How Did Michael Hastings Really Die?
August 22nd, 2013
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UPDATE 8/21/2013 @ 7:22 pm:Â The Young Turks reportÂ that Hastings had taken an attention deficit disorder medication Adderall on occasion, a pharmaceutical drug that would show up in a test as the âtrace amountsâ of amphetamine found in Hastingsâ system. Again, all the media reports admit these âtrace amountsâ hadÂ nothingÂ to do with Hastingsâ crash and that Hastings wasÂ not intoxicatedÂ at the time of the crash, but the headlines continue to portray him as a meth and pot junkie that got messed up and simply drove his car into a tree, diverting attention away from theÂ completely suspiciousÂ circumstances surrounding his death. This is a smear campaign, character assassination and nothing more.Â Hastings deserves a real investigation!
The Los Angeles coroner has released the report on Michael Hastingsâ untimely death, and it would appear the document will be milked for all the damage control propaganda it is worth.
Dancing in step to the establishment tune on cue, the mainstream media has jumped all over another excuse to titillate its audience with the second act of the spectacle we are currently witnessing.
nounÂ \Ëspek-ti-kÉlÂ alsoÂ -Ëti-kÉl\
1: something exhibited to view as unusual, notable, or entertaining;Â especiallyÂ : an eye-catching or dramatic public display
In short, you couldnât write a better movie script than this morbidÂ theaterÂ thatâs being rolled out like a red carpet before our eyes, ladies and gentlemen.
The coroner found traces of amphetamine and marijuana in Hastings system. Let the mediaâs games begin.
TheÂ Associated PressÂ began itâs report on Hastings autopsy with, âAfter 14 years of sobriety, journalist Michael Hastings had returned to drugsâ (nevermind that would have made him 19 years old, a teen at the time when he last did drugs, something our own President has admitted to numerous times).
Prior to even reading the story itself, letâs consider the LA Times headline:Â Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death. Itâs pretty straightforward; the LA Times is suggesting drug use played a role in Hastingsâ car wreck. But then the story actually says:
âCoronerâs officials said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death,Â as well as marijuana.Â Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports.Â â [emphasis added]
So now Hastings is painted as using meth and pot hours before his car exploded, even though it was admittedly not a factor in his death. Letâs continue:
âHastings had arrived in Los Angeles from New York the day before the accident, with his brother scheduled to arrive later the day of the crash âas his family was attempting to get [Hastings] to go to detox,â the report stated.
Hastings was believed sober for 14 years, but had recently begun using drugs again in the past month or so, according to the coronerâs office, based onÂ interviews with family members. A medical marijuana card was found in Hastings wallet and had been prescribed for treatment of post-traumatic stress resulting from his time as a war journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hours before the crash, Hastings had last been seen by one witness âpassed outâ sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m.â
Since posting the above, the LA Times has posted several more stories, including a new spin, âMichael Hastings May Have Suffered PTSD from Work as War Journalistâ.
The actualÂ coronerâs reportÂ includes an âInformant/Witness Statementâ that is an account based on a Hastings family member (the report alludes to it being one of Hastingsâ brothers, as it discusses âanother brother scheduled to arriveâ and Hastings had two brothers) who came in from New York âas the family was attempting to get the decedent to go to detoxâ even though itâs followed by saying Michael Hastings had only started using drugs again âthe past month or soâ. Thatâs a quick intervention.
The witness account goes on to claim a laundry list about Michael Hastings: reportedly Hastings had crashed his car into a pole years earlier and the witness believed Hastings to be under the influence at that time. Hastings had a medicinal marijuana card for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) suffered from his time as a reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan. The witness also claimed that Hastings was taking DMT (not found in his system according to the toxicology report) and âadded he would not be surprised if any stimulants were found within the residence, including cocaineâ. The witness also claimed that Hastings âbelieved he was âinvincible,â believing he could jump from a balcony and would be okayâ.
So the American people and the world are supposed to believe that Hastings â the journalist who ended General Stanley McChrystalâs career with his exposĂ© inÂ Rolling StoneÂ and later wrote that he was threatened with death over it â succumbed to post-traumatic stress and suddenly fell off the amphetamine wagon he hadnât rode on since he was 19 years old within the last month and was on meth and pot right around or just after the same time he was telling his editor and others that the feds were investigating his âclose friends and associatesâ and that he needed to go off the radarÂ to cover a big story?
What an amazing coincidence! Hereâs another one.
Michael Hastings was reportedly working on a story about Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) DirectorÂ Michael Brennan. Why?
One might consider aÂ Wikileaks emailÂ of hacked CIA contracted intelligence firm Stratfor (Hi guys! Just being courteous since we all know you like to email these stories around when youâre mentioned.) which notes thatÂ the White House has a âspecific taskerâ to âgo after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agendaâ. The email, sent by Stratfor President Fred Burton in September 2010, goes on to say, âEven the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown modeâŠâ
The message also mentions thatÂ BrennanÂ (then counter-terrorism czar)Â isÂ âbehind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.âÂ
Connected to this leaked email is journalistÂ Barrett Brown, who is currently awaiting trial in federal prison on charges related to these hacked emails and others Brown reported on from hacked intelligence firms that were contracted by government agencies.Â CryptomeÂ explains:
âBefore his untimely death, Hastings was working on a story about Barrett,Â announcingÂ mysteriously to his followers âGet ready for your mind to be blown.â Hastings had been in touch with Barrettâs lawyers, and intended to interview him in June for the story. Barrett has been in prison for 281 days pending trial, and faces over a hundred years imprisonment for what HastingsÂ calledÂ âtrumped up FBI charges regarding his legitimate reportorial inquiry into the political collective known sometimes as Anonymous.ââ
The CIA responded that âany suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.â
Offensive. Thatâs the word the agency used:Â offensive. Brennan, labeled the American governmentâs drone program âarchitectâ, oversaw the program during the time that teenage American citizenÂ Abdulrahman al-AwlakiÂ (whom many sources have said was never involved in any illegal activity or terrorism at all) was struck down by a drone without any due process whatsoever. Yet itâs totallyÂ offensiveÂ for anyone to suggest that Brennan might do anything that might infringe on the Constitution.
Surely Brennan had nothing to worry about considering a story was set to come out written by the guy who many credit with ending General McChrystalâs whole career.
Only in America (and Jerry Bruckheimer films) can cars crash andÂ burst in such fantastic flamesÂ as was seen in the wreck of Michael Hastings.
Hastings was driving a brand new Mercedes. The story goes that he was speeding down the road when his car suddenly turned at a 60-degree angle and slammed smack dab into a palm tree.
Reportedly, there wereÂ no skid marks. Tire marks, yes, but no skid marks. For more proof on that, you can look at videos of the scene uploaded by YouTubersÂ like this oneÂ which was shot three days after Hastings died. So Hastings made zero attempt to brake or stop the impending collision?
The burning wreckage itself leaves even more questions. TheÂ video of Hastingsâ wreckÂ shows a fantastic explosion. A source who has had a 40-year career as a mechanic explained to me that cars do not simply blow up like that, and he added, âespecially not a Mercedesâ. (Not that any of us should really need a mechanic to know that cars just donât do that in real life.)
The brilliant intensity of the flames cannot be explained by the impact either. LAnewsLOUDLABSÂ filmed Hastingsâ car burningÂ for minutes after the crash. Watch this footage and compare it toÂ other videosÂ of wrecked cars on fire (of which there are many on YouTube to choose from). Youâll notice a glaring difference right away.
To posit that Hastingsâ car would burn at a different color temperature and intensity for as long as it did because of the speed of the impact (which is also disputed) does not make a lot of sense, either. Check outÂ this videoÂ of a car in a high speed chase with police hitting a barrier on the side of the highway and bursting into flames. The flames still are not the brilliant white shown in Hastingsâ crash; evenÂ this videoÂ where a car is blown up with tannerite on purpose does not produce the intensely hot,Â sustainedÂ white flames that Hastingsâ car wreck did.
Take a look at this picture of the wreckage:
Notice anythingÂ strange here? The metal buckled inward. Also, why has a white sheet been placed over the entire hood of this car?
When a car hits a tree head-on, it tends to look a lot like this:
Or this picture of a wreck in which a man hit a tree reportedly going 100 mph:
Source: Laguna Beach Independent/Ted Reckas
Notice not only did none of these cars blow up on impact (even though one wasÂ reportedly going 100 mph) but the engines of these carsÂ are still inside the car.
One crucial piece is missing at the scene of Hastingsâ wreck: his engine. Hastingâs engine was found reportedly 130 feet from where his car hit the palm tree.
It doesnât take a forensic specialist here. If a car slams into a tree head on, the hood typically buckles in, wrapping the rest of the hood around each side of the tree like a hug, trapping whatâs under the hood between the body of the vehicle and the tree. Engines are not typically completely disconnected and blown out of vehicles and thrown over a hundred feet simply from force of impact. Even if the hood blew off and flew straight up into the air, and the engine was able to completely free itself from the car, it would still have had to go around the tree if the collision was head on.
Speaking of head on collisions, check out this photograph of Hastings wreck from the other side:
The carâs hood is not wrapped around the tree; itâs on the side of the tree. So if Hastings hit the tree dead onÂ hard enoughÂ for the car to burst into the fantastically intense white flames shown in the video above, why isnât it wrapped around the tree? Why is the car sittingÂ nextÂ to the tree? If the collision was hard enough to cause the car to explode like this, that is:
While this writer does not claim to be any type of scientific expert, these questions should be allowed to be asked. The mainstream media should be asking them. They deserve answers.
Instead, the media is involved in character assassination that diverts attention away from the real controversies surrounding Hastingsâ death and the chilling effect it could have on other investigative journalists who expose establishment corruption.
His Final Story
Within days, the LA police department had already determined âno foul playâ in Michael Hastingsâ death. Hastingsâ wife Elise Jordan, a former Director of Communications for the National Security Council from 2008â2009 and speechwriter for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, told Piers Morgan that âit was just a really tragic accidentâ.
So now the final act of the spectacle we have all been watching is nearly through. The police ruled no foul play and the coroner ruled Hastingsâ death was an accident. The irrelevant fact that trace amounts of drugs were found in his system will quash further inquiry into the bizarre nature of the crash scene and the circumstances surrounding his death, and the mainstream press will have a field day killing a dead manâs reputation. Roll Credits.
Now the world can sit back and wait for Hastingsâ final piece on CIA Director Brennan to be printed in the upcoming issue ofÂ Rolling Stone, which will apparently be completed by Hastingsâ writer friend Matt Farwell.
Surely Hastingsâ final work will be 100 percent complete, without any parts missingâŠ surely it will not be changed, tampered with or watered down for public consumption.
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