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Suspicions Growing Over Death of Journalist Probing NSA and CIA Abuses

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Suspicions Growing Over Death of Journalist Probing NSA and CIA Abuses

Weeks after the fiery death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings (shown), 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.

Hastings, who wrote for Rolling Stone, BuzzFeed, Gawker, and other publications, was probably best known for his award-winning 2010 article “The Runaway General.” The piece helped bring down U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Despite his establishment credentials and what analysts called his “Democrat-friendly” reporting, Hastings had become extremely alarmed about the “surveillance state” and other troubling developments in recent months. His last published story: “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans.”

When the Obama administration was exposed spying on journalists earlier this year, the investigative reporter blasted what he referred to as the president’s “war” on journalism. “The Obama administration has clearly declared war on the press. It has declared war on investigative journalists — our sources,” he said during a recent TV interview, blasting the administration’s lawless behavior, obsession with secrecy, and vicious persecution of whistleblowers. Beyond simple criticism, though, Hastings openly said it was time for journalists to fight back.

“I think the only recourse to this kind of behavior by the government is to say back to the government, ‘we declare war on you,’ and from this point forward, we should no longer — the media as a whole — cooperate in any manner with the government,” he continued. “We should withdraw all our cooperation and we should publish everything we know, because it’s a free press, it’s not a free-except-for-when-the-government-tells-me-to-do-it press, and we’ve been way too easygoing with these guys.”

Less than 24 hours before his death, Hastings made it crystal clear that he was concerned about his own well-being. In an e-mailsent to numerous contacts and his employer, for example, Hastings noted: “The Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates.’” He also said that if authorities show up, it “may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.” The subject line read: “FBI investigation re: NSA.” Perhaps most alarming of all, the e-mail concluded with this: “Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit.”

While some friends and family members are reportedly too frightened to speak out, at least one recipient of the e-mail has gone public. Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs, who became friends with Hastings while the journalist was embedded with his unit in Afghanistan in 2008, told KTLA that the “very panicked” message “alarmed me very much.” According to Biggs, “I just said it doesn’t seem like him. I don’t know, I just had this gut feeling and it just really bothered me.”

Biggs has spoken to Fox News and other major media outlets as well, saying Hastings was working on “the biggest story yet” about the CIA and that Hastings’ wife vowed to “take down whoever did this.” Apparently Hastings “drove like a grandma.” In anextended interview with radio host Alex Jones, Biggs also said he knew Hastings was receiving “death threats” from military brass. The retired staff sergeant added that he was extremely suspicious about his friend’s death and vowed to do everything in his power to find out what happened.

Heavy-hitters from the government sector have expressed concerns, too. Former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke, for example, told The Huffington Post in late June that the deadly car crash was “consistent with a car cyber-attack.” Intelligence agencies for major powers — including the U.S. government — almost certainly know how to remotely seize control of a car, he added.

“What has been revealed as a result of some research at universities is that it’s relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn’t want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn’t want the brakes on, to launch an air bag,” Clarke continued. “You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it’s not that hard…. So if there were a cyber-attack on the car — and I’m not saying there was — I think whoever did it would probably get away with it.”

So far, the FBI has denied that it was investigating Hastings. However, on June 19, the day after the mysterious crash, WikiLeaks released what has been interpreted as a bomb-shell to some analysts monitoring the investigation. “Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him,” the whistleblowing organization said through its official Twitter account, sparking worldwide press coverage. The allegation has not been independently confirmed.

According to the official investigation of the crash, Hastings ran a red light and was driving over 100 miles per hour in his brand-new Mercedes in the early morning when he suddenly crashed into a tree, causing his car to burst into a bizarre fiery inferno. The engine was found more than 150 feet from the wreck. Local news outlets in California, meanwhile, are reporting that the police report is still not publicly available and that officials have been ordered not to comment on the case. The crash itself has also been ringing alarm bells among experts and analysts.

On San Diego 6 News, national security reporter Kimberly Dvorak, for example, recently took to the air and talked about her conversations with sources surrounding the crash after spending a day in Los Angeles investigating. Noting that the police report was not available, she said law enforcement and fire department officials refused to comment, with some saying they had been instructed not to say anything. “That kind of stands out; we look at the NSA, the government says if you have nothing to hide, don’t worry,” she said.

Military officials, meanwhile, told Dvorak that the fire was “extremely hot” and “not something we normally see,” the reporter continued. The fact that the engine was between 150 and 250 feet behind the car was also strange, according to university physics professors she spoke with — it should have been in front, if anything. Another interesting fact highlighted in the report: There were no skid marks at the accident scene.

Mercedes, she added, insists that their cars do not blow up. In fact, the company has a reputation for building some of the safest cars in the world, but Mercedes has not yet been contacted by authorities, according to a statement. Citing a 2010 study from a California university, Dvorak also noted that it is possible to “hack into the car system and operate the accelerator, the brakes, windshield wipers, light, steering,” and more using a simple iPad.

Car experts have also expressed skepticism about the official narrative. “I’m here to state that I’ve seen dozens of cars hit walls and stuff at high speeds and the number of them that I have observed to eject their powertrains and immediately catch massive fire is, um, ah, zero,” noted Jack Baruth, editor of The Truth About Cars. “Modern cars are very good at not catching fire in accidents. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is an evolutionary design from a company known for sweating the safety details over and above the Euro NCAP requirements, should be leading the pack in the not-catching-on-fire category.”

“Nor is the C-Class known for sudden veering out of control into trees and whatnot,” continued Baruth, who has a professional racing license as well. “Mr. Hastings’ aggressively Democrat-friendly storytelling has the Internet already considering the idea that his death was engineered somehow. I can’t say it’s totally unlikely. As noted above, the reported (and videotaped) behavior of the C250 was not in line with what we’d expect.”

It would not be the first time that a prominent journalist taking on the establishment has died under suspicious circumstances. Conservative-leaning alternative-media giant Andrew Breitbart, for example, promised to reveal information that would destroy the Obama machine. Shortly before the highly anticipated release, the 43-year-old died of “heart failure.” Two months later, the county coroner who conducted Breitbart’s autopsy was poisoned. Before that, investigative journalist Gary Webb, who exposed CIA cocaine trafficking, supposedly “committed suicide” with two bullets to the head after publicly expressing his concerns that he would be killed. The list could go on.

Of course, it is now common knowledge that the administration believes it can extra-judicially murder anyone — including Americans — whom Obama claims is a threat to the “Homeland.” No charges or trial are required, and indeed, the president has already openly murdered Americans like Anwar al Awlaki and his young son without even charging them with a crime — let alone securing a conviction by a jury in a court of law. Whether Hastings was murdered remains uncertain, but there is little doubt that the circumstances of his death were extremely suspicious.

Photo of Micheal Hastings: AP Images

Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, politics, and more. He can be reached

Written by rudy2

October 15, 2013 at 22:53

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  1. estoy haciendo manipulado por unas armas q no tengo idea con q es ya q dicen q todo lo q ven mis ojos dicen q lo estan grabando y me sacan informacion de mi cerebro y lo q veo cada q cierro mis ojos veo como si estuviera leyendo mensajes a lo cual forsan mi mente y mi cuerpo para q diga donde entran dichas personas de nacionalidad estaunidense para q las secuestren ya q me hacen hablar tambien otros idiomas d donde tambien estuve apunto de abentarm a un arbol y me hacen q actue como un robot y dicen q estoy trabajando gratis por q no me cree nadie ni mi familia ellos son el lagrima el calaca el calabera daniel gonzalez buendia y doña martha mi vecina en Sanjuan municipio de Chimalhucan estado de Mexico ya q tambien hacen q contraigan sus musculos mis hijos hermanos y mis padres ellos cuentan con tatuajes en su cara y cuello.

    enrique hidalgo centurion

    January 5, 2014 at 03:52

  2. god sent me here … victim of most mind and body control things written, i still feel god is watching, will someday AND THIS IS THE TOUGH PART … someday what? hmm, at least I know god created the enemy
    and now it is time to know them, fight back anyway i can since i see the BIG C. both CHURCH and CORP. running the show … as you can see i am in a daze, as i wrote thought felt before … let’s just say, a public library, and my followers … once almost thought i was JESUS, yet not now, but feel GOD is here, ,,,,,, that is my faith talk that at least keeps my rocks rolling … i will write my dead talk soon, photos too I HOPE WE CAN ALL JOIN IN STOPPING THIS SICK ILLNESS THAT SEEMS TO BE MOST EVERYWHERE AND FOR MANY MORE YEARS IN THE PAST THAT HAS SHOCKED THE HELL OUT OF ME OR BROUGHT IT INTO ME STRONGER THAN ONE WOULD WISH FOR even back to JC crussifiction


    July 26, 2014 at 20:39

  3. I’m a SW US who was microchipped by government hospital over a year ago and remote warfare on honest people turned my life into a tampered hell. The traincrash in Pilly today was probably also orchestraited by a satist who hacked its acceleration making it travel 106mph around curve. 6 deaths? A big dark group of government it appears behind accelerated death.

    Marcus Hopkins

    May 14, 2015 at 11:05

  4. Alex, if you’re the fraud i think you are, because i think you’re one of them and sharing this story as a threat to others to keep their mouths shut. Well, we wont! And thank God for that. I think you’re a ‘perp’ cockroach and hope you get a taste of your own medecine before you go to hell! New man at new american? Ha! ith Alex is the US Armys favorite name to covey death threats.., like the number 4.. Some are really into numerology.. Look up targeted individuals and organized gang stalking on youtube and read the info at, Dr John Hall wrote a book about this ,see interview with Alex Jones on youtube – gov.mind control.. Keep in mind that US military has power to play with the number of views of every video.. And they sure prefer people watch cats playing the piano.. Some in charge are real failed human beings that don’t deserve their citizenship!


    February 9, 2016 at 12:34

    • Agreed, I need to find a lawyer that specializes in state light surveillance, got any help?

      Vickie L sawyer

      December 2, 2016 at 01:36

  5. Exactly right. I am also the military and CIA victim as was my father. They couldn’t get to him so they used his child. They are cowards and they will never get my trust

  6. the kinnecome group is torturing me, they keep playing games with me, they use the neural dust inside me to communicate with me, maybe it`s v2k voice to skull but their words come out of my mouth, they have had me stuck in constant conversation for about 8 years, except for one 8 month period, a 4 month period and a 2 month period, they have driven me to 7 suicide attempts and are still doing the same type of stuff that lead to all the other suicide attempts. They keep telling me that suicide is my only way out. I need help from someone that knows what to do about this. Who can I call? They once told me that this was an experiment in suicide, they try and drive me away from everyone that I care about, they play head games with me. I am hypoglysimic and they keep stopping me from eating and sleeping and try to get me deshydrated, so that they can get me delusional, so that they can find a way to take me and lock me up. I am a martial artist and they try to push me to the point that someone will be hurt, they want me to snap and hurt someone, they even told me that they want to se me fight,they do not care that someone will get hurt, they just want to play their games. I have neural dust coming out of my skin when it gets wet. They torture me when I go to get help, noone will even take the time to look at the neura dust coming out of my skin when it is wet, they keep me up for days on end, they put me through a scenario like a court date for 2 days and then they do it again and say that someone is really there. This time it’s like they take the time for me to get sick and tired of something or a line of conversation, then bring someone in to listen to it. That way I am tired of the topic and flip, because they have been doing it to me for days and tell the person that is there “oh he is just a flip out”, when I have just been in the same conversation so long that I just can`t take it any longer. They keep offering a settlement then just go on doing the same things like the settlement talks never happened the last 2 days, they have had this court thing going on like this case is in court and had my best friend playing headgames with me, I won’t even go to his house anymore, because they keep trying to push me up there, they have someone talk to me as if it is him and I ask for a ride and he says he will be right there 20 times a day and noone ever cones. When I tried to go to the hospital and give a sample of the neural dust that comes out of my skin when my skin is wet, they sent an email and had the hospital flip out on me. they tried to block me in. I had to leave. The kinnecome group is a torturing bunch of hearless guys, they say the main rule to be in this is that someone has to be a child molester but I am not and I have proved this over and over, they have had some girl playing and flirting with me,trying to get me to believe something that is not true. I need help, I can give a sample of neural dust to anyone that can help me out. My name is William Waddell, my email address is . Please help me.

    billy waddell

    March 10, 2018 at 00:55

  7. This was an extremely sad event. He knew and was about to go public. The US government was infiltrated pre-WWII, when the Federal Reserve and IRS was illegally put into place for the banker families that include Rothschild, the Bowers (Bushes), Rockefeller’s, Morgan’s, and others at the top, the 1% of 1%. Look on the back of the dollar bill. They assassinated JFK, had over 750 military industrial companies they hid in neutral countries by WWII, came here under Project Paperclip, lied of course of their secret space program and mind control accomplishments in their horrid military labs (now underground in the DUMBs we paid for). Merged together, and with most NAZI Scientists as biological and chemical warfare experts began experimenting on American civilians without their knowledge. Fired up CERN at Ft Hood, Texas in the 50’s and released the artificial intelligence into the public over 50 plus years ago. I know, it was put on my family who suffered horrendously. Now, it chases me down with super computers (NSA & Ft Meade, Md) DWAVE controlled wireless targeted individuals aka gang-stalkers, whom are completely and sadly taken over without their knowledge, whereas we TIs have self-awareness and we’re not controllable within their sentient simulation smart grid making us dangerous to the power infiltrating CIA DOD and elite (Freemasons, Rosicrucian’s, Templar’s, Skull and bones, Society of whatever… fill in the blanks, etc). Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the military industrial complex, and JFK warned of a monolithic (Black Pope & the black nobility old Venetian banking families, the Freemason Rosicrucian — Swiss bankers, back of one dollar bill) conspiracy of secret societies and that every Man, Women, and child — all Americans, would have to fight a different type of cold war; they’d not be military marching down the streets by day, rather guerrilla’s by night. We’re dealing with the CIA NSA and Dept. of Defense as DARPA NASA NORCOM/NORAD on this side of the world, and FIESTA in Japan, experimenting on civilians at random and just be thankful your number hasn’t come up. Their using military weapons and technologies as well as biological and chemical warfare and now we’re seeing it on a grander scale worldwide all for the top 1% who want all of us gone. Just look up the Georgia Guide-stones. They only want 500 million. This is the anniligation of humanity. For God’s sake, I hope more behind the scenes good people would please join together and speak up for humanity. We’re being poisoned with a lab made mind virus by their black op psychopaths, who hire contractors for the NSA CIA DOD scientists hiding behind universities and other fake companies — black project monies under white projects.

    Lissa's HumaneLife (Chris)

    March 25, 2020 at 15:56

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