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Crashes of Convenience: Michael Hastings

Editor’s Note : We have something parallel to what happened to Danny Jowenko: Dutch demolition expert Danny Jowenko died in a one-sided car crash, a frontal collision with a tree, in the village of Serooskerke, The Netherlands. WTC7 according to Danny Jowenko was absolutely brought down by a controlled demolition.

Hastings died at age 33, in a single-vehicle automobile crash with a Mercedes C250 Coupé in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in the early morning of June 18, 2013. A witness to the crash said that he seemed to be driving at the car’s maximum speed before the car fishtailed and crashed into a palm tree. There are claims that his death could have been due to foul play; the Los Angeles Police Department has said there are no signs of foul play. 

The Corbett Report : Hastings was that rarest of breeds: a mainstream reporter who wasn’t afraid to rail against the system, kick back against the establishment, and bite the hand that feeds him. On the morning of June 18, 2013, he died in a fiery car crash. But now details are emerging that he was on the verge of breaking an important new story about the CIA, and believed he was being investigated by the FBI. Now even a former counter-terrorism czar is admitting Hastings’ car may have been cyber-hijacked.

Hours before his death, Hastings believed he was being investigated by the FBI. He emailed his colleagues warning that the FBI might interview them, and he also discussed this with a WikiLeaks lawyer just hours before his death. The FBI released a statement denying that Hastings was being investigated.

Hastings’ friend and confidant SSgt. Joe Biggs disclosed a macabre twist in the award-winning journalist’s death in a suspicious single-car accident. According to SSgt. Biggs, “Michael Hastings’ body was returned to Vermont in an urn.” He further alleged, “Family members did not want Michael’s body cremated.” 

This revelation provides another wrinkle in the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) handling of a case they labeled “no foul play” only hours after the writer’s death.

Nevertheless LA County assistant corner, Ed Winter, said it took two days to identify the burned-beyond recognition body of Hastings. Officials also confirmed that an autopsy has been performed, but the cause of death is still pending. Unfortunately the family will have to wait for cause of death answers as LAPD media spokesperson Lieutenant Andrew Neiman indicated, “It will take several weeks to get the toxicology results.”

SSgt. Biggs also emphatically stated that liquor was not a factor in the accident, as Hastings hadn’t consumed alcoholic beverages in five years.

So why is the LAPD delaying the reports?

It was SSgt. Biggs who released the following chilling email to members of the media;

“Subject: FBI Investigation, re: NSA -Hey (redacted names) — the Feds are interviewing my “close friends and associates.” Perhaps if the authorities arrive “BuzzFeed GQ,” er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news gathering practices or related journalism issues. Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit. All the best, and hope to see you all soon. Michael”

The receipt of this email from Hastings tipped the scales for SSgt. Biggs. “This wasn’t an accident and I will continue to investigate his death.” 

Scene of the Crash

 

As an investigative journalist, Hastings saw his fair share of threats. One particular passage in Hastings book: The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, revealed that a former McChrystal staff member made a death threat. “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write,” the unnamed staffer said. Hastings coolly retorted: “Well, I get death threats like that about once a year, so no worries.”

Despite the LAPD’s categorization of the Hasting fatal accident as a “no (evidence of) foul play,” LAPD continues to ignore FOIA (CPRA in Calif.) requests made by San Diego 6 News for the police report, 9/11 call, autopsy, bomb squad and toxicology reports, or make the Mercedes available for inspection which only fuels conjecture. 7/12/13 Mercedes says their cars do not blow up…..100% guaranteed…….

Source: http://www.sandiego6.com/story/hastin.

Details of Reporter Hastings’ Death Remain Elusive: http://www.sandiego6.com/story/hastin

Hastings Sent Email Stating ‘Need to Go off the Radar’ Hours Before Death:http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV.

Hastings reported their unvarnished comments in “The Runaway General,” an explosive and award-winning Rolling Stone article that unleashed a global media storm and led President Obama to order McChrystal back to Washington, where he fired the general on the spot.

Vanity Fair : In his elegant, honest, and poignant remembrance of the fearless Hastings, BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith writes:

“He knew that there are certain truths that nobody has an interest in speaking, ones that will make both your subjects and their enemies uncomfortable. They’re stories that don’t get told because nobody in power has much of an interest in telling them — the story, for instance, of how a president is getting rolled by his generals . . .

In a way, Michael was born too late: He wrote with the sort of commitment of the generation of reporters shaped by the government’s lies about Vietnam, not by the triumphalism of the 1990s or the reflexive patriotism of the years after 9/11. He was surer than most of us that power is, presumptively, not to be trusted. Writers of his courage and talent are so rare, and he was taken way too soon. There are few like him. We will miss him terribly.”

Read more: Why the Hacks Hate Michael Hastings, by Barrett Brown.

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