former platoon mates gave sharply contradictory accounts of how he viewed the war.Bergdahl Was In Unit Known For...
  • The Taliban Five, Bergdahl’s platoon and ‘Republican strategists’

    06/07/2014 2:04:19 PM PDT · by LibertyGirl14 · 13 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | June 7, 2014 | Renee Nal
    Instead of being angered at the muzzling of Bergdahl’s platoon, some of Obama’s more radical lapdogs have opted to attack the brave men who were first-hand witnesses to Bergdahl’s betrayal. While some in the press and the Obama administration have attacked these soldiers directly by opining that they were “long on psychopaths and short on leadership,” or by accusing them of “swift-boating,” for example; others have opted for the more politically safe path of attacking those who have empowered these men to tell their stories. Although the members of Bergdahl’s platoon are clearly the most qualified to tell the tale,...
  • Taliban terrorist freed in Bergdahl swap 'vows to return to Afghanistan to fight Americans'

    06/07/2014 12:57:43 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 7, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    One of the terrorists President Barack Obama released last week in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is already plotting to avenge his captivity by attacking American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, a Taliban commander has claimed. As a condition of the deal with the Taliban that secured Bergdahl’s release, the U.S. relinquished five Taliban associates to Qatar, where they are required to stay for the next year. Already, Noorullah Noori, is pledging to return to return to the battlefield, the commander said. After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,’ he...
  • 3 clues the White House needs to cover up Bergdahl

    06/07/2014 5:41:35 AM PDT · by GregNH · 43 replies
    Allen West Blog ^ | 6/06/2014 | Allen West
    As more revelations emerge about Bergdahl’s disappearance, it becomes clearer that the White House has something really big to hide. Here are three clues: 1. In predictable fashion, those who question the official story must be discredited. The Soldiers who are providing their own on-the-ground recollections must be “psychopaths,” as an Obama administration official at HUD referred to them. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf has attacked their integrity, and now the media has resurrected “swift-boating” — all meant to disparage, demean, and discredit these brave American Soldiers. This is what liberals do — and I speak from experience. 2. The...
  • The Bergdahl Exchange -- a Wider Legal View

    06/07/2014 11:29:28 AM PDT · by kingattax · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 7, 2014 | By Louis Rene Beres
    A number of plainly sensible arguments have already been raised in opposition to President Obama's exchange of an American military prisoner for assorted Taliban terrorists. Wherever these arguments have centered on the expected creation of additional and possibly new risks to Americans, they have been compelling, even unassailable. Now, however, it should also be pointed out that there are certain vital and sometimes intersecting issues of U.S. law and international law involved in this matter. These specifically jurisprudential issues warrant immediate and informed clarification. First, however, a non-legal reaction. It goes without saying that any reassurances offered by the government...
  • Odd Connections: CGI, Stanley Inc, Analysis Corp, John Brennan

    10/23/2013 5:50:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
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    He is an odd list of connections: CGI, the designer of the Obamacare website and computer system, is the parent company of Stanley, Inc., whose employees (2) along with an employee of Analyst Corp, were investigated for the State Department passport breaches involving said passports of Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barrack Obama. The Analyst Corp employee, one Leiutenant (his name, not rank) Quarles Harris, was reprimanded but not fired. Analyst Corp is a small company of approximately 100 employees at that time. It's CEO was at that time John Brennan, now Director of the CIA. As an side note,...
  • How your car can be hacked remotely by a tiny device

    02/08/2014 6:24:51 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Road and Track ^ | February 7, 2014 | Steve Abrams
    Yet another security researcher is demonstrating a better way to break into vehicle electronic systems, taking control from drivers in a way that could wreak havoc on the roads. While we aren't in imminent danger of wireless drive-by hacks on our cars, automakers must quickly take a more proactive role in discovering and plugging the holes in automotive computer networks before someone devises a practical exploit that requires no physical access to the car. Automakers remain secretive about their in-vehicle computer security, but as hackers find new ways into these rolling networks, automakers need to open up, acknowledge the risks,...
  • Who Killed Michael Hastings?

    11/11/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 87 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Benjamin Wallace
    Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he? A t the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed...
  • Mystery grows: Journalist died prepping Obama exposé

    08/29/2013 8:08:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 89 replies
    wnd ^ | 8/29/13 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – Before his death in a fiery car crash, Michael Hastings was preparing to publish a major investigative piece tied to the undercover agent who is suspected of sanitizing President Obama’s passport records prior to the 2008 presidential election. The mystery has only deepened since the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office ruled that drugs in his system at the time of the June 18 crash, including amphetamines and marijuana, likely did not contribute to the crash. Hastings, 33 years old at the time of his death, wrote for Gentleman’s Quarterly, Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed, reporting on national security issues....
  • 'A Nation of Sullen Paranoids'

    08/25/2013 9:43:37 AM PDT · by Skepolitic · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/23/2013 | Peggy Noonan
    Three items on the continuing National Security Agency controversy: the information that came out this week, a prescient warning from a veteran British intelligence hand, and a prophecy from an interesting source. ... "A nation of sullen paranoids." Boy, is that it. This picks up on a point a friend, a veteran of Republican White Houses, said near the time the controversies were beginning. He told me of a sophisticated person he knew, experienced in journalism and the ways of government, who thought the U.S. government might have had the reporter Michael Hastings killed. He said, musingly, "The future is...
  • Report: Michael Hastings Feared His Mercedes Was Tampered With, Asked to Borrow Neighbor’s Car....

    08/23/2013 7:37:00 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 22 | Jason Howerton
    Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings told his neighbor that he was afraid to drive his Mercedes because he believed it had been tampered with, according to a LA Weekly report.
  • Rolling Stone journalist feared prior to crash his car was tampered with: Report

    08/22/2013 1:04:43 PM PDT · by LyinLibs · 98 replies
    FOX News ^ | 8/22/2013 | Fox (author not specified)
    <p>Hours before dying in a fiery car crash, Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings told his neighbor he believed his Mercedes had been tampered with, according to a report.</p> <p>Hastings’ neighbor Jordanna Thigpen says he knocked on her door after midnight and asked to borrow her Volvo because he was afraid to drive his own car.</p>
  • Autopsy Shows Journalist Michael Hastings Had Meth, Pot In System At Time Of Fiery Auto Crash

    08/21/2013 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | August 20, 2013 | The Smoking Gun
    The family of journalist Michael Hastings was trying to get him into drug rehab at the time he died in a fiery Los Angeles car wreck, according to a coroner’s report released today.
  • Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death

    08/20/2013 5:35:57 PM PDT · by South40 · 75 replies
    LATimes ^ | 8/20/2013 | Andrew Blankstein
    Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery Los Angeles crash in June, died of "traumatic injuries" as a result of the accident and had traces of drugs in his system, Los Angeles coroner's officials said Tuesday. Hastings, 33, died June 18 in a single-vehicle accident. His car burst into flames and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner's officials said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, as well as marijuana. Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports.
  • Coroner Classifies Michael Hastings’ Death As Accidental

    08/20/2013 3:39:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 1:12 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles County Coroner Tuesday classified journalist Michael Hastings’ death as accidental. Hastings, 33, died in the early morning hours of June 20 when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed in Hancock Park. The coroner listed traumatic injuries sustained in the accident as his cause of death. Toxicology tests also discovered that a “small amount of Methamphetamine and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was detected. Levels indicate prior, but not recent usage,” the report stated. Hastings, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, won a George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his...
  • Journalist Michael Hastings had drugs in system when he died, coroner’s report says

    08/20/2013 1:46:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 35 replies ^ | 8/20/13 | ap
    The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office says journalist Michael Hastings, who won fame writing the Rolling Stone article that ended General Stanley McChrystal's career, had drugs including amphetamines and marijuana in his system when he was killed in a fiery car crash in June. However, a toxicology report states the amphetamines, likely meth, were "unlikely to have an intoxicative effect at the time of the accident,” and that Hastings likely ingested the marijuana hours earlier. Hasting’s cause of death was massive blunt force trauma, and the coroner determined he likely lost consciousness upon impact and died within seconds.
  • CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target

    08/13/2013 3:02:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    San Diego 6 ^ | 8/13/13 | Kimberly Dvorak
    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...
  • Group sues FBI for records after Michael Hastings’ mysterious death

    07/30/2013 7:57:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 148 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 Jul 2013 | Josh Peterson
    A journalist and a researcher have sued the Justice Department for access to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s records on the late journalist Michael Hastings. The lawsuit follows the FBI’s failure to respond to separate Freedom of Information Act requests for records on Hastings submitted by journalist Jason Leopold of al-Jazeera and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Ryan Shapiro. Agencies are required by statute to notify applicants about whether it will fulfill their requests within a 20-working-day period of the initial application. In the hours before his death, which was ruled an accident by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hastings...
  • Michael Hastings Crash Caught On Surveillance Camera

    07/27/2013 3:31:30 PM PDT · by LyinLibs · 137 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/27/2013 | Breitbart TV
    VIDEO footage from Pizzeria Mozza, which is located at Melrose and Highland, shows the final moments before journalist Michael Hastings' Mercedes Benz exploded into flames.
  • Hackers hijack software in a car and remotely control the steering, brakes and horn using a laptop

    07/25/2013 1:42:55 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 120 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 Jul 2013 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    Forget hacking accounts, computers or mobile devices - security engineers from Indiana have managed to hack the software inside the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape. Using a laptop wirelessly connected to the car's electronics, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to remotely control the brakes, the accelerate, change the speedometer, switch the headlights on and off, tighten the seatbelts and even blast the horn. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to highlight the security risks affecting modern-day cars. Miller, a security engineer at Twitter, and Valasek, Director of Security Intelligence...
  • Journalist Michael Hastings' Body Cremated by Authorities Against Family's Wishes (Video)

    07/19/2013 7:30:03 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 07/17/2013 | By Michael Allen
    Journalist Michael Hastings’ body was reportedly cremated by Los Angeles authorities against his family’s wishes, destroying possible evidence of his mysterious death in a car accident on June 18. Hastings was killed when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high speed and exploded. Only hours earlier, Hastings sent an email to friends at stating that he was “onto a big story” and had “to go off the radar for a bit.” He also warned his colleagues that they might be questioned about him by authorities.
  • Obama Pentagon Caught In Big Benghazi Lie: Key Commander Not Retired, Can Be Compelled To Testify

    07/18/2013 10:32:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 7/18/13 | Jake Hammer
    <p>Exerpted from Marine Corps Times: When insurgents attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, Col. George Bristol held a key post in the region. As commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, he was in a position to know what options the U.S. had to protect Americans under fire.</p>
  • On The Elusive Details of Michael Hastings' Death

    07/10/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT · by mojito · 90 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 7/10/2013 | Mike Krieger
    The Michael Hastings Car Crash: No Skids Marks, A Flying Engine And “Boston Brakes” In cases such as the highly suspicious and tragic car crash/explosion that killed celebrated investigative journalist Michael Hastings, I try to reserve commentary for a little bit to let facts emerge following the initial speculative flurry. Particularly when it involves a journalist with whom I am only slightly familiar. I think we can all agree at this point that based on what has come forward in the past several weeks it is more than likely Mr. Hastings was murdered.
  • Suspicions Growing Over Death of Journalist Probing NSA and CIA Abuses

    07/09/2013 8:32:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 132 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 July 2013 | Alex Newman
    Weeks after the fiery death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings , who was probing abuses by the CIA and NSA and had recently informed others that he was being investigated by federal authorities, suspicions about his mysterious car crash are still swirling around the Internet. While police officially ruled the death an “accident,” serious questions are still surfacing — even in the establishment media and among prominent officials. Based on e-mails Hastings sent out shortly before he died about working on a “big story” and needing to go “off the radar,” it has become clear that he was worried, too....
  • Richard Clarke: Hastings accident “consistent with a car cyber

    06/25/2013 1:40:40 PM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 77 replies
    Hang the Bankers ^ | 6/25/2013 | Clark Kent
    Former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke told The Huffington Post on Monday that the fatal crash of journalist Michael Hastings’ Mercedes C250 coupe last week is “consistent with a car cyber attack.” “There is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers” — including the United States — know how to remotely seize control of a car,” Clarke said. On Saturday, posted a video of a talk presented by Dr. KathleenFisher, a program manager for DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible...
  • Why It's Unlikely Someone Killed Michael Hastings By Hacking His Car

    06/27/2013 1:02:15 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 71 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6/25/13 | Patrick George
    Following the death of Rolling Stone and BuzzFeed contributor Michael Hastings in a fiery car crash, and the subsequent revelation of a panicked email he sent to his colleagues just before he died, this question has arisen: could someone have hacked his car? That's unlikely, and here's why. P Hastings' 2013 Mercedes C250 coupe crashed into a tree on Highland Ave. in Los Angeles around 4:30 am on June 18. The car burst into flames, and it took the coroner two days to positively ID Hastings' body. P It sounds like perfect fodder for a good conspiracy theory. After all,...
  • Bush advisor: Hastings crash ‘consistent with a car cyberattack’

    06/26/2013 5:56:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    RT ^ | June 25, 2013
    A former cybersecurity advisor to President George W. Bush says a sophisticated computer hack could have been the cause of the automobile accident that claimed the life of journalist Michael Hastings last week in Los Angeles. Richard Clarke, a State Department official-turned-special advisor to several United States presidents, said the early morning auto crash last Tuesday was "consistent with a car cyberattack,” raising new questions about the death of the award-winning journalist. Hastings died last week when his 2013 Mercedes C250 coupe collided with a tree in Los Angeles, California on the morning of June 18. He was reportedly traveling...
  • Coroner IDs body of journalist Michael Hastings (fingerprints???)

    06/25/2013 5:29:10 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 121 replies
    ap ^ | 6/20 | ap
    Hastings, 33, was identified by matching fingerprints to prints the FBI had on file, Corral said.
  • Hastings sent panicked email just before crash

    06/24/2013 9:31:50 AM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 108 replies
    Slate ^ | June 23, 2013 | Daniel Politi
    Partial Excerpt, more at site: Journalist Michael Hastings wrote an email to his colleagues hours before he died last week in which he said his “close friends and associates” were being interviewed by the FBI and he was going to “go off the radar for a bit.” The 33-year-old journalist said he was “onto a big story,” according to KTLA . . .
  • On Conformity, Death and Double Standards

    06/23/2013 4:45:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 23, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    A 33-year-old man died this week in a fiery car crash in the early morning hours in Los Angeles. A tragedy, as it is when anyone dies before their time. But this man's name was Michael Hastings, and his death set off a week of media praise and adulation about his all-too-short life that is telling in more ways than anything the subject of it ever exposed. Hastings didn't cure cancer, he didn't invent anything that makes life better, he wrote words. Michael Hastings was a journalist. And if there is one thing journalists love more than anything else it's...
  • Michael Hastings Trutherism

    06/21/2013 12:35:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Week ^ | June 20, 2013 | Marc Ambinder
    This is a distasteful subject to write about. But Los Angeles talk radio is obsessed with the death of Michael Hastings and the insinuations that somehow he was killed by unknown forces attempting to silence him. Yesterday afternoon, I drove to the scene of the car crash. Several bouquets of flowers ringed a tree. I saw candles and notes. It's very sad. Trutherism (the catch-all term for instant conspiracies based on extreme mistrust and/or unfounded supposition) makes me angry. I would much rather have Hastings' life work be the subject of discussion and criticism than to hear L.A. radio jocks...
  • Exclusive: Hastings Sent Colleagues Email Hours Before Crash (WOW)

    06/21/2013 10:56:51 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 135 replies
    KTLA ^ | June 21, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings was ruled an accident by police, but conspiracy theories continued to circulate on Friday. Hastings, 33, was killed in a fiery solo-vehicle crash in Hancock Park early Tuesday morning. ...Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs told KTLA that he received an email from Hastings on Monday. Biggs had known Hastings since 2008, when the journalist was embedded in his unit in Afghanistan. “On Monday morning, I woke up and I got an email, and it’s very panicked,” Biggs said. He was blind-copied on the email, which was sent to Hastings’ colleagues....
  • Witness: Hastings’ speeding car ‘shook my car—like a freight truck going by’

    06/21/2013 7:27:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 118 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2 hrs 48 mins ago | Dylan Stableford,
    A driver who witnessed the fiery crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings says the vehicle the 33-year-old was driving shook his car "like a freight truck" as it flew by early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. "Was stopped at a red light tonight when a pearl white Mercedes flew past," Michael Carter wrote on Facebook a few hours later. "It shook my car like a freight truck going by. Saw it burst into flames a quarter mile down the road when it hit a tree." In a Facebook message to Yahoo News, Carter explained in detail what he saw:
  • WikiLeaks: Hastings contacted us just before his death

    06/20/2013 6:32:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    The Telegraph blogs ^ | June 19, 2013 | By Tim Stanley
    WikiLeaks just threw some gasoline onto the conspiracy fire. On Wednesday night, they Tweeted: “Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.” What exactly are they trying to say? Michael Hastings was a much admired freelance journalist who covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and helped to bring down General Stanley McChrystal. He was tragically killed this week in a car crash in Los Angeles, after his car hit a tree. Hastings is believed to have been alone in the vehicle. Hastings has certainly been in...
  • Michael Hastings researching Jill Kelley case before death

    06/20/2013 12:29:44 PM PDT · by maggief · 86 replies
    LATimes ^ | June 20, 2013 | Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON – During the weeks before he was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles, reporter Michael Hastings was researching a story about a privacy lawsuit brought by Florida socialite Jill Kelley against the Department of Defense and the FBI. Hastings, 33, was scheduled to meet with a representative of Kelley next week in Los Angeles to discuss the case, according to a person close to Kelley. Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone and the website BuzzFeed. Kelley alleges that military officials and the FBI leaked her name to the media to discredit her after she reported receiving a stream...
  • WikiLeaks says Michael Hastings contacted it just before his death

    06/20/2013 4:58:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Last updated: June 19th, 2013 | By Tim Stanley
    WikiLeaks says Michael Hastings contacted it just before his death. Are they implying he was murdered? WikiLeaks just threw some gasoline onto the conspiracy fire. On Wednesday night, they Tweeted: “Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.” What exactly are they trying to say?
  • Journalist Michael Hastings dies at 33 in car accident

    06/19/2013 1:07:57 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    zap2it ^ | June 19, 2013
    Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings dies in a single-car accident in Los Angeles Tuesday morning (June 18). Hasting's was best-known for a profile he penned in 2010 that led to the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, the man in charge of the US-led war effort in Afghanistan. Hasting's death was first reported by Buzzfeed and Rolling Stone, two of the many outlets he contributed to. He was also an accomplished author, with three books to his credit. The first, "I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story," tells the story of his fiancee's death in Iraq, while he was...
  • Michael Hastings Dead At 33

    06/19/2013 1:01:21 PM PDT · by knarf · 38 replies
    L A Times ^ | June 19, 2013 | joseph serna
    Los Angeles police said they have yet to determine the cause of a fiery solo-car crash in Hollywood that apparently killed award-winning journalist Michael Hastings. The death of the 33-year-old Hastings was announced by his employer, BuzzFeed, which said he died in a Los Angeles car accident. But the Los Angeles County coroner's office had yet to determine Wednesday whether a body recovered from a fiery car crash was that of Hastings. The body was “unrecognizable” and badly charred, police told the Los Angeles Times. The body is identified only as "John Doe 117.”
  • Turbocharged Luxury Death (The Death of Michael Hastings)

    06/19/2013 5:24:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Other McCain | June 19, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Robert Stacy McCain @rsmccain Does the NSA have technology that can make a sports car veer out of control? …? Asking for a friend ... #NotParanoid 1:01 PM - 19 Jun 2013 10 Retweets 3 favorites The conspiracy theorists have already gotten way ahead of me on this story. I’m on a self-imposed deadline today for a long article about the life and death of Michael Hastings and the first question that interested me was, “How the hell does a journalist afford a brand-new Mercedes-Benz C250?” A bit of research and a couple of phone calls pointed toward...
  • Michael Hastings conspiracy theories: Web goes wild after NSA, CIA reporter killed in crash

    06/19/2013 9:58:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 6/19/13 | Beth Stebner
    News of reporter and writer Michael Hastings´ death at the age of only 33 has shaken the journalism community across the nation, as well as fans of the writer´s hard-hitting reporting.(Snip)conspiracy theorists are speculating that there is more than meets the eye over Hasting´s demise. Twitter, Facebook, and sharing site Reddit were abuzz Wednesday, with some users commenting that it was suspicious that Hastings, who famously brought down U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in a Rolling Stone cover story, died while in the middle of covering several hot-button topics like monitoring by the National Security Agency and the CIA.
  • Journalist Michael Hastings Died in a Car Accident(ended Gen. McChrystal's career)

    06/18/2013 6:52:56 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Magazine ^ | June 18, 2013 | Shayna Rose Arnold
    Journalist Michael Hastings died in car accident in Los Angeles today. Details of the accident have not been released. He was 33. Best known for his 2010 profile of General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone—it effectively ended the military career of the man who had led the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan—Hastings won the 2010 Polk award for magazine reporting and wrote a book about his experience reporting on the war, The Operators: The wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. A second book, I Lost My Love in Baghdad, details Hastings’ time as a war correspondent...
  • Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans (Michael Hastings Last Article)

    06/20/2013 9:37:40 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 26 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | 06/07/3013 | Michael Hastings
    Besides Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, most Democrats abandoned their civil liberty positions during the age of Obama. With a new leak investigation looming, the Democrat leadership are now being forced to confront all the secrets they’ve tried to hide.
  • Michael Hastings’ Chilling Final Story

    06/19/2013 9:07:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2013 - 9:46 am | Bryan Preston
    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 McChrystal’s 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 Justice’s spying on reporters and the IRS abuse scandal. Hastings built a case that the same Democrats who turned Bush-era...