Murdered by Rogue Intelligence
Michael Mahon Hastings was an American journalist, author, contributing editor to Rolling Stone and reporter for BuzzFeed. He was raised in New York, Canada, and Vermont, and attended New York University.
Hastings died on June 18, 2013, in a fiery high-speed automobile crash in his Mercedes C250 Coup following the publication of Why Democrats Love to Spy On Americans on BuzzFeed. Hastings had been a vocal critic of the Obama administration. Following his death, former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard A. Clarke said that Hastings' crash was consistent with a "car cyber attack."
WikiLeaks' Vault 7 leak has reported that the Central Intelligence Agency may have car hacking capabilities, leading online conspiracists to further the claims that journalist Michael Hastings was murdered by the CIA.
Clark told the Huffington Post, "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. You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it's not that hard."
Michael Krikorian, an essayist and former Los Angeles Times crime reporter, happened upon the scene a few hours after journalist Michael Hastings's speeding car slammed into a palm tree and burst into a fireball.
Krikorian has seen his share of fatal car wrecks. But this one was different. As he put it, "This demands a closer examination."
In accident-investigation parlance, it was a roadway departure -a non-intersection crash in which a vehicle leaves the traveled way for some reason. According to one theorist, his car was being remotely controlled/hacked, and the final assault was a drone attack which blew up his car.
According to CW6 San Diego, Hastings claimed to have received a death threat prior to the crash by a staff member at the McChrystal Group about a critical passage in his book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan. The McChrystal Group is an advisory firm started by retired United States Army general Stanley Allen McChrystal.
McChrystal's last military assignment was in Afghanistan.
Hastings became a vocal critic of the Obama administration, the Democratic Party and surveillance state during the investigation of reporters by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013, referring to the restrictions on the freedom of the press by the Obama administration as a "war" on journalism.
Consequently, when Donald Trump claims that the Obama administration had him under surveillance, there is absolutely no reason to disbelieve him. This is world we live in, get used to it. The media pretends it is not true but media leaks prove otherwise.
Is this a productive psychology for the 21st century?
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