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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Investigating the mysterious death of Michael Hastings, award winning investigative reporter

Background info:

1) FBI sued for keeping secret their file on journalist Michael Hastings
"According to a friend, Hastings warned his colleagues over email just hours before his death that he was working on a big story and that the FBI would likely be investigating his associates."

User comment: It's highly doubtful that the FBI would not destroy anything incriminating or release unintelligibly redacted copy on the issue. These folks are highly professional, superbly trained and disciplined criminals. They have thousands of ways to avoid this kind of disclosure. One could not expect the FBI Director to turn an above top secret file loose in which he, himself, directly ordered the hit, could one?

2) Selective silencing: Was Michael Hastings murdered?
"Based on my research as a professionally licensed investigator with nearly 30 years of experience, I wish to be on record that it is my professional opinion that investigative journalist Michael Hastings was murdered...." at CanadaFreePress

3) wikipedia  excerpt

Michael Mahon Hastings (January 28, 1980 – June 18, 2013) was an American journalist, author, contributing editor to Rolling Stone, and reporter for BuzzFeed.[4] He was raised in New York, Canada, and Vermont, and attended New York University. Hastings rose to prominence with his coverage of the Iraq War for Newsweek in the 2000s. After his fiancee, Andrea Parhamovich, was killed when her car was ambushed in Iraq, Hastings wrote his first book, I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story (2008), a memoir about his relationship with Parhamovich and the violent insurgency that took her life.

He received the George Polk Award for "The Runaway General" (2010), a Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in the Afghanistan war. The article documented the widespread contempt for civilian officials in the US government by the general and his staff and resulted in McChrystal's resignation. Hastings followed up with The Operators (2012), a detailed book account of his month-long stay with McChrystal in Europe and Afghanistan.

Hastings became a vocal critic of the surveillance state during the investigation of reporters by the US Department of Justice in 2013, referring to the restrictions on the freedom of the press by the Obama administration as a "war" on journalism.[5] His last story, "Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans", was published by BuzzFeed on June 7.[6][7] Hastings died in a fiery high-speed automobile crash on June 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.[8]
4) Forbes Magazine Demonstrates "Car Hacking" (the Michael Hastings Murder Method?)

"This fact, that a car is not a simple machine of glass and steel but a hackable network of computers, is what Miller and Valasek have spent the last year trying to demonstrate"

5) More Details Emerge on the Death of Michael Hastings 

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