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Peter Lemkin
06-19-2013, 06:18 PM
The investigative journalist Michael Hastings has died at the age of 33 in a Los Angeles car crash. Reporting extensively from Iraq and Afghanistan, Hastings’ widely read stories showed the grim realities of war. His 2010 Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, sparked a political controversy after McChrystal and his aides were quoted making disparaging remarks about top administration officials. The article exposed longstanding disagreements between civilian and military officials over the war’s direction and led to McChrystal’s firing. In a statement provided to Democracy Now!, the film director Oliver Stone said: "Michael Hastings went far in the span he had. One of our finest young investigative journalists, high stakes reporting in a sense cost him his life. We desperately need more and more young men and women such as Michael, willing to protest the intolerable war crimes and arrogance of our supremacy-seeking society." Rolling Stone issued this statement: "Hastings’ hallmark as a reporter was his refusal to cozy up to power. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of reporting." We look back on two of of Hastings’ appearances on Democracy Now! in 2010 and 2012.


Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: And the journalist Michael Hastings has died at the age of 33. Hastings was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday morning. Reporting extensively from Iraq and Afghanistan, Hastings’ widely read stories showed the grim realities of war. His 2010 Rolling Stone article (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/119236) on General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, sparked a political controversy after McChrystal and his aides were quoted making disparaging remarks about top administration officials. The article exposed longstanding disagreements between civilian and military officials over the war’s direction and led to General McChrystal’s firing.
Speaking to Democracy Now! in 2012 (http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/18/the_operators_michael_hastings_on_the), Michael Hastings said the Afghan War, like the invasion of Iraq, was based on a false premise.

MICHAEL HASTINGS: If WMDs were the big lie of the Iraq War, the safe haven myth is the big lie of the Afghan War. And what I mean by that—and this was true in Iraq, as well—but 99 percent of the people, maybe even higher, honestly, the people we’re fighting, whether it was Sunni insurgents in Iraq or Shiite militias in Iraq or in Afghanistan, the Taliban never actually posed a threat to the United States homeland. So the question one has to ask oneself is that if everything we’re doing and everyone we’re fighting is not actually a threat to the United States—certainly not a direct threat, by any means, by any means—then why are we expending so many resources, $120 billion a year, you know, with all the lives lost, to do it? And that’s—and again, this is the big lie of counterinsurgency, which I know we’ve discussed on your show. To justify this tremendous outlay of resources, they have to say, "Oh, no, we’re killing terrorists." But everybody knows that that’s not true.
AMY GOODMAN: At the time of that interview, Michael Hastings had just come out with his book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.
Tributes began spreading across the Internet Tuesday evening after news broke of Michael Hastings’ death. His former magazine, Rolling Stone, said, quote, "Hastings’ hallmark as reporter was his refusal to cozy up to power. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of reporting," they wrote. In a statement provided to Democracy Now!, the film director Oliver Stone said, quote, "Michael Hastings went far in the span he had. One of our finest young investigative journalists, high stakes reporting in a sense cost him his life. We desperately need more and more young men and women such as Michael, willing to protest the intolerable war crimes and arrogance of our supremacy-seeking society," Stone wrote.
In his first interview with Democracy Now! in 2010 (http://www.democracynow.org/2010/7/1/hastings), Michael Hastings discussed the foundation he established to honor the memory of his former fiancée, Andrea Parhamovich, who was killed by an IED in Iraq in 2007.

MICHAEL HASTINGS: It’s called the Andi Foundation. It’s a fund that helps—there’s domestic sort of scholarships we give out, but we’ve also, along with the National Democratic Institute, have an annual fellowship where we bring a young woman from a developing nation over to Washington, D.C., to learn about human rights and democracy, and so then they can go back to their own home countries and try to institute these rule-of-law programs. We brought over one woman last year from Iraq. It was really incredible. She was even able to spend Christmas with the Parhamovich family. And this year we have another candidate who came over from, I believe, Burma. So, you know, the war has been pretty tough on a lot of people. But you’ve got to just figure out a way to sort of take what happens and go forward and try to do the best you can.


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http://s1.ibtimes.com/sites/www.ibtimes.com/files/styles/v2_article_large/public/2013/06/19/fireycrash.jpgPhoto: YouTubeLos Angeles police are still investigating a fiery car crash that reportedly ended the life of journalist Michael Hastings.

The apparent death (http://www.ibtimes.com/journalist-michael-hastings-dies-car-crash-age-33-1313141) of Michael Hastings, the young investigative journalist known for ruffling feathers among the nation’s power elite, has brought with it a wave of unanswered questions and speculation. Best known for a Rolling Stone article (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-general-20100622) that led to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the 33-year-old BuzzFeed reporter died in a car accident in Los Angeles early Tuesday morning, according to a statement (http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed1/michael-hastings) released by Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief.
While the journalistic community has largely reacted to the news with an outpouring of grief, online forums have been running wild with conspiracy theories, and why wouldn’t they? Some of the details surrounding the story read like a poorly written political thriller. As of Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles County coroner's office had still not determined that an “unrecognizable” body pulled from a fiery solo car crash was actually Hastings, according to (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-hastings-crash-20130619,0,4771568.story) the Los Angeles Times. (The body is identified only as “John Doe 117.”)

Meanwhile, LA Weekly reports that Hastings was reporting extensively (http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/06/michael_hastings_cia_coverage_crash_fire.php) on the CIA at the time of his death, and the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald pointed out (https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/347329387559002112) that Hastings’ last article for BuzzFeed was on the NSA and the Democrats’ love for spying on Americans.
In Hastings’ 2012 book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” Hastings

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Michael Hastings murdered by bomb on gas tank




This story is not complete and will receive edits

The mainstream press is trying to front this as a high speed car crash, and IT WAS NOT. Take a look at the following screen capture of this "crash" and observe a few things:
1. There is no impact damage to this car. The only damage there is is BLOWN OUT, not smashed in.


2. This was a Mercedes, not a Pinto, which means it did not burst into flames on its own. One (seldom quoted) eyewitness said the car "exploded". Interesting stuff.


3. Here is where it starts to get REALLY damning - LOOK AT THE DOOR. The paint is PERFECT yet the car is ablaze. This means that whoever photographed this was expecting it to happen, and was on scene with a camera ready to film this in the wee hours of the morning, and nail it before the fire scorched the paint.

4. Unlike what the so called single "eyewitness" report says, the car did not impact a tree. The car did not impact ANYTHING. Look at where the car stopped. See much damage there? The front only touched the tree as the car rolled to a stop.


5. The car was not speeding, as said in the "eyewitness" report. The level of damage to that car is that of a 25 mile an hour impact AT MOST. On top of that, it does not appear to have impact damage, it is blown out and not crunched in. It sure looks like an explosion pushed that door out, and nothing crunched it in.


AND FINALLY, THE MOST DAMNING THING OF ALL -
Here we have a car FULLY, and I mean FULLY in flames, from front to back, with NO SCORCHED PAINT because the flame is too new, which means it went from the back of the car to the front of the car instantaneously, before it had a chance to scorch anything, which means ONE THING - A BOMB ON THE GAS TANK, and a PHOTOGRAPHER READY TO SNAP THE PHOTO VERY EARLY ON. Even rapid car fires take time to progress through the car, and totally scorch the paint as they progress. This flame was blasted into the entire car instantly. That's the only explanation for the shiny paint while it sits completely engulfed in flames. Gasoline had to have been blown under the car, all the way to the front. That flame did not progress through that car, it was blown through it with force and the photographer was on the scene the moment it happened and bagged a perfect shot. I'd like to know how that happened - early morning walk?

http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/hastingsmurdered.html


Michael Hastings, 'Rolling Stone' Contributor, Dead at 33

The bold journalist died in a car accident in Los Angeles

Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned. He was 33.

Hastings' unvarnished 2010 profile of McChrystal in the pages of Rolling Stone, "The Runaway General (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-general-20100622)," captured the then-supreme commander of the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan openly mocking his civilian commanders in the White House. The maelstrom sparked by its publication concluded with President Obama recalling McChrystal to Washington and the general resigning his post. "The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be met by – set by a commanding general," Obama said, announcing McChrystal's departure. "It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system."

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/michael-hastings-rolling-stone-contributor-dead-at-33-20130618

Peter Lemkin
06-20-2013, 05:42 AM
Michael Hastings Probed the CIA Before Fatal Hollywood Crash By Dennis Romero (http://www.constantinereport.com/michael-hastings-probed-the-cia-before-fatal-hollywood-crash/#) / LA Weekly (http://www.constantinereport.com/michael-hastings-probed-the-cia-before-fatal-hollywood-crash/#)June 19th, 2013http://www.constantinereport.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Hastings-car-crash-300x215.jpg?w=307&h=200&crop=1





See also: Michael Hastings, Noted Journalist, Dies in Fiery Hollywood Crash (VIDEO) (http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/06/michael_hastings_car_crash_highland_hollywood_vide o.php)

June 18, 2013Michael Hastings, the Buzzfeed writer who appeared to have died in a fiery Hollywood crash early today (http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/06/michael_hastings_car_crash_highland_hollywood_vide o.php), had reported extensively on the CIA and was rumored to be continuing work on that beat at the time of his demise.
That Hastings had the Central Intelligence Agency in his sights is no surprise to those who knew his work. In March he gave what could now be seen as an eerie interview to Current TV about his recent Rolling Stone (http://www.rollingstoneme.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2762) coverage of a CIA operative, Andrew Warren, who grew to believe he was being followed:

He started drinking heavily. He started abusing these drugs, Xanax and Valium, he started hearing voices. He believed he was being followed. He might have actually been being followed. Maybe, probably not, you don’t know. It gets into this very strange …
“Well, he’s CIA, he might have been followed,” says host Cenk Uygur.
Hastings: “He might have been followed for sure. For sure.”
The subject “starts leading this double life,” Hastings said. “No one knows he undercover.”
Leon Panetta was asked about Warren at his Senate confirmation as CIA director and said he should be fired. Warren was soon fired.
Hastings said that Warren’s career unraveled, in part, because he was the only black officer in the agency. “If he was a white guy from Yale or Harvard,” he told Current, “he would not be in jail right now.”
Indeed, Hastings suggests in his April 7 Rolling Stone piece about Warren that it was his knowledge of “severe” interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the war on terror that helped lead to his demise.
In 2008 the agent was recalled to the United States to face allegations that he “drugged and raped an Algerian woman while serving there as station chief,” reads the piece.
He was fired and jailed, but not without controversy.
Buzzfeed announced (http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpress/buzzfeed-announces-los-angeles-bureau) in October that Hastings “will bring his hard-hitting reporting on national security and politics to the BuzzFeed Los Angeles Bureau while contributing to entertainment coverage as a Correspondent-at-Large.”
Indeed, the shadowy world of intelligence and off-the-record American aggression was a favorite topic of the journalist. Last year he wrote this Rolling Stone story “killer drones” (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-rise-of-the-killer-drones-how-america-goes-to-war-in-secret-20120416) in Afghanistan.
In a tribute to the late writer (http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/missing-michael-hastings) tonight that says Hastings died in a “high-speed wreck,” Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith notes that he lost his fiance while they were in Baghdad; he was there as a Newsweek correspondent:

His fiancée was killed in Baghdad in January of 2007, when he was a Newsweek reporter there, and her death was still utterly raw to him when he published his first book, I Lost My Love In Baghdad.
This morning’s single car crash on North Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue was reported at 4:25 a.m., police said. Positive ID had yet to be made because the body had been so badly charred, LAPD Officer Christopher No told us. He added:

The vehicle crossed over a median and collided into a tree. The impact caused the vehicle to catch on fire.
That stretch of Highland Avenue is notorious for its late-night crashes involving DUI drivers, though Tuesday at 4:25 a.m. would probably stick out as an unusual time for such a case.
The cause of this fatal accident was still under investigation.


Send feedback and tips to the author. (djromero@laweekly.com) Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero (http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/06/www.twitter.com/dennisjromero).

Dawn Meredith
06-20-2013, 02:33 PM
When I first learned two days ago Michael Hastings had died in an auto accident I wondered if there had been more to it. I looked at the press accounts before court yesterday and asked my husband to keep an eye out as well.
This link is from a forum he reads. Another important voice goes quiet. Sometimes a car accident is simply that. And sometimes it is an effective way to silence a true investigative reporter, given that we have so very few of those. Of course those on MSNBC who are mourning his loss are not even asking questions such as these. Their minds never cross that threshold. However if true this is very suspicious. FBI kills again???

http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showthread.php?430580-WikiLeaks-Claims-Michael-Hastings-Told-Them-FBI-Was-Investigating-Him-Hours-Before-He-Died

Dawn

Peter Lemkin
06-20-2013, 07:26 PM
In another disclosure from WikiLeaks, the group is claiming the late journalist Michael Hastings said he was under FBI investigation just before he died. Hastings was killed in an early morning car wreck Tuesday in Los Angeles. In a Twitter message on Wednesday, WikiLeaks said: "Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him."

Begins to look like just another [ho-hum] FBI hit....of which there have been so many...and look what happens....

A new look at the FBI’s internal investigations has found the bureau has cleared its agents in every single shooting incident dating back two decades. According to The New York Times, from 1993 until today, FBI shootings were deemed justified in the fatal shootings of 70 people and the wounding of 80 others. Out of 289 shootings that were found to be deliberate, no agent was disciplined except for letters of censure in five cases. The issue of FBI accountability has recently re-emerged following last month’s fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev during questioning by agents in Orlando. A Chechen native, Todashev was interrogated over his ties to one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. The FBI later admitted he was unarmed.

Kara Dellacioppa
06-20-2013, 08:47 PM
Willy Loman's blog includes some interesting videos about the incident....

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-michael-hastings-lesson-speeding-through-blind-stoplights-at-4-am-is-bad/

Magda Hassan
06-21-2013, 06:04 AM
Willy Loman's blog includes some interesting videos about the incident....

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-michael-hastings-lesson-speeding-through-blind-stoplights-at-4-am-is-bad/
Thanks for that Kara. Not sure at all about the Sorcha Faal drone talk because it is short on detail etc but interesting that Obama does have the 'right' to murder pesky nuisances who are US citizens now. But is that what happened here? Or is it just a reckless speeding driver? The DARPA woman talking about vehicle computers being accessed and compromised is very interesting though.

Lauren Johnson
06-21-2013, 02:58 PM
I would argue that we no longer have to "prove" that the deaths of people such as Michael Hastings were at the hands of darkness as the deaths of these persons becomes a pattern in itself and it becomes the proof.


Besides Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, most Democrats abandoned their civil liberty positions during the age of Obama. With a new leak investigation looming, the Democrat leadership are now being forced to confront all the secrets they’ve tried to hide.

For most bigwig Democrats in Washington, D.C., the last 48 hours has delivered news of the worst kind — a flood of new information that has washed away any lingering doubts about where President Obama and his party stand on civil liberties, full stop.
Glenn Greenwald’s exposure of the NSA’s massive domestic spy program has revealed the entire caste of current Democratic leaders as a gang of civil liberty opportunists, whose true passion, it seems, was in trolling George W. Bush for eight years on matters of national security.

“Everyone should just calm down,” Senator Harry Reid said yesterday, inhaling slowly.

That’s right: don’t panic.

The very topic of Democratic two-facedness on civil liberties is one of the most important issues that Greenwald has covered. Many of those Dems — including the sitting President Barack Obama, Senator Carl Levin, and Sec. State John Kerry — have now become the stewards and enhancers of programs that appear to dwarf any of the spying scandals that broke during the Bush years, the very same scandals they used as wedge issues to win elections in the Congressional elections 2006 and the presidential primary of 2007-2008.

Recall what Senator Levin told CNN in 2005, demanding to “urgently hold an inquiry” into what was supposedly President Bush’s domestic wiretap program.

Levin continued, at length: “It means that there’s some growing concern on Capitol Hill about a program which seems to be so totally unauthorized and unexplained…The president wraps himself in the law, saying that it is totally legal, but he doesn’t give what the legal basis is for this. He avoided using the law, which we provided to the president, where even when there is an emergency and there’s a need for urgent action can first tap the wire and then go to a court.”

There are two notable exception to this rule are Senator Ron Wyden, from Oregon, and Sen. Mark Udall from Colorado, who had seemed to be fighting a largely lonely, frustrating battle against Obama’s national security state.

As Mark Udall told the Denver Post yesterday: “ did everything short of leaking classified information” to stop it.

His ally in Oregon, Ron Wyden, was one of the first to seize on the [I]Guardian (http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/nsa-snooping-gets-mixed-hill-reviews-92381.html)’s news break: “I will tell you from a policy standpoint, when a law-abiding citizen makes a call, they expect that who they call, when they call and where they call from will be kept private,” Wyden said to Politico, noting “there’s going to be a big debate about this.” The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, admitted he’d mislead Senator Wyden at a hearing earlier this year, revising his statement yesterday to state that the NSA didn’t do “voyerustic” surveillance.

The state of affairs, in other words, is so grave that two sitting Senators went as close as they could to violating their unconstitutional security oaths in order to warn the country of information that otherwise would not have been declassified until April of 2038, according to the Verizon court order obtained by Greenwald.

Now, we’re about to see if the Obama administration’s version of the national security state will begin to eat itself.

Unsurprisingly, the White House has dug in, calling their North Korea-esque tools “essential” to stop terrorism, and loathe to give up the political edge they’ve seized for Democrats on national security issues under Obama’s leadership. The AP spying scandal — which the administration attempted to downplay at the time, even appointing Eric Holder to lead his own investigation into himself —was one of the unexpected consequences of one of two leak investigations that Obama ordered during the 2012 campaign.

It’s unclear where a possible third leak investigation would lead. However, judging by the DOJ’s and FBI’s recent history, it would seem that any new leak case would involve obtaining the phone records of reporters at the Guardian, the Washington Post, employees at various agencies who would have had access to the leaked material, as well as politicians and staffers in Congress—records, we now can safely posit, they already have unchecked and full access to.

In short: any so-called credible DOJ/FBI leak investigation, by its very nature, would have to involve the Obama administration invasively using the very surveillance and data techniques it is attempting to hide in order to snoop on a few Democratic Senators and more media outlets, including one based overseas.

Outside of Washington, D.C., the frustration that Wyden and Udall have felt has been exponentially magnified. Transparency supporters, whistleblowers, and investigative reporters, especially those writers who have aggressively pursued the connections between the corporate defense industry and federal and local authorities involved in domestic surveillance, have been viciously attacked by the Obama administration and its allies in the FBI and DOJ.

Jacob Appplebaum, a transparency activist and computer savant, has been repeatedly harassed at American borders, having his laptop seized. Barrett Brown, another investigative journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, among others publications, exposed the connections between the private contracting firm HB Gary (a government contracting firm that, incidentally, proposed a plan to spy on and ruin the reputation of the Guardian’s Greenwald) and who is currently sitting in a Texas prison on trumped up FBI charges regarding his legitimate reportorial inquiry into the political collective known sometimes as Anonymous.

That’s not to mention former NSA official Thomas Drake (the Feds tried to destroys his life because he blew the whistle ); Fox News reporter James Rosen (named a “co-conspirator” by Holder’s DOJ); John Kirakou, formerly in the CIA, who raised concerns about the agency’s torture program, is also in prison for leaking “harmful” (read: embarrassing) classified info; and of course Wikileaks (under U.S. financial embargo); WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (locked up in Ecuador’s London embassy) and, of course, Bradley Manning, the young, idealistic, soldier who provided the public with perhaps the most critical trove of government documents ever released.
The attitude the Obama administration has toward Manning is revealing. What do they think of him? “Fuck Bradely Manning,” as one White House official put it to me last year during the campaign.

Screw Manning? Lol, screw us.

Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming.

--Michael Hastings

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/why-democrats-love-to-spy-on-americans

Phil Dragoo
06-21-2013, 10:19 PM
After a half hour going from link to link (thank you, Peter, Dawn, and Kara), it is not clear how the vehicle executed a high-speed ninety-degree turn into a tree producing a spectacular fireball and shooting the engine so far.

Diana deja vu: the long line of vertical posts at the left--suddenly the tragic impact.

The rapid fire isn't consistent with my only experience with such accidents. The muscle car which screamed past us fratbros in the 'sixties in the rain only to meet that immoveable object in the form of a concrete bridge abutment at the river did burn--

--but beginning at the rear, allowing us time to extract the driver and take him, bleeding from nose and ears, to the hospital.

A witness reported an explosion. A witness said the car "jacknifed." Surely the trade practice of Boston Brakes is continually refined.

Mercedes is renowned for its structural engineering--why then the tremendous fire.

Since the advent of the fuel inertia switch, is it due to the explosion pre-crash.

CIA has come a long way from Letelier Washington 1976.

A long, long way.

Keith Millea
06-23-2013, 04:57 PM
Published on Sunday, June 23, 2013 by Common Dreams (http://www.commondreams.org)

Journalist Hastings Sent Out Mysterious Email Hours Before Death

'I'm onto a big story, and need to go off the radar for a bit'

- Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/commondreams.org/files/imce-images/hastings-crash-540px.jpg

Journalist Michael Hastings sent an e-mail to his friends and colleagues just hours before he died last week in which he said his “close friends and associates” were being interviewed by the FBI and that Hastings needed to “go off the radar for a bit.”

KTLA-TV in Los Angeles reported Saturday that Hastings said in the email he was “onto a big story.” Hastings sent the email around 1 p.m. Monday June 17, 15 hours before he died in an early Tuesday morning car crash in Hollywood.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs, who had known Hastings since 2008 when the journalist was embedded in his unit in Afghanistan, told (http://ktla.com/2013/06/21/exclusive-hastings-sent-colleagues-email-hours-before-crash/#axzz2X3e4dFmq)KTLA that he received the email from Hastings on Monday:

“On Monday morning, I woke up and I got an email, and it’s very panicked,” Biggs said.

He was blind-copied on the email, which was sent to Hastings’ colleagues.

In part, it said that the feds were interviewing his close friends and associates, and that he was onto a big story and needed to get off the radar.

The FBI has denied that Hastings was ever under investigation.

“It alarmed me very much,” Biggs said. “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,” he said.


http://www.commondreams.org/sites/commondreams.org/files/imce-images/hastings-email.jpg

Jan Klimkowski
06-23-2013, 05:23 PM
Resonant echoes of Danny Casolaro....

David Guyatt
06-23-2013, 06:15 PM
Resonant echoes of Danny Casolaro....

Isn't it just.

Kara Dellacioppa
06-23-2013, 10:29 PM
Thanks Lauren..... I just got introduced to the Willy Loman and the Sacha Fal site (I think the Loman site is pretty good but cant say what I think about the Fal one.. .looks rather creepy).... I think its because both the Dorner and Hastings incidents happened in my "neck of the woods" I feel more directly impacted by them. I remember driving my LO to daycare on the way to campus when I see every single on ramp with cop cars.. Im like "WTF??" We don't have cable and I guess I missed it when the Christopher Dorner incident began.. Then I got to class and all my students were going on about it. (He apparently was living a couple of blocks from my MIL's).... I find it interesting that there were call for drone strikes to get Dorner. And some conspiracy sites were arguing that Hastings was hit with a drone. Whether or not that is a fact, I think we are slowly being conditioned to accept that the government can assassinate people on American soil with drones. I also think that the Dorner case was about introducing urban guerrilla warfare to American streets (the two women in the truck being shot up by police ...)

Lauren Johnson
06-23-2013, 11:45 PM
Thanks Lauren..... I just got introduced to the Willy Loman and the Sacha Fal site (I think the Loman site is pretty good but cant say what I think about the Fal one.. .looks rather creepy).... I think its because both the Dorner and Hastings incidents happened in my "neck of the woods" I feel more directly impacted by them. I remember driving my LO to daycare on the way to campus when I see every single on ramp with cop cars.. Im like "WTF??" We don't have cable and I guess I missed it when the Christopher Dorner incident began.. Then I got to class and all my students were going on about it. (He apparently was living a couple of blocks from my MIL's).... I find it interesting that there were call for drone strikes to get Dorner. And some conspiracy sites were arguing that Hastings was hit with a drone. Whether or not that is a fact, I think we are slowly being conditioned to accept that the government can assassinate people on American soil with drones. I also think that the Dorner case was about introducing urban guerrilla warfare to American streets (the two women in the truck being shot up by police ...)

Sorcha Fal gets low reviews here at DPF. He is seen as a "disinfo" with some agenda or another. In this case, running out the idea that Hastings was killed by a drone, and that done almost immediately, leads me to think that SF is helping to condition Americans to drone killing within US borders.

Albert Doyle
06-24-2013, 08:22 PM
Do you think Mercedes will chime-in on the cause of the intense fire?


Mind you if this was a hit it is perfectly legal within the new Nazi American laws.


Princess Diana with flames...

Kara Dellacioppa
06-25-2013, 10:40 PM
http://rt.com/usa/michael-hastings-cyber-car-218/:shock:

Magda Hassan
06-26-2013, 02:46 AM
http://rt.com/usa/michael-hastings-cyber-car-218/:shock:
Mmmm.... very interesting. The disappearnace of Michael Hastings from what ever cause is certainly desirable for some. Looking more and more likely there may be something not at all wrong with his driving. I'd be interested in Mercedes take on all this when it is available as they don't want their car brand tarnished with bad and unsafe design. I'd be interested to know from friends and family what sort of a driver he was generally.

Albert Doyle
06-26-2013, 11:21 AM
Lee Bowers died in a weird one car crash. Lee had seen everything Hoffman did, only from a much better perspective.

Dawn Meredith
06-26-2013, 01:08 PM
This is looking more and more like a murder. Certainly to have a chilling effect on the few investigative reporters out there.

Friend: Michael Hastings Was Working on “Biggest Story Yet” About CIA

Sgt. Joe Biggs says journalist would never have driven at high speed
Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
June 25, 2013
A friend of Michael Hastings told Fox News today that the Rolling Stone journalist was working on the “the biggest story yet” about the CIA before his suspicious death and that Hastings drove “like a grandma,” making it extremely out of character for him to be speeding in the early hours of the morning.

Sgt. Joe Biggs told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that “something didn’t feel right” after Hastings sent a panicked email saying the authorities were on his tail, adding that the story of him driving at high speed in the early hours of the morning was completely out of character.
“His friends and family that know him, everyone says he drives like a grandma, so that right there doesn’t seem like something he’d be doing, there’s no way that he’d be acting erratic like that and driving out of control,” said Biggs, adding that “things don’t add up, there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered.”
Biggs said he had contacted Mercedes asking them if it was normal for their cars to “blow up to that extent” and for the engine to fly out 100 feet from the site of the crash.
Biggs also confirmed that Hastings was working on a story about the CIA and that it was “going to be the biggest story yet.”
As we reported yesterday, questions surrounding the death of Hastings are not only the domain of conspiracy theorists. Former counter-terror czar under two different presidents Richard Clarke told the Huffington Post that the fatal crash of Hastings’ Mercedes C250 Coupe was “consistent with a car cyber attack.”
“So if there were a cyber attack on the car — and I’m not saying there was,” he said, adding “I think whoever did it would probably get away with it,” and that “intelligence agencies for major powers” have such capabilities.
Clarke’s speculation that Hastings’ vehicle could have been remotely hijacked is echoed by Salon.com’s Andrew Leonard, who cites two studies by researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, “Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Vehicle,” and “Comprehensive Experimental Analyses of Automotive Attack Surfaces.”
The studies detail how “it is a relatively trivial exercise to access the computer systems of a modern car and take control away from the driver.”
Questions about the circumstances behind Hastings’ death have persisted because he made a number of enemies in positions of power.
After Wikileaks reported that Hastings had contacted them in the hours before his death complaining about being under investigation by the FBI, the federal agency denied the claim.
According to Hastings’ colleague Cenk Uygur, the writer was, “incredibly tense and very worried, and was concerned that the government was looking in on his material,” and also a “nervous wreck” in response to the surveillance of journalists revealed by the AP phone tapping scandal and the NSA PRISM scandal.
BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith added that Hastings had told friends and family “he was concerned that he was under investigation.”
Another close friend who wishes to remain anonymous said that Hastings was “very paranoid that he was being watched by the FBI.”
It subsequently emerged that Hastings had written a panicked email shortly before his death telling his friends and colleagues that he was going into hiding to escape the attention of the authorities.
“Hey — the feds are interviewing my “close friends and associates,” the message said. “Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the [radar] for a bit.”
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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

Peter Lemkin
06-26-2013, 01:40 PM
Well, while not new, they seem to be cleaning up ALL significant investigators, researchers, activists, whistleblowers, and other 'problems' - using any means at their disposal - without regard to law or morality. Lesson: If you fall in the above categories do NOT drive a newer car with computer systems that can be compromised - drive a very old clunker - and even there, look under it before you start the engine!...keep it well protected and look for signs of covert tampering with the brake system, ignition system or other strange 'changes'. Encrypt your important emails, your important files and use VPN or Tor; and never directly mention on your phone, emails who you're meeting/where/when - if it would be something you'd not want monitored. Change your SIM card often and always have another phone you've never used for that final moment of flight [numbers will have to be on a piece of paper - do NOT put your old SIM card in the new phone]. When having delicate conversations or going to delicate meetings take out the battery of the phone/tablet/laptop. Assume everything you do/say/write/go to/go with/buy/interact with is being tracked and recorded. Tell friends where you are going and when you expect to be back and when to 'panic' if you are not. Keep your will updated. They mean business - very dirty business. This is not a complete list of precautions - which can be found on certain websites.

I think Hastings was murdered by causing his car's computer to make the accelerator race, the steering not respond and the brakes not work. That all but guarantees you'll be killed in a 'crash'. They've used this method well before highly electronic cars - by putting drugs that put you to sleep on the steering wheel that soak into the blood via your skin - or pushing you off a cliff or into a wall etc. with another car behind or sideswiping you. Tampering with the brake hydraulics is another favorite and we all know of car bombs being used. Drones are now a possibility and at night the small rocket wouldn't be seen....but I doubt they are being used in urban areas much - yet.

Lauren Johnson
06-27-2013, 08:41 PM
This supposed quote was reported by someone close to both of Michael Hastings and his wife:

Friend of journalist reveals colleagues were “too scared” to release panicked email
Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
June 26, 2013


The wife of Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in what many people believe was a suspicious car crash last week, has vowed to “take down whoever did this,” according to the man who released an email in which Hastings told friends he was being harassed by the government.


Staff Sergeant Joseph Biggs, who yesterday told Fox News (http://www.prisonplanet.com/friend-michael-hastings-was-working-on-biggest-story-yet-about-cia.html) that Hastings was working on “the biggest story yet” about the CIA before his untimely death, was responsible for releasing an email Hastings wrote 15 hours before his car crash in which the journalist stated he was “onto a big story” and needed “to go off the rada[r] for a bit.”




Biggs tweeted that the reason he released the email was because Hastings’ other friends and colleagues who received it were “too scared” to do so.


After the email was released, Hastings’ wife Elise Jordan thanked Biggs and vowed to “take down whoever did this,” according to Biggs (http://rt.com/usa/sent-death-email-hastings-172/).


Biggs, who met Hastings when he was an embedded journalist in Afghanistan in 2008, added, “I won’t let a man die in vein [sic] because I’m too scared of what will happen to me. If I sent that email to Mike he wouldn’t rest, he would fight.”




In his interview with Fox News yesterday, Biggs also said that Hastings “drove like a grandma” and that it was totally out of character for him to be speeding in the early hours of the morning.




Earlier this week, former counter-terror czar under two different presidents Richard Clarke told the Huffington Post (http://www.infowars.com/richard-clarke-hastings-accident-consistent-with-a-car-cyber-attack/) that the fatal crash of Hastings’ Mercedes C250 Coupe was “consistent with a car cyber attack.”




Hastings had made numerous powerful enemies as a result of his exposure of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal in 2010, receiving several death threats in the process.




According to Hastings’ colleague Cenk Uygur, the writer was, “incredibly tense and very worried, and was concerned that the government was looking in on his material,” and also a “nervous wreck” in response to the surveillance of journalists revealed by the AP phone tapping scandal and the NSA PRISM scandal.




BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith added that Hastings had told friends and family “he was concerned that he was under investigation.”


Another close friend who wishes to remain anonymous said that Hastings was “very paranoid that he was being watched by the FBI.”



http://www.infowars.com/michael-hastings-wife-vows-to-take-down-whoever-did-this/

Phil Dragoo
06-28-2013, 07:52 AM
Lauren

Your cite of Clarke "consistent with cyber vehicle attack" resonates:

Tonight's episode (previously aired) placed an internet billionaire at the wheel of a sports car accelerating and brakeless due to such an attack.

Only the frantically applied world class hacking skills of our friend Harold saved this target.

No such luck for Hastings

Fiction can only create SkyNet, Enemy of the State, and the Matrix

The national security state's victims aren't stunt men who stand up after the director is satisfied

Lauren Johnson
06-28-2013, 02:03 PM
Lauren

Your cite of Clarke "consistent with cyber vehicle attack" resonates:

Tonight's episode (previously aired) placed an internet billionaire at the wheel of a sports car accelerating and brakeless due to such an attack.

Only the frantically applied world class hacking skills of our friend Harold saved this target.

No such luck for Hastings

Fiction can only create SkyNet, Enemy of the State, and the Matrix

The national security state's victims aren't stunt men who stand up after the director is satisfied

The other harmonic, for me, was the unexplained uncontrolled acceleration of several automobiles was the Toyota Prius phenomenon at the same time the US auto industry was hanging by a thread. Ya thaank?

Magda Hassan
06-28-2013, 02:18 PM
Lauren

Your cite of Clarke "consistent with cyber vehicle attack" resonates:

Tonight's episode (previously aired) placed an internet billionaire at the wheel of a sports car accelerating and brakeless due to such an attack.

Only the frantically applied world class hacking skills of our friend Harold saved this target.

No such luck for Hastings

Fiction can only create SkyNet, Enemy of the State, and the Matrix

The national security state's victims aren't stunt men who stand up after the director is satisfied

The other harmonic, for me, was the unexplained uncontrolled acceleration of several automobiles was the Toyota Prius phenomenon at the same time the US auto industry was hanging by a thread. Ya thaank?
Oh, yes, thanks for that reminder Lauren! I'd quite forgotten that.....

Jan Klimkowski
06-29-2013, 10:15 PM
Here's some vintage Michael Hastings from Rolling Stone (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/another-runaway-general-army-deploys-psy-ops-on-u-s-senators-20110223):



Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators


By Michael Hastings
February 23, 2011 11:55 PM ET

Sen. John McCain walks with Lt. Gen. William Caldwell at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 6, 2009.
Senior Airman Brian Ybarbo/U.S. Air Force (Homepage image: AP)

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

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The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops – the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as "information operations" at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.

"My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave," says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. "I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line."

Photos: Psy-Ops and the General

The list of targeted visitors was long, according to interviews with members of the IO team and internal documents obtained by Rolling Stone. Those singled out in the campaign included senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin; Rep. Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee; Adm. Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Czech ambassador to Afghanistan; the German interior minister, and a host of influential think-tank analysts.

The incident offers an indication of just how desperate the U.S. command in Afghanistan is to spin American civilian leaders into supporting an increasingly unpopular war. According to the Defense Department’s own definition, psy-ops – the use of propaganda and psychological tactics to influence emotions and behaviors – are supposed to be used exclusively on "hostile foreign groups." Federal law forbids the military from practicing psy-ops on Americans, and each defense authorization bill comes with a "propaganda rider" that also prohibits such manipulation. "Everyone in the psy-ops, intel, and IO community knows you’re not supposed to target Americans," says a veteran member of another psy-ops team who has run operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "It’s what you learn on day one."

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When Holmes and his four-man team arrived in Afghanistan in November 2009, their mission was to assess the effects of U.S. propaganda on the Taliban and the local Afghan population. But the following month, Holmes began receiving orders from Caldwell’s staff to direct his expertise on a new target: visiting Americans. At first, the orders were administered verbally. According to Holmes, who attended at least a dozen meetings with Caldwell to discuss the operation, the general wanted the IO unit to do the kind of seemingly innocuous work usually delegated to the two dozen members of his public affairs staff: compiling detailed profiles of the VIPs, including their voting records, their likes and dislikes, and their "hot-button issues." In one email to Holmes, Caldwell’s staff also wanted to know how to shape the general’s presentations to the visiting dignitaries, and how best to "refine our messaging."

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Congressional delegations – known in military jargon as CODELs – are no strangers to spin. U.S. lawmakers routinely take trips to the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they receive carefully orchestrated briefings and visit local markets before posing for souvenir photos in helmets and flak jackets. Informally, the trips are a way for generals to lobby congressmen and provide first-hand updates on the war. But what Caldwell was looking for was more than the usual background briefings on senators. According to Holmes, the general wanted the IO team to provide a "deeper analysis of pressure points we could use to leverage the delegation for more funds." The general’s chief of staff also asked Holmes how Caldwell could secretly manipulate the U.S. lawmakers without their knowledge. "How do we get these guys to give us more people?" he demanded. "What do I have to plant inside their heads?"

According to experts on intelligence policy, asking a psy-ops team to direct its expertise against visiting dignitaries would be like the president asking the CIA to put together background dossiers on congressional opponents. Holmes was even expected to sit in on Caldwell’s meetings with the senators and take notes, without divulging his background. "Putting your propaganda people in a room with senators doesn’t look good," says John Pike, a leading military analyst. "It doesn’t pass the smell test. Any decent propaganda operator would tell you that."

At a minimum, the use of the IO team against U.S. senators was a misuse of vital resources designed to combat the enemy; it cost American taxpayers roughly $6 million to deploy Holmes and his team in Afghanistan for a year. But Caldwell seemed more eager to advance his own career than to defeat the Taliban. "We called it Operation Fourth Star," says Holmes. "Caldwell seemed far more focused on the Americans and the funding stream than he was on the Afghans. We were there to teach and train the Afghans. But for the first four months it was all about the U.S. Later he even started talking about targeting the NATO populations." At one point, according to Holmes, Caldwell wanted to break up the IO team and give each general on his staff their own personal spokesperson with psy-ops training.

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It wasn’t the first time that Caldwell had tried to tear down the wall that has historically separated public affairs and psy-ops – the distinction the military is supposed to maintain between "informing" and "influencing." After a stint as the top U.S. spokesperson in Iraq, the general pushed aggressively to expand the military’s use of information operations. During his time as a commander at Ft. Leavenworth, Caldwell argued for exploiting new technologies like blogging and Wikipedia – a move that would widen the military’s ability to influence the public, both foreign and domestic. According to sources close to the general, he also tried to rewrite the official doctrine on information operations, though that effort ultimately failed. (In recent months, the Pentagon has quietly dropped the nefarious-sounding moniker "psy-ops" in favor of the more neutral "MISO" – short for Military Information Support Operations.)

Under duress, Holmes and his team provided Caldwell with background assessments on the visiting senators, and helped prep the general for his high-profile encounters. But according to members of his unit, Holmes did his best to resist the orders. Holmes believed that using his team to target American civilians violated the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which was passed by Congress to prevent the State Department from using Soviet-style propaganda techniques on U.S. citizens. But when Holmes brought his concerns to Col. Gregory Breazile, the spokesperson for the Afghan training mission run by Caldwell, the discussion ended in a screaming match. "It’s not illegal if I say it isn’t!" Holmes recalls Breazile shouting.

In March 2010, Breazile issued a written order that "directly tasked" Holmes to conduct an IO campaign against "all DV visits" – short for "distinguished visitor." The team was also instructed to "prepare the context and develop the prep package for each visit." In case the order wasn’t clear enough, Breazile added that the new instructions were to "take priority over all other duties." Instead of fighting the Taliban, Holmes and his team were now responsible for using their training to win the hearts and minds of John McCain and Al Franken.

On March 23rd, Holmes emailed the JAG lawyer who handled information operations, saying that the order made him "nervous." The lawyer, Capt. John Scott, agreed with Holmes. "The short answer is that IO doesn’t do that," Scott replied in an email. "[Public affairs] works on the hearts and minds of our own citizens and IO works on the hearts and minds of the citizens of other nations. While the twain do occasionally intersect, such intersections, like violent contact during a soccer game, should be unintentional."

In another email, Scott advised Holmes to seek his own defense counsel. "Using IO to influence our own folks is a bad idea," the lawyer wrote, "and contrary to IO policy."

In a statement to Rolling Stone, a spokesman for Caldwell "categorically denies the assertion that the command used an Information Operations Cell to influence Distinguished Visitors." But after Scott offered his legal opinion, the order was rewritten to stipulate that the IO unit should only use publicly available records to create profiles of U.S. visitors. Based on the narrower definition of the order, Holmes and his team believed the incident was behind them.

Three weeks after the exchange, however, Holmes learned that he was the subject of an investigation, called an AR 15-6. The investigation had been ordered by Col. Joe Buche, Caldwell’s chief of staff. The 22-page report, obtained by Rolling Stone, reads like something put together by Kenneth Starr. The investigator accuses Holmes of going off base in civilian clothes without permission, improperly using his position to start a private business, consuming alcohol, using Facebook too much, and having an "inappropriate" relationship with one of his subordinates, Maj. Laural Levine. The investigator also noted a joking comment that Holmes made on his Facebook wall, in response to a jibe about Afghan men wanting to hold his hand. "Hey! I’ve been here almost five months now!" Holmes wrote. "Gimmee a break a man has needs you know."

"LTC Holmes’ comments about his sexual needs," the report concluded, "are even more distasteful in light of his status as a married man."

Both Holmes and Levine maintain that there was nothing inappropriate about their relationship, and said they were waiting until after they left Afghanistan to start their own business. They and other members of the team also say that they had been given permission to go off post in civilian clothes. As for Facebook, Caldwell’s command had aggressively encouraged its officers to the use the site as part of a social-networking initiative – and Holmes ranked only 15th among the biggest users.

Nor was Holmes the only one who wrote silly things online. Col. Breazile’s Facebook page, for example, is spotted with similar kinds of nonsense, including multiple references to drinking alcohol, and a photo of a warning inside a Port-o-John mocking Afghans – "In case any of you forgot that you are supposed to sit on the toilet and not stand on it and squat. It’s a safety issue. We don’t want you to fall in or miss your target." Breazile now serves at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he works in the office dedicated to waging a global information war for the Pentagon.

Following the investigation, both Holmes and Levine were formally reprimanded. Holmes, believing that he was being targeted for questioning the legality of waging an IO campaign against U.S. visitors, complained to the Defense Department’s inspector general. Three months later, he was informed that he was not entitled to protection as a whistleblower, because the JAG lawyer he consulted was not "designated to receive such communications."

Levine, who has a spotless record and 19 service awards after 16 years in the military, including a tour of duty in Kuwait and Iraq, fears that she has become "the collateral damage" in the military’s effort to retaliate against Holmes. "It will probably end my career," she says. "My father was an officer, and I believed officers would never act like this. I was devastated. I’ve lost my faith in the military, and I couldn’t in good conscience recommend anyone joining right now."

After being reprimanded, Holmes and his team were essentially ignored for the rest of their tours in Afghanistan. But on June 15th, the entire Afghan training mission received a surprising memo from Col. Buche, Caldwell’s chief of staff. "Effective immediately," the memo read, "the engagement in information operations by personnel assigned to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan is strictly prohibited." From now on, the memo added, the "information operation cell" would be referred to as the "Information Engagement cell." The IE’s mission? "This cell will engage in activities for the sole purpose of informing and educating U.S., Afghan and international audiences…." The memo declared, in short, that those who had trained in psy-ops and other forms of propaganda would now officially be working as public relations experts – targeting a worldwide audience.

As for the operation targeting U.S. senators, there is no way to tell what, if any, influence it had on American policy. What is clear is that in January 2011, Caldwell’s command asked the Obama administration for another $2 billion to train an additional 70,000 Afghan troops – an initiative that will already cost U.S. taxpayers more than $11 billion this year. Among the biggest boosters in Washington to give Caldwell the additional money? Sen. Carl Levin, one of the senators whom Holmes had been ordered to target.

Magda Hassan
07-06-2013, 12:07 PM
6
JUL
2013

Episode 274 – Crashes of Convenience: Michael Hastings (http://www.corbettreport.com/episode-274-crashes-of-convenience-michael-hastings/)

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Michael 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. Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we explore the strange details surrounding the untimely death of Michael Hastings.
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Peter Lemkin
07-06-2013, 06:40 PM
It really makes me sick to my stomach. We've lost so many investigative reporters now to murders, made to look like 'accidents' or 'suicides'..and there will, I'm afraid, be a whole lot more very soon. Nothing about this 'crash' seems 'authentic' - it all seems like a hacked and rigged car by some very sophisticated agency...maybe the very one he was about to do an article on. But the MSM laps the 'just an accident' or lies about drunk driving, et al. up.....as they are paid to do.

Lauren Johnson
07-08-2013, 09:40 PM
Recall the scene in the Matrix I when Neo sees the same black cat twice. It's deja vu and that means the machines change something: it's a "glitch in the matrix."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcwCnxOrA0M

With regards to the fiery death of Michael Hastings, there was a glitch in the matrix. Did you spot it? Was it the engine and transmission blown free from the Mercedes for dozens of yards? No. How about the car blowing up into flames instantly? Or how about the fact that the body was burned to charcoal and yet it was identified by a fingerprint? That would be a pretty good guess. How about Sorcha Fal proclaiming that it was a drone? No. Pre-programmed by my read built into the narrative.

I think the glitch, the tell-tale sign of meddling by the programmers, was the sudden silence. The yawning silence. In this world of "if it bleeds it leads", one in which a scandal of an unsafe Mercedes can speed up and kill the driver in a horrible death. That should have been the story for a week or so. No. Just silence. That was the glitch.

Phil Dragoo
07-09-2013, 06:51 AM
I had seen recently a Toyota-Lexus tech citing his diagnostic tool which overrode braking and acceleration via the onboard computer module.

A friend is familiar with the road: "Three lanes each way; no need to speed."

He went to the area and found a witness who saw the car go through solo at ninety or a hundred.

Add that Hasting's friend said, "He drove like granma."

The Mercedes was remotely piloted at high speed until a device was triggered in or on the fuel tank.

Such wireless igniters are used with thermite in demolition.

Towers. Mercedes. What an age.

Magda Hassan
07-09-2013, 06:54 AM
Yes, witnesses said it was already burning well before it hit the palm tree and crashed stopped.

Magda Hassan
07-09-2013, 06:58 AM
Recall the scene in the Matrix I when Neo sees the same black cat twice. It's deja vu and that means the machines change something: it's a "glitch in the matrix."

I think the glitch, the tell-tale sign of meddling by the programmers, was the sudden silence. The yawning silence. In this world of "if it bleeds it leads", one in which a scandal of an unsafe Mercedes can speed up and kill the driver in a horrible death. That should have been the story for a week or so. No. Just silence. That was the glitch.

Yes, very quiet. In the media land of 'if it bleeds it leads'. Very quiet.

Magda Hassan
07-09-2013, 01:11 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fweyFCFKcp0

Magda Hassan
07-10-2013, 12:57 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KHIucZCrJKg#at=68
Crash scene defies laws of physics as engine block found behind the car.

San Diego 6 -- Kimberly Dvorak's Investigative Report On Michael Hastings "Crash"

Peter Lemkin
07-10-2013, 04:10 AM
Behind the car!?! I can think of only two possible explanations....1] it was blown out of the car in the explosion that preceded it hitting the tree or 2] the same type of anti-universe physics operating on 9/11/01 and 11/22/63 were at play. When will the Sheeple awake? I begin to fear the answer is 'when it is too late'. If this wasn't a 'hit', I don't know what qualifies...but it will be ruled an accident due to driver error[s]. That he was sure the FBI was on his tail for about to break a story of CIA wrongdoing is lost on the MSM and the Sheeple...as are the events of the 'crash'....NONE - not one of which - are logical, believable with known physics and science/engineering, witness statements, or about the driver - who is said to be a very cautious and slow driver. Mercedes' silence is also very ominous.

Phil Dragoo
07-10-2013, 06:16 AM
http://www.gizmag.com/vehicle-computer-systems-hacks/15156/

The research team then developed Controller Area Network (CAN) protocol sniffing software to locate, observe, monitor and subsequently take advantage of security weaknesses to bypass rudimentary protection within the car and take over aspects of control from the driver. Perhaps more worryingly, they also managed to plant malicious code which would completely erase its tracks after any crash.

And the date of this article: May 20, 2010

Peter Lemkin
07-10-2013, 11:51 AM
http://www.gizmag.com/vehicle-computer-systems-hacks/15156/

The research team then developed Controller Area Network (CAN) protocol sniffing software to locate, observe, monitor and subsequently take advantage of security weaknesses to bypass rudimentary protection within the car and take over aspects of control from the driver. Perhaps more worryingly, they also managed to plant malicious code which would completely erase its tracks after any crash.

And the date of this article: May 20, 2010

So, if any of you who do research, or only are regular 'students' of Deep Politics and the consequences of them, are rich enough to own the highly-computerized cars now available, I'd strongly suggest you sell them for some old clunker with no electronics aboard. We poor ones can't yet afford the computerized ones.....but they have long had ways to tamper with those too....though less untraceable and perhaps lower-tech monkeywrenching of brake systems, wheel bearings, steering system connectors - and the old standby of the car bomb or running one off the road on a high-drop turn., etc. Knowledge of and research about the exact nature of the National Security Hydra can be hazardous to your health and shorten your life! The surgeon general should really put a warning on this website and others like it - as well as most of the books I read or have on my must-read list. Wasn't much different during the War [choose whichever one you think I refer too.] It now is WAR! We use information; they use whatever will 'contain' that information - even if it means a few wet jobs here and there.

Dawn Meredith
07-10-2013, 12:15 PM
Behind the car!?! I can think of only two possible explanations....1] it was blown out of the car in the explosion that preceded it hitting the tree or 2] the same type of anti-universe physics operating on 9/11/01 and 11/22/63 were at play. When will the Sheeple awake? I begin to fear the answer is 'when it is too late'. If this wasn't a 'hit', I don't know what qualifies...but it will be ruled an accident due to driver error[s]. That he was sure the FBI was on his tail for about to break a story of CIA wrongdoing is lost on the MSM and the Sheeple...as are the events of the 'crash'....NONE - not one of which - are logical, believable with known physics and science/engineering, witness statements, or about the driver - who is said to be a very cautious and slow driver. Mercedes' silence is also very ominous.

There is a story or you tube on facebook this morning from Mercedes stating that their cars just don't explode.

Dawn

Keith Millea
07-10-2013, 02:29 PM
I'd strongly suggest you sell them for some old clunker with no electronics aboard.

Did I tell you how much I love my early 70's Buick??? :D

Jan Klimkowski
07-10-2013, 08:45 PM
I'd strongly suggest you sell them for some old clunker with no electronics aboard.

Did I tell you how much I love my early 70's Buick??? :D

The deep political lesson is don't get in any car with a person named Judi Bari, Orlando Letelier, Michael Hastings....

Charles Drago
07-10-2013, 11:14 PM
... or John Kennedy, Diana Spencer ...

Magda Hassan
07-13-2013, 05:28 AM
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Abby Martin takes a closer look at the death of award winning journalist Michael Hastings, featuring interviews with Michael's close friend, Joe Biggs, who suspects his death was not an accident, and Kimberly Dvorak, an investigative journalist who has been conducting an investigation into the anomalies despite stonewalling from the LAPD.

Dawn Meredith
07-13-2013, 02:17 PM
"despite stonewalling from the LAPD."

Echos of the RFK assassination.

Nothing changes.

And unless people begin to think critically and are not so quick to believe the lying media
nothing will change. The murders will continue, unabated.

Dawn

Jerry Ellis
07-15-2013, 02:33 AM
Perhaps this latest entry to Russ Baker's WhoWhatWhy site might put at least some focus on all this

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/

Peter Lemkin
07-15-2013, 06:23 AM
Perhaps this latest entry to Russ Baker's WhoWhatWhy site might put at least some focus on all this

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/

I don't buy that analysis...he says things like 'could the planners have not thought about cross-traffic at intersections', as if having been slammed on the side of the car wouldn't do the same damage as hitting something in front of it...etc. He tried very hard in his article to make it an 'accident'. The level of coincidence is just off the scale for this to have been an 'accident'. The special effects man is quoted as saying they had only one shot and wouldn't leave anything to chance. That's patently false. If they didn't kill him this time, they had all the chances to try again as they wished.

It was, IMO, and from the evidence and basic logic of probability/coincidence, an engineered 'accident' - the specialty of intelligence creeps and special ops groups. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

Phil Dragoo
07-15-2013, 04:46 PM
Peter

I agree; "we asked" this "hometown" turnip to ask the LAPD and they told him, "Nothing to see here, Kid," then snickered in the wings.

Stranger in a Strange Land sees the burned wreck on a flatbed truck

My father drove us in the '55 Nomad to a point on the grounds where a flatbed rolled through with this blackened cigar which had been Bill Vukovich the Mad Russian's third Indy victory

Leading, he encountered the laggers, went left instead of right, caught a tire-on-tire and spectacularly flipped and rolled and cartwheeled over a barrier to collide with vehicles on the service road, coming to rest upside down, sans rollbar, au flambe

Nobody every accused Vuky of driving like Granma

Hastings died in a friend's "hometown"

He said he'd talked to witnesses and his summation was contrived death

Acceleration and braking can be overridden with professional diagnostics

Are we to believe that an enemy of the Drone Kingdom wasn't hacked and launched off the deck of the McChrystal

Estimates of speed vary from 80 to 130

The intersection was the ramp

When the car landed things happened

Hastings didn't have Vukovich's reflexes, skills, experience

If he chose right instead of left

He performed the Diana denouement

And the snickering in the wings has been officially denied

Lauren Johnson
07-15-2013, 05:39 PM
Perhaps this latest entry to Russ Baker's WhoWhatWhy site might put at least some focus on all this

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/

I don't buy that analysis...he says things like 'could the planners have not thought about cross-traffic at intersections', as if having been slammed on the side of the car wouldn't do the same damage as hitting something in front of it...etc. He tried very hard in his article to make it an 'accident'. The level of coincidence is just off the scale for this to have been an 'accident'. The special effects man is quoted as saying they had only one shot and wouldn't leave anything to chance. That's patently false. If they didn't kill him this time, they had all the chances to try again as they wished.

It was, IMO, and from the evidence and basic logic of probability/coincidence, an engineered 'accident' - the specialty of intelligence creeps and special ops groups. Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

10-4 Peter. The core of the article is as follows: 'I haven't the foggiest but I thought I would write some words anyway. And I got laughed at by Chief Inspector Clouseau.'

Jan Klimkowski
07-15-2013, 09:17 PM
This has been touched on earlier, but Ralph Fiennes' book about a secret SAS committee known as The Feather Men (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?11776-The-Feather-Men-secret-SAS-committee&highlight=feather+men), published in 1991, contains "an illustration of a block diagram of the modification of the BMW car brake system to incorporate remote radio control" used in an assassination.

The film version Killer Elite, staring Robert DeNiro and Jason Statham, includes a scene where the technology is used.

Published in 1991 but talking about operations which had already taken place.

Hastings had his, ahem, road traffic accident in 2013.......

Magda Hassan
07-17-2013, 01:41 AM
MICHAEL HASTINGS’ ASHES SENT HOME FOR BURIAL
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By Kimberly Dvorak
Created: Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:41:00 PST
Updated: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:17:15 PST

Details uncovered by this reporter shed new light into the June 18 death of journalist Michael Hastings.
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.”
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.
Link to previous story: http://www.sandiego6.com/story/details-of-reporter-hastings-death-remain-elusive-20130708 - storyComments (http://www.sandiego6.com/story/details-of-reporter-hastings-death-remain-elusive-20130708#storyComments)

Magda Hassan
07-17-2013, 11:20 AM
Endgame: the link between Barratt Brown & Michael Hastings and why they were targetedPosted on July 17, 2013 (http://darkernet.in/endgame-the-link-between-barratt-brown-michael-hastings-and-why-they-were-targeted/) by admin (http://darkernet.in/author/admin/)
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Barrett Brown is a journalist who has been arrested and is in jail on remand, facing charges that could result in life imprisonment for merely carrying out his investigative work. Michael Hastings was an investigative journalist who wrote for Rolling Stone but who died tragically in a car crash, which occurred under mysterious circumstances. What links them, apart from investigative journalism? Answer: both were working on the same story, but from different angles. And the story? The surveillance programs managed by a company called Endgame. The article below is by Jill Simpson and Jim March and was first published on June 24th by http://freepress.org but we have decided it’s of such major significance it needs wider publicity so are republishing it. We’ve also added some contextual information on other investigations Brown and Hastings were conducting, as well as links to articles by and on Brown and links to videos investigating the car crash that killed Hastings. The adjacent images are of Barrett and Michael.
A. Introduction
1. Barrett Brown
Barrett Brown is charged with basically helping to disseminate information from Stratfor (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Stratfor)– a private company engaged in intelligence gathering for the business community, which researcher Jeremy Hammond is accused of hacking. (Here are the main charges (http://pt.scribd.com/mobile/doc/115935232?width=1280)against Brown.) Here are the files (http://www.cryptome.org/0005/stratfor-hack.htm)hacked by anons and which Barrett Brown is accused of analysing. The following is a summary of the investigative projects Brown was investigating…
1. Echelon 2. The PRISM system exposed by Edward Snowden is part of the Echelon (http://www.nsawatch.org/echelonfaq.html)network (as exposed (http://cryptome.org/sigint-hr-dc.htm)by Duncan Campbell in an article (http://cryptome.org/jya/echelon-dc.htm)in the New Statesman) or, more correctly, Echelon 2 (the latter is being researched by Project Blue Cabinet and was previously researched by Project PM (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Main_Page)).
2. Endgame. Another investigation (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Endgame_Systems)Project PM was involved with in conjunction with Project Blue Cabinet was regarding Endgame (http://www.endgamesystems.com/), a company that specialises in hacking on behalf of NSA. Endgame also offers its intelligence clients — e.g. Cyber Command, NSA, CIA and MI6, etc — a unique map, called Bonesaw, showing exactly where targets are located. Both Bonesaw and Endgame were exposed (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/general-keith-alexander-cyberwar/all/)in a recent article as part of the fallout from the Snowden revelations. Further details on Endgame (and Bonesaw) are in the main article below.
3. Persona Management. In a 17 March 2011 article (http://gu.com/p/2nzaq)in the Guardian it was revealed that a Persona Management program had been set up to organise sock puppets, or fake identities, on the Internet via Twitter and Facebook etc, to glean information as well as provide disinformation. “Centcom [Central Command, part of NSA] confirmed that the $2.76m contract was awarded to Ntrepid, a newly formed corporation registered in Los Angeles. It would not disclose whether the multiple persona project is already in operation or discuss any related contracts.” At the time Project PM was also investigating (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Persona_Development)persona development/management as well as helping to expose (http://barrettbrown.blogspot.com/2012/08/cubics-other-trapwire-problem-persona.html)the wider activities of Ntrepid.
4. Other investigations. TrapWire is a surveillance system that was first revealed by Wikileaks some nine months back and since then there have been numerous articles published about it (see links to some of these by Darker Net at the end of this article). According to Richard Hollis Helms, the founder of Trapwire, “It can collect information about people and vehicles that is more accurate than facial recognition, draw patterns and do threat assessments of areas that may be under observation… The application can do things like “type” individuals so if people say “medium build,” you know exactly what that means from that observer.” Through the systematic reporting of suspicious events and the correlation of those events… operations can be identified, appropriate countermeasures employed and steps taken to apprehend the perpetrators. Brown had been researching (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Trapwire)TrapWire and it’s links to Cubic Corporation and spin-offs such as Abraxas (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Trapwire)andAnonymizer (https://www.anonymizer.com/)(proxy email system to entrap activists). Note: Brown learned about Cubic by visiting Telecomix IRC Blue Cabinet chan (http://bluecabinet.info/wiki/Blue_cabinet/ABRAXAS#ABRAXAS_APPLICATIONS_.2F_TRAPWIRE)
See also, two recent articles on Barrett Brown: here (http://www.policymic.com/articles/54531/meet-the-journalist-who-connects-the-dots-between-wikileaks-edward-snowden-and-the-nsa)and here (http://m.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/13/barrett-brown-political-prisoner-information-revolution). Here is a recent article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/01/cyber-intelligence-complex-useful-idiots?CMP=twt_gu)by Barrett Brown on the aftermath of the Snowden revelations.
2. Michael Hastings
Michael Hastings died in a car crash under mysterious circumstances. Hastings was a target by the US establishment if only because he helped destroy the career of General McChrystal. This article summarises some of the many investigations (http://www.infowars.com/michael-hastings-assassinated-for-work-uncovering-surveillance-state/)Hastings was involved with. He was also, reportedly, working on a major story (http://www.infowars.com/friend-michael-hastings-was-working-on-biggest-story-yet-about-cia/)about the CIA. A number of video are available that examine the crash: see here (http://youtu.be/KHIucZCrJKg)and here (http://youtu.be/MBNRvxbYm9o). This article (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/)provides a good overview on the circumstances. There there was the Endgame story…
B. The Other Side Of The Snowden/Hastings/Barrett Brown Cases
NOTE from authors: all data in this report is from publicly available sources as of Monday June 24th 2013 and will be footnoted as to origins wherever possible. It will not be possible to label us as “hackers” based on this report or anything else.
The final moves in a chess game are called the “endgame”. It has come to the attention of American whistleblowers and election integrity specialists that the CIA, NSA and White House have designed the ultimate final “endgame” for the free world as we know it – with a group of computer “security specialists”.
One key component of this is a corporate office called Endgame1 based in Atlanta Georgia (at the old Biltmore Hotel building, 817 W. Peachtree NW suite 770).2 This company is a private spin-off from the major intelligence source X-Force that was founded originally by Chris Klaus whose career dates to at least 1994 when he founded Internet Security Systems, a private “white hat” counter-hacker group.3
The X-Force was a team of elite cyber-security specialists who operated within ISS in an Atlanta office and made daily reports to the intelligence community and White House about Internet security and malicious software threats. They were allegedly defensive in nature, at least when they started out, and protective of US security. One of their members was Christopher Rouland who was a famous hacker who got caught attacking the Pentagon’s systems by US Airforce cyber-cop Jim Christy who gave him a “break” so long as he would work from then forward as a “white hat” cybersleuth for the US government.4
“White hat” in this context means defensive Internet security – fighting the “black hat” attackers. We write this in part to show that Rouland and his company Endgame have in fact gone back to “black hat” with the approval of the Federal government, doing (and facilitating for others) the sorts of attacks that the Pentagon, the NSA and the like don’t want their fingers found in.
For a quick look at just how paranoid Endgame seems to be, this video taken from a micro-camera mounted on glasses showed what happened when we went to take a look:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr5LIgZvx_8
Rouland took over the X-Force and ISS operations from Klaus for a period of time until ISS and X-Force were bought out as a package by IBM.5 Rouland either decided not to continue with IBM or his criminal record excluded him; for whatever reason he switched a few years ago and co-founded a new private corporation called “Endgame” with the generous funding of Chris Darby who is the CEO of In-Q-Tel, an independent strategy investment firm that supports the missions of the Central Intelligence Agency and the broader intelligence community.6 Darby still sits on Endgame’s board of directors.7
One key member of the board of directors at Endgame is retired Lt. General Kenneth A. Minihan8 whose claim to fame is that he was the 14th director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. He is a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a founder of the National Information Assurance Program which is a United States government initiative to meet the security testing needs for information technology for both consumers and producers that is operated by the NSA and was originally a joint effort between the NSA and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). The goal of the National Information Assurance Program (NIAP) was to ensure that consumer and business software products comply with the “Common Criteria Evaluation Standard”. In 1994 the Federal government had already passed “CALEA” (“Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act”) which mandated back-door intelligence
access to consumer and business internet systems and products.9 This back-door access could then be “double checked” by the updates that Minihan oversaw under NIAP and/or the “Common Criteria” and we strongly suspect they are privately used by Endgame and created by Klaus’ boys under X-Force.
In a 2003 interview Chris Klaus started by saying that attacks against Linux would be an increasing area of concern before devoting the rest of the interview to threats against Microsoft Windows. Microsoft had by that time been deep enough “in bed” with the NSA to put back doors into the Microsoft Windows NT operating system, the ancestor of all subsequent versions including those in use now.10 Klaus was, by 2003, attempting to steer people away from Linux knowing it would be harder to plant “software taps” into Linux due to the open-source nature of the code – basically geeks can peer under the hood of Linux and might detect data taps.11 Microsoft keeps the innards of Windows secret via trade secret and copyright laws and hence taps can go undetected longer which has allowed Endgame, ISS and X-Force to write reports and software tools to exploit foreign governments around the world. This interview in 2003 is therefore indicative of where Klaus’ head was at – he was already a partner with the NSA, involved in the X-Force and reporting to the White House daily – and wanted to make sure US/NSA access to foreign and domestic online systems remained available by panning Linux in 2003 when it was in it’s infancy but clearly an upand-coming “threat” to the intelligence communities around the world.12
Klaus had dreamed this up while serving on the National Common Criteria task force. This set of software back doors allowed him and his ISS to continue their leadership roles in President George W. Bush’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council and the FBI’s “Infraguard” program along with their cyberprotection and information warfare contracts with the Department of Defense and the US Department of Justice. Klaus was selected for this job as co-chair of the NCC by the Business Software Alliance (a trade group with Microsoft as the largest and leading “partner”), the Information Technology Association of America, the US Chamber of Commerce, TechNet and Tom Ridge, then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. As co-chair of the Technical Standards and Common Criteria task force in 2003 it was Klaus’ job to bring together experts from government, the private sector and academia to provide a national strategy to “secure cyberspace” for President George W. Bush so that the Department of Homeland Security could implement a plan to protect the United States from domestic and foreign threats, online or otherwise.13
Klaus testified in 2003 before the House Government Reform, Subcommittee on Technology, Intergovernment Relations and the Census committee about his industry experience as being the first commercial vulnerability assessment inventor and the first inventor of intrusion detection products, and how it would be cost-effective to develop a “criteria and certification” process for software products to help defend against threats.14 This federal control thereby allowing the insertion of back doors into that software at the same time via federal control over certification so that the US could spy on every foreign and domestic person, government or organization in the world.
This is also where Klaus and his X-Force boys including Mr. Rouland made their funding connections with the Intelligence community including the director of the DIA, Gen. Minihan, and why In-Q-Tel chose these folks to run a private version of all this in Endgame.
It might be added that Mr. Rouland was the designer of the www.senate.gov (http://darkernet.in/endgame-the-link-between-barratt-brown-michael-hastings-and-why-they-were-targeted/www.senate.gov)website and infrastructure which would have potentially allowed him to plant taps.15 Let us be clear: the senate.gov site is more than a website, it is a communication infrastructure for the Senators and their staffers and taps into that by somebody we know for a fact started out as a criminal should be of serious concern to all. We know that another contractor by the name of Mike Connell did work on the equivalent House side (doing portions for various committees and individual Republican house member websites)16 and Connell died in a plane crash shortly after being called to testify in an Ohio electronic voting case.17 So there’s a pattern of sketchy people doing things to the most important computers in the nation.
The “services” offered by Endgame include offensive and defensive vulnerability research including software called Bonesaw supporting the detection and mitigation of cyber threats. This basically means that they cover both offensive and defensive aspects of computer security. What they can do is show what computers exist at specific locations and show the user of “Bonesaw” what software vulnerabilities are on those computers, making attacks easy against citizen, business or government systems across the planet.18 Bonesaw has information in it about both threats and targets and can connect the two, for the low, low price of $2.5million per customer per 25 exploits according to Emails found by Anonymous in 2011.19 What an “exploit” allows is either reading from or alteration of an online system, which could even possibly blow up a power plant or other critical physical infrastructure.
“Zero day” exploits (meaning “security holes” or “flaws in a given system” are particularly dangerous because they haven’t yet been reported to (or discovery by) anybody who has the job of patching them. So the people who can defend against the attack have “zero days” in which to do something about it. Ethical “white hat” hacking behavior on encountering any such flaw is to report it to whoever needs to fix it – say, Cisco for a flaw in their large routers. If Cisco doesn’t respond or doesn’t do anything significant about the issue, a public release is warranted because that is the action most likely to make Cisco (in this example) managers wake up and do something – at which point it is no longer a “zero day” exploit. Anybody who continues to hide and either exploits or facilitates the usage of a zero day exploit cannot portray themselves as “one of the good guys” – period, end of discussion.20
In this context Endgame long ago “went over to the dark side” of the computer security world.
This was first brought to light by Barrett Brown, the journalist and alleged leader of Anonymous who is currently being prosecuted by the US government for “hacking”. It is contended in recent reports that he was arrested shortly after looking into the Endgame operation in Atlanta and exposing what Bonesaw is and can do.21
The organization “Free Barrett Brown” consisting of Brown’s supporters wrote a condolence message on the recent death of intelligence reporter Michael Hastings that also confirms that Hastings was working on the Brown case, including Brown’s initial (aborted by arrest) reporting on Endgame.22 Hastings, prior to his untimely death, posted on his Twitter account to his friend Ron Brynaert that he was going to be working on Barrett Brown’s story and to “get ready for your mind to be blown”.23
However, before going underground Michael Hastings’ car exploded and his engine was blown sixty feet in a fiery crash in Los Angeles. Many journalists on the left in the US have assumed foul play in the Hastings crash and recently an Email was released by one of Hastings’ friends in the military that suggests Hastings was onto a major case and about to go underground after learning he was being investigated and under surveillance by people he assumed were FBI.
Clearly the FBI worked with the creators of Bonesaw and their supporters in the intelligence infrastructure who had no desire to see any of this come to light. In fact, when HBGary was researching people on the left who were writing about misconduct at the US Chamber of Commerce, Christopher Rouland ordered an Endgame employee to write an Email to HBGary that stated “please let HBGary know we don’t want to see our name in an Email” as was recently reported by Nation magazine in an article about Barrett Brown. Brown, according to Nation magazine, published as a reporter the Email from the Stratfor data dump that Anonymous made available. Brown and his “Project PM” which Michael Hastings was also a part of became fascinated with Endgame.
It appears Endgame desired to remain under the radar as was exhibited by an exchange between HBGary’s Aaron Barr and Brian Masterson at Xteron brought to light by Barrett Brown’s reporting where he reproduced these Email exchanges:
Aaron Barr to Brian Masterson of Xetron: “But they are awfully cagey about their data. They keep telling me that if their name gets out in the press they are done. Why?”
CEO Chris Rouland to employee John Farrell: “Please let HBgary know we don’t ever want to see our name in a press release.”
John Farrell to Aaron Barr: “Chris wanted me to pass this along. We’ve been very careful NOT to have public face on our company. Please ensure Palantir and your other partners understand we’re purposefully trying to maintain a very low profile. Chris is very cautious based on feedback we’ve received from our government clients. If you want to reconsider working with us based on this, we fully understand.”
Aaron Barr to John Farrell: “I will make sure your [sic] a ‘silent’ partner and will ensure we are careful about such sensitivities going forward.”http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Endgame_Systems
Clearly this reporting by Brown showed Endgame to be particularly secretive even by the standards of private intelligence community corporations. This set of exchanges by Email show that Endgame was working with HBGary’s Aaron Barr who became famous for attempting to “out” Anonymous, who then in turn dumped and spread data from HBGary, Stratfor and others, but did not successfully raid Endgame, to show that HBGary and the like were investigating individuals who were trying to show that the US Chamber of Commerce was working with foreign countries, corporations and promoting them through foreign “American Chamber of Commerce” (AmCham) branches over actual American businesses. This is not surprising considering that Chris Klaus served on a board with the US Chamber of Commerce, and Barrett Brown attempted to expose the whole rotten mess which has come to be known as “Team Themis” made up of HBGary, Palantir and Berico, with Endgame providing “unusually accurate report on WikiLeaks and Anonymous”.24
What is at stake here is that the United States government has outsourced the most evil elements of national security: the ability to hack into computer systems across the world, foreign and domestic, private or government owned. The organizations they outsourced this to then set about monetizing the process, selling it to the highest bidder. This process could also allow corporations and the financial and political elites to create acts of war that appear to have come from the US Government due to the severely interconnected nature of the intelligence community, split between private companies and actual government agencies with alleged oversight of sorts. Edward Snowden’s access to NSA data while an employee of a private company for only four months (Booz Allen Hamilton, owned in large part by the Carlyle group which has long ties to the Bush family) illustrates the extent of the problem.
While Snowden was in Hong Kong he stated that the US Government had been attacking foreign systems of governments we are allegedly at peace with. Clearly these systems and exploits have their roots in the NSA and CIA and the private firm Endgame. What is interesting to progressive civil libertarians in the United States is that the “white hats” may have become “black hats” while nobody was watching (or able to watch until now). The question becomes: are Barrett Brown, Julian Assange and Eric Snowden the “white hats” who have been exposing criminal activities of the “black hats” at Endgame and their allies? It is clear that the political chess game is indeed in play and that the Endgame team currently is ahead on points but being exposed.
In conclusion: Who is actually being protected, the citizens or the “security state” or the multi-national corporations? Endgame is admitting to facilitating computer crime against overseas targets at a minimum (and likely domestic) – even the foreign attacks violate US law and if you and I did it we would be prosecuted under a number of federal statutes that prohibit, among other things, attacks against “those computers used in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communication” including overseas.
The US Department of Justice has a good overview of federal computer crimes and their possible prosecutions at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/docs/ccmanual.pd (http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/docs/ccmanual.pd)f – by their own marketing materials Endgame, HBGary and the rest of the privatized intelligence services violate enormous sections of it on a daily basis or conspire to facilitate (for profit) violations by others. Reporters, critics and at least some members of congress have called for the investigation and prosecution of HBGary25 and we think it obvious that investigating Endgame is even more vital. Endgame has contracts with various elements of the US federal government’s intelligence infrastructure including the US DOJ’s “National Security Division – Counterespionage Section”.26 Among other problems, part of what Endgame does can be described as acts of war (hence their own reference to “WOPR”?), without even the minimal oversight that the NSA and other actual government agents and agencies are subjected to. It is time for President Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to determine if the NSA and CIA have outsourced criminal activities to private “hacker groups” such as Endgame since the DOJ has a clear conflict of interest as an employer of Endgame. It is also time for Congress to investigate whether government contractors such as Endgame who are tied to the intelligence community are selling computer exploits against foreign and domestic targets to the highest bidder.

Jill Simpson is a practicing attorney in rural Northern Alabama and a noted whistleblower in several political/legal scandals including the political prosecution of AL Gov. Don Siegelman. She is also a seminary student and social justice activist with a focus on election reform and the reforms needed to end political prosecutions once and for all at the US Department of Justice. Jim March is a computer technical support/system administration/technical writing professional with a long history of interest and activism in electronic voting issues. He has previously served on the board of the Southern Arizona ACLU and is now living in Northern Alabama. Simpson and March researched the “Orca” Republican election monitoring process, the Scytl election systems relating to military overseas voting and the “OpSec” PR program last year for a coalition of California progressives, traveling across the country to various places where election misdeeds were
occurring. Their research on the problems with the Military Overseas Voting Act (“MOVE”) are summarized at:http://electionprotectionaction.org/uploads/MOVE%20Act%20nov%205th%20article.pdf
Notes:
1 http://www.endgamesystems.com (http://www.endgamesystems.com/)
2 http://www.superpages.com/bp/Atlanta-GA/Endgame-Systems-LLC-L2239339339.htm (http://www.superpages.com/bp/Atlanta-GA/Endgame-Systems-LLC-L2239339339.htm)
3 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1696&dat=19981110&id=UxsbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FEkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=
4219,1551099 (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1696&dat=19981110&id=UxsbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FEkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=%204219,1551099)– this shows that as of 1998 the “X-Force” was an elite division of ISS.
4 http://attrition.org/errata/media/pd.008.html (http://attrition.org/errata/media/pd.008.html)
5 www.businessweek.com/magazine/cyber-weapons-the-new-arms-race-07212011.html#p4 (http://darkernet.in/endgame-the-link-between-barratt-brown-michael-hastings-and-why-they-were-targeted/www.businessweek.com/magazine/cyber-weapons-the-new-arms-race-07212011.html#p4)
6 http://www.crunchbase.com/person/chris-darby (http://www.crunchbase.com/person/chris-darby)
7 http://www.endgamesystems.com/about-us/ (http://www.endgamesystems.com/about-us/)– or if that page disappears we have a PDF printout of it as of June 23rd 2013
archived at: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6Fh3F6hufhDRmt1WFdGZnNrcFk/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6Fh3F6hufhDRmt1WFdGZnNrcFk/edit?usp=sharing)
8 See footnote 7 where he is referenced…
9 The “Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act” mandates that “ISPs” (Internet Service Providers) install taps for law enforcement. What most people don’t realize is that any website that stores information for you is an “ISP” by the Federal Government’s definitions, so that includes Gmail, Google Docs, Youtube, Facebook, Yahoo and many more we don’t usually think of as “ISPs”. Put another way: the definition of “ISP” has grown significantly since 1994 to include online services not even considered plausible in 1994, such as Facebook.
10 http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/microsoft-programmed-in-nsa-backdoor-in-windows-by-1999.html (http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/microsoft-programmed-in-nsa-backdoor-in-windows-by-1999.html)and
http://techrights.org/2013/06/15/nsa-and-microsoft/ (http://techrights.org/2013/06/15/nsa-and-microsoft/)– this is not a deep secret although Snowden may have succeeded in getting people to pay attention…
11 Linux is “open source”. In 1993 a Finnish computer science student by the name of Linus Torvalds wrote the first “kernel” (think “core”) of what came to be called “Linus’ Unix” or “Linux”. He gave it away free so long as anybody doing modifications or extensions of it also gave those aware free – including the human readable “source code” showing how it was done. It basically spiraled out of control from there and now has tens of thousands of contributors who all have access to the “how it works” info; Linus still manages the key Kernel component, screening and approving (and occasionally writing) modifications. With that many eyes on the ball, pulling a fast one isn’t easy. In comparison, as few as one product manager and one coder can slip something ugly into Windows. For those curious about the details and permutations see generallyhttp://www.gnu.org/licenses (http://www.gnu.org/licenses)– and also the “Creative Commons” movement: http://creativecommons.org
12 http://www.technewsworld.com/story/32288.html (http://www.technewsworld.com/story/32288.html)– note the opening paragraph in particular regarding Linux.
13 http://www.technewsworld.com/story/32288.html (http://www.technewsworld.com/story/32288.html)
14http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Internet+Security+Systems%27+Founder+and+Chief+Tec hnology+Officer,…-
a0131654799 (http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Internet+Security+Systems%27+Founder+and+Chief+Tec hnology+Officer,...-%20a0131654799)
15 http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Chris-Rouland/6976439 (http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Chris-Rouland/6976439)
16 http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Mike_Connell (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Mike_Connell)– third paragraph
17http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Republican_IT_consultant_subpoenaed_in_case_0929.h tml
18 http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130115/C4ISR01/301150007/Nathaniel-Fick-Former-CNAS-Chief-Heads-Cyber-Targeting-Firm (http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130115/C4ISR01/301150007/Nathaniel-Fick-Former-CNAS-Chief-Heads-Cyber-Targeting-Firm)
19http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/01/zero_day_exploits_should_the_hacker_gray_market
_be_regulated.html and www.businessweek.com/magazine/cyber-weapons-the-new-arms-race-07212011.html#p4 (http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/01/zero_day_exploits_should_the_hacker_gray_market%20 _be_regulated.html%20and%20www.businessweek.com/magazine/cyber-weapons-the-new-arms-race-07212011.html#p4)
20 http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/about/ (http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/about/)– this is a good overview of the process for “ethical hacking” and the reporting of major exploits including zero day security holes. However, while they claim that for-profit use of zero-day exploits is limited to “a very small minority” of security researchers, the kind of cash Endgame and their competitors can throw at the people who can find exploits has possibly affected the percentage who have “turned black hat”.
21 http://www.thenation.com/article/174851/strange-case-barrett-brown#axzz2XBSWGd2B (http://www.thenation.com/article/174851/strange-case-barrett-brown#axzz2XBSWGd2B)
22 http://freebarrettbrown.org/michael-hastings-death-barrett-brown/ (http://freebarrettbrown.org/michael-hastings-death-barrett-brown/)– this message references Hastings’ work on “Project PM” which included Endgame: http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Endgame_Systems
23 https://twitter.com/mmhastings/status/294534049094053888 (https://twitter.com/mmhastings/status/294534049094053888)– in context, this was about “minds blowing” over Hastings’ review of the Barrett Brown situation and Project PM, of which Endgame was a major part:
http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Main_Page (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Main_Page)– note highlighting of Endgame entry towards the bottom of the screen.
24 http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Endgame_Systems (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Endgame_Systems)
25 http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2011/03/17/congress-opens-investigation-into-hbgary-scandal (http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2011/03/17/congress-opens-investigation-into-hbgary-scandal)
26 http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/docs/ccmanual.pdf (http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/docs/ccmanual.pdf)– Note page 12 (PDF page 18) for the reference to this DOJ unit. There’s even a phone number for them (202-514-1187) and a description there of how prosecutions of certain classes of computer crime must be “pre-cleared” by that division – is that to ensure that the crimes in question are not committed by a sanctioned agency, person or company? Additionally, many activists are now questioning whether the DOJ refused to prosecute HBGary and the other “Team Themis” companies for crimes they committed because their partner Endgame worked with HBGary to target Glenn Greenwald, members of Anonymous and various other activists.
http://darkernet.in/endgame-the-link-between-barratt-brown-michael-hastings-and-why-they-were-targeted/

Peter Lemkin
07-17-2013, 12:23 PM
From INSLAW to PROMIS to ESCHELON to PRISM to ENDGAME....and so many others I haven't named or are [as yet] unknown. Soon, they'll know every time on goes to the toilet and even what we are thinking......:darthvader::thumbsdown: Technology is dangerous in the hands of out-and-out fascists intent on destroying everyone's basic liberties and freedoms.

Jan Klimkowski
07-17-2013, 05:37 PM
If one leaves out the naive special pleading about the US government, this is the military-multinational-intelligence complex writ large:



The United States government has outsourced the most evil elements of national security: the ability to hack into computer systems across the world, foreign and domestic, private or government owned. The organizations they outsourced this to then set about monetizing the process, selling it to the highest bidder. This process could also allow corporations and the financial and political elites to create acts of war that appear to have come from the US Government due to the severely interconnected nature of the intelligence community, split between private companies and actual government agencies with alleged oversight of sorts. Edward Snowden’s access to NSA data while an employee of a private company for only four months (Booz Allen Hamilton, owned in large part by the Carlyle group which has long ties to the Bush family) illustrates the extent of the problem.
While Snowden was in Hong Kong he stated that the US Government had been attacking foreign systems of governments we are allegedly at peace with. Clearly these systems and exploits have their roots in the NSA and CIA and the private firm Endgame.

Keith Millea
07-17-2013, 08:05 PM
Jan Klimkowski If one leaves out the naive special pleading about the US government, this is the military-multinational-intelligence complex writ large:

Writ larger than we can even imagine.......

Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Common Dreams (http://www.commondreams.org)

'You Are Being Tracked': License Plate Readers Capture Millions of Innocent Americans' Data

Private companies utilized to capture location info, with little to no oversight

- Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer


http://www.commondreams.org/sites/commondreams.org/files/imce-images/screen_shot_2013-07-17_at_2.25.24_pm.jpg(Image: ACLU)

Tens of millions of innocent Americans are being tracked by the police through vast license plate scanning systems, according to new documents obtained (http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/07/17) by the ACLU.

Location records of millions of civilians are logged and updated in roughly 300 police departments nationwide through "rapidly expanding" automatic license plate reader technologies, dispersed throughout cities and communities the group says.

"The spread of these scanners is creating what are, in effect, government location tracking systems recording the movements of many millions of innocent Americans in huge databases," said ACLU Staff Attorney Catherine Crump, the report's lead author.

The report, You Are Being Tracked (http://www.aclu.org/alpr), which was released by the ACLU on Wednesday—and pulls from 26,000 pages of documents which were obtained through freedom of information requests to 300 police departments and other agencies nationwide—also details how the police utilize private tracking companies, which use the same methods and turn data over to police "with little or no oversight or privacy protections."

One of these private companies, Vigilant Solutions, holds over 800 million license plate location records and is used by over 2,200 law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The report comes on the heels of the growing debate over the National Security Agency and the vast surveillance practices of the U.S. government, Crump added.

She states (http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/jul/17/million-american-license-plate-privacy-tracking):
It raises the same question as the NSA controversy: do we want to live in a world where the government makes a record of everything we do – because that's what's being created by the growth of databases linked to license plate readers.

"These documents show a dire need for rules to make sure that this technology isn't used for unbridled government surveillance," the ACLU warned Wednesday.

"Few [states] have meaningful rules in place to protect drivers' privacy rights," the group said, including limitations as to how long such data can be stored.

As the documents show, this can result in the police keeping records on innocent people's location information indefinitely, "regardless of whether there is any suspicion of a crime."

"License plate readers are the most pervasive method of location tracking that nobody has heard of," said Crump. "They collect data on millions of Americans, the overwhelming number of whom are entirely innocent of any wrongdoing."

Magda Hassan
07-17-2013, 11:37 PM
Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellowship, 2013-2014In an effort to extend the legacy of Michael Hastings, who died tragically on June 18, 2013, BuzzFeed will sponsor an annual, yearlong fellowship for national security reporting that honors Michael's fearless example. The first fellowship will be awarded this fall.
The Michael Hastings Fellowship is aimed at proven journalists with strong sources and major stories to their credit who are interested in focusing for a year on a single subject and producing a series of stories on that topic. Proposed topics may include American foreign and national security policy; federal or local counterterrorism policy; the U.S. military; whistle-blowers; government secrecy; federal law enforcement; the military-industrial complex; veterans; human rights in conflict zones; and other related topics.
The fellow will also have a demonstrated ability to challenge powerful institutions, and a clear vision for a project that tells stories that those in power have no particular interest in having told. The reporter's background may be in investigative journalism; or it may, like Michael's, be in powerful narrative journalism; or it may be a combination of the two.
The product of the fellowship – which can be as few as a half dozen stories, or as many as dozens, and which could also ultimately result in a book – will appear on BuzzFeed. The reporter will work with BuzzFeed's political team and foreign editor, as well as other editors as needed, and will report to BuzzFeed's editor in chief.
The fellow will receive a stipend of $100,000 and related expenses for one year.
Michael Hastings, who died at the age of 33, wrote stories that would not otherwise have been written, and found emotionally gripping ways tell stories about vital policy decisions. He wrote for a wide range of new and old media outlets, from Newsweek to Gawker to GQ. His best-known piece, 2010's "The Runaway General" in Rolling Stone, raised questions about the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan, prompted the dismissal of the top American commander there, and sped the end of the U.S. engagement in that conflict. He then covered the 2012 election campaign and Hollywood for BuzzFeed. He was the author of three books.
Application Procedure:Please submit the following materials by September 1, 2013, as attachments or links tohastingsfellowship@buzzfeed.com (hastingsfellowship@buzzfeed.com?subject=Hastings% 20Fellowship%20Application). Applications will be considered by BuzzFeed's editors and the grant will be awarded by October 1. The fellowship is a full-time position. Current and former BuzzFeed employees may apply but will not be given special preference.
Application Materials:
Résumé or CV
Five stories you feel are representative of your best work
Project proposal. Please explain in detail, in separate sections:
The broad outline of the topic you propose approaching.
The specific stories you intend to write, how many, and on what schedule.
Why this project will consume a full year.
How this project can be completed in only a year.
Why you are qualified and capable of doing work others haven't or can't.
How this project is consistent with Michael Hastings' legacy.

Three letters of recommendation. Please have your referees email their letters directly to us athastingsfellowship@buzzfeed.com (hastingsfellowship@buzzfeed.com?subject=[Candidate's%20Last%20Name]%20Reference) using the subject line "Candidate's Last Name Reference." Your referees should attest to your knowledge of your subject matter and your professional abilities, and your capability to do work that enlarges readers' understanding of the chosen topic.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/hastingsfellowship

Peter Lemkin
07-18-2013, 04:11 AM
That's a very honorable thing for BuzzFeed to do...or whoever is behind it!....there should be more funds set up like that - just like that! Wouldn't it be nice if there were some similar for, say, JFK research; 911 research, bankster research...and I could go on, and on.

Sadly, I'm sure the winner of such a stipend, if they are as good as they likely will be could well also be 'wearing a target on their backs'. Hopefully, this won't deter them, but it is getting more dangerous doing cutting-edge reporting and research on the growing National Security State beast.

May it set a pattern and start a trend; for methinks if we don't turn this 'ship' around very soon, we all shall 'be lashed to the mast' together - the captain and his mates are drunk with power and hubris, and headed with 'all sheets to the wind' towards terra fascista.

Magda Hassan
07-20-2013, 12:48 PM
Reports are beginning to surface about a connection between the reporter Michael Hastings and a mysterious cybersecurity firm known as Endgame.

Hastings has been linked to Barrett Brown, who the government alleges is the leader of the hacker group Anonymous. Brown is in jail and is being held without bail. The web site Free Barrett Brown reports (http://freebarrettbrown.org/):

Having previously been raided by the FBI on March 6, 2012 (http://pastebin.com/vZEteA3C) and not charged with any crime in relation to that incident, on September 12, 2012 Barrett Brown was again raided (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/barret-brown-raid/) and this time arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation while he was online participating in a Tinychat session. He was subsequently denied bail and detained without charge and adequate medical treatment for over two weeks while in the custody of US Marshals. In the first week of October 2012, he was finally indicted (http://freebarrettbrown.org/bb_indictment.pdf) on three counts.
These charges are related to alleged activities or postings on popular websites such as Twitter (https://twitter.com/BarrettBrownLOL) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/BarrettBrown/videos?flow=grid&view=0), in which he postured for the return of property which was taken from him in March, and expressed frustration at the targeted campaign against him and a member of his family. The Department of Justice issued a press release (http://www.justice.gov/usao/txn/PressRelease/2012/OCT2012/oct4brown_barrett_ind.html) at the time.
On December 4, 2012 Barrett was indicted (http://freebarrettbrown.org/bb_indictment2.pdf) by a federal grand jury on twelve additional counts (see: DOJ press release (http://www.justice.gov/usao/txn/PressRelease/2012/DEC2012/dec7brown_barrett_ind.html)) related to data from the Stratfor breach.Also, according to the web site, Hastings was planning to interview Brown:

Before his untimely death, Hastings was working on a story about Barrett, announcing mysteriously to his followers “Get ready for your mind to be blown.” Hastings had been in touch with Barrett’s 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 Hastings called ”trumped up FBI charges regarding his legitimate reportorial inquiry into the political collective known sometimes as Anonymous.”Before his suspicious death in a fiery car crash, Hastings seemed to confirm this planned interview, in a tweet and hinted it was relative to a very big story:


@ronbryn (https://twitter.com/ronbryn) @BarrettBrownLOL (https://twitter.com/BarrettBrownLOL) working on it. there was an election, and still a few wars going on. but get ready for your mind to be blown.
— Michael Hastings (@mmhastings) January 24, 2013 (https://twitter.com/mmhastings/statuses/294534049094053888)
Barrett, at the time he was arrested,was studying Endgame. The Nation reports: (http://www.thenation.com/article/174851/strange-case-barrett-brown#)

Brown began looking into Endgame Systems, an information security firm that seemed particularly concerned about staying in the shadows. “Please let HBGary know we don’t ever want to see our name in a press release,” one leaked e-mail read. One of its products, available for a $2.5 million annual subscription, gave customers access to “zero-day exploits”—security vulnerabilities unknown to software companies—for computer systems all over the world. Business Week published a story on Endgame in 2011, reporting that “Endgame executives will bring up maps of airports, parliament buildings, and corporate offices. The executives then create a list of the computers running inside the facilities, including what software the computers run, and a menu of attacks that could work against those particular systems.” For Brown, this raised the question of whether Endgame was selling these exploits to foreign actors and whether they would be used against computer systems in the United States. Shortly thereafter, the hammer came down.
The FBI acquired a warrant for Brown’s laptop, gaining the authority to seize any information related to HBGary, Endgame Systems, Anonymous and, most ominously, “email, email contacts, ‘chat’, instant messaging logs, photographs, and correspondence.” In other words, the FBI wanted his sources.So what is Endgame? According to Darker Net (http://darkernet.in/endgame-the-link-between-barratt-brown-michael-hastings-and-why-they-were-targeted/):

Endgame [is] a company that specialises in hacking on behalf of NSA. Endgame also offers its intelligence clients — e.g. Cyber Command, NSA, CIA and MI6, etc — a unique map, called Bonesaw, showing exactly where targets are located. Both Bonesaw and Endgame were exposed in a recent article as part of the fallout from the Snowden revelations[...]“White hat” in this context means defensive Internet security – fighting the “black hat” attackers. We write this in part to show that Rouland and his company Endgame have in fact gone back to “black hat” with the approval of the Federal government, doing (and facilitating for others) the sorts of attacks that the Pentagon, the NSA and the like don’t want their fingers found in.[...]One key member of the board of directors at Endgame is retired Lt. General Kenneth A. Minihan (8) whose claim to fame is that he was the 14th director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. He is a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a founder of the National Information Assurance Program which is a United States government initiative to meet the security testing needs for information technology for both consumers and producers that is operated by the NSA and was originally a joint effort between the NSA and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). [...]
The “services” offered by Endgame include offensive and defensive vulnerability research including software called Bonesaw supporting the detection and mitigation of cyber threats. This basically means that they cover both offensive and defensive aspects of computer security. What they can do is show what computers exist at specific locations and show the user of “Bonesaw” what software vulnerabilities are on those computers, making attacks easy against citizen, business or government systems across the planet.(18) Bonesaw has information in it about both threats and targets and can connect the two, for the low, low price of $2.5million per customer per 25 exploits according to Emails found by Anonymous in 2011.Does the mysterious Endgame have any role in the ending of Hastings' game? Who knows? Like a good murder mystery there is more than one possibility as to who may have wanted Hastings dead. His reporting did, after all, take down a high ranking general (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/michael-hastings-rolling-stone-contributor-dead-at-33-20130618). But, keep in mind that there is no direct public evidence that Hastings was even murdered. That may be, though, only because evidence is being destroyed. Hastings' body was cremated, even though this was not the desire of the family (http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/07/michael-hastings-cremated-family-never.html).

In other words, we have a great mystery,which now includes a firm with the name, Endgame.
http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/07/murder-mystery-michael-hastings-and.html

Phil Dragoo
07-21-2013, 08:06 PM
We recall the McDill request for software enabling multiple credible online persona. Now come the simulant Agents Smith & Jones crashing real investigators in planes, trains, and automobiles.

This process could also allow corporations and the financial and political elites to create acts of war that appear to have come from the US Government due to the severely interconnected nature of the intelligence community, split between private companies and actual government agencies with alleged oversight of sorts. Edward Snowden’s access to NSA data while an employee of a private company for only four months (Booz Allen Hamilton, owned in large part by the Carlyle group which has long ties to the Bush family) illustrates the extent of the problem.

From the Fed to the Kill Switch on the fulcrum at fifty
Snowden outed BAH
(don't make Dick Cheney angry--
--you won't like him when he's angry. . .)

Soylent Green
from AmCham-Carlisle
"Toxic bytes from your backdoor men"

Magda Hassan
07-25-2013, 12:03 PM
Things that make you go "Mmmmm....."

Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks--With Me Behind The Wheel (Video)

This story appears in the August 12, 2013 issue of Forbes.
http://b-i.forbesimg.com/andygreenberg/files/2013/07/Screen-Shot-2013-07-23-at-8.06.52-PM.png (http://b-i.forbesimg.com/andygreenberg/files/2013/07/Screen-Shot-2013-07-23-at-8.06.52-PM.png) Charlie Miller (left) and Chris Valasek behind their Prius’ dismantled dashboard. Credit: Travis Collins

Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop–or even slow down–produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I pound the pedal, the louder the groan gets–along with the delighted cackling of the two hackers sitting behind me in the backseat.
Luckily, all of this is happening at less than 5mph. So the Escape merely plows into a stand of 6-foot-high weeds growing in the abandoned parking lot of a South Bend, Ind. strip mall that Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have chosen as the testing grounds for the day’s experiments, a few of which are shown in the video below. (When Miller discovered the brake-disabling trick, he wasn’t so lucky: The soccer-mom mobile barreled through his garage, crushing his lawn mower and inflicting $150 worth of damage to the rear wall.)
“Okay, now your brakes work again,” Miller says, tapping on a beat-up MacBook connected by a cable to an inconspicuous data port near the parking brake. I reverse out of the weeds and warily bring the car to a stop. “When you lose faith that a car will do what you tell it to do,” he adds after we jump out of the SUV, “it really changes your whole view of how the thing works.”
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. Miller, a 40-year-old security engineer at Twitter, and Valasek, the 31-year-old director of security intelligence at the Seattle consultancy IOActive, received an $80,000-plus grant last fall from the mad-scientist research arm of the Pentagon known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to root out security vulnerabilities in automobiles.
The duo plans to release their findings and the attack software they developed at the hacker conference Defcon in Las Vegas next month–the better, they say, to help other researchers find and fix the auto industry’s security problems before malicious hackers get under the hoods of unsuspecting drivers. The need for scrutiny is growing as cars are increasingly automated and connected to the Internet, and the problem goes well beyond Toyota and Ford. Practically every American carmaker now offers a cellular service or Wi-Fi network like General Motors’ OnStar, Toyota’s Safety Connect and Ford’s SYNC. Mobile-industry trade group the GSMA estimates revenue from wireless devices in cars at $2.5 billion today and projects that number will grow tenfold by 2025. Without better security it’s all potentially vulnerable, and automakers are remaining mum or downplaying the issue.
As I drove their vehicles for more than an hour, Miller and Valasek showed that they’ve reverse-engineered enough of the software of the Escape and the Toyota Prius (both the 2010 model) to demonstrate a range of nasty surprises: everything from annoyances like uncontrollably blasting the horn to serious hazards like slamming on the Prius’ brakes at high speeds. They sent commands from their laptops that killed power steering, spoofed the GPS and made pathological liars out of speedometers and odometers. Finally they directed me out to a country road, where Valasek showed that he could violently jerk the Prius’ steering at any speed, threatening to send us into a cornfield or a head-on collision. “Imagine you’re driving down a highway at 80 ,” Valasek says. “You’re going into the car next to you or into oncoming traffic. That’s going to be bad times.”
A Ford spokesman says the company takes hackers “very seriously,” but Toyota, for its part, says it isn’t impressed by Miller and Valasek’s stunts: Real carhacking, the company’s safety manager John Hanson argues, wouldn’t require physically jacking into the target car. “Our focus, and that of the entire auto industry, is to prevent hacking from a remote wireless device outside of the vehicle,” he writes in an e-mail, adding that Toyota engineers test its vehicles against wireless attacks. “We believe our systems are robust and secure.”
http://b-i.forbesimg.com/andygreenberg/files/2013/07/Screen-Shot-2013-07-23-at-8.48.06-PM.png (http://b-i.forbesimg.com/andygreenberg/files/2013/07/Screen-Shot-2013-07-23-at-8.48.06-PM.png) Anatomy of an auto hack: With just a laptop connected to its diagnostics port, Valasek and Miller turned an innocent Prius into the world's worst amusement park ride. Here what they could do.(Click to enlarge)

But Miller and Valasek’s work assumed physical access to the cars’ computers for a reason: Gaining wireless access to a car’s network is old news. A team of researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, experimenting on a sedan from an unnamed company in 2010, found that they could wirelessly penetrate the same critical systems Miller and Valasek targeted (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/business/10hack.html?_r=0) using the car’s OnStar-like cellular connection, Bluetooth bugs, a rogue Android app that synched with the car’s network from the driver’s smartphone or even a malicious audio file on a CD in the car’s stereo system. “Academics have shown you can get remote code execution,” says Valasek, using hacker jargon for the ability to start running commands on a system. “We showed you can do a lot of crazy things once you’re inside.”
One of the UCSD professors involved in those earlier tests, Stefan Savage, claims that wireless hacks remain possible and affect the entire industry: Given that attacks on driving systems have yet to be spotted outside of a lab, manufacturers simply haven’t fully secured their software, he says. “The vulnerabilities that we found were the kind that existed on PCs in the early to mid-1990s, when computers were first getting on the Internet,” says Savage.
As cars approach Google’s dream of passenger-carrying robots, more of their capabilities also become potentially hackable. Miller and Valasek exploited Toyota’s and Ford’s self-parking functions, for instance, to hijack their vehicles’ steering. A car like the 2014 Mercedes Benz S-Class, which can negotiate stop-and-go traffic or follow a leader without input, may offer a hacker even more points of attack, says Gartner Group analyst Thilo Koslowski. “The less the driver is involved, the more potential for failure when bad people are tampering with it,” he says.
In the meantime, Miller and Valasek argue that the best way to pressure car companies to secure their products is to show exactly what can be done with a multi-ton missile on wheels. Better to experience the panic of a digitally hijacked SUV now than when a more malicious attacker is in control. “If the only thing keeping you from crashing your car is that no one is talking about this,” says Miller, “then you’re not safe anyway.”



http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/07/24/hackers-reveal-nasty-new-car-attacks-with-me-behind-the-wheel-video/

Peter Lemkin
07-25-2013, 06:26 PM
Journalist Michael Hastings’ Body Cremated by Authorities Against Family’s Wishes By Michael Allen (http://www.constantinereport.com/author/michael-allen/) inShare
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” … For unknown reasons, the LAPD and Los Angeles firefighters were told not to talk to the media about Hastings’ death. … “Journalist Michael Hastings’ body was reportedly cremated by Los Angeles authorities against his family’s wishes, destroying possible evidence of his mysterious death in a car accident on June 18.
Hastings was killed when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high speed and exploded.
Only hours earlier, Hastings sent an email to friends at Buzzfeed.com stating that he was “onto a big story” and had “to go off the radar for a bit.” He also warned his colleagues that they might be questioned about him by authorities.
“A close family friend did confirm that Michael’s body was sent home in an urn, meaning he was cremated and it wasn’t the request of the family … in fact the family wanted Michael’s body to go home,” said San Diego 6 (http://www.sandiego6.com/story/hastings-investigation-20130714) reporter Kimberly Dvorak on Sunday (video below). According to Dvorak, Hastings spoke with an unidentified attorney before his death who has all the details about the story Hastings was working on when he died.
Hastings had not told his wife about the story “because he said he wanted to protect her from knowing anything so if anything were to happen to him nothing could happen to her,” said Dvorak.
“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,” added Dvorak.
Dvorak also claimed that she has been threatened for investigating Hastings’ death.
For unknown reasons, the LAPD and Los Angeles firefighters were told not to talk to the media about Hastings’ death.
Former White House counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke (http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/transportation/cars/michael-hastings-may-be-victim-car-cyber-attack-says-counter-terrorism) stated in June that Hastings’ car crash was “consistent with a car cyber attack,” in which an automobile is actually controlled by a third party electronically. :wavey:

Source: San Diego 6 (http://www.sandiego6.com/story/hastings-investigation-20130714)

Jan Klimkowski
07-26-2013, 10:47 AM
Journalist Michael Hastings’ body was reportedly cremated by Los Angeles authorities against his family’s wishes, destroying possible evidence of his mysterious death in a car accident on June 18.

Hastings was killed when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high speed and exploded.
Only hours earlier, Hastings sent an email to friends at Buzzfeed.com stating that he was “onto a big story” and had “to go off the radar for a bit.” He also warned his colleagues that they might be questioned about him by authorities.
“A close family friend did confirm that Michael’s body was sent home in an urn, meaning he was cremated and it wasn’t the request of the family … in fact the family wanted Michael’s body to go home,” said

It is not for the state, nor the deep state, to decide whether a body should be buried or cremated.

It is for the family.

This is an obscene act, and most likely a deep political act too.

Peter Lemkin
07-26-2013, 12:04 PM
Journalist Michael Hastings’ body was reportedly cremated by Los Angeles authorities against his family’s wishes, destroying possible evidence of his mysterious death in a car accident on June 18.

Hastings was killed when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high speed and exploded.
Only hours earlier, Hastings sent an email to friends at Buzzfeed.com stating that he was “onto a big story” and had “to go off the radar for a bit.” He also warned his colleagues that they might be questioned about him by authorities.
“A close family friend did confirm that Michael’s body was sent home in an urn, meaning he was cremated and it wasn’t the request of the family … in fact the family wanted Michael’s body to go home,” said

It is not for the state, nor the deep state, to decide whether a body should be buried or cremated.

It is for the family.

This is an obscene act, and most likely a deep political act too.

True! I don't believe they asked the bin Laden family, either.
They obviously feel they can decide about life and death and disposition of the bodies re: those they label as 'terrorists'......and enemies of the Empire.

Jan Klimkowski
07-26-2013, 12:38 PM
It is not for the state, nor the deep state, to decide whether a body should be buried or cremated.

It is for the family.

This is an obscene act, and most likely a deep political act too.

True! I don't believe they asked the bin Laden family, either.
They obviously feel they can decide about life and death and disposition of the bodies re: those they label as 'terrorists'......and enemies of the Empire.

Except, Peter, the official story is that Hastings was the innocent victim of a car crash.

Peter Lemkin
07-26-2013, 02:06 PM
It is not for the state, nor the deep state, to decide whether a body should be buried or cremated.

It is for the family.

This is an obscene act, and most likely a deep political act too.

True! I don't believe they asked the bin Laden family, either.
They obviously feel they can decide about life and death and disposition of the bodies re: those they label as 'terrorists'......and enemies of the Empire.

Except, Peter, the official story is that Hastings was the innocent victim of a car crash.

True, they are getting sloppy and/or scared, and just don't care now if the 'official' story is one of someone 'innocent' (and only victim of an accident) or someone they targeted for some announced terrorist acts - real or [mostly] imagined/invented. In my mind, both were targeted for somewhat similar reasons of the Deep State. They don't care anymore if they are consistent in their actions or explanations. Obviously, their prime concern was to hide damning evidence - whatever it took. If pressed, they'll say it was an 'oversight/slip-up'...'sorry'. They are ONLY 'into' protecting the Deep State; all others and all laws/niceties/standard civilized practices be damned in their way of thinking.

No SS, SA or Gestapo officer cared about those niceties either. We're rapidly headed in that direction, very sadly. We've crossed the Rubicon now! [IMO]

Magda Hassan
07-31-2013, 02:04 AM
What Did Michael Hastings Know? (http://my.firedoglake.com/yellowsnapdragon/2013/07/29/what-did-michael-hastings-know/)


By: yellowsnapdragon (http://my.firedoglake.com/members/yellowsnapdragon/) Monday July 29, 2013 5:00 am


Nevermind the fiery car crash (http://www.sandiego6.com/story/details-of-reporter-hastings-death-remain-elusive-20130708) that killed Michael Hastings. Forget about remotely controlled cars (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/michael-hastings-car-hacked_n_3492339.html) careening out of control at the command of insideous government spooks, remains cremated (http://www.sandiego6.com/story/hastings-investigation-20130714) against the will of the family, and withheld accident reports (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KHIucZCrJKg&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DKHIucZCrJKg) involving Hastings’ death.
None of that is particularly important, really.*
What is important is the story journalist Michael Hastings was researching prior to his death. That would be the story that prompted Hastings to write an email (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/22/michael-hastings-email_n_3484118.html)to collegues at BuzzFeed warning that the FBI was snooping around asking questions of his close friends and associates. Hastings advised his colleagues that any conversations with the FBI about his news gathering and journalism practices should be done after first consulting with an attorney. Hastings was on to a big story, and needed to go “off the radar” for a while.
So what was Hastings researching? The last article (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/why-democrats-love-to-spy-on-americans)Michael Hastings published looked into how major players in the Democratic Party have responded to the leaks exposing the NSA’s secret spying program called PRISM. Far from expressing outrage at the intelligence community’s widespread domestic spying programs, the Obama administration had been ruthless against those exposing illegal government surveillance, particularly journalists.

Transparency supporters, whistleblowers, and investigative reporters, especially those writers who have aggressively pursued the connections between the corporate defense industry and federal and local authorities involved in domestic surveillance, have been viciously attacked by the Obama administration and its allies in the FBI and DOJ. [Emphasis Added]

Michael Hastings was interested in how private contractors and government were working together to stop journalists from publishing details of illegal government surveillance.
Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald and Barrett Brown have been government targets, among others. Those three are important. The stories of Julian Assange and Glenn Greenwald are well known and thoroughly documented by now and include a campaign of smears, threats, international legal contortions, and general hyperventilation from government, corporate America, and talking heads around the globe.
Less known is journalist Barrett Brown (http://www.thenation.com/article/174851/strange-case-barrett-brown#). Unofficial spokesman for Anonymous–although he denied holding that title–Barrett Brown’s work has focused on the secretive world of contract spies. Through Project PM (http://barrettbrown.blogspot.com/2012/05/purpose-of-project-pm.html), “a crowd-sourced research effort to expose government intelligence contractors,” Barrett Brown uncovered a strategy concocted by a consortium of private contractors called Team Themis (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/22/hacking-anonymous) to discredit activist groups opposing the contractors’ big-name clients, namely Bank of America and the US Chamber of Commerce. Strategies of Team Themis included Persona Management, which created false social media accounts to infiltrate and discredit progressive groups like Wikileaks and anti-Chamber group Chamber Watch.
A similar program (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks) was developed by the US military for international use and has been compared to attempts by the Chinese government to control and restrict its domestic population’s free speech on the internet.

Critics are likely to complain that it [the American military's program] will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

Bank of America was introduced to Team Themis through–wait for it–the Department of Justice, and BofA ultimately hired Themis (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/24/surveillance-us-national-security?CMP=twt_gu) in an effort to discredit Wikileaks after Assange obliquely threatened to bring down a major bank. Secret leaked bank documents were sitting in a security file to be released in the event of Assange’s capture or death. Prior to that, DOJ referred the US Chamber of Commerce to Team Themis when the Chamber sought to create a damage control campaign to immunize itself against opponents and their advocates, notably Glenn Greenwald.
Rather than winning accolades for exposing a nefarious public/private partnership to damage the credibility of journalists, Barrett Brown won indictments (http://freebarrettbrown.org/issues/) on charges that could result in over 100 years in jail. One obviously spurious charge was for cutting and pasting a link onto a discussion board. Some believe that Brown was targeted because he got dangerously close to discovering PRISM before Edward Snowden leaked top secret documents detailing the program.
But the toxic mix of big business, private intelligence and government was not all that interested Hastings. A February 2011 (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/another-runaway-general-army-deploys-psy-ops-on-u-s-senators-20110223) article for Rolling Stone outlined one General’s use of an army Psycological Operations unit to manipulate the opinions of US Senators visiting Afghanistan.

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders.

The psyops operation was used to help secure additional funding for military operations in Afghanistan in the midst of an unpopular and unsuccessful operation. The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith%E2%80%93Mundt_Act)pevents the use of military psyops against American citizens. Holmes continued,

“I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line.”

Meanwhile, an obscure provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) went into effect this month (http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/07/15/propoganda-ban-repealed-as-government-made-news-floods-u-s/#) repealing the Smith-Mundt Act’s ban on the US government using psyops propaganda on a domestic American audience. The sockpuppet army of Team Themis is legally loosed and Americans can be legally manipulated by psyops to behave in ways amenable to the government.
Michael Hastings was a personal friend of Barrett Brown’s and contributed to Project PM. Hastings suspected that his conversations with Brown were being recorded and monitored. (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1z5_c6JSH8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DY1z5_c6JSH8) In a letter of condolence (http://freebarrettbrown.org/michael-hastings-death-barrett-brown/) to supporters of Hastings, Barrett Brown announced that Hastings had scheduled an interview with Brown from the prison where Brown is incarcerated awaiting trial. Hastings was killed before the interview took place.
What were Michael Hastings and Barrett Brown planning to discuss during the interview that never happened? Website freebarrettbrown.org’s Kevin Gallagher has some ideas (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4oQq3RU3Qxc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D4oQq3RU3Qxc).

Hastings saw Barrett’s case in the context of the government’s war on the press, basically, and uh, a lot of the things he reported about the like psyops on US Senators to get them to support the war ties into the Persona Management stuff and the stuff that Barrett was researching, so there is a lot of overlap between the two.

Whatever Hastings found, he thought it was important. Apparently so did the FBI. As Hastings tweeted about his story on Barrett Brown, “Get ready for your mind to get blown.” (https://mobile.twitter.com/mmhastings/status/294534049094053888)
In his last published piece (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/why-democrats-love-to-spy-on-americans) Hastings wrote, “Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming” about the Obama Administration’s war on journalism. Sadly, it will not come from Michael Hastings.
*Okay, it’s important, really important, but its not the topic of this post and is a totally separate issue deserving a separate discussion.
http://my.firedoglake.com/yellowsnapdragon/2013/07/29/what-did-michael-hastings-know/

Magda Hassan
07-31-2013, 03:29 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjaPHWNzTHQ

Security camera footage from the pizza shop referred to in the previously posted Who What Where article.

Magda Hassan
07-31-2013, 03:41 AM
Knows a thing or two about remote hacking. Was due to give keynote address and demonstration at important conference and only 35 years od. Such bad luck. Surely just another coincidence.


Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies Date July 30, 2013 - 2:47PM
Hacker Barnaby Jack has died in San Francisco. Photo: Bloomberg

BARNABY JACK, 1977-2013
Barnaby Jack, who has died aged 35, was a "white hat" hacker and computer security expert who sought to preserve the integrity of information systems. In 2010 he came to widespread notice when he demonstrated live on a conference stage how he could drain an ATM (automated teller machine) of its entire reservoir of cash (http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/hack-makes-atms-spew-out-cash-20100730-10yuv.html).
In 2008 Jack bought two ATMs, of the kind seen in bars and shops, over the internet for $US2000 each, and had them delivered to his apartment in San Jose, California. The New Zealand-born computer engineer later recalled: "So the guy, he wheels in this ATM, and he's like, 'Why on earth do you need an ATM in your house?' And I'm like, 'Oh, I just don't like the transaction fees, mate.'"

Barnaby was best known for his security research on medical devices. Photo: Bloomberg

For the next two years he analysed their software codes, believing that there were inherent weaknesses that would allow the machines to be controlled through the internet.
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Eventually Jack succeeded in bypassing the demands for passwords and serial numbers, and was able to access his ATMs remotely. He could then withdraw all their cash - a process that became known as "Jackpotting". He could also access information about bank accounts from the magnetic strips on bank and credit cards, and steal ATM users' passwords.
At the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas in July 2010, Jack demonstrated all this live on stage, showing how he could connect to an ATM via a telephone modem and, without using a password, withdraw all the machine's cash.
As director of security testing at the Seattle-based computer security consultants IOActive, Jack's purpose was to alert the manufacturers to potential failures in their systems. In an interview with CNN after the conference he said: "We were really careful when we gave this demonstration to make sure that the vendors had mitigation remediation in place before we went up and did it. I mean, the goal at Black Hat was certainly not to give a cookbook recipe for everyone out there to be able to go and loot ATMs. So we made sure the vendors had fixes in place.
"I demonstrated two different attacks. One was a walk-up attack, where I would literally walk up to an ATM, [and] within about two minutes it would just start spitting out its entire dispenser. Of course you had to be at the ATM for that one to work. The other attack was completely remote, so I could do it from a laptop in a hotel room or your bedroom... But I also had it harvesting people's credit cards and PIN numbers, which I could then retrieve remotely as well. It was 100 per cent anonymous, and bypassing all authentication."
Jack was concerned that, when it came to ATMs, too much emphasis was placed on the "physical" defences, such as whether the machine was bolted down, or whether there was CCTV. "This is the first time anyone had actually looked at the underlying software," he claimed. "And once I sort of dug in, ripped the software apart, I was really surprised at the amount of flaws that are hiding underneath there." He added: "I am not naive enough to think I am the only one who can do it."
Barnaby Michael Douglas Jack was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on November 22 1977, the son of Michael and Sammi Jack, and was fascinated by computers from boyhood.
Jack made his career in the United States, and from the age of 21 worked as a research engineer in the computer security software business, at Network Associates, Foundstone and eEye Digital Security. In 2006 he moved to Juniper Networks, and in June 2010 joined IOActive as director of research. At the time of his death he was director of embedded device security.
He died only a week before he was due to demonstrate at a conference how an assassin might kill his victim by disabling an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator from 30 feet away - an idea used in the television series Homeland, starring Damian Lewis and Claire Danes.
In June this year Jack said: "Malware will often slow down a computer, and when you slow down a medical device it no longer gives the integrity needed to perform as it should." He considered the Homeland scenario "fairly realistic" - although "they required a serial number, my demonstration does not".
At a recent conference in Melbourne (http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/fatal-risk-at-heart-of-lax-security-20121102-28ore.html), Jack had delivered an 830-volt jolt to a pacemaker by logging into it remotely. Many medical devices use wireless technology, and authorisation that requires only a user name and password that can be remotely extracted from them. Jack said these were designed to be easy to crack by a doctor needing to give treatment in an emergency.
Jack even suggested that it would be possible to write a "worm" for a particular brand of pacemaker or defibrillator, then spread it to other devices within range, from one person to another.
Barnaby Jack was found dead at his apartment in San Francisco; the cause of death is unknown.
He is survived by his mother, his sister, Amberleigh, and by his girlfriend, Layne Cross.


http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/famed-hacker-barnaby-jack-dies-20130730-hv16p.html

Peter Lemkin
07-31-2013, 04:20 AM
What Did Michael Hastings Know? (http://my.firedoglake.com/yellowsnapdragon/2013/07/29/what-did-michael-hastings-know/)



By: yellowsnapdragon (http://my.firedoglake.com/members/yellowsnapdragon/) Monday July 29, 2013 5:00 am




Nevermind the fiery car crash (http://www.sandiego6.com/story/details-of-reporter-hastings-death-remain-elusive-20130708) that killed Michael Hastings. Forget about remotely controlled cars (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/michael-hastings-car-hacked_n_3492339.html) careening out of control at the command of insideous government spooks, remains cremated (http://www.sandiego6.com/story/hastings-investigation-20130714) against the will of the family, and withheld accident reports (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KHIucZCrJKg&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DKHIucZCrJKg) involving Hastings’ death.
None of that is particularly important, really.*
What is important is the story journalist Michael Hastings was researching prior to his death. That would be the story that prompted Hastings to write an email (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/22/michael-hastings-email_n_3484118.html)to collegues at BuzzFeed warning that the FBI was snooping around asking questions of his close friends and associates. Hastings advised his colleagues that any conversations with the FBI about his news gathering and journalism practices should be done after first consulting with an attorney. Hastings was on to a big story, and needed to go “off the radar” for a while.
So what was Hastings researching? The last article (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/why-democrats-love-to-spy-on-americans)Michael Hastings published looked into how major players in the Democratic Party have responded to the leaks exposing the NSA’s secret spying program called PRISM. Far from expressing outrage at the intelligence community’s widespread domestic spying programs, the Obama administration had been ruthless against those exposing illegal government surveillance, particularly journalists.
Transparency supporters, whistleblowers, and investigative reporters, especially those writers who have aggressively pursued the connections between the corporate defense industry and federal and local authorities involved in domestic surveillance, have been viciously attacked by the Obama administration and its allies in the FBI and DOJ. [Emphasis Added]


Michael Hastings was interested in how private contractors and government were working together to stop journalists from publishing details of illegal government surveillance.
Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald and Barrett Brown have been government targets, among others. Those three are important. The stories of Julian Assange and Glenn Greenwald are well known and thoroughly documented by now and include a campaign of smears, threats, international legal contortions, and general hyperventilation from government, corporate America, and talking heads around the globe.
Less known is journalist Barrett Brown (http://www.thenation.com/article/174851/strange-case-barrett-brown#). Unofficial spokesman for Anonymous–although he denied holding that title–Barrett Brown’s work has focused on the secretive world of contract spies. Through Project PM (http://barrettbrown.blogspot.com/2012/05/purpose-of-project-pm.html), “a crowd-sourced research effort to expose government intelligence contractors,” Barrett Brown uncovered a strategy concocted by a consortium of private contractors called Team Themis (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/22/hacking-anonymous) to discredit activist groups opposing the contractors’ big-name clients, namely Bank of America and the US Chamber of Commerce. Strategies of Team Themis included Persona Management, which created false social media accounts to infiltrate and discredit progressive groups like Wikileaks and anti-Chamber group Chamber Watch.
A similar program (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks) was developed by the US military for international use and has been compared to attempts by the Chinese government to control and restrict its domestic population’s free speech on the internet.
Critics are likely to complain that it [the American military's program] will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.


Bank of America was introduced to Team Themis through–wait for it–the Department of Justice, and BofA ultimately hired Themis (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/24/surveillance-us-national-security?CMP=twt_gu) in an effort to discredit Wikileaks after Assange obliquely threatened to bring down a major bank. Secret leaked bank documents were sitting in a security file to be released in the event of Assange’s capture or death. Prior to that, DOJ referred the US Chamber of Commerce to Team Themis when the Chamber sought to create a damage control campaign to immunize itself against opponents and their advocates, notably Glenn Greenwald.
Rather than winning accolades for exposing a nefarious public/private partnership to damage the credibility of journalists, Barrett Brown won indictments (http://freebarrettbrown.org/issues/) on charges that could result in over 100 years in jail. One obviously spurious charge was for cutting and pasting a link onto a discussion board. Some believe that Brown was targeted because he got dangerously close to discovering PRISM before Edward Snowden leaked top secret documents detailing the program.
But the toxic mix of big business, private intelligence and government was not all that interested Hastings. A February 2011 (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/another-runaway-general-army-deploys-psy-ops-on-u-s-senators-20110223) article for Rolling Stone outlined one General’s use of an army Psycological Operations unit to manipulate the opinions of US Senators visiting Afghanistan.
“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders.


The psyops operation was used to help secure additional funding for military operations in Afghanistan in the midst of an unpopular and unsuccessful operation. The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith–Mundt_Act)pevents the use of military psyops against American citizens. Holmes continued,
“I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line.”


Meanwhile, an obscure provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) went into effect this month (http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/07/15/propoganda-ban-repealed-as-government-made-news-floods-u-s/#) repealing the Smith-Mundt Act’s ban on the US government using psyops propaganda on a domestic American audience. The sockpuppet army of Team Themis is legally loosed and Americans can be legally manipulated by psyops to behave in ways amenable to the government.
Michael Hastings was a personal friend of Barrett Brown’s and contributed to Project PM. Hastings suspected that his conversations with Brown were being recorded and monitored. (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1z5_c6JSH8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DY1z5_c6JSH8) In a letter of condolence (http://freebarrettbrown.org/michael-hastings-death-barrett-brown/) to supporters of Hastings, Barrett Brown announced that Hastings had scheduled an interview with Brown from the prison where Brown is incarcerated awaiting trial. Hastings was killed before the interview took place.
What were Michael Hastings and Barrett Brown planning to discuss during the interview that never happened? Website freebarrettbrown.org’s Kevin Gallagher has some ideas (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4oQq3RU3Qxc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D4oQq3RU3Qxc).
Hastings saw Barrett’s case in the context of the government’s war on the press, basically, and uh, a lot of the things he reported about the like psyops on US Senators to get them to support the war ties into the Persona Management stuff and the stuff that Barrett was researching, so there is a lot of overlap between the two.


Whatever Hastings found, he thought it was important. Apparently so did the FBI. As Hastings tweeted about his story on Barrett Brown, “Get ready for your mind to get blown.” (https://mobile.twitter.com/mmhastings/status/294534049094053888)
In his last published piece (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/why-democrats-love-to-spy-on-americans) Hastings wrote, “Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming” about the Obama Administration’s war on journalism. Sadly, it will not come from Michael Hastings.
*Okay, it’s important, really important, but its not the topic of this post and is a totally separate issue deserving a separate discussion.
http://my.firedoglake.com/yellowsnapdragon/2013/07/29/what-did-michael-hastings-know/

I'm not surprised, just a bit further sickened at the state of 'rot' at the 'top' in 'Amoralka'. So, Big Banks (and Big Corporations) and the FBI/DOJ [which need to rebrand to Fed. Bureau of Intimidation & DOI - Dept. of INJustice, respectively!] are working hand in hand ["I'm shocked to learn there it gambling going on here at Rick's!" - apologies to Casablanca] to create false consensi on the internet [hello Colby!] and destroy [even kill] anyone who'd even begin to discover, let alone research, document and try to tell others, that the US 'Grovelment' works for the Oligarchs and ignores, robs, suppresses, lies to, deceives, imprisons, kills, and otherwise harms the entire remainder of the Citizenry.

Interesting to get much closer to the why Hastings was murdered. To me, it was clear from the moment it happened it was for the story he was working on and his trajectory in Journalism [now, one of the most dangerous professions to one's health - if one is good and not embedded].

So, it now becomes clearer what the U.S. are #1 at - evil - a deepening and very black evil!

Magda Hassan
07-31-2013, 04:40 AM
And, yes, Barnaby Jack was on to car hacking cases....amongst others.


Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/21/mcafee_car_hacking/

McAfee puts Barnaby Jack on car-jacking hackers' case Security whiz to thwart actual crashes
By John Leyden (http://forms.theregister.co.uk/mail_author/?story_url=/2012/08/21/mcafee_car_hacking/)
Posted in Security (http://www.theregister.co.uk/security/), 21st August 2012 12:38 GMT (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/21)
McAfee has put together an elite team of researchers to investigate how to go about protecting car systems from next-generation hacking attacks.
Members of the team include Barnaby Jack, the security researcher best known for demonstrating ways that crooks can force ATMs to spit out cash and for highlighting security shortcomings in insulin pumps.
Modern cars increasingly rely on embedded processors. Security researchers have already demonstrated (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/13/car_sensor_wireless_hack) how these embedded systems might be hacked to generating bogus tire blowout warning messages or pull off other dangerous exploits. Attack scenarios include injecting malware using via on-board diagnostics systems, wireless connections and booby-trapped CDs.
No such attacks have ever taken place in the real world but car manufacturers and auto industry associations are already aware of the possible risk.
SAE International, a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, has put together a number of technical papers that look into information security risks that look beyond potential concerns about hacking into electronic vehicle access systems, which have been an issue for several years.
"Vehicles include more and more electronic systems and open communication channels based on public standards, making them vulnerable to a variety of attacks," the abstract (http://papers.sae.org/2011-01-0040) to one recent SAE technical paper explains. "Security mitigation mechanisms are implemented in software and might be supported by a controller with basic security features," it adds.
"Any cyber security breach carries certain risk," said Jack Pokrzywa, SAE's manager of ground vehicle standards, the Daily Tech reports (http://www.dailytech.com/Security+Researchers+Try+to+Protect+Vehicles+from+ Computer+Viruses/article25457.htm). "SAE Vehicle Electrical System Security Committee is working hard to develop specifications which will reduce that risk in the vehicle area."
Meanwhile Ford and Toyota have both recruited information security experts to look into the potential problem. Ford, for example, has hired infosec experts to make its SYNC in-vehicle communications and entertainment system more resistant against hackers and malware.
The McAfee team will be assigned to looking into much the same issues but with a slightly different mandate, geared towards developing security software and other protection technologies suitable for car-based embedded computing systems.
Bruce Snell, a McAfee executive managing the firm's research on car security, told (http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/376480/intel-sets-team-on-thwarting-car-hackers) Reuters via PCPro. "If your laptop crashes you'll have a bad day, but if your car crashes that could be life threatening.
"I don't think people need to panic now. But the future is really scary," he added. ®

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David Guyatt
07-31-2013, 07:06 AM
Bank of America was introduced to Team Themis through–wait for it–the Department of Justice, and BofA ultimately hired Themis (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/24/surveillance-us-national-security?CMP=twt_gu) in an effort to discredit Wikileaks after Assange obliquely threatened to bring down a major bank. Secret leaked bank documents were sitting in a security file to be released in the event of Assange’s capture or death. Prior to that, DOJ referred the US Chamber of Commerce to Team Themis when the Chamber sought to create a damage control campaign to immunize itself against opponents and their advocates, notably Glenn Greenwald.

Aha! There be the Bank of America missing story of wikileaks.

The corporate-government-military shaggiest of today's Amerika, and the unleashing of all accumulated power on to the people. I suspect it must be even worse than this though, bearing in mind the lengths these happy shagger's have gone to, to nullify Assange and kill Hasting's.

David Guyatt
07-31-2013, 07:07 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjaPHWNzTHQ

Security camera footage from the pizza shop referred to in the previously posted Who What Where article.

Remember Princess Di?

Jan Klimkowski
07-31-2013, 06:39 PM
Bank of America was introduced to Team Themis through–wait for it–the Department of Justice, and BofA ultimately hired Themis (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/24/surveillance-us-national-security?CMP=twt_gu) in an effort to discredit Wikileaks after Assange obliquely threatened to bring down a major bank. Secret leaked bank documents were sitting in a security file to be released in the event of Assange’s capture or death. Prior to that, DOJ referred the US Chamber of Commerce to Team Themis when the Chamber sought to create a damage control campaign to immunize itself against opponents and their advocates, notably Glenn Greenwald.

Aha! There be the Bank of America missing story of wikileaks.

The corporate-government-military shaggiest of today's Amerika, and the unleashing of all accumulated power on to the people. I suspect it must be even worse than this though, bearing in mind the lengths these happy shagger's have gone to, to nullify Assange and kill Hasting's.

Yes - good work David.

Back in Blighty, a few minor Private Dicks have prosecuted for highly illegal acts of corporate espionage, but the cops won't go after their paymasters for fear of breaching the human rights of multinational corporations.

Two sides of the same coin.

The message is: Don't Even Think of Coming After Us.

:nosmilie:

Magda Hassan
08-07-2013, 01:57 AM
Car hacking code released at Defcon Car computer hacking hit the gas on the first morning of Defcon 21, as hackers revealed how they took over two of the most popular cars in America.
by Seth Rosenblatt (http://www.cnet.com/profile/srosenblatt/)
August 2, 2013 5:30 PM PDT


LAS VEGAS -- You may hate parallel parking, but you're going to hate it even more when somebody commandeers control of your car (http://reviews.cnet.com/car-tech/) with you in it.
That was the scary scenario painted over the first two hours at the 21st annual Defcon hacker conference.
"Car hacking is definitely coming," said Zoz, of Cannytophic Design, who presented on how to hack autonomous cars.
Zoz's talk on vulnerabilities that autonomous autos will face followed a fast-paced explanation by well-known computer security experts Charlie Miller and Christopher Valasek of how they spent the past 10 months hacking the self-driving features of two popular cars. Miller, Valasek, and Zoz all spoke to standing-room only crowds of more than 1,000 people.
While car hacking made a big splash at Defcon in 2010 and 2011, those hacks were not publicly documented. "We want it to take two months for everybody to do this," Miller said to loud applause from the packed house.
Before going into their hacking explanation, Miller and Valasek admitted that they were not hardware hackers, and had little experience on hardware basics like splicing wires. But they only had one requirement for their test car: that it be able to drive itself.
From there, hilarity ensued. Instead of following Toyota's guide to removing the dash of their test 2010 Prius, they used a crowbar. Subsequent videos and photos showed them driving around with a laptop wired to the open dash of a car, much to the amusement of the crowd.


The pair also tested a 2010 Ford Escape.
Prerecorded video demos of the hacks showed Miller and Valasek disabling the car's brakes, jerking the steering wheel back and forth while the car was in motion, accelerating, taking full control of the steering wheel, yanking the seat belt tight, turning off the engine, turning interior and exterior lights on and off, honking the horn, and making the console show a full tank of gas when it wasn't.
Surprisingly, neither wore a helmet.
At one point, the car wouldn't start, and they had to get it taken to the Toyota dealer for repairs. It turns out, Valasek said, that they had blown up the inverter. "They said they couldn't fix the car because they'd never seen this problem before."
The two detailed much of the nitty-gritty of their hacking work, covering how they gained physical access to the car's computer and how they figured out how to program the car's computer.
The documentation that they will be releasing in the next few weeks sounds comprehensive, totaling 101 pages of code and data.
Zoz spent his talk in the next hour on the future of automation. Self-driving cars, he told, are essentially robots and will be particularly susceptible to the same kinds of hacks as less complicated robots.

Zoz details the concepts behind how to hack self-driving cars at Defcon 21.
(Credit: Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Many of these vulnerabilities will be related to directly hacking or indirectly altering the sensors that allow a car to navigate the road without causing accidents. Automated vehicles of all sorts, from person-carrying cars to small drones, rely on a multitude of sensors such as GPS, LIDAR, cameras, millimeter wave radar, digital compasses, wheel encoders, inertial measurement units, and on-board maps.
There are two kinds of sensor attacks, Zoz said. Denial attacks prevent the sensor from recovering data, while spoofing causes the sensor to retrieve bad data.
Each of the sensors on a car or drone can be successfully attacked in several low-cost, low-effort ways. A GPS sensor, he said, can be compromised by purchasing or building a cheap GPS jammer.
Maps are particularly at risk. "You can't have your robot occasionally blowing through a red light," he said to much snickering from the audience.
Zoz, as well as Miller and Valasek, kept returning to a particular point during their separate hour-long presentations: the goal of hacking cars isn't to cause widespread havoc, but to make them safer.
"Now that we've released the data, you can think about how to stop these attacks," Miller said.
And echoing Miller, Zoz also highlighted safety concerns. "When I talk about exploits and countermeasures, I want you to think about counter-countermeasures," he said.
Ford and Toyota have both said that their focus is on preventing wireless hacks, but wireless technology is hardly a bastion of security. We may be approaching an era when the car itself could be to blame for crashes.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57596847-83/car-hacking-code-released-at-defcon/

Jan Klimkowski
08-07-2013, 11:05 AM
Car computer hacking hit the gas on the first morning of Defcon 21, as hackers revealed how they took over two of the most popular cars in America.

This technology is incredibly, ridiculously, dangerous.

And it seems the genie has been let out of the bottle...

Peter Lemkin
08-07-2013, 01:02 PM
Car computer hacking hit the gas on the first morning of Defcon 21, as hackers revealed how they took over two of the most popular cars in America.

This technology is incredibly, ridiculously, dangerous.

And it seems the genie has been let out of the bottle...

Yes, theoretically; but in Hasting's case his body was cremated [without permission] - so all evidence there destroyed; I believe the car is now gone and underwent no real forensic examination - certainly not one related to foul play [as the Police and officials ruled that out immediately]. The family could never get their day in Court and even if they could prove the car's computer was attacked, there is to my knowledge no way to prove who did it. It is now dangerous to buy the most up-to-date anything. I read an article where even a refrigerator with a computer chip inside could be used for foul play! America and the modern World have been hacked!

Dawn Meredith
08-07-2013, 01:22 PM
Just catching up with this tread now. The article Maggie posted "What Did Michael Hasting Know" had some very important and terrifying infor in it. So in your face. Psyops I mean. I copied it and sent it out to some friends who never tread in waters like these. Get their news from the local telly station or MSM online. I wonder if anyone will even respond. As THEY DO NOT WANT TO KNOW.

The apathy of most of Amerika will seal all our fates.

Dawn

Jan Klimkowski
08-07-2013, 03:08 PM
Car computer hacking hit the gas on the first morning of Defcon 21, as hackers revealed how they took over two of the most popular cars in America.

This technology is incredibly, ridiculously, dangerous.

And it seems the genie has been let out of the bottle...

Yes, theoretically; but in Hasting's case his body was cremated [without permission] - so all evidence there destroyed; I believe the car is now gone and underwent no real forensic examination - certainly not one related to foul play [as the Police and officials ruled that out immediately]. The family could never get their day in Court and even if they could prove the car's computer was attacked, there is to my knowledge no way to prove who did it. It is now dangerous to buy the most up-to-date anything. I read an article where even a refrigerator with a computer chip inside could be used for foul play! America and the modern World have been hacked!

Peter - I should have been more explicit.

This technology is incredibly, ridiculously, dangerous because not only will the military-multinational-intelligence complex undoubtedly use it, but it will inevitably become available to old fashioned street criminals too.

If any modern car, with a computer under the bonnet, can be remotely controlled by anyone with the technical knowledge and hostile intent, then we're fucked.

Peter Lemkin
08-07-2013, 03:25 PM
Car computer hacking hit the gas on the first morning of Defcon 21, as hackers revealed how they took over two of the most popular cars in America.

This technology is incredibly, ridiculously, dangerous.

And it seems the genie has been let out of the bottle...

Yes, theoretically; but in Hasting's case his body was cremated [without permission] - so all evidence there destroyed; I believe the car is now gone and underwent no real forensic examination - certainly not one related to foul play [as the Police and officials ruled that out immediately]. The family could never get their day in Court and even if they could prove the car's computer was attacked, there is to my knowledge no way to prove who did it. It is now dangerous to buy the most up-to-date anything. I read an article where even a refrigerator with a computer chip inside could be used for foul play! America and the modern World have been hacked!

Peter - I should have been more explicit.

This technology is incredibly, ridiculously, dangerous because not only will the military-multinational-intelligence complex undoubtedly use it, but it will inevitably become available to old fashioned street criminals too.

If any modern car, with a computer under the bonnet, can be remotely controlled by anyone with the technical knowledge and hostile intent, then we're fucked.

Agreed, on this point - and many another....we are totally and truly fucked! 'Tis the time of the average person being fucked over royally and perhaps to death.

Albert Doyle
08-07-2013, 09:25 PM
With the American publics' indifference there's very little difference between men with guns coming to shoot Hastings and covert assassination.

Albert Doyle
08-09-2013, 04:23 PM
Highland Ave would be a natural choice for cyber hijacking murder because of the palm trees lined-up on the median. Any left veer would guarantee a hit with a tree.

Magda Hassan
08-12-2013, 12:58 PM
Connections Between Michael Hastings, Edward Snowden and Barrett Brown—The War With the Security State (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/08/07/connections-between-michael-hastings-edward-snowden-and-barrett-brown-the-war-with-the-security-state/) By Christian Stork (http://whowhatwhy.com/author/christian-stork/) on Aug 7, 2013


At the time of his death in a mysterious one-car crash and explosion, journalist Michael Hastings was researching a story that threatened to expose powerful entities and government-connected figures. That story intersected with the work of two controversial government critics—the hacker Barrett Brown and the on-the-run surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Any probe into Hastings’s untimely death needs to take into account this complex but essential background.
But First, the Raw Facts
A little over 12 hours before his car was incinerated on an LA straightaway on June 18, 2013, Hastings sent out a short email headed, “FBI Investigation, re: NSA.” In it, he said that the FBI had been interviewing his “close friends and associates,” and advised the recipients — including colleagues at the website Buzzfeed — “ may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.” He added, “I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the radat [sic] for a bit.”
From: Michael Hastings
Date: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Subject: FBI Investigation, re: NSA
To: [REDACTED] [REDACTED] [REDACTED]
Hey [5 REDACTED WORDS] 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 radat for a bit.
All the best, and hope to see you all soon.
Michael



The next day, Hastings went “off the radar” permanently.
Here is a video that shows a lateral view of Hastings’s speeding (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNhqKRugk8Q) car just before it crashed. (It shows at about 0.07.)
Following publication (http://ktla.com/2013/06/21/exclusive-hastings-sent-colleagues-email-hours-before-crash/) of the email by KTLA, the FBI quickly denied (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/fbi-michael-hastings-investigation_n_3476212.html) that the Bureau was ever investigating Hastings.
The Freedom of the Press Foundation and ProjectPM — the research wiki that Brown was involved with — are in the process of filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to learn if indeed Hastings was the subject of an FBI probe.
The FBI denial notwithstanding, a number of clues indicate that the proximity of Hastings to Brown and the work of ProjectPM may have been what spawned the purported investigation in the first place.
Deep Background
When the FBI raided the Dallas home of journalist Barrett Brown in March 2012, the travails of the [I]Vanity Fair and Guardian contributor didn’t get much ink — that is, until Michael Hastings published an exclusive (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/exclusive-fbi-escalates-war-on-anonymous) on the Brown raid on Buzzfeed.
The story included a copy of the search warrant that revealed why the government was so interested in Brown: Along with colleagues at the research wiki he started, ProjectPM (PPM), Brown was looking into a legion of shadowy cybersecurity firms whose work for the government raised all sorts of questions about privacy and the rule of law.
Since Hastings was familiar with the government contractors listed in the search warrant, he was also potentially culpable in whatever “crimes” the feds believed Brown and PPM were guilty of. Is this why he was being investigated in the days before his fatal crash on June 18, 2013? By then, Hastings had established a reputation as a fearless muckraker, whose stories often stripped the haloes from the powerful and well-connected:
- The besmirched “runaway” Special Forces general Stanley McChrystal, whose career Hastings had dispatched in a 2010 article (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-general-20100622) for Rolling Stone
- The saintly General “King” David Petraeus (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/the-sins-of-general-david-petraeus)—former commander of Central Command (CENTCOM), International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- Daniel Saunders (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/exclusive-the-tragic-imprisonment-of-john-mctiernan-hollywoo)—a former assistant US attorney for the Central District of California
- Former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, with whose staff Michael had many pointed exchanges (http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/hillary-clinton-aide-tells-reporter-to-fuck-off) regarding State’s Benghazi spin.
“To Maintain and Cultivate an Enemies List”
In his profile (http://trueslant.com/people/michaelhastings/) on the blogging consortium True/Slant, Hastings confided that his “secret ambition” was “to maintain and cultivate an enemies list.” Such ironic distancing was Hastings’s way of making palatable an inherently cynical view of the world. He knew that power corrupted, and to effect change it was necessary to point out the Emperor’s glaringly naked flesh.
In this manner, he was much like his blogging colleague at True/Slant, Barrett Brown. So much so, in fact, that the latter approached Hastings to work on a project that would change the way the public viewed the murky world of intelligence contracting in the post-9/11 era.

Michael Hastings interviews General Odierno in Baghdad, Iraq, October 2009

For those unfamiliar with Brown’s tale, WhoWhatWhy has been chronicling (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/02/21/the-saga-of-barrett-brown/) his trials (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/05/02/barrett-brown-update-new-defense-team-feds-fish-for-activists/) since February 2013. He is currently in federal custody in Ft. Worth, Texas, facing over a hundred years behind bars for researching 70,000 hacked emails obtained from the cybersecurity firm HBGary Federal and its parent company HBGary. At no point is the government alleging he was involved in the hack itself. His putative “crime” is doing what investigative reporters are supposed to do: digging for the truth about breaches of the public trust.
To do this, Brown pioneered a collaborative wiki where researchers and journalists could sift through these emails and create an encyclopedia from the information contained within. This was known as ProjectPM (PPM).
In 2009, Brown invited Hastings to join forces on PPM, but Hastings’s interest was tempered by other commitments. When the two spoke next, Hastings told Brown he was working on something big.
“Not One of Us”
Hastings was referring to his impending 2010 article, “The Runaway General,” for Rolling Stone, in which he quoted several high-ranking military officials from within Gen. McChrystal’s inner circle disparaging their civilian command. The article caused a stir in official Washington, and eventually led to McChrystal being relieved of duty by President Obama.
Amid the fallout from this journalistic coup, an interesting narrative began forming in certain sectors of the press: “Michael Hastings is not one of us.” Hastings had broken one of the rules governing Washington’s hermetic circle of “access journalism” by quoting his subjects without their express permission. Elsewhere, most working reporters would call this, well, journalism.
Brown was quick to defend Hastings, penning an article (http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/06/why-the-hacks-hate-michael-hastings) for Vanity Fair titled, “Why The Hacks Hate Michael Hastings.” Later, the two blurbed each other’s books, further cementing their professional relationship.
One thing they shared was a deep discontent with the mainstream media. Indeed, Brown says, they were “obsessed with coming up with ways to change the dynamic.”
The busy Hastings never fully immersed himself in the work of PPM. “[Hastings] was an outlet for us to pass things to,” says Alan Ross, better known on PPM’s Internet relay chat (IRC) as Morpeth. “His relationship was one of talking to Barrett in my experience, rather than direct involvement in PPM.” He was “more of an associate than a member.”
“Get ready for your mind to be blown.”
For Hastings, Brown was clearly a confidential source—the type that flourishes best when kept in the dark and away from other reporters. Yet on January 24, 2013, Hastings tweeted (https://twitter.com/mmhastings/status/294534049094053888) that he was finally beginning to work on the Brown story, telling his interlocutors to “get ready for your mind to be blown.”
Kevin Gallagher, the administrator of Brown’s legal defense fund at FreeBarrettBrown.org (http://freebarrettbrown.org/), said Brown and Hastings hadn’t been able to talk securely in eight or nine months, but that after a few months of back and forth with Brown’s lawyers Hastings finally planned on interviewing him in custody in June.
After whistleblower Snowden’s bombshell revelations of dragnet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA), Hastings wrote an article (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/why-democrats-love-to-spy-on-americans) on June 7 that referenced Brown for the first time since April 2012. Titled “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans,” it lambasted supposedly liberal Democrats for their Bush-like surveillance fixation and their unrelenting war on those who seek to expose the operations of the surveillance state:
“Transparency supporters, whistleblowers, and investigative reporters, especially those writers who have aggressively pursued the connections between the corporate defense industry and federal and local authorities involved in domestic surveillance, have been viciously attacked by the Obama administration and its allies in the FBI and DOJ.
[snip]
Barrett Brown, another investigative journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, among others [sic] publications, exposed the connections between the private contracting firm HB Gary (a government contracting firm that, incidentally, proposed a plan to spy on and ruin the reputation of the Guardian’s [Glenn] Greenwald) and who is currently sitting in a Texas prison on trumped up FBI charges regarding his legitimate reportorial inquiry into the political collective known sometimes as Anonymous.”
The article ended with “Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming.”
The fact that he planned to interview Brown was corroborated by documentarian Vivien Weisman, who told WhoWhatWhy that she spoke to Hastings about it at a Los Angeles book signing for “Dirty Wars” in May 2013. And the editor of Buzzfeed reportedly (https://twitter.com/FreeBarrett_/status/347550299185111040) confirmed that Hastings was in the midst of working on the Brown expose at the time of his death.
Knowing this prompts the question: what angle of the PPM research was Hastings about to tackle?
The evidence seems to point to another shadowy project revealed in the cache of hacked emails that PPM was sifting through: Romas/COIN.
Your Data Is Mine
Gallagher, who was briefed on the last discussion Hastings had with Brown before the planned interview, says, “Hastings had specifically asked about Romas/COIN.”
Romas/COIN was the name given to a program through which the U.S had been conducting “a secretive and immensely sophisticated campaign of mass surveillance and data mining against the Arab world,” according to emails (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Romas/COIN)hacked from the cybersecurity firm HBGary Federal. Evidently, this program allows the intelligence community to “monitor the habits, conversations, and activity of millions of individuals at once.”
http://whowhatwhy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/PM-300x300.png (http://whowhatwhy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/PM.png)ProjectPM logo

Over the course of a year, Aaron Barr, CEO of HBGary Federal, sought out various companies to form a consortium that could wrest control of Romas/COIN from the current contract holder, Northrop Grumman. Eventually the consortium included no less than 12 different firms — ranging from niche software companies to behemoths like Google, Apple, and even Disney.
From the emails, it’s clear that “mobile phone software and applications constitute a major component of the program,” concludes the entry in ProjectPM. Periodic references to “semantic analysis,” “Latent Semantic Indexing,” and “specialized linguistics” indicate that the government agency overseeing the contract was clearly interested in automated dissection of spoken or written communication. This is the hallmark of NSA surveillance.
Is it possible that this consortium planned on developing mobile phone software and applications with bugs that would allow the US government to hack into targets’ phones and give it access to all of the communications within?
As detailed (http://www.amazon.com/The-Way-Knife-Secret-Earth/dp/1594204802) by New York Times national security reporter Mark Mazzetti, mobile phone intrusion has been par for the course in the military’s signals intelligence work abroad.
Checkmate
Claims of government surveillance capabilities embedded in private-company software are bolstered by recent reporting (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/world/europe/nations-buying-as-hackers-sell-computer-flaws.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0) on the sale of “zero-day exploits” to government agencies.
“Zero-day exploits” refer to security vulnerabilities that are taken advantage of on the same day that the vulnerability becomes known to the victim. As the jargon implies, there are zero days between the time the hole is discovered and the initial attack.
Endgame Systems, one such company cashing in on this new market, was of particular interest (http://wiki.project-pm.org/w/index.php?title=Endgame_Systems&oldid=6075) to Brown and ProjectPM. Deep in the cache of Aaron Barr’s emails are indications of just how secret the work of Endgame is.
In an email to employee John Farrell, then-Endgame CEO Chris Rouland states: “Please let HBgary know we don’t ever want to see our name in a press release.”
Farrell forwarded that note to Barr with the following explanation:
“Chris wanted me to pass this along. We’ve been very careful NOT to have public face on our company. Please ensure Palantir and your other partners understand we’re purposefully trying to maintain a very low profile. Chris [Rouland] is very cautious based on feedback we’ve received from our government clients. If you want to reconsider working with us based on this, we fully understand.”
One look at Endgame’s product line explains a lot about their wariness. Their premier software, “Bonesaw,” shows what a powerful asset the corporation has become to America’s intelligence agencies.
Bonesaw is a targeting application that tracks servers and routers around the world. It maps out all the hardware attached to the Internet. Through these access points, NSA and Cyber Command can hack into or launch attacks against adversaries. The Bonesaw program functions (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/general-keith-alexander-cyberwar/all/) essentially as a user-friendly map.
That map has at its disposal the geolocation and Internet address of every device connected to the Internet around the globe. By designating a country and city — like Beijing, China for example — and the name or address of a target — say, a People’s Liberation Army research facility — a user can find out what software is running on all of the computers inside the facility, what entry points to those computers exist, and a menu of custom exploits that can be used to sneak in.
Sock Puppets and Other Tricks
Other clues as to what ProjectPM-related material may have led the FBI to investigate Michael Hastings can be found in his published work.

Endgame Systems CEO Nathaniel Fick. Formerly of the Center for a New American Security, Fick took over for Endgame in November 2012.

In a May 18, 2012, article (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/congressmen-seek-to-lift-propaganda-ban) on propaganda efforts by the State Department, Hastings referred to a “program being developed by the Pentagon [that] would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets.” The HBGary emails are littered with references to this type of “persona management” technology.
Principal among these was a June 2010 United States Air Force (USAF) contract (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/personamanagementcontract.pdf) from the 6th Contracting Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. It sought providers of “persona management software” that would allow 50 users to control up to 500 fictional personae.
These sock puppets were required to be “replete with background, history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally, and geographically consistent.” In other words, avatars so convincing they could fool the people with whom they were interacting into believing they were real.
MacDill Air Force Base is home to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the section of the military that oversees and coordinates all special-forces activity globally. USSOCOM lists (http://www.socom.mil/Pages/AboutUSSOCOM.aspx) under its “core activities” the employment of psychological operations (PSYOPS) and information operations (IO)—exactly the type of activity this “sockpuppeting” technology would be employed in.
To put it another way: a clone army for future psywars.
Gone With The Mercedes
Given the information currently available it is impossible to know with certainty what angle in the Brown case Michael Hastings was pursuing at the time of his death.
But Hastings’s credibility and national security contacts would have served him well in digging deeper into ProjectPM’s cache of hacked emails, perhaps exposing to the light of public scrutiny other secretive government contractors in the manner that Brown had begun. (See the “Team Themis” affair (http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Team_Themis).)
With that potential suddenly snuffed out, it’s not surprising the Internet is abuzz with speculation over Hastings’s death. We’ve contributed to the investigation (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/) surrounding it but, with so few hard facts at hand, now is not the time to speculate about whether foul play was involved. What’s clear is that an important voice in the grand tradition of investigative journalism has been silenced.
Hopefully, more information will come to light, and we will know with a fair degree of certainty what Michael Hastings was working on that attracted the government’s watchful eye. That is, unless all of his information was incinerated with him in the early hours of that June morning.
http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/08/07/connections-between-michael-hastings-edward-snowden-and-barrett-brown-the-war-with-the-security-state/

David Guyatt
08-12-2013, 02:19 PM
In a May 18, 2012, article (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/congressmen-seek-to-lift-propaganda-ban) on propaganda efforts by the State Department, Hastings referred to a “program being developed by the Pentagon [that] would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets.” The HBGary emails are littered with references to this type of “persona management” technology.
Principal among these was a June 2010 United States Air Force (USAF) contract (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/personamanagementcontract.pdf) from the 6th Contracting Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. It sought providers of “persona management software” that would allow 50 users to control up to 500 fictional personae.
These sock puppets were required to be “replete with background, history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally, and geographically consistent.” In other words, avatars so convincing they could fool the people with whom they were interacting into believing they were real.
MacDill Air Force Base is home to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the section of the military that oversees and coordinates all special-forces activity globally. USSOCOM lists (http://www.socom.mil/Pages/AboutUSSOCOM.aspx) under its “core activities” the employment of psychological operations (PSYOPS) and information operations (IO)—exactly the type of activity this “sockpuppeting” technology would be employed in.
To put it another way: a clone army for future psywars.


Are there reasons to believe that this technology has been successfully trialed and is now in regular use, both overseas and domestically -- and aimed at the public as well as perceived state enemies?

I think it highly likely.

Hearts and minds and control thereof...

Peter Lemkin
08-12-2013, 03:30 PM
In a May 18, 2012, article (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/congressmen-seek-to-lift-propaganda-ban) on propaganda efforts by the State Department, Hastings referred to a “program being developed by the Pentagon [that] would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets.” The HBGary emails are littered with references to this type of “persona management” technology.
Principal among these was a June 2010 United States Air Force (USAF) contract (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/personamanagementcontract.pdf) from the 6th Contracting Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. It sought providers of “persona management software” that would allow 50 users to control up to 500 fictional personae.
These sock puppets were required to be “replete with background, history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally, and geographically consistent.” In other words, avatars so convincing they could fool the people with whom they were interacting into believing they were real.
MacDill Air Force Base is home to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the section of the military that oversees and coordinates all special-forces activity globally. USSOCOM lists (http://www.socom.mil/Pages/AboutUSSOCOM.aspx) under its “core activities” the employment of psychological operations (PSYOPS) and information operations (IO)—exactly the type of activity this “sockpuppeting” technology would be employed in.
To put it another way: a clone army for future psywars.


Are there reasons to believe that this technology has been successfully trialed and is now in regular use, both overseas and domestically -- and aimed at the public as well as perceived state enemies?

I think it highly likely.

Hearts and minds and control thereof...

Oh, you said it...and I won't speak for you, but I think I've 'interacted' with and 'met' some of 'them' already......sadly. Most here are very savvy, and after a few posts can spot them easily; but most persons - especially on very large forums would be fooled, again sadly.

Magda Hassan
08-13-2013, 02:18 AM
Seems the Brennan article was already in the printing press. I suspect that there were (several) other things not that far advanced in publishing terms that they might want to stop.
CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target
By Kimberly Dvorak
Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:51:00 PST

Updated: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:57:18 PST

This week Elise Jordan, wife of famed journalist Michael Hastings, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, corroborated this reporter's sources that CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project (CNN clip (http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2013/08/06/exp-pmt-elise-jordan.cnn.html)).
Last month a source provided San Diego 6 News with an alarming email hacked from super secret CIA contractor Stratfor’s President Fred Burton. The email (link here (http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/1210665_obama-leak-investigations-internal-use-only-pls-do-not.html)) was posted on WikiLeaks and alleged that then Obama counter-terrorism Czar Brennan, was in charge of the government's continued crackdown or witch-hunt on investigative journalists.
After providing the Stratfor email to the CIA for comment, the spymaster's spokesperson responded in lightning speed. Two emails were received; one acknowledging Hastings was working on a CIA story and the other said, “Without commenting on information disseminated by WikiLeaks, any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.”
The emails also prompted a phone from CIA media spokesman Todd Ebitz. He said they were saddened by Michael’s death and reiterated their position that they had a cordial working relationship with the investigative reporter.
On the other hand, Stratfor, specifically Fred Burton, remains nonresponsive.
As for Hastings’ final story, his wife said Rolling Stone would publish the Brennan piece in an upcoming edition of the magazine.

Was speed a factor?
The release of a new surveillance video from a nearby Italian restaurant by Michael Krikorian (http://krikorianwrites.com/), an author, freelance blogger who also writes for LA Weekly, reveals a lot of information about Hastings’ final seconds.
An SDSU professor Morteza M. Mehrabadi, Professor and Interim Chair Areas of Specialization: Mechanics of Materials told San Diego 6 News that calculating the speed of Hastings car follows a simple mathematic equation. By using the video and the distance traveled (195 feet) as well as the seconds that lapsed prior to the explosion – in his opinion, the car was traveling roughly 35 mph.
That revelation is important because Jose, an employee of ALSCO (http://www.alsco.com/en/index.htm) a nearby business, and a witness to the accident told KTLA/Loud Labs (Scott Lane) the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and he saw sparks coming from the car and saw it explode BEFORE hitting the tree.
The pre-explosion could possibly explain the flash of light on the video that preceded the appearance of the car in the video. The pre-explosion and slower speed could also explain the minimal damage to the palm tree and the facts the rear tires rested against the curb. It also provides an explanation for the location of the engine and drive train at more than 100 feet from the tree impact area.
This new information prompted another round of FOIA/CPRAs and only adds to the questions that remain unanswered. One of those questions is where was Mr. Hastings going at 4:30 in the morning? Based on the accident location, Hastings was only 1.5 miles from his home and was headed away from his address.
Other unanswered questions point to the contents (computer, phones, notes, etc.) of his home, so far there has been no response from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) FOIA request regarding these issues. Also, numerous FOIAs have been filed with other federal agencies concerning details of Hastings suspicious car “accident.”
I would like to thank the tens of thousands of people following this important story and the supportive comments that include many helpful tips. You can post anonymous tips for me at theKDreport.com (http://thekdreport.com/) or sandiego6.com (http://sandiego6.com/) or email: Kimberly.dvorak@hotmail.com
http://www.sandiego6.com/story/cia-director-brennan-confirmed-as-reporter-michael-hastings-next-target-20130812

Peter Lemkin
08-13-2013, 04:29 AM
Having lived in very conservative San Diego, it is most odd that this San Diego reporter is holding on to this story - or allowed to - by management. But, hey, go for it! It looks clearer and clearer that foul play and a pre-planned murder were involved. It looked that way to me from the get go. The war of terror is now also a war on investigative journalists and whistle-blowers. The Empire is getting very afraid and will do ANYTHING to ANYONE to keep their dirty secrets, at this point. The LAPD have an absolutely horrible track-record of fairly handling such evidence in such a case. They, like all big city Police Departments, have CIA persons secretly embedded within them to handle just such things as this [or the RFK murder] etc. Sadly, the state of rot is so advanced in the USA, I can't see someone coming to trial for Hastings' murder. Or should such a trial begin, a way to close it down before it gets going, will be found. I hope I'm wrong. If the article is still planned to come out, expect more foul play to stop it. If it does come to print, it should be an interesting read.... We lost a good man and researcher. The good, they die [or are murdered] young!

Dawn Meredith
08-13-2013, 11:43 AM
I totally agree Peter. It used to be that authors and journalists were not murdered. The thinking by the power elite was that only a few read this stuff so why bother killing the messenger. But now in this internet age and more people becoming aware there has been a shift. THis IS a war on investigative journalists and whistle blowers. Murdering Hastings was akin to murdering Dorothy Kilgallen. Both murders served a dual purpose. One of shutting down that story, and the more important reason: let the writer know that this could be his/her fate. With Dorothy it was her high profile that played a huge role. Unknown researchers/writers on the assassination were left alone in terms of murder. (Mostly). Since 9-11 we have seen the advance of fascism at an alarming rate. And most just fall for it, stand for it. This must have been how it was in Italy, Germany etc. I weep for the world our grand-daughters (13 and 10) will grow up into.

Dawn

Peter Lemkin
08-13-2013, 03:00 PM
I totally agree Peter. It used to be that authors and journalists were not murdered. The thinking by the power elite was that only a few read this stuff so why bother killing the messenger. But now in this internet age and more people becoming aware there has been a shift. THis IS a war on investigative journalists and whistle blowers. Murdering Hastings was akin to murdering Dorothy Kilgallen. Both murders served a dual purpose. One of shutting down that story, and the more important reason: let the writer know that this could be his/her fate. With Dorothy it was her high profile that played a huge role. Unknown researchers/writers on the assassination were left alone in terms of murder. (Mostly). Since 9-11 we have seen the advance of fascism at an alarming rate. And most just fall for it, stand for it. This must have been how it was in Italy, Germany etc. I weep for the world our grand-daughters (13 and 10) will grow up into.

Dawn

Your mention of Kilgallen is important. Your first sentence should, IMO, be slightly modified to: 'It used to be that authors and journalists were not murdered OFTEN.' I can think of others before or just after Kilgallen who were murdered to silence, but it was an unusual event. Many were during the Anarchist Movement, The Women's Movement, The Workers Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the '60's'.

Now, it is open hunting season on investigative journalists and whistleblowers - and anyone remotely like them. Mary Meyers was, in effect, acting as a whistleblower after doing her own [personal] investigation on who was behind the JFK assassination, and was murdered. Karen Silkwood, acting primarily as a whistleblower and having done her own investigation was killed to protect Kerr-McGee and US Nuclear dirty secrets [plutonium given to Israeli nuke program, most likely]....just to name some others. As you say, it almost always has a dual purpose - to stop the message by killing the messenger - and to scare off others from even thinking of attempting something along those lines. Now, the list of those clearly assassinated for investigative reporting and/or whistleblowing is long and growing fast....I would expect it to increase rapidly in the next months and years, unless the People stop being Sheeple!

Below is a very PARTIAL, 'tame' and mostly 'not-Deep-Political' list of journalists killed from wiki: I'm trying to find a better list somewhere.....





2 August 2007
Chauncey Bailey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauncey_Bailey)
The Oakland Post (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oakland_Post_(California))
Oakland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland),California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California)
After investigating corruption in his community, Bailey was murdered on his way to work by the target of his reporting.
[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-peele-1)[11] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-11)


5 October 2001
Robert Stevens (photo editor) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_anthrax_attacks)
Sun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_(supermarket_tabloid))
Boca Raton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boca_Raton),Florida (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida)
Murdered as one of the media targets of the 2001 anthrax attacks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_anthrax_attacks) less than a month after 9/11.
[12] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-12)


11 September 2001
Bill Biggart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Biggart)
Freelance photographer
Manhattan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan),New York City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City), New York (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York)
Killed while photographing the rescue effort outside the World Trade Center before the tower collapsed.
[13] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-13)


24 October 1993
Dona St. Plite (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dona_St._Plite&action=edit&redlink=1)
WKAT-AM
Little Haiti (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Haiti),Miami (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami), Florida
St. Plite was attending a benefit for former colleague Fritz Dor when he was also assassinated for supporting Jean-Bertrand Aristide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Bertrand_Aristide).
[14] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-csmonitoronhaiti-14)[15] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-sunsentinelstplite-15)


11 March 1992
Manuel de Dios Unanue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_de_Dios_Unanue)
El Diario La Prensa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Diario_La_Prensa)
Queens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queens), New York City, New York
Murdered by Colombian drug traffickers for writing about drug trade.
[16] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-nydaily2002-16)[17] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-PeopleMagazine-17)


15 March 1991
Fritz Dor (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fritz_Dor&action=edit&redlink=1)
WLQY-AM (1320) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLQY)
Little Haiti, Miami, Florida
A colleague of Olivier's at WLQY, he was assassinated as he left a club.
[14] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-csmonitoronhaiti-14)[18] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-sunsentineldor-18)


19 February 1991
Jean-Claude Olivier (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jean-Claude_Olivier&action=edit&redlink=1)(a.k.a. Division Star)
WLQY-AM (1320)
Little Haiti, Miami, Florida
A colleague of Dor's, he was known for his controversial commentary and was assassinated on his way to his car.
[14] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-csmonitoronhaiti-14)[19] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-19)


22 September 1990
Triet Le
Van Nghe Tien Phong
Bailey's Crossroads (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey's_Crossroads,_Virginia),Virginia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia)
A columnist of controversial content for the same Vietnamese magazine that employed Nhan Trong Do. Assassinated.
[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-ajr1993-3)[20] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly1-20)[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly2-21)[22] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-nytimes-SEP1990-22)[23] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-23)


Nov. 22, 1989
Nhan Trong Do
Van Nghe Tien Phong
Fairfax County (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfax_County), Virginia
A layout designer who worked with Triet Le, he was the first employer of the Vietnamese-language magazine to be assassinated.
[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-ajr1993-3)[20] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly1-20)[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly2-21)[22] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-nytimes-SEP1990-22)


9 August 1987
Tap Van Pham (a.k.a. Hoai Diep Tu)
Mai
Garden Grove (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_Grove,_California), California
He was assassinated by arson while sleeping in his office by an anti-communist group that took responsibility.
[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-ajr1993-3)[20] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly1-20)[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly2-21)


15 October 1984
Henry Liu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Liu)(a.k.a. Chiang Nan)
Freelancer and author
Daly City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daly_City), California
A critic of Taiwan who was assassinated by order from Taiwan.
[24] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-24)


19 June 1984
Alan Berg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Berg)
KOA (AM) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KOA_(AM))
Denver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver),Colorado (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado)
A liberal radio show host who was murdered by a white nationalist group.
[25] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-25)


24 August 1982
Nguyen Dam Phong
Tu Do(Freedom)
Houston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston),Texas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas)
Was assassinated at his home by an anti-communist group.
[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-ajr1993-3)[20] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly1-20)[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly2-21)[26] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-26)


21 July 1981
Duong Trong Lam
Cai Dinh Lang (The Village Temple)
San Francisco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco), California
Killed by gunfire from a member of one of two anti-communist groups that claimed responsibility for his assassination.
[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-ajr1993-3)[20] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly1-20)[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-OCWeekly2-21)[27] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-MotherJones-27)[28] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-SmokeAndMirrors-28)


9 March 1977
Maurice Williams (reporter)
WHUR-FM
Washington, D.C. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C.)
He was murdered during the 1977 Hanafi Siege (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_Hanafi_Siege).
[29] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-29)


2 June 1976
Don Bolles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Bolles)
Arizona Republic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_Republic)
Phoenix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix,_Arizona),Arizona (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona)
Murdered as a result of a car bomb set by the mafia outside the Clarendon Hotel.
[30] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-30)[31] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-31)[32] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-32)


29 August 1970
Rubén Salazar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubén_Salazar)
Los Angeles Times (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Times)
Los Angeles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles), California
Salazar was killed by deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County_Sheriff's_Department) while covering the Chicano Moratorium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicano_Moratorium) protest in East Los Angeles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Los_Angeles_(region)). The park where the protest took place was later renamed Salazar Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salazar_Park) in his honor.
[33] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-33)[34] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-34)


29 July 1949
W.H. "Bill" Mason
KBKI radio
Alice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice,_Texas), Texas
Known as a crusading radio journalist in a county ruled with an iron hand by local law enforcement, Mason was shot dead by Sheriff deputy Sam Smithwick, who Mason had publicly accused of running a strip club. The senate candidate who lost to Lyndon B. Johnson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_B._Johnson) believed that Smithwick had information about how the election had been rigged but Smithwick was hanged before their meeting. Mason's tombstone reads: "He had the nerve to tell the truth for a lot of little people."
[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-peele-1)[35] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-35)[36] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-36)[37] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-37)


22 January 1945
Arthur Kasherman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Kasherman)
Public Press(alternative)
Minneapolis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis),Minnesota (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota)
His death figured into Hubert Humphrey's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Humphrey) mayoral victory.
[38] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-38)


9 December 1935
Walter Liggett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Liggett)
Midwest American
Minneapolis, Minnesota
He wrote about political corruption and organized crime.
[39] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-39)[40] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-40)


6 September 1934
Howard Guilford
The Saturday Press (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saturday_Press_(Minneapolis))
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Editor of a newspaper that exposed corruption and organized crime. He and partner Jay Near won the US Supreme Court decision in Near v. Minnesota (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_v._Minnesota).
[41] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-41)[42] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-42)


23 July 1930
Jerry Buckley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Buckley_(journalist))
WMBC-AM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WDTK)
Detroit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit),Michigan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan)
Gunned down on election night.
[43] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-time1-43)


16 July 1927
Donald Ring Mellett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Mellett)
Canton Daily News
Canton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canton,_Ohio), Ohio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio)

[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-peele-1)


9 November 1908
Edward W. Carmack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_W._Carmack)
Nashville American
Nashville (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nashville),Tennessee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee)
Former congressman and senator. He was killed by a former army officer who disapproved of his name appearing in an article and threatened the editor.
[44] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-44)


1 April 1898
William Cowper Brann (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cowper_Brann)(a.k.a. Brann the Iconoclast)
Iconoclast
Waco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco), Texas
Wrote critical articles about Baptists. Shot in the back during a duel.
[45] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-45)


27 March 1884
Charles L. Kusz
The Gringo and Greaser
Manzano (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzano,_New_Mexico),New Mexico (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mexico)
Shot through his window by unknown gunman on horses. His newspaper was reform oriented and created enemies as it sought changes.
[46] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-46)


17 November 1881
A.B. Thornton
Boonville News
Boonville (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boonville,_Missouri),Missouri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri)
The town marshal killed Thornton because of criticism from the newspaper and won acquittal based on the perception that the criticism was too intense.
[47] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-47)


12 June 1881
Jerome James Collins
New York Herald (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Herald)
Bennett Island (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennett_Island), Bering Strait (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bering_Strait)
An Irish American, Collins founded the Clan na Gael (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_na_Gael), an Irish republican organization in the United States, and left on a polar expedition as a reporter and meteorologist with the Jeannette expedition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Jeannette_(1878)) to avoid police. However, all but two survived the sinking of the vessel.
[48] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-48)[49] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-49)


23 April 1880
Charles De Young
The Daily Dramatic Chronicle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Chronicle)
San Francisco, California
With his brother M. H. de Young (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._H._de_Young), he founded the newspaper that would become the San Francisco Chronicle. The mayor's son killed him in revenge for a feud de Young had with his father.
[50] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-50)


27 March 1877
J. Clarke Swayze
Topeka Daily Blade (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Topeka_Capital-Journal)
Topeka, Kansas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topeka,_Kansas)
Swayze was killed after publishing a critical article about his murderer.
[51] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-51)


25 June 1876
Mark Kellogg (reporter) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kellogg_(reporter))
Associated Press (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associated_Press)
Little Bighorn Battlefield (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Bighorn_Battlefield_National_Monument),Mont ana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montana)
The first Associated Press journalist to die while reporting.
[52] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-52)


5 November 1871
Frederick Wadsworth Loring (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Wadsworth_Loring)
Appleton's Journal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleton's_Magazine)
Wickenburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickenburg,_Arizona), Arizona
Was killed while on assignment out west in what is known as the Wickenburg Massacre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickenburg_Massacre), an attack on a stagecoach by native Americans.
[53] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-53)


14 September 1866
Ridgeway Glover
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Leslie's_Illustrated_Newspaper)
Fort Phil Kearny (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Phil_Kearny),Wyoming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming)
While covering the American Indian Wars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Indian_Wars), Glover was killed and mutilated during the construction of Fort Kearny in 1866.
[54] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-54)


1864
Albert Street
The Mobile Register
Unknown
One of the few southern journalists killed during the US Civil War.



6 May 1864
Samuel Fiske (aka Dunn Browne)
The Springfield Republican (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Republican_(Springfield,_Massachusetts))
Fredricksburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredricksburg,_Virginia), Virginia
Capt. Fiske wrote under the name Dunn Browne and served in the army and was killed at the Battle of the Wilderness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Wilderness).
[55] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-55)


23 June 1863
Lynde Walter Buckingham
New York Herald
Aldie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldie,_Virginia), Virginia
Killed as a result of an ambush during the U.S. Civil War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Civil_War). He was buried at the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church-VDHR 53-339 in Aldie.
[56] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-56)


6 April 1862
Irving Carson
New York Tribune (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Tribune)
Pittsburg Landing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburg_Landing), Tennessee
First journalist to be killed during the U.S. Civil War. Killed by a cannonball fire while covering the Battle of Shiloh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Shiloh)and General Ulysses S. Grant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_S._Grant).
[57] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-57)


20 May 1856
James King of William (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_King_of_William)
Daily Evening Bulletin
San Francisco, California

[58] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-58)[59] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-59)


22 June 1854
Joseph Mansfield
San Joaquin Republican
Stockton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockton,_California), California
Mansfield was killed in a fight with a rival editor, both of whom were Democrats.
[60] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-60)


15 September 1848
John Jenkins
Vicksburg Sentinel
Vicksburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicksburg,_Mississippi),Mississippi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi)
Killed in a fight with an attorney after the two had a previous altercation.
[61] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-DavisPapers1-61)


29 February 1844
James A. Ryan
Vicksburg Sentinel
Vicksburg, Mississippi
The Vicksburg Sentinel was a Democrat paper and Ryan was killed by his rival Whig counterpart in a duel on their second fight.
[62] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-DavisPapers2-62)


6 June 1843
James Hagan
Vicksburg Sentinel
Vicksburg, Mississippi
He was killed by the son of a man Hagan had criticized in his newspaper.
[61] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-DavisPapers1-61)[62] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-DavisPapers2-62)[63] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-DavisPapers3-63)[64] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_journalists_killed_in_the_United_States#ci te_note-64)


7 November 1837
Elijah Parish Lovejoy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_Parish_Lovejoy)
Alton Observer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Observer)
Alton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton,_Illinois), Illinois
This abolition editor was killed by a mob supporting slavery in the Union.

Peter Lemkin
08-14-2013, 07:18 PM
Hastings ‘Unauthorized Cremation’ Mega-Rumor False, Family Says (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/08/13/exclusive-hastings-unauthorized-cremation-mega-rumor-false-family-says/) By Russ Baker (http://whowhatwhy.com/author/russ-baker/) on Aug 13, 2013


According to a member of Michael Hastings’s family, a widely circulated story that the investigative journalist’s body was cremated by authorities without the family’s permission is flat-out untrue.
The story that the cremation was unauthorized—further stoking credible suspicions aroused by Hastings’s strange death in a fiery one-car crash, complete with a dramatic explosion– has raged across the Internet for weeks.
A recent count showed 475,000 results for “Hastings cremated” and 357,000 for “Hastings cremation.” The top results all reported that the family did not want the cremation. The clear implication was that this was proof of a cover-up – that “the authorities” had rushed to dispose of the body in a way that would make further inquiries, such as an autopsy, impossible.
But a family member told WhoWhatWhy, “It was our wish to have Michael’s remains cremated.”In fact, this family member said the cremation came about at the family’s specific request—and only after an autopsy and toxicology tests, whose results are pending.
In light of this simple, clarifying statement, it’s worth asking: How do blatantly counter-factual rumors and untruths get traction in the cybersphere?
Often, as in this case, they start with legitimate suspicions: just before his death Hastings told associates he was working on a blockbuster story involving the “NSA.” Building on these suspicions, a reporter makes an ambiguous statement that sounds like a shocking revelation — but is actually the result of a leap of faith, an unwarranted assumption by the reporter…which turns out to be incorrect.
Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21WnsubYFps) is a local television reporter for a commercial station in San Diego, Kim Dvorak:
“A close family friend did confirm that Michael’s body was sent home in an urn, meaning he was cremated and it wasn’t the request of the family….in fact the family wanted Michael’s body to go home.”
Soon, the story was everywhere—including on almost all of the websites that generate heavy traffic by catering to those who hunger for a steady diet of stories hostile to the government, no matter their veracity.
***
When we contacted Dvorak by email to ask where she got the “unauthorized cremation” claim, she replied:
I will not be sharing sources for privacy reasons. I will point you to Elise Jordan’s CNN interview where she had plenty of opportunities to deny details reported on San Diego 6 (we are affiliated with CNN).
The problem with this disingenuous reply is that Elise Jordan (Hastings’s widow) was not asked about the cremation by the program’s host, Piers Morgan. The short interview segment did not include discussion of any details of the crash or aftermath, beyond Jordan’s statement that she accepted the crash as an accident and that her husband was always working on multiple intriguing stories at any one time. While this assertion may well be premature, it is not so surprising given the sort of pressures on family members to demonstrate restraint in such circumstances. (From several sources, WhoWhatWhy understands that the family and friends remain curious, like the public, and open to further information that may shed light on the incident.)
Meanwhile, another person Dvorak interviewed fits the description she used in her original report, of “a close family friend.” That’s Joe Biggs, a retired staff sergeant who was close with Hastings and who did in fact speak to her about the cremation.
In a telephone interview, Biggs told us that he was the source of Dvorak’s reporting, but not her mis-reporting. “That lady asked me about being at the memorial service. I said it was the first one I’ve been at without a body. I meant we didn’t have closure….I said that if I were killed, I would never want to be cremated. Somehow all this got mixed up… She took that to be that the body is missing and family didn’t know where it is. Then this whole thing spun out of control.
“I saw the video of her on the news talking about it… That made me sick to my stomach… I finally got hold of her, and she said she’d retract it, and I don’t know if she did.” (She has not.)
Biggs said that as soon as he saw Dvorak’s report, he contacted everyone he could think of to tell them that his comments had been badly distorted to create the appearance he was alleging a conspiracy.
Matt Farwell, who often worked with Hastings as his writing partner and who is finishing Hastings’s final story for Rolling Stone, is furious with Dvorak, whom he called “a fucking disgrace—and that’s on the record.” Farwell says he fired off an angry email to Dvorak, decrying her reports.
As for the crash itself, he agrees it should be investigated.
“It’s being looked at closely— and unless it’s good solid stuff like the video (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/28/the-crash-video/) and [the WhoWhatWhy] piece (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/07/14/the-michael-hastings-wreck-video-evidence-offers-a-few-clues/) from the guy whose girlfriend has the pizzeria; unless it’s good solid shoe leather journalism—it’s not helping anyone. It makes the LAPD and the feds go into closed-off mode and makes people not want to say anything.”
***
Many people have taken Dvorak’s work seriously simply because they were pleased to see a “mainstream” local television station carrying the kind of conspiracy-tinged reports she has done.
Indeed, Dvorak has become something of a cult hero on the Internet. As one popular post on Reddit puts it: “Kimberly Dvorak is essentially the only journalist doing work on the ground with the Michael Hastings death. We ***NEED*** to support her. This is her twitter. Spread this far and wide.”
It’s not at all clear Dvorak deserves the title of “journalist.” Her twitter page identifies her not as a television reporter but as “Examiner National Homeland Security Correspondent”—a reference to the Examiner network of conservative-oriented websites. Most of her work has been essays with an editorial tone for conservative or right-wing sites, marked by a clear animus toward the Obama administration, and by alarmist content about “illegal aliens” and other perceived threats.

Kara Dellacioppa
08-20-2013, 10:03 PM
not sure what to make of this just yet..

BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings had a small amount of methamphetamine in his system when he died in a fiery collision (http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/06/19/37786/journalist-michael-hastings-33-dies-in-la-car-cras/), but it was unlikely that it contributed to his death, Los Angeles coroner’s officials said Tuesday in a press release. "Toxicology shows a small amount of amphetamine in the blood, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, unlikely to have an intoxicative effect at the time of the accident," Hastings' autopsy report said.
A small amount of marijuana was also found in Hastings' system, but officials say neither the meth nor the marijuana was likely a factor in the crash.
Hastings died June 18 in L.A. After being seen driving at high speeds through Hollywood, he crashed into a tree and died in a fiery wreck on Highland Avenue south of Melrose Avenue, according to his autopsy report.
Members of Hastings' family had arrived from New York the previous day to try getting Hastings to go to rehab, according to his autopsy. His autopsy report also says that he was also believed to be using the hallucinogen DMT, though a toxicology report failed to detect any.
Officials were told he had smoked marijuana the previous night. Hastings had a medical marijuana card that was found in his wallet by officials, with the belief that it was due to post-traumatic stress disorder from being a war journalist stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the report.
Officials were told that those close to Hastings believed he had been sober for the past 14 years, but that he had started using again in the month prior to his death, according to the autopsy report, shortly after moving to California from New York. Hastings was also in a collision with a pole years ago while using ritalin recreationally, entering rehab around 1999, according to the report.
One person whose name was redacted from the autopsy report told officials that Hastings "believed he was 'invincible,' believing he could jump from a balcony and would be okay."
Hastings was 33 years old. His official cause of death was "traumatic injuries," with officials noting that carbon monoxide levels indicate that he died instantly, with all burns happening after his death. The autopsy was conducted on June 20.
Hastings was best known for writing an article in Rolling Stone on U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, "The Runaway General," (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-general-20100622) that led to McChrystal's resignation as U.S. commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan. The article included negative comments by McChrystal and his aides about members of the Obama administration, including Vice President Joe Biden. The article won Hastings a George Polk Award.
Read the full autopsy report below. (Warning: Contains graphic details.)
BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings' autopsy report (http://www.scribd.com/doc/161738950/BuzzFeed-reporter-Michael-Hastings-autopsy-report)

Magda Hassan
08-21-2013, 01:08 AM
not sure what to make of this just yet..

BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings had a small amount of methamphetamine in his system when he died in a fiery collision (http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/06/19/37786/journalist-michael-hastings-33-dies-in-la-car-cras/), but it was unlikely that it contributed to his death, Los Angeles coroner’s officials said Tuesday in a press release.


Mmmm...Yeah, not sure what to make of this either. In any case the toxicology indicates any drugs in his system were way too low to be responsible for the accident causing his death. Still leaves other causes for the accident.



Michael Hastings' family reportedly planned 'detox' at time of crashBy Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein August 20, 2013, 2:54 p.m.

Journalist Michael Hastings’ family was about to stage an intervention to try to get the reporter into “detox” on the same day his Mercedes burst into flames after hitting a tree, Los Angeles coroner’s officials said Tuesday.
Hastings, 33, died instantly, with the massive blunt-force trauma killing him "within seconds” of the single-vehicle collision on June 18 in Hancock Park, the report said.
No alcohol was detected in his system, but there were traces of drugs, according to the report. Authorities did not believe the drugs were a contributing factor in the crash.
An unidentified relative told investigators that after 14 years of sobriety, the journalist had begun “[using] drugs again in the past month or so.” The relative, whose identity was redacted from the report, told an investigator the family believed Hastings was using DMT, a powerful hallucinogenic. But tests for the drug were negative in Hastings’ body and an autopsy also found no signs of alcohol.
DOCUMENT: Read the autopsy report (http://documents.latimes.com/coroner-report-michael-hastings/)
The coroner's report, however, said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine (http://www.latimes.com/topic/health/drugs-medicines/methamphetamine-%28drug%29-HEDAR00000164.topic) many hours before his death. Marijuana was also detected.
A medical marijuana (http://www.latimes.com/topic/health/health-treatments/medical-marijuana-therapy-HETHT000012.topic) card was found in Hastings' wallet; the substance had been prescribed for treatment of post-traumatic stress resulting from his time as a war journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan.
One relative had arrived in Los Angeles from New York the day before the accident, with his brother scheduled to arrive later on the day of the crash "as his family was attempting to get [Hastings] to go to detox," the report stated.
Hastings, according to the coroner’s report, had previously been institutionalized for rehabilitative care in 1999. A witness told investigators that Hastings had been abusing Ritalin (http://www.latimes.com/topic/health/drugs-medicines/methylphenidate-HEDAR00323.topic).
His family told detectives that Hastings had been in a past traffic incident in which he crashed into a pole several years ago, and that he may have been abusing Ritalin at the time.
Hastings was not known to be suicidal, but did consider himself "'invincible,' believing he could jump from a balcony and would be okay," according to the report.
Hours before the crash, Hastings had last been seen by a relative "passed out" sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m.
In an interview with CNN (http://www.latimes.com/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/news-agency/cnn-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP000008070.topic), Hastings' widow Elise Jordan called the crash a “really tragic accident.”
She told CNN’s Piers Morgan (http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/05/elise-jordan-on-her-late-husband-michael-hastings-he-always-had-at-least-five-hot-stories-going/) earlier this month that she didn’t “really have anything to add” to the ongoing police investigation into the crash (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-hastings-death-new-video-of-crash-emerges-20130727,0,2133280.story) that took her husband’s life.
“You know, my gut here was that it was just a really tragic accident, and I’m very unlucky, and the world was very unlucky,” Jordan said.
Hastings' Mercedes crashed on Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue. The Los Angeles Police Department (http://www.latimes.com/topic/crime-law-justice/police/los-angeles-police-department-ORGOV000939.topic) said there were no signs of foul play.
His death prompted numerous conspiracy theories, most suggesting that the famed journalist may have been killed while chasing (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-hastings-jill-kelley-20130625,0,436906.story) his next big story.
The FBI (http://www.latimes.com/topic/crime-law-justice/fbi-ORGOV000008.topic) said that Hastings was never under investigation by the agency.
"At no time was journalist Michael Hastings ever under investigation by the FBI," the agency said in a statement.
Hastings' 2010 Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal (http://www.latimes.com/topic/unrest-conflicts-war/defense/armed-forces/stanley-a.-mcchrystal-PEPLT00007602.topic), "The Runaway General," exposed the general and his staff's disdain for their superiors, including National Security Advisor James L. Jones (http://www.latimes.com/topic/politics/defense/james-l.-jones-PEPLT0000017543.topic), Vice President Joe Biden (http://www.latimes.com/topic/politics/government/joe-biden-PEPLT007548.topic) and President Obama (http://www.latimes.com/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic).
Hastings won the prestigious George Polk Award (http://www.latimes.com/topic/arts-culture/journalism/george-polk-awards-EVAAC00003.topic) for magazine reporting and later wrote a book about McChrystal and his time in the war zone.

Phil Dragoo
08-22-2013, 09:27 AM
WhoWhatWhy, calling the coroner’s report “irresponsible.”

“I can honestly say with absolute certainty that he wasn’t doing meth,” the family member, requesting anonymity, told WhoWhatWhy in an email. “‘Methamphetamine’ can be nasal spray, Sudafed, one of those upper drinks at the gas station, prescription amphetamines, etc.”


The family member continued, “The LAPD has done a really sloppy job investigating his case, and they were hoping for a mother lode of drugs in his system. When they didn’t get it in the toxicology lab results (science!), they had to insert speculation throughout their field report to compensate for their lack of an investigation. It’s so irresponsible.”


http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/08/21/hastings-autopsy-traces-of-meth-found-in-body-but-crash-caused-death/ (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/08/21/hastings-autopsy-traces-of-meth-found-in-body-but-crash-caused-death/)

Ritalin, pole crash 1999--really? They dig that far back? When he was 19? Fourteen years.

Known DMT user? (In the 'sixties small town cops asked if so-and-so "needed the stuff"--indicating marijuana, displaying an ignorance and paranoia out of Reefer Madness.)

This is generally inhaled in a few successive breaths. The effects last for a short period of time, usually 5 to 15 minutes, dependent on the dose. The onset after inhalation is very fast (less than 45 seconds) and peak effects are reached within a minute. In the 1960s, DMT was known as a "businessman's trip" in the US because of the relatively short duration (and rapid onset) of action when vaporized.

DMT is a bell jar over the subject eliciting a Dali painting. Soon it's back on the chain gang. But is this a true account or a smear?

Siblings and detox? Is this a post-mortem creation, like Vince Foster's depression?

And LAPD is known for its integrity in crime scene investigation and autopsy results.

Viewing the sensational press release as a Red Adair blast to stop a gushing well.

Suicide? Which would explain his wearing a seat belt.

Or not.

Unmentioned, so allow me to be the first:

Model psychosis developed by administration of methedrine.

We have wrecked and killed him. Now we wreck his reputation and eclipse speculation of murder.

That's the the structure behind the release.

Yet it fails to explain explosions and fireball preceding the impact.

And his widow cites Brennan as the subject of his recent research in this article by Matthew MacEgan of Center for Research on Globalization:


The widow of Michael Hastings confirmed that the investigative journalist was working on a story on CIA Director John Brennan when he was killed in a fiery car crash in June.

In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on August 5, Elise Jordan said that the story on Brennan will appear in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. The story apparently relates to Brennan’s role in targeting journalists who were working on government secrets.

In its report (http://www.sandiego6.com/story/cia-director-brennan-confirmed-as-reporter-michael-hastings-next-target-20130812) on Hasting’s investigations, San Diego 6 Newscited an email (http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/1210665_obama-leak-investigations-internal-use-only-pls-do-not.html) from obtained by WikiLeaks, which alleges that “Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists” who reveal government secrets. It was an internal communication within Stratfor, a global intelligence company with connections to the US state, with a subject line stating that the message was for internal use only and should not be forwarded.

The email went on: “There is a specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my). Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode.”

Hastings died in the early hours of the morning on June 19, when his Mercedes exploded after apparently crashing into a palm tree in Hollywood, California. The vehicle burst into flames and the engine was launched 100 feet down the street. One witness compared the sound coming from the blast to a bomb explosion that shook nearby houses.

While initial eyewitness testimony indicated that Hastings had been speeding, new evidence is surfacing that questions such statements. According to the same San Diego 6 News report, a surveillance video taken from a nearby restaurant has been studied and shows that Hastings may have only been traveling as slowly as 35 mph when the collision took place.

According to San Diego 6 News: “That revelation is important because Jose, an employee of ALSCO, a nearby business, and a witness to the accident, told KTLA/Loud Labs (Scott Lane) the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and he saw sparks coming from the car and saw it explode BEFORE hitting the tree.”

Hastings, who was 33-years-old when he died, had received threats from government officials in response to his work. In one of his books, he revealed that a staffer of General Stanley McCrystal, whose career was ended in part by an exposé written by Hastings, had told him, “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write.”

In response to recent attention to Hastings’ death, a CIA spokesperson told reporters that, “any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on Constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.”
However, the connection between the death of Hastings and the leaked CIA email raises serious questions about the death. Los Angeles Police Department officials have declared that there is no evidence of foul play.

Hastings was best known for his Rolling Stone exposé that led to the removal of McCrystal as chief of command in Afghanistan.

Following his death, friends of Hastings explained that the journalist had been in a particularly agitated state following the revelations of NSA spying by Edward Snowden in early June. Hastings was meeting with a WikiLeaks lawyer just hours before the crash.

Another San Diego 6 News report from July included an interview with Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs, a close friend of Hastings, who explained that journalist’s body was returned to family members in an urn, which was not in line with their wishes. The fact that his body was returned in this fashion raises even more suspicion regarding his death.

Biggs also released an email sent out by Hastings prior to his death with the following subject line: “FBI Investigation, re: NSA.” He suggested that his associates at BuzzFeed request legal counsel before speaking to “the Feds,” before adding, “I’m onto a big story and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit.”

Reportedly, Hastings, who frequently posted to social media web sites, made no such posts during the final week of his life.

In reference to this email, Biggs told reporters, “This wasn’t an accident, and I will continue to investigate his death.”


http://www.globalresearch.ca/journalist-michael-hastings-was-investigating-cia-director-at-time-of-deadly-crash/5346028

Phil Dragoo
08-22-2013, 08:50 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/22/michael-hastings-asked-to-use-neighbor-car-night-his-death-report/

Hours before dying in a fiery car crash, Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings told his neighbor he believed his Mercedes had been tampered with, according to a report.

~~~

http://www.laweekly.com/2013-08-22/news/michael-hastings-crash/full/

Leading into a lengthy Slanterbury Tales which at mile marker prime meridian contains the one per cent unzip program:

Thigpen argues that Hastings was not doing anything harder than pot. She strongly disputes the coroner's suggestion that Hastings was taking methamphetamine, saying it was much more likely the amphetamine found in his system came from Adderall. (A coroner's spokesman acknowledged that the amphetamine could have come from either Adderall* or meth.)

So the lurid headline METH HEAD HAD IT COMING is yet another Hershburger

What we know is he rattled cages, got in faces, threatened Brennan and exploded before facepalm

Much like some towers we know

* Adderall contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Both these medicines are central nervous system stimulants that affect chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Adderall is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Phil's footnote: Dr. Benway and Dr. Mendoza would never ever increase the dose. Only tonight because tonight is special.

A model psychosis, a suggestion to drive, testing the beta override--success; Miller time.

Peter Lemkin
08-23-2013, 05:30 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/22/michael-hastings-asked-to-use-neighbor-car-night-his-death-report/

Hours before dying in a fiery car crash, Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings told his neighbor he believed his Mercedes had been tampered with, according to a report.

~~~

http://www.laweekly.com/2013-08-22/news/michael-hastings-crash/full/

Leading into a lengthy Slanterbury Tales which at mile marker prime meridian contains the one per cent unzip program:

Thigpen argues that Hastings was not doing anything harder than pot. She strongly disputes the coroner's suggestion that Hastings was taking methamphetamine, saying it was much more likely the amphetamine found in his system came from Adderall. (A coroner's spokesman acknowledged that the amphetamine could have come from either Adderall* or meth.)

So the lurid headline METH HEAD HAD IT COMING is yet another Hershburger

What we know is he rattled cages, got in faces, threatened Brennan and exploded before facepalm

Much like some towers we know

* Adderall contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Both these medicines are central nervous system stimulants that affect chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Adderall is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Phil's footnote: Dr. Benway and Dr. Mendoza would never ever increase the dose. Only tonight because tonight is special.

A model psychosis, a suggestion to drive, testing the beta override--success; Miller time.






Sadly, his suspicion was correct....and sad his friend wouldn't let him use her Volvo to get out of town. Maybe when he returned he'd have had his car checked out! [Although, it would take a very special kind of mechanic to likely catch this kind of tampering....] It was murder...not the first and not the last of someone exposing the Empire's petticoats. Its getting very ugly out there. America has moved into the 'Brownshirts' phase.....

Magda Hassan
08-24-2013, 11:14 AM
Report: Hastings Feared Tampering On Rented Mercedes (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/08/23/report-hastings-feared-tampering-on-rented-mercedes/) By David J. Krajicek (http://whowhatwhy.com/author/david-j-krajicek/) on Aug 23, 2013
http://whowhatwhy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/5_4_7-150x150.jpg (http://whowhatwhy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/5_4_7.jpg)A coroner’s report (http://www.whowhatwhy.com/files/report.pdf) that found traces of narcotics in the remains of journalist Michael Hastings has helped frame the prevailing story of his death as a tragic, troubled-soul narrative.
He apparently had relapsed into drug use (http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/08/21/hastings-autopsy-traces-of-meth-found-in-body-but-crash-caused-death/), and just hours before the muckraker was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles, a sibling had arrived to urge him into rehab.
But in the broadest post-mortem profile to date (http://www.laweekly.com/2013-08-22/news/michael-hastings-crash/), Gene Maddaus writes in the LA Weekly that Hastings told a neighbor he feared that the rental Mercedes sedan he died in had been tampered with. Maddaus writes:
“One night in June, he came to (neighbor Jordanna) Thigpen’s apartment after midnight and urgently asked to borrow her Volvo. He said he was afraid to drive his own car. She declined, telling him her car was having mechanical problems.
“He was scared, and he wanted to leave town,” she says.
“The next day, around 11:15 a.m., she got a call from her landlord, who told her Hastings had died early that morning. His car had crashed into a palm tree at 75 mph and exploded in a ball of fire.”
The profile said Hastings was depressed and feared he was being watched by the government. “His behavior grew increasingly erratic,” Maddaus writes. He added, “Interviews with friends as well as the coroner’s report suggest that Hastings’ mental health was deteriorating.”
Hastings, 33, was a crusading journalist who died when his speeding Mercedes slammed into a palm tree at 4:20 a.m. June 18 on a 35 mph stretch of North Highland Avenue in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood.
In its report released this week, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department concluded that the death was an accident.
Dr. James K. Ribe, L.A. County’s senior deputy medical examiner, said traces of amphetamine found in Hastings’s blood sample was “consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death.” He said traces of marijuana metabolite in his blood also indicated “intake hours earlier.”
Ribe said Hastings died of “blunt force trauma consistent with a high speed front-end impact” and that narcotics were “unlikely contributory to death.”
The report’s narrative included several mentions of Hastings’s alleged use of various narcotics, apparently based largely upon comments from the brother who was attempting to intervene.
But another Hastings family member told WhoWhatWhy that the coroner’s report was “irresponsible.” The family member said via email, “The LAPD has done a really sloppy job investigating his case, and they were hoping for a mother lode of drugs in his system. When they didn’t get it in the toxicology lab results (science!), they had to insert speculation throughout their field report to compensate for their lack of an investigation. It’s so irresponsible.”
Dr. Ribe, who signed Hastings’s autopsy report, has been on the L.A. County coroner’s staff for more than 25 years. Like many big-city pathologists, he has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and controversies.
But Ribe is the rare coroner whose credibility has been officially called into question by a panel of judges.
In 2003, a California appeals court dismissed a murder conviction because prosecutors had failed to disclose to the defense that Ribe, a trial witness, had “credibility problems” and “a history of changing his testimony,” according to an account in the Los Angeles Times (http://articles.latimes.com/2003/aug/23/local/me-death23).

The ruling cited five instances in which Ribe changed his findings in homicide cases.
In addition, Ribe was involved in a controversy concerning the 2005 death of Eliza Jane Scovill, age 3. The coroner ruled that the child died of AIDS. Her mother, Christine Maggiore, is an HIV-positive activist–and a controversial figure in her own right–who has vehemently questioned Ribe’s ruling on the cause of death. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliza_Jane_Scovill)
http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/08/23/report-hastings-feared-tampering-on-rented-mercedes/

Peter Lemkin
10-07-2013, 07:01 AM
The CIA to Provide New Details into Hastings Death By Kimberly Dvorak (http://www.constantinereport.com/the-cia-to-provide-new-details-into-hastings-death/#) / October 6th, 2013inShare
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San Diego 6 continues to receive numerous inquiries regarding the status of its investigation into the death of National Security reporter Michael Hastings. Hastings died in a single car accident in Los Angeles on June 18, 2013. Videos of the crash scene depict several explosions that resulted in a huge fireball. The 911 call transcripts obtained by San Diego 6 also confirmed multiple explosions.The Los Angeles Police Department determined early in the investigation process that no foul play was suspected in Hastings’ single car accident, yet nearly four months later the LAPD refuses to release its investigative report.
Documents and emails obtained by SD6 from LA Supervising Criminalist Dan Anderson, clearly states the LA coroner reported drugs and alcohol were NOT factors in the accident despite widespread news reports to the contrary.
In response to San Diego 6′s FOIAs, LAPD asserted a federal investigation may be pending as a reason for not releasing public information. However, the LA FBI office reported there was no investigation. Curiously a file on Hastings from the FBI obtained by Al Jazeera reveals the federal government considered Mr. Hastings’ work controversial enough to keep an active file but redacted much of the report.
A number of efforts to learn more details about the 2013 Mercedes has been met with roadblocks because LAPD Detective White has not closed the case. As a result the leased Mercedes is off limits and Mercedes spokespeople will not comment on the accident. This suggests LAPD still has possession of the car.
Currently, San Diego 6 is waiting for more FOIA information from the FBI, DHS, DOJ, and Dept of the Army.
This week the CIA responded to a written request by stating it will provide some information on Mr. Hastings, but declined to answer any questions regarding connections between Mr. Hastings, jailed journalist Barrett Brown or Reddit’s deceased founder, Aaron Schwarz.
Interestingly, the CIA asserted federal law, which prohibits it from spying on Americans as the reason for not responding to FOIAs on Brown and Schwarz, but failed to explain why it had a file on Hastings.
The LAPD also responded to a FOIA request as to whether the ATF+E (explosive) was called to investigate the Hastings accident scene by referring SD6 to ATF+E. Earlier ATF’s Chris Hoffman told San Diego 6 that he had no recollection of their dogs being sent to rule out foul play.
http://www.sandiego6.com/story/kimberly-dvorak-hastings-latest-20131006

Magda Hassan
10-07-2013, 07:10 AM
Mmmm....because the CIA always involves itself with car crashes?

Peter Lemkin
10-07-2013, 11:51 AM
Mmmm....because the CIA always involves itself with car crashes?

We can ::worship:: always trust the CIA.... Its a bit strange....but what is not in this case.

Magda Hassan
10-19-2013, 12:22 AM
Radio-beam device can disable car and boat engines from 50m16 October 2013 | By Jason Ford
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E2V has developed a non-lethal weapon that can disable the engines of motor vehicles and small boats at a distance of up to 50m in under three seconds.

Dubbed RF Safe-Stop, the unit, which weighs approximately 350kg, has so far been integrated into Nissan Nevara and Toyota Land Cruisers and is designed to temporarily disable a vehicle’s electronic systems and bring it to a halt. Such non-lethal systems are said to be particularly suited to stopping vehicles suspected as being used as car bombs.
Andy Wood, product manager at e2v, told The Engineer that RF Safe-Stop can be fitted also into ground, fixed base installations, rib-type boats and that there are ‘blueprint’ ideas to integrate it into a helicopter.
Such non-lethal systems generate intense RF (radio frequency) pulses and Wood euphemistically said these pulses ‘confuse’ a vehicle’s electronics, rendering them temporarily inoperable.
RF Safe-Stop works differently on different vehicles although the principle of coupling electromagnetic waves into the target’s wiring looms remain the same.
‘At the weight of frequencies we’re taking about - L and S-Band - the wiring loom of, say a metre…is almost the perfect aerial,’ said Wood.
The electromagnetic blast travels through the wiring loom as a series of pulses, arriving at the vehicle’s engine management system or immobiliser to halt it.
‘Basically the ECU (engine control unit) or immobiliser…once affected, will try and reset. As long as you keep it ‘confused’ the engine won’t restart.’
The RF generator is driven by a solid state modulator designed and built at Chelmsford-based e2v and Wood explained that a UPS unit has been added to systems designed for use on vehicles.
‘What we’re assuming at the moment is if, for instance, you had a fully charged set of batteries you’d get about two hours of operation, use about a 10 per cent RF energy burst from it …So [with] two hours stand-by, you get 12 minutes of RF operation,’ he said.
‘If you’ve got it on a vehicle, or a boat…you could be trickle charging that all the time. Unless you exceed the 10 per cent duty cycle with something like a 100A (amp) alternator at 24V you should…not run out of power.’
Operators of RF Safe-Stop won’t need specialist training as e2v is aiming for a system that that allows the user to do nothing more complicated than push a red button when the target is in range.
‘So long as he’s got a green light on his display he knows he can push the red button and typically, in one operation, get a five second burst,’ said Wood. ‘Normally, the effect happens in three seconds. You should be pretty certain that with one shot you’re going stop whatever engine it is you’re trying to stop. Then you repeat as and when - if you see the person in the vehicle is trying to restart it you just give it another shot and demobilise the vehicle again.’
The company recently demonstrated RF Safe-Stop at DSEi and Wood said the technology has stimulated interest from 17 nations and five UK government bodies.
Wood believes orders for the system will be taken in the coming weeks, adding that e2v’s dedicated applications team can tailor RF Safe-Stop according to requirements.
http://www.theengineer.co.uk/military-and-defence/news/radio-beam-device-can-disable-car-and-boat-engines-from-50m/1017308.article

David Guyatt
10-19-2013, 08:53 AM
If memory serves, this sort of technology has been around for a very long time. Indeed, think of all those UFO sightings (http://ufodigest.com/article/did-invisible-ufo-cause-car-stall) where car engines cut out and their electrical systems failed.

Magda Hassan
10-19-2013, 08:57 AM
If memory serves, this sort of technology has been around for a very long time. Indeed, think of all those UFO sightings (http://ufodigest.com/article/did-invisible-ufo-cause-car-stall) where car engines cut out and their electrical systems failed.
Yes, if indeed they were actual UFOs or some other technology. And there are so many more ways to do it now with the various computerised components.

David Guyatt
10-19-2013, 09:16 AM
If memory serves, this sort of technology has been around for a very long time. Indeed, think of all those UFO sightings (http://ufodigest.com/article/did-invisible-ufo-cause-car-stall) where car engines cut out and their electrical systems failed.
Yes, if indeed they were actual UFOs or some other technology. And there are so many more ways to do it now with the various computerised components.

Aye, I agree entirely.

UFO's are, or were, based on advanced Nazi era weapons, as described in Nick Cook's book The Hunt for Zero Point - technology captured or otherwise acquired by the US after WWII. They've had almost 70 years to mess around with this stuff, including HIRF guns (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories) that are though to be able to remotely bring down aircraft - let alone cars.


Electromagnetic interference[edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theorie s&action=edit&section=8)]On April 9, 1998, Elaine Scarry's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Scarry) article in The New York Review of Books (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Review_of_Books), titled "The Fall of TWA 800: The Possibility of Electromagnetic Interference", was published. Scarry, a professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_University), proposed that electromagnetic interference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_interference), also referred to as "High Intensity Radiated Fields" (HIRF) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIRF), could have been the cause of the TWA 800 crash, specifically energy emitted from a U.S. military craft.[33] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-33) Later that year, The New York Review of Books published a series of letters between Scarry and NTSB Chairman James Hall discussing the possibility of HIRF being causal to the accident, and what steps the NTSB was taking in its investigation to determine if it was a factor.[34] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-34)[35] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-35)
After the adoption of the Final Report, Scarry published another article in the New York Review of Books titled "TWA 800 and Electromagnetic Interference: Work Already Completed and Work that Still Needs to be Done".[36] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-scarry4-36) While praising the initial research done by the NTSB into HIRFs, she also stated that much more additional research was needed.[36] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-scarry4-36)Scarry criticized what she felt was a bias in the investigation to the "meticulous" detailing of events inside the airplane, while not fully exploring the electromagnetic environment outside the airplane.[36] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-scarry4-36) Scarry focused on a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-3_Orion) close to TWA 800 as being a possible source of electromagnetic interference and cause of the CWT explosion on TWA 800.[36] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-scarry4-36)
Scarry has since written about Swissair 111 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_111) and Egypt Air 990 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt_Air_990) crashes in connection with electromagnetic radiation.[37] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-37)[38] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_alternative_theories#cite_note-38)

Magda Hassan
06-03-2014, 11:37 PM
Why Was the FBI Investigating Michael Hastings’ Reporting on Bowe Bergdahl?

By Alice Speri (https://news.vice.com/contributor/alice-speri)
June 4, 2014 | 6:40 am Three years into the disappearance of Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, Michael Hastings — the journalist whose reporting cost General Stanley McChrystal his job — wrote a Rolling Stone story (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607) on the missing soldier, a piece which the magazine called “the definitive first account of Bowe Bergdahl.”
Hastings, who died in a car accident in Los Angeles in June 2013, had unparalleled access for that story.
Last POW in Afghanistan has been freed. Read more here. (https://news.vice.com/article/last-pow-in-afghanistan-has-been-freed)

He spoke to Bergdahl’s parents, who had by that time stopped talking to the press, following “subtle pressure” from the army, and he quoted from emails the young soldier had sent to them, documenting his growing disillusion with the war and the US military.
Hastings also spoke to several unnamed men in Bergdahl’s unit — soldiers who, we now know, had to sign a strict nondisclosure agreement forbidding them from discussing the soldier’s disappearance and search with anyone — let alone one of the top investigative journalists in the country.

'Michael and Matt both worked really, really hard on that story, and I know for a fact that they did it in a way that completely angered the US military and the US government.'But most controversially, Hastings’ piece revealed what has been the subject of much debate and vitriol over the last few days: That a disillusioned Bergdahl had actually abandoned his post and “walked away.”
At the time of the story’s publication, the media had all but forgotten about Bergdahl — who was released on Saturday after five years in the hands of the Taliban, in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners. And, with the exception of some initial chatter, Hastings’ piece, which paints a deeply unflattering picture of Bergdahl’s unit and its leadership, hardly had the impact of some of his other investigations.
But someone did pay attention to it: the FBI.
That, at least, is what was revealed in a heavily redacted document (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1175775-updated-hastings-fbi-matt-farwell-unredacted.html) released by the agency following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request — filed on the day of Hastings’ death — by investigative journalist Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, an MIT doctoral student whom the Justice Department once called the “most prolific” requester of FOIA documents.
‘Superhero’ suing feds over Nelson Mandela’s 1962 arrest records. Read more here. (https://news.vice.com/article/superhero-suing-feds-over-nelson-mandelas-1962-arrest-records)
The document, partially un-redacted after Leopold and Shapiro engaged in a lengthy legal battle with the FBI for failing to fulfill its FOIA obligations, singles out Hastings’ Rolling Stone piece — “America’s Last Prisoner of War” — as “controversial reporting.” It names Hastings and Matthew Farwell, a former soldier in Afghanistan and a contributing reporter to Hastings’ piece.

'If this deployment is lame, I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.'The document also included an Associated Press report based on the Rolling Stone piece, and what it identifies as a “blog entry” penned by Gary Farwell, Matthew’s father — which actually appears to be a comment entry on the Idaho Statesman’s website.
“The article reveals private email excerpts, from [redacted] to his parents. The excerpts include quotes about being ‘ashamed to even be American,’ and threats that, ‘If this deployment is lame, I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan,’” the FBI file reads. “The Rolling Stone article ignited a media frenzy, speculating about the circumstances of [redacted] capture, and whether US resources and effort should continue to be expended for his recovery.”

'I’m happy the FBI is reading Rolling Stone on the job.'The FBI file — as well as a Department of Justice document (https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1175672/government-response-hastings-foia-lawsuit-may-5.pdf) released in response to Leopold and Shapiro’s lawsuit — suggests that Hastings and Farwell’s reporting got swept up into an “international terrorist investigation” into Bergdahl’s disappearance.
A spokesperson for the FBI told VICE News that the agency does not normally comment on pending investigations and that it lets FOIA documents “speak for themselves.” The investigation was still pending as of last month, Leopold said.
According to the files — and a rare public statement (http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/michael-hastings-fbi-denies-investigation-93165.html) by the FBI following Hastings’ death — Hastings was never directly under investigation by the agency, despite having pissed off a lot of people in very high places.
White House defends prisoner swap to free American POW. Read more here. (https://news.vice.com/article/white-house-defends-prisoner-swap-to-free-american-pow)
But it is not exactly clear why Hastings and Farwell’s “controversial” reporting made it into a criminal investigation that was already active before they even wrote the Rolling Stone story.

'The FBI says Hastings was not a target of their investigation but his reporting was. How do you investigate someone's reporting without investigating them?'“Michael and Matt both worked really, really hard on that story, and I know for a fact that they did it in a way that completely angered the US military and the US government, and while other reporters were steering away from it, they were totally on it,” Leopold told VICE News. “The FBI was investigating this, whether they were investigating Michael or investigating the story, and there was a lot of fear around it, because they characterized the story as ‘controversial’ — whatever that means.”
“Then the question became, why was the FBI looking at this, what were they looking at?” Leopold added. “The FBI says Hastings was not a target of their investigation but his reporting was. How do you investigate someone's reporting without investigating them?"
Farwell declined to discuss the details of the file, but told VICE News, “I’m happy the FBI is reading Rolling Stone on the job.”
He had not known that his name, and his father's, showed up in the FBI's files until Leopold pointed it out to him. Leopold told VICE News: "When I showed Matt these files he was like, oh my god, this is basically outlining my conversations."
Entire paragraphs in the FBI documents remain redacted — leaving many questions about the scope of the investigation into the journalists’ work. But the un-redacted sections about Farwell characterize him as a 10th Mountain infantryman, who helped broker a meeting between Hastings and — presumably — some of the sources for the Rolling Stone story.

Now that Bergdahl is free, the lid on Pandora’s box has been lifted.In his comment on the Idaho Statesman's site, also picked up in the FBI file, Farwell Senior comes to Bergdahl's defense after the Rolling Stone article sparked backlash against the soldier, of a similar sort that we are seeing today (http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/01/us/bergdahl-deserter-or-hero/). He also credits his son for brokering Hastings’ meeting with the Bergdahls.
“I’m going to excuse that young kid for his choice of words, but I’m not going to excuse the leadership of his outfit, nor the misguided policies of our government in Afghanistan and elsewhere which have put our young people in harms way without a clear vision of what they are doing,” Farwell, himself a retired Air Force officer, wrote then. “It’s my hope this Rolling Stone article helps the Bergdahl’s get their son back and helps expose some misguided policies and conduct far above the pay grade of this young disillusioned soldier.”
Now that Bergdahl is free, the lid on Pandora’s box has been lifted.
“For five years, soldiers have been forced to stay silent about the disappearance and search for Bergdahl. Now we can talk about what really happened,” Nathan Bradley Bethea, who served in Bergdahl’s battalion, wrote in the Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/02/we-lost-soldiers-in-the-hunt-for-bergdahl-a-guy-who-walked-off-in-the-dead-of-night.html) on Monday. “I served in the same battalion in Afghanistan and participated in the attempts to retrieve him throughout the summer of 2009. After we redeployed, every member of my brigade combat team received an order that we were not allowed to discuss what happened to Bergdahl for fear of endangering him. He is safe, and now it is time to speak the truth.”
"Bergdahl was a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down," Bethea stated.
Soldiers forced to silence for years have now taken their accounts — and anger — about the missing soldier’s ordeal to social media (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Apache-Company-1st-Battalion-501st-Infantry-Regiment-ABN/180978901944751) and the press. Republican strategists eager to turn Bergdahl into the next Benghazi have also jumped on the opportunity to offer critics of the young “deserter” up for interviews, as the New York Times noted today (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/us/us-soldier-srgt-bowe-bergdahl-of-idaho-pow-vanished-angered-his-unit.html).

'As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts.'In the last few days, Bergdahl has been blamed with the deaths of “every American soldier killed in Paktika Province in the four-month period that followed his disappearance,” according to the Times — charges that the Pentagon dismissed as unsubstantiated. Today it was reported (https://twitter.com/RichardEngel/status/473813712554307584) that the army will launch an inquiry into the circumstances of Bergdahl's disappearance and his personal conduct.
"The questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity," General Martin E. Dempsey said in a Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/GENDempsey/posts/696415437091967) today. "As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts. Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty. Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred."
The Gitmo prisoner exchange puts deals above grim justice. Read more. (https://news.vice.com/article/the-gitmo-prisoner-exchange-puts-deals-above-grim-justice)
A US Army investigation into Bergdahl's own conduct might appease or inflame his critics. But even before Bergdahl’s release, some soldiers were eager to talk.
And while there is no suggestion — in the un-redacted bits of the FBI file on Hastings — that the agency was after any soldier who had taken his frustrations to the press, the fact that the FBI was looking into the reporters’ sources and methods raises at least the question.
Now, everyone wants to talk about it. But Hastings’ ever “controversial” reporting got to it first.
https://news.vice.com/article/why-was-the-fbi-investigating-michael-hastings-reporting-on-bowe-bergdahl

Drew Phipps
06-04-2014, 01:53 AM
If the car was hacked, or disabled by some beam weapon, and that caused his death, why would it be necessary to cremate his body to remove evidence? Seems to me you'd want the drugs, and the trauma wounds, to be independently verifiable by some second source. You would only include "cremation of the body" (above and beyond the cremation at the crash site) in your plan in order to hide the cause of, or the time of, death. Or perhaps the exact nature of the trace amphetamines in his system. But if you've gone to the trouble of poisoning him in some subtle way, why blow up his car?

There is another bothersome aspect. The witness that saw sparks coming out from underneath the car implies that the engine or the transmission got loose before the crash. If the engine and transmission had been left behind, there would really be no way for a hacker to cause the car to hit a tree. Further, I doubt that hacking a car's software, or using an EM beam, imparts the option to 'eject" the car's engine or transmission. There must be more than one thing happening here to account for all these events.

Peter Lemkin
06-04-2014, 03:33 AM
I wouldn't put it past the US Military to now put Bergdahl on trial [for desertion et al.] after five years imprisonment. Interesting that Hastings and Bergdahl's lives crossed. ::blink::
As far as the sparks under the car, short of a large explosion, nothing is going to loosen the engine/transmission - it could be some small piece of metal rubbing the road and making sparks or it could be part of the device[s] used to control the car to make it uncontrollable. [i.e. thermite on the brakes or other systems]

Peter Lemkin
06-04-2014, 08:55 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jstaBeXgAs

In this episode of Phreaked Out, we met some of the top security researchers at the center of the car-hacking world. Their goal isn't to make people crash: They highlight security holes to illustrate flaws in car technology, intended to pressure auto manufacturers to be a few steps ahead of their friendly foes.

Information security researcher Mathew Solnik gave us a first-hand demonstration on how to wirelessly send commands to a car and remotely tell it what to do. With a little over a grand and about a month of work, Solnik found time outside of his full-time job to reverse-engineer a car's computer system to make it ready for a takeover.

From his laptop, he was able to manipulate the car's engine, brakes, and security systems by wirelessly tapping into the Controller Area Network, or CAN bus network. Without getting too deep into the details—both for legal reasons and due to my own training-wheel knowledge of such things—he was able to do this by implementing some off-the-shelf chips, a third-party telematic control unit, a GSM-powered wireless transmitter/receiver setup, and a significant amount of know-how he's accrued over the years.

The reason for such additional hardware was to make our older, mid-size sedan function like a newer—and arguably more vulnerable—stock vehicle, which these days often come with data connections. (We would have loved to tinker with the latest, most connected car on the market, but since we were on a shoestring budget and it's incredibly hard to find a friend who's willing to lend their car for a hacking experiment, our pickings were slim.)

With that said, a car whose network system is connected to a cloud server and accessible by Bluetooth, cell networks, or Wi-Fi is potentially vulnerable to intrusion.

Keith Millea
06-04-2014, 02:59 PM
I wouldn't put it past the US Military to now put Bergdahl on trial [for desertion et al.] after five years imprisonment.

This is a big problem Peter.As much as I think Bergdahl is a good person he did desert his post in a wartime situation.This is bad.And,to make things even worse,fellow soldiers were killed while trying to locate him.This is bad.

The military has every right to court martial Bergdahl.That's the way it is.......

Albert Doyle
06-04-2014, 03:53 PM
Of course the government will not accept that Bergdahl wandered away from his post because it sank in to him all too clearly that he was fighting for a criminal government that sent him over there on WMD war crimes and set-up the whole deployment by killing 3000 Americans with a false flag attack on 9/11 that was pre-emptively designed to put him over there. Or Bergdahl was on an intelligence op like Oswald.

Another person who got screwed with that military bullshit was John Walker Lindh who was given 20 years for fighting with the Taliban even though he was clearly a Patty Hearst-type Stockholm Syndrome victim who posed no threat to the US. Those cowards who lied to the American public about 9/11 needed Lindh as a scapegoat.

Kenneth Kapel
06-04-2014, 04:13 PM
The Bergdahl affair shows the rightwing at his its most hateful and the medias coverage of this is, IMHO, at an all time low, save the JFK-RFK-MLK assassinations. OMG how did I forget the mainstrean media's coverage of 9-1-1, the events leading to the Afgan/Irag wars, the Wall Street bailout, The Gulf of Tonkin, et, al. OMG one might think that the media is controlled. Why everyone knows thats "conspiracy theory" hogwash.

Peter Lemkin
06-04-2014, 04:34 PM
I wouldn't put it past the US Military to now put Bergdahl on trial [for desertion et al.] after five years imprisonment.

This is a big problem Peter.As much as I think Bergdahl is a good person he did desert his post in a wartime situation.This is bad.And,to make things even worse,fellow soldiers were killed while trying to locate him.This is bad.

The military has every right to court martial Bergdahl.That's the way it is.......

I thin there are more things to consider [or not yet judge him on].....apparently most of the people killed in his unit were NOT out looking for him at the time....and we do NOT know what his state of mind was...he MAY had TECHNICALLY 'deserted' his post...but he may also have gone insane from combat stress et al. We do NOT know.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: The Taliban has released a video reportedly showing the handover of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. special operations forces five years after he was taken captive. In the video, a clean-shaven Bergdahl is shown sitting in a pickup truck prior to his release. One of the men tells him "don’t come back to Afghanistan. Next time we catch you, you won’t leave here alive." He is then brought out of the truck as a Blackhawk helicopter lands in a nearby open field. Two of the men, one waving a white flag, lead Bergdahl to meet three men and what appear to be civilian close. The men pat him down and flash a thumbs-up, then lead them into the helicopter where U.S. soldiers appear to be waiting. Seconds later, the helicopter lifts off. Bergdahl was released over the weekend in exchange for five high-ranking Taliban militants who had been held at Guantánamo Bay. The White House has apologized to keep lawmakers for not notifying them of the prisoner swap in advance. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Senator Dianne Feinstein said she received a call Monday night.

SEN. DIANE FEINSTEIN: Unless something catastrophic happened, I think there was no reason to believe that he was instant danger. There certainly was time to pick up the phone and call and say, I know you all had concerns about this. We consulted in the past, we want you to know we have renewed these negotiations. It would give us an opportunity to ask questions and hopefully obtain answers. Now, that was not there, so therefore, we are hit with a certain set of circumstances, intelligence that we knew, policies that we knew, that were changed and a law that was essentially disregarded.

REPORTER: Senator Reid said he found out about this on Friday, though, and Speaker Boehner didn’t find out ’til Saturday. Does it at all concern you about the optics of that, that Senator Reid found out ahead of time?

SEN. DIANE FEINSTEIN: I’m not going to get into that.

REPORTER: Have you had an apology from the White House for how this was handled,and — ?

SEN. DIANE FEINSTEIN: Yes, I did have a call last night from the White House. And they apologi — he apologized.

REPORTER: Are they acknowledging the law was broken in that apology?

SEN. DIANE FEINSTEIN: No, I didn’t ask for that. I mean, it was obvious — it’s obvious.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner has endorsed a call for congressional hearings to look into the administration’s handling of the prisoner swap. Senator John McCain also criticized the deal that led to Bergdahl’s release.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: This decision to bring Sergeant Bergdahl home, and we applaud that he is home, is ill founded. It is a mistake and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk, and to me, and that to me is unacceptable to the American people. These people have dedicated their lives to destroying us. These people have dedicated their very existence. Why do you think when the judgment was made that if they released them, it would cause great risk to the United States of America?
NERMEEN SHAIKH: During a news conference Tuesday in Poland, President Obama responded to the brewing controversy.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Let me just make a very simple point here, and that is, regardless of the circumstances, whatever the circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that. And that is what every mom and dad who sees a son or daughter sent over into war theater should expect from not just their commander-in-chief, but the United States of America.
AMY GOODMAN: All of this comes as Army officials now say they will pursue an investigation into whether Bowe Bergdahl should still be disciplined if they find evidence of misconduct, such as desertion. Several of the men who served with Bergdahl have taken to the media to call him a deserter. Some have also blamed him for the deaths of six to eight soldiers who went out looking for him, they say. But The New York Times reports that a review of casualty reports and military logs suggests the facts surrounding the deaths are far from definitive. Two of the soldiers who died during the most intense period of the search after Bergdahl disappeared June 30, were inside an outpost that came under attack and not on patrol looking for him. The other six soldiers died in late August and early September. For more we’re joined by two guests, in Oklahoma City, James Branum is a lawyer who specializes in representing military deserters and conscientious objectors. He’s also legal director for the Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Action and author of, "U.S. Army AWOL Defense: A Practical Guide." In London, England, we’re joined by Charles Glass, a historian and former ABC news chief correspondent. His book, "Deserter: a Hidden History of the Second World War." In it he tells the stories of three men whose lives dramatize how the strain of war can push a soldier to the breaking point. They are among some 50,000 American soldiers who deserted in the European theater during World War II. We welcome you both to Democracy Now! James Branum, let’s begin with you. Your response to the controversy that is growing around the release of Bowe Bergdahl?
JAMES BRANUM: The most important thing we have to remember is that we do not know the facts. Yesterday in The New York Times, the headline was, the facts are murky. We really do not know, and this is really a key thing here. If the allegations are true, even then we have to say that what happened is the result of war itself. This is not uncommon, this is not unexpected. War is messy. Things get crazy. In this case, what has been alleged is that Sergeant Bergdahl was struggling with issues of conscience, that there were major concerns that he had. When people are under the strain of conscience, a feeling like they’re violating what they believe, they do things that may not be logical. If the allegation is correct that he left the post, this is not something you do unless you believe you have no other choice but to violate your conscience. It was effectively was a suicidal kind of act. In this case, though, he believed — it seems like that, if true, it was a matter of either violate my conscience and stay or potentially suffer my own loss of life. It is unfortunate he did not know the full range of options yet under the law. But, one of the problems is the military does not inform soldiers of their rights under the law to seek a discharge on the grounds of conscience or to seek other ways of relief. I think we have to look at the full context here. Fundamentally, we really don’t know the facts yet.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: James Branum, could you elaborate on that? What are some of the options available to soldiers who are struggling with their conscience in conditions of war? What could he have done, Bergdahl, had he known what his options were?
JAMES BRANUM: U.S. Military regulations allow for a service member who is currently a member of the military to file an application for conscientious objector status. In that application, they must explain in detail in an essay format what they believe about war. And they must show a few things. First of all they must show that their beliefs are sincere, that they’re not motivated by cowardice or expediency but they are based upon their conscience. Second, they have to show that their beliefs are based on the the religious grounds or deep conscientious grounds. In other words, that they are stemming from the core of their being. Third, they must show that they are opposed to all wars. You can’t pick and choose which one you’re opposed to. You can’t say, I only support just wars, that’s not good enough. You have to be opposed to all war. And then finally, you have to show that your beliefs changed sometime after you listed. The reason for this is if you enlisted and had these beliefs, then you would have fraudulently enlisted. Because they ask you about this, at least in theory, when you enlist. But after the time of enlistment, our military recognizes the fact that a person’s life can change. It could be religious conversion, it could be a dramatic experience. Many things happen in a service member’s lives. And when those things happen, if they reach a point that the service member can no longer serve without violating their conscience, that they can apply for this status. The challenges is here is once they make the application there is a complicated and long process; interviews from a psychiatrist, interviews by a chaplain, and then in a hearing before an independent hearing officer and then it goes up the chain of command all the way up to branch level where final decision is made. It is not an easy process. It is a grueling, grueling process. That said, the process is there. The problem is, most service members do not know they have this right under the law. There’s no obligation for the military to — for commanders to inform service members of this right. Therefore, a right that you don’t know about effectively doesn’t exist. This is the logic of the miranda decision and the Supreme Court said that the typical criminal defendant may not know they have the right to not talk to the police. In the same situation here a service member may not know they have the right to apply for this status unless this is told to them. Unfortunately that is not the case, and I think there is a very high likelihood that Sergeant Bergdahl may have struggled with issues of conscience, but did not know this process was there.
AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to go back to 2012 to the late reporter Michael Hastings who was writing for Rolling Stone about Bowe Bergdahl. He spoke on the TV network Russia Today about Bergdahl’s case..

MICHAEL HASTINGS: As to what drove Bowe Bergdahl to leave, first you have to look at, he was a 23-year-old kid who joined the Army and he expected that he was going to go over to Afghanistan and help people and be involved in this nation-building and essentially humanitarian activity. What he found when he got there was completely different. He thought he had been sold a lie. He thought that he was not being treated with respect by the superior officers. There was a serious command problem within his unit within Afghanistan. There was a serious break in command. One officer died and another got fired, three of the people he respected were kicked out. And so, that created this sort of perfect storm. You have this sort of disillusionment happening, plus all of these sort of horrible things he’s seeing with war that drove him to the decision to leave.

Drew Phipps
06-04-2014, 04:49 PM
Wandering away from your post in a combat situation without authorization is "going AWOL," regardless of your motivation. He's clearly guilty of that, and can be court-martialed for that offense. I know guys at Fort Hood who were court martialed as AWOL for being 15 minutes late to roll call.

Desertion is a different offense and it "presumed" after 30 days of being AWOL. In Bergdahl's case he was captured within 24 hours and not free to return to duty. Because the Army knew that fact early on, they did not "administratively" classify him as a deserter. Getting "administratively" classified as a deserter doesn't have any legal effect on a court martial case; after 30 days of AWOL, it would be Bergdahl's burden in court to prove that he didn't intend to defect. (Have to do some research to see if the burden shifts to Bergdahl if his absence becomes involuntary.)

It seems to me that, when he left, he did not intend to return to his post (which completes the offense of desertion, even if he subsequently thought better of it), though from listening to friends and family talk about him, and his communications, it doesn't seem that his actions were intended to provide any sort of advantage or assistance to the Taliban.

I would hope that the Army would take into account that he's already been deprived of his freedom for five years when assessing a punishment.

Keith Millea
06-04-2014, 04:56 PM
He would have done better to just chop off his trigger finger.....seriously!

Peter Lemkin
06-04-2014, 05:58 PM
NERMEEN SHAIKH: As we continue to look at Bowe Bergdahl’s case and the issue of military deserters, we are joined in London by Charles Glass. He is a historian and former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent. His book, "The Deserters: A Hidden History of the Second World War," was published last year. Charles Glass, welcome to Democracy Now! Could you tell us how you have responded to the news of Bowe Bergdahl’s release given your research on military desertions in the Second World War?
CHARLES GLASS: Like most people, I was glad to see any serviceman who has been held hostage released. His experience is not unlike that of some of the deserters that I wrote about in my book. I remember one, John Bain, a British servicemen who witnessed something very horrible in North Africa which was he saw members of his own unit, The Gordon Highlanders, looting the bodies of their fallen comrades on the battlefield. And this sent him into such a psychological state of mind that he simply wandered away through the desert in what he called a fugue, a flight from reality. It reminds me somewhat of what then Private Bergdahl might have felt that night when he was on sentry duty, when he wandered off without a weapon into the unknown. It sounds like a similar sort of fugue to John Bain’s where he did not really know where he was going or what he was doing.
AMY GOODMAN: Before we talk more about Bergdahl, can you talk about your own experience, Charles Glass, having been taken hostage yourself?
CHARLES GLASS: Well, I was taken by Hezbollah in Lebanon in the 1980’s at a time when America and Europeans in Beirut, Lebanon were fair game. As you may remember, just before my kidnapping, at the beginning of 1987, it had all come out that the Reagan Administration was exchanging weapons which it sent to Iran in exchange for hostages which the Iranians would order the Hezbollah to release. The Republicans who are criticizing Obama now might recall the Iran-Contra affair and the precedent set about exchanging weapons for hostages now is changing prisoners of war for prisoners of war.
AMY GOODMAN: There has been a lot of coverage over the last few days of fellow soldiers on television talking about their anger at Bowe Bergdahl for what they call deserting. But in terms of the political views of the soldiers who were with Bowe Bergdahl at the time, yesterday on Democracy Now!, we had a fascinating discussion with The Guardian reporter, photographer Sean Smith who actually embedded with the unit in 2009, a month before Bowe Bergdahl left the base. He embedded with Bergdahl’s unit in Afghanistan. In this clip, we hear from some of the soldiers who were together with Bergdahl.
SOLDIER ONE: These people just want to be left alone.


SOLDIER TWO: They got dicked with from the Russians for 17 years and then now we’re here.


SOLDIER ONE: Same thing in Iraq when I was there. These people just want to be left alone. Have their crops, weddings, stuff like that, that’s it man.


SOLDIER TWO: I’m glad they leave them alone.


SEAN SMITH: A few weeks later, Bowe Bergdahl, pictured in this photo, disappeared. The circumstances are unclear.

AMY GOODMAN: That is from the 2009 video for The Guardian produced by Sean Smith, the film maker. Michael Hastings wrote about that video in 2012 report for Rolling Stone, again noting the footage shows soldiers "breaking even the most basic rules of combat like wearing baseball caps on patrol instead of helmets." But very critical of what they were doing in Afghanistan. So, certainly, if the reports are accurate and the e-mail is accurate that he sent his parents, Bowe Bergdahl was not alone in his disillusionment, Charles Glass.
CHARLES GLASS: Well, we know from many soldiers who came back from Vietnam, many who came back from Iraq and many who’ve come back from Afghanistan that they all disapprove of what the country was doing in those countries. That they were invaders, occupiers who were telling their soldiers that they were there as liberators and people helping to build a country, and they discovered that it was completely different from what they thought. I’m not surprised to hear those voices from the men in Bergdahl’s unit, because they went through what he went through, which is that terrible disillusionment. In my own research in the Second World War, the front-line soldiers and almost all of the deserters in the Second World War were from the front lines, that very small minority of men who actually were in combat in the Second World War. None of their comrades on the front lines ever turned them in because many of them had felt that same impulse themselves. They were under such pressure. It was one of the considerations that they had that they might just run away one day. It was the rear echelon soldiers, those who never saw combat who would in the event turn those deserters in to be court-martialed. Men at the front lines go through all kinds of emotions, conflicting emotions, and sometimes they have such trauma and such stress that they crack. They inflict wounds on themselves to get out of battle, they runaway. The men who are beside them understand it better than those who were in the offices and in the rear echelons.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: And Charles Glass, in your research, you found that the leadership of a battalion plays a significant role in the number of desertions from a particular battalion. Could you elaborate on the significance of that?
CHARLES GLASS: Well, in — for example, in the 36th Infantry Division in the Second World War, fighting in the high voge [sp], the desertion rates were out of all proportion to other divisions fighting similar battles. In part it was because the officers themselves had had such little time to train and they weren’t effective leaders. In another unit, for example, Audie Murphy, who was the most highly decorated of all the American serviceman who served in World War II, he worked his way up through the ranks from private to captain, and he was leading his company. He describes when one of his men broke down and had clear battlefield trauma and couldn’t fight anymore. Instead of sending him for court-martial as some of the commanders in the 36 Division did, he’ sent him for medical psychiatric treatment. At all frontline medical facilities there were psychiatrists. Because about 25% of all wounds in the Second World War were psychological and not physical.
AMY GOODMAN: Charles Glass, you write that thousands of American soldiers were convicted of desertion during the war. I mean, the numbers are astounding just of deserters. 50,000 Americans, 100,000 British soldiers during World War II. But 49 were sentenced to death. Most were given years of hard labor. One soldier was actually executed, a U.S. Army private from Detroit named Eddie Slovik. She was killed by firing squad January 31, 1945, making him the American soldier, the only — the first American soldier to be court-martialed and executed for desertion since the American Civil War. Talk about him and the number of people who deserted and then who was actually punished.
CHARLES GLASS: Well, Eddie Slovik never actually fought. He arrived in France well after D-Day and was sent as an infantry replacement to a unit where he did not know anyone and would not know anyone. As soon as he arrived near the front lines he came under a severe shelling. He was deeply shocked by it. He was shaken. He probably should have been sent immediately for medical treatment and might have been able to serve after that. But, in the event was so frightened, he told his officers that he couldn’t fight, indeed, wouldn’t fight, he wasn’t capable of it. They then were forced to court-martial him. The timing — he was convicted. He was convicted and sentenced to death. As many as 48 others were. But when he launched his appeal, the timing couldn’t have been worse because the German counter offense known as the Battle of the Bulge had begun and the military did not want to be seen to be condoning desertion, so they carried out his execution. But in this strange kind of military logic, they said they wanted to make an example of him but they kept the execution secret. It wasn’t really known until 1948 when William Bradford Huey wrote his first article about Eddie Slovik, in which he didn’t even name him, that a soldier had been executed for desertion. No one knew about it. So, it wasn’t really much of an example. And by the time he was shot, the Battle of the Bulge was ending in any case.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: And what happened to the remaining 48? I mean it’s an extraordinary thing. Slovik was the first deserter to be executed since the American Civil War.
CHARLES GLASS: First and last for desertion. Many soldiers were executed during the Second World War for rape, murder, and other civilian crimes, but Slovik was the only one executed for desertion. He said — by his own admission, he said he was a victim of very bad luck and that if he hadn’t been and ex-con — he was an ex-con, he’d been a petty criminal before he went into the Army — he might not have been executed. He was right. He was very, very unlucky.
AMY GOODMAN: Charles Glass, how many of those that you looked at who deserted, deserted for conscientious reasons, because of their concerns about war, and what was the response of society afterwards?
CHARLES GLASS: Well, in World War II, it wasn’t the same as in Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan. The soldiers who deserted weren’t conscientiously opposed to fighting Imperial Japan or Nazi Germany, they simply had severe battlefield trauma and they wandered away from the battlefield because they just couldn’t take it anymore — psychologically were incapable of taking any more. It was there only mechanism for survival. Many of them, when they reported back were given medical treatment and went back to the front lines. Many were court-martialed. It was on was arbitrary which it would be depending on the superior officer who made the decision. I came across almost no cases of people who were opposed to the war in principle. Those who were opposed to the war in principle were conscientious objector who didn’t serve in the military in any case, so that it wasn’t the same issue as it would be in the post-World War II wars that America fought.
AMY GOODMAN: Your final reflections, Charles Glass, having written this book and now seeing this story play out of the release of Bowe Bergdahl after five years being held by the Taliban, clearly before he left his base expressing antiwar views?
CHARLES GLASS: Well, I think it’s a call for compassion. We have to understand what he was going through. What a young person at the front line, having believed in his country’s mission in Afghanistan discovering it was not at all what he was told it was, that saw himself as part of a mechanism of oppression, of killing people, of going into villages and when trying to take out enemy combatants was killing families. What that does to a young man — I think we have to wait and see what he says when he leaves Germany and he’s finally allowed to speak publicly. And I hope we will understand what he went through and have some compassion for him and for his family. And it’s not really an issue of how patriotic he was. He was clearly patriotic enough to join the Army in the first place. He certainly believed in his country enough to do that. But in a way, his country let him down.

Peter Lemkin
06-05-2014, 07:09 AM
I wouldn't trust DARPA with a 1 lightyear pole, but here they admit some frightening truths...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zurrQiETDHA

Peter Lemkin
06-06-2014, 07:14 PM
As the controversy over the prisoner swap grows, new information has emerged about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s time in Afghanistan. On Thursday, administration officials said Bergdahl’s life could have been in danger if details of the prisoner swap had been leaked. While some in the media have speculated that Bergdahl became sympathetic to his captors, new reports reveal Bergdahl actually escaped from his captors on at least two occasions, once in the fall of 2011 and again sometime in 2012. In another development, the New York Times reveals a classified military report concluded Bergdahl most likely walked away from his Army outpost in June 2009 on his own free will, but it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that he intended to permanently desert. The report also revealed that Bergdahl had wandered away from assigned areas while in the Army at least twice before prior to the day he was captured, including once in Afghanistan. We speak to Matthew Farwell, a journalist and veteran of the Afghan war who has been following the Bergdahl story for years. He helped the late Michael Hastings write his 2012 Rolling Stone article, "America’s Last Prisoner of War." Farwell came to know Bergdahl’s parents after they attended the funeral of his brother who served and died in Afghanistan.


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JUAN GONZÁLEZ: President Barack Obama said Thursday he would make "no apologies" for agreeing to a prisoner swap to free Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Guantánamo detainees.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington. Right? That is par for the course. But I will repeat what I said two days ago. We have a basic principle. We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind. We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated, and we were deeply concerned about it. And we saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The rescue of Bergdahl has touched off a political firestorm. On Thursday, administration officials said Bergdahl’s life could have been in danger if details of the prisoner swap had been leaked. Bergdahl had been held captive by the Haqqani network for five years. While some in the media have speculated that Bergdahl became sympathetic to his captors, new reports reveal Bergdahl actually escaped from his captors on at least two occasions. Once in the fall of 2011 and again sometime in 2012. According to The Daily Beast, in his first escape, Afghan sources said he avoided capture for three days and two nights before searchers finally found him. Exhausted and hiding in a shallow trench, he had dug with his own hands and covered with leaves.
AMY GOODMAN: In another development The New York Times reveals a classified military report concluded Bowe Bergdahl most likely walked away from his army outpost in June 2009 of his own free will, but it stopped short of concluding their is solid evidence he intended to permanently desert. The report also revealed Bergdahl had wandered away from assigned areas while in the Army at least twice before prior to the day he was captured, including once in Afghanistan. Well, we’re joined right now by Matthew Farwell, he’s a journalist and veteran of the Afghan War who has been following the Bergdahl story for years. He helped the late reporter Michael Hastings write his 2012 Rolling Stone piece headlined, "America’s Last Prisoner of War" (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607). Matthew Farwell came to know Bergdahl’s parents after they attended the funeral of his brother, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and died in an accident in Germany. Matthew Farwell, thank you so much for joining us.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Thank you for having me.
AMY GOODMAN: So why don’t you talk about how you met Bowe Bergdahl’s parents, Bob and Jani.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, I didn’t really need them. I was up giving the eulogy for my brother and looked back in the back of the church and saw two people that I thought I recognized, and it was Bob and Jani Bergdahl.
AMY GOODMAN: Because you are from Idaho.
MATTHEW FARWELL: My parents are from Idaho, and I had been following the news so closely.
AMY GOODMAN: What year was this?
MATTHEW FARWELL: This was 2010, ma’am. February 3.
AMY GOODMAN: And so, how did you then come to know them?
MATTHEW FARWELL: After that I kept in touch with them a little bit because I thought that was a classy gesture. And then Michael and I did the story and I have stayed in touch.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: In terms of the story with Michael, how did you decide to focus on the Bergdahl story and begin gathering the information, which is really the definitive work on the Bergdahl saga?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, you know, the FBI actually investigated how that came to be. So, I’ve got to keep some trade secrets on it.
AMY GOODMAN: No, explain for a moment. This is a side story, but Michael died in a fiery car crash and he had said at the time that he was being investigated by the FBI.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Yes, and in then a Freedom of Information Act request was done by a great journalist named Jason Schapiro. And it came back and he sent it up to me and I saw all of the redacted portions and said, holy cow, they’re talking about me right here. And so, I put through a privacy act request, got it back and sure enough, they were looking into our "controversial" reporting on the story, which I think is a little unusual that the FBI is reading Rolling Stone on the job. But I give them credit.
AMY GOODMAN: So tell us about Bowe Bergdahl and what you learned.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, you know, Bowe is an interesting guy. And I’m very conflicted myself about how I feel about him and his case, but he was a young man, homeschooled, grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho. From all accounts, very intelligent. He did a lot of traveling prior to joining the Army.
AMY GOODMAN: His parents came from California?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Yes, ma’am. They came from California to Sun Valley I think the year before his older sister was born. They stayed there ever since. His dad was the Sun Valley UPS man for 30 years.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As your story in Rolling Stone details, early on he grew dissatisfied with being at home, being homeschooled and decided he wanted to pursue a life of adventure. Could you talk about that?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right. I mean, it seems he went up and worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, he traveled around the states on motorcycle, you know, just all the sorts of things that young men who are seeking something seem to do.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And the French Foreign Legion too?
MATTHEW FARWELL: And his father said he tried to join the French Foreign Legion and was disqualified for eyesight.
AMY GOODMAN: Explain what that is, the French Foreign Legion.
MATTHEW FARWELL: The French Foreign Legion is France’s force of essentially foreign mercenaries who can come from any walk of life. A lot of them are hardened criminals or refugees currently from Eastern Europe. And once you join, you acquire a nom de guerre, you know, a fake name that you get for them.
AMY GOODMAN: Bowe was known around town in Hailey, Idaho. He worked at Zaney’s Coffee House. He took up ballet and many had seen his performances.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Yes, ma’am.
AMY GOODMAN: So, how does he end up in U.S. military? How does he end up in Afghanistan?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, he did not just and up in U.S. military, he ended up in the U.S. Army parachute infantry. So, it’s — the military, about 90%, are support personnel, about 10% are the actual war fighters and trigger pullers. And so he was in that 10%. And it seems he just came back one day and said, hey, dad, I’m thinking about joining the Army. And as we said in the story, are you thinking about joining the Army or did you already sign up? Bowe admitted, well, yeah, I already signed up. So, it’s a path a lot of young men take. I took it. Dropped out of the University of Virginia to join the infantry. And aside from that, I don’t know.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Your article paints a not very flattering portrait of the unit that he was assigned to. One of the problems he had with the lack of discipline and lack of actual fighting capacity of the unit that he was in, in an outpost, really, in Afghanistan. Could you describe some of those problems?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, it seems from the video that Sean Smith of The Guardian shot after embedding with them for about a month, it seemed to me as a former infantryman who served in that exact area and knows that ground very, very well, that the unit wasn’t operating with the same level of professionalism that’s required to stay on your game there and keep your men alive and your men apparently from walking off.
AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to turn to Sean Smith’s — a clip of Sean Smith’s first film. He’s The"Guardian reporter and he was embedded with Bowe’s unit. And then because he had come to know this unit, the Bergdahl’s said he could come to Idaho and he did a 12 minute piece about Bob Bergdahl. So, let me go to that piece right now, just a clip of — Sean Smith, he is talking to, not to Bowe, but it’s other soldiers who are talking here.

SOLDIER ONE: These people just want to be left alone.

SOLDIER TWO: Yeah, they got dicked with — they got dicked with from the Russians for 17 years and then now we’re here.

SOLDIER ONE: Same thing in Iraq when I was there. These people just want to be left alone. Have their crops, weddings, stuff like that, that’s it man.

SOLDIER TWO: I’m glad they leave them alone.

SEAN SMITH: A few weeks later, Bowe Bergdahl, pictured in this photo, disappeared. The circumstances are unclear.
AMY GOODMAN: That, a report from The Guardian from Sean Smith, embedded with Bowe Bergdahl’s unit. Now, according to your piece, the piece that you wrote with Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone, Matthew, Bowe sent a final e-mail to his parents on June 27, three days before he was captured in 2009. He wrote, "The future is too good to waste on lies... And life is way to short to care for the damnation of others as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I’m ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. Is is all revolting. I am sorry for everything here... These people need help, yet what they get is the conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live. The horror that is America is disgusting." He also saw a U.S. military vehicle roll over an Afghan baby. Matthew Farwell?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, I think that pretty much speaks for itself. The guy was clearly not happy where he was, not happy with the people he was serving with. And, you know, that area is a bad, bad area he walked off from. And it’s just difficult for me to comprehend what must have been going through his mind when he made that decision, because I have been through there and I was scared out of my mind walking through that town and some of the guys that we’re with, you know, intelligence units, always told us, hey, watch yourself when you are in Yaya Kheyl.
AMY GOODMAN: And let’s be clear, he had packed up his stuff, sent it to his parents, and left his gun, his body armor, everything at the outpost and then he went and left.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right, from what we have heard, he only took a couple bottles of water, his books, and — I’m trying to think what else — a knife and his camera. And some of the reports that came through the WikiLeaks disclosures indicate that that is what the Afghan villagers saw when they saw him walking by himself. The Afghan villagers thought that was crazy.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: You were in the same area of Afghanistan. What is your sense of the level of the kind of disillusionment that Bowe Bergdahl expressed here? How prevalent was that or is it an isolated situation or was there a sharp degree of disconnect between what the soldiers came there thinking they were going to do versus what they ended up doing?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, like I’ve said, the area was a very difficult area to operate in. You think, it’s crushing poverty, zero percent female literacy — literally, no toilets in the entire Providence except for American toilets. And so, a lot of the men in my platoon — I was there two years prior to Bowe being there — and a lot of the men in my platoon, and myself included, came back with tremendous cases of PTSD from what we were doing there because it was simply a difficult lace to fight a war in. And I think everyone from Alexander the Great up to the Soviets to us have learned that fact the hard way.
AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to take a break and then come back to this discussion. We are talking with Matthew Farwell. He is a writer for Rolling Stone magazine, an Afghan War veteran. He helped the late Michael Hastings write the 2012 article on Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl that’s become the definitive piece on him called, "America’s Last Prisoner of War." Stay with us.

AMY GOODMAN: Our guest is Matthew Farwell. He served in the military in Afghanistan, like Bowe, two years before him. He met the Bergdahls when they came to his brother’s funeral, who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and died in service in Germany. We are going to turn now to the media’s focus on the Bergdahl family, particularly, his father Bob. I want to turn to comments made by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on his show on Thursday, responding to the e-mail exchange between Bowe Bergdahl and his father, published in Michael Hastings’ and Matthew Farwell’s piece in Rolling Stone.

[B]JOE SCARBOROUGH: If my son — I’ve got a 26-year-old son and if my son is out on the wire and he is out there with fellow troops and he writes me up and says he hates America and he is thinking about deserting and he is thinking about leaving his post, I can tell you as a father that 26-year-old or 23 old son, I would say, Joey, you state the hell right there. I would call his commander I would say, get my son, he is not well, get him to a military base in Germany. I would not say, follow your conscience, son. I would not reach out to the voice of Jihad.
AMY GOODMAN: Can you respond to this, Matthew Farwell, if you could understand it? It is Joe Scarborough shouting at the MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Yeah, I am stunned by that. That’s the first time I’ve seen that clip. And I was doing a lot of press yesterday about this, and I’m just astounded that all these people that didn’t know a thing about this case for the past five years have all of a sudden become experts. No one cares until there’s something to politicize and a soundbite to be made.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: I wanted to ask you about the whole issue of the criticism that has been leveled against Bowe Bergdahl by his former fellow soldiers. As your article points out, the military, for years, insisted that no one talk about his case, and no one say anything public about this case. And now suddenly, you’re getting this enormous outpouring of comments. A lot of it orchestrated by a Republican operative who has been producing some of these soldiers for the media.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Yeah, that was one of the biggest things that disturbed me so much about this whole story, and that really got me thinking it must be something, is it’s unprecedented to have an entire brigade — 3500 people have to sign a nondisclosure agreement about pretty much their entire tour in Afghanistan when they come back home. And so, these guys have bottled up this emotion.
AMY GOODMAN: Explain that. Signing a confidentiality agreement to protect — I mean, what was the reason given?
MATTHEW FARWELL: The official reasons was, if they said anything about Bowe Bergdahl, it could hurt him or possibly causing him to be further mistreated by the Taliban or the Haqqani network. But, to me, having served in the Army both as a trigger puller and then as a desk jockey at a four-star general’s headquarters, it seemed like it was an exercise in covering the army’s butt and trying to not make themselves and this war look as bad as it was.
AMY GOODMAN: You talk about the soldiers being told not to say anything, having to sign confidentiality agreement. What about the media?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, that is the other funny thing, is how complicit the media was with this. I have spoken with the White House official that was in charge of coordinating the media response and kind of ensuring that no one in the media spoke out or wrote about this. And frankly, he managed to snow a lot of the people in the media, and that is why I’ve got to give so many props to Michael Hastings, who I wish were sitting in this chair instead of me, and to Rolling Stone for have the guts to go after this story and to really tell it like it needed to be told.
AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to go back to your media appearances. You were on CNN yesterday. I wanted to go to this clip. This is when you are being interviewed by a CNN host Carol Costello.

CAROL COSTELLO: Why did he is growing his beard out?

MATTHEW FARWELL: So that he would have some sympathy with the people that were holding his kid hostage.

CAROL COSTELLO: And this was not really an attempt to become a member of the Taliban, it was more to convince them that, you know, hey, maybe I can see things your way so that my son will be released, but he didn’t really mean that? Is that the sort of thing that were talking about?

MATTHEW FARWELL: No, so that his son would be treated decently. I mean, remember, you’re talking about a family that every night goes to sleep thinking their son might be tortured every day. Can you imagine what that must be like? I can’t, and I’ve lost a brother in the war and I have fought in the war.
AMY GOODMAN: That is our guest today, Matthew Farwell, yesterday on CNN. Former soldier from Idaho who served in Afghanistan. At the end of the clip, the text on the screen read "Bergdahl’s father accused of looking Muslim." Now, you don’t see that because you’re just on air, but that’s what the lower third, as we call it, said. "Bergdahl’s father accused of looking Muslim."
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right, right, which I’m not sure when that became a crime in this country.
AMY GOODMAN: In any of these cases, you just replace it for your own religion, right? Bergdahl’s father accused of looking Jewish. Bergdahl’s father accused of looking Catholic.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right, it seems pretty racist to me.
AMY GOODMAN: Let’s talk about the deleted e-mail of Bob Bergdahl a few days before his son was released. The media has made something of this. Just to say what that deleted tweet was that he said — I think it was a day or two before his son was released.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right, I believe that tweet said something about still working to free all of the prisoners in Guantánamo Bay or something to that effect. And he’s really taken a lot of criticism for it. But, look, you’ve got to think about this. Bob and Jani Bergdahl have lived every day of the past five years thinking it might be their only son’s last day. I think we as Americans can probably cut them a little bit of slack.
AMY GOODMAN: The tweet said, "I am still working to free all Guantánamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!" He said — Arabic for amen. The tweet was subsequently deleted.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right, and so, at that point, their son was still in captivity. And Bob was doing everything he could think of to try and get his kid back. My own father, who is the most staunchly conservative person you’ll ever meet and who is a wonderful guy, said he would shave his head and go skinny dip and then kiss the President’s rear to get me back if I ever went missing. And so, that’s a father’s love for his son, and I think it is unfair to judge someone too harshly for that.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: I’d like to turn if we can to some of the comments by some of the former soldiers that were stationed in Afghanistan with Bergdahl. I think we have the comment of the team leader, Evan Buetow, who was interviewed and who said that the — Buetow said that intercepted communication days after his disappearance showed that Bergdahl actively sought to communicate with the Taliban.

EVAN BUETOW: The American is in Yaya Kheyl. He is looking for someone who speaks English so he can talk to the Taliban. I heard it straight from the interpreter’s lips as he heard it over the radio. At that point, it was like, this is kind of snowballing out-of-control a little bit. There’s a lot more to the story than just a soldier walking away.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: But, we also have reports from The Daily Beast that he tried to escape twice from the Taliban when he was in captivity. Your response to some of these statements now by some of his fellow soldiers?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, first of all, those comments that his team leader said, I can’t verify or confirm or deny them. I can say that they were not reflected in the documents I reviewed that were released by WikiLeaks that said, and I read some of the same ones that seemed to have the same thing, that there is an American, he is looking for someone who speaks English, but there was no mentioned that he was looking to join the Taliban. These guys, they’ve been under enormous strain too for the past five years because they haven’t been able to talk about what is probably one of the most of defining moments of their lives. Going to war as a young person. The men that I have spoken with from this unit, I mean, they took the fact that Bergdahl left and then the fact that they had to spend the rest of their deployment, they felt, looking for him — they took it really hard. And that’s entirely understandable. I’m not sure how I would have taken it if somebody in my unit had walked off. And so, I think they’re, at this point, just unleashing as much of this pent-up frustration and emotion as they have. And they’ve earned every right to do it. I applaud it for them finally being able to come out and talk.
AMY GOODMAN: And there was suggestion of mismanagement of the team — Buetow, who we just saw — being the team leader. On Wednesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina questioned the motive and timing of Bowe Bergdahl’s release.
LINDSEY GRAHAM: You’ve gotta understand what is going on. They had a Rose Garden ceremony with the man’s parents. I think the White House was looking at a twofer to announce in one week that we’re going to withdraw from Afghanistan, ending the longest war in U.S. history, and oh, by the way, as commander-in-chief, I secured the last captive of that war, the only captive of that war. That was thought in their mind, I think, to be pretty good political story for that week. It blew up in their face. So the question is, was this release designed to enhance the announcement, to withdrawal from Afghanistan, getting the one guy back, or was it based on a circumstance that was so compelling, this was the moment and only this moment? That is what we need to investigate.
AMY GOODMAN: That was Senator Lindsey Graham. Your response?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, I’ve got a couple of things to say about this. The first thing is, they could have gotten him back two years ago for the exact same terms, this exact same deal. Congress dithered, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee dithered. And we wrote about that in the article. And second, I think it is pretty clear that the White House blundered this. I mean, they got Bowe back, which is an American soldier, regardless of anything else, he is our guy. We bring him back and then we deal with them as appropriate after that. We don’t just leave him in the hands of the Taliban as the many people on Capitol Hill seem willing to do for the sake of political expediency.
AMY GOODMAN: Why two years ago did they not follow through with this? Secretary of State was Hillary Clinton at the time.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Secretary of State was Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense was Robert Gates. And it is my feeling that both of them who would legally have to sign off on the deal, did not want to do it. I believe — I don’t know Mrs. Clinton’s motivations for that and I don’t know Robert Gates’ motivations for that, but I do know they also faced some pressure from really hard-line chicken hawks in Congress like Senator Saxby Chambliss that they encountered quite a bit of pushback.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And of course the atmosphere in Congress, to the Congress and the White House has only become more poisoned and even more combative in the period since then. I think The New York Times, in their editorial today, essentially said President Obama will face criticism from Congress for whatever he does. He would have faced criticism if he didn’t succeed in bringing Bergdahl back and now he’s facing criticism for bringing him back.
MATTHEW FARWELL: It’s actually really interesting and disgusting in the same way how a lot of the same people that were loudly clamoring for his release when it appeared to be to their political benefit to do this are now loudly condemning it. And I read —
AMY GOODMAN: Because then it was proposing President Obama.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right, then it was something to slam the White House with and now it is something, again, to slam the White House with.
AMY GOODMAN: Senator McCain has been most astounding because he has been on videotape, right, he’s been on shows demanding Bowe Bergdahl’s release and saying he would agree to a prisoner swap, and this was the same prisoner swap that was offered two years ago. And now criticizing that very thing.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right.
AMY GOODMAN: How did you get the e-mails, Matthew?
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, agin, that’s part of the sources and methods of being an investigative journalist, and I would rather not talk about that.
AMY GOODMAN: But you stand by those e-mails —
MATTHEW FARWELL: Absolutely.
AMY GOODMAN: — that both sent to his family?MATTHEW FARWELL: Absolutely.
AMY GOODMAN: What was his family’s response? You’ve talked to his family. In this piece by Sean Smith, the video piece following Bob Bergdahl, Bowe’s dad, it is a stunning piece as he follows him into the woods where he makes a fire and says Bowe spent a lot of time here and he’s listening to Dr. King give his speech against the war in Vietnam. You hear some of the call to prayer in the background. And his father was learning Pashto, as he showed in Boise, Idaho, when he addressed his son at what was called a news conference, so they didn’t take questions, and said, "Bowe, I am your father."
MATTHEW FARWELL: Right, I mean, the family’s response has been really interesting and compelling for me to follow because here are two people that are in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Sun Valley, Idaho, where the billionaires go to ski and hang out, living a pretty idyllic life. And then overnight, it all changes. They find out that their son is a prisoner. We wrote in the story that Jani Bergdahl heard her dog barking outside — her dog named Rufus — and saw two men come up wearing army uniforms. My own parents know what that is like. Her heart just sank. They said, well, it is not the worst news, but we can’t tell you alone yet. Let’s get you with your husband. They have been living that same sense of just heart wrenching anxiety ever since. I can’t imagine the hell they’ve gone through.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Have you had a chance to talk with them since the news of the exchange broke?
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: I haven’t, no. I’ve reached out to them, but I am respecting the privacy for now and I imagine they have a lot more important things to deal with than talking to me.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, Matthew Farwell, we want to thank you for being with us. It is an astounding piece that you did with Michael Hastings. I don’t even know if he was being called a POW by the U.S. government at the time that you wrote this.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Well, technically, anyone is called a — listed as missing/captured nowadays, so the designation POW is somewhat beaurocratically obsolete.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, Matthew [Farwell] is also a writer for Rolling Stone magazine and an Afghan War veteran. His family is from Idaho. He helped Michael Hastings write the 2012 article on Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl headlined, "America’s Last Prisoner of War" (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607). We’ll link to it at democracynow.org. When we come back, we deal with the second controversy around Bowe Bergdahl’s release, and that is the controversy of the prisoner swap. We’ll speak with one of the lawyers for one of the five men who were just released to Qatar and we’ll speak with a reporter who has been covering Guantánamo for years. Stay with us.

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By Michael Hastings (http://www.rollingstone.com/contributor/michael-hastings)
June 7, 2012 8:00 AM ET

In June 2012, fearless Rolling Stone contributing edtior Michael Hastings wrote the definitive first account of Bowe Bergdahl — the young American soldier who was captured by the Taliban and became the last American prisoner of war. Hastings, the journalist who brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-general-20100622)in these pages, died in a car accident one year later (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/michael-hastings-rolling-stone-contributor-dead-at-33-20130618). Bergdahl was freed this weekend. Hastings' incredible story is available in full here:
The mother and father sit at the kitchen table in their Idaho farmhouse, watching their son on YouTube plead for his life. The Taliban captured 26-year-old Bowe Bergdahl almost three years ago, on June 30th, 2009, and since that day, his parents, Jani and Bob, have had no contact with him. Like the rest of the world, their lone glimpses of Bowe – the only American prisoner of war left in either Iraq or Afghanistan – have come through a series of propaganda videos, filmed while he's been in captivity.
The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-rise-of-the-killer-drones-how-america-goes-to-war-in-secret-20120416)
In the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjhf57ZJQO4&feature=player_embedded) they're watching now, Bowe doesn't look good. He's emaciated, maybe 30 pounds underweight, his face sunken, his eye sockets like caves. He's wearing a scraggly beard and he's talking funny, with some kind of foreign accent. Jani presses her left hand across her forehead, as if shielding herself from the images onscreen, her eyes filling with tears. Bob, unable to look away, hits play on the MacBook Pro for perhaps the 30th time. Over and over again, he watches as his only son, dressed in a ragged uniform, begs for someone to rescue him.
"Release me, please!" Bowe screams at the camera. "I'm begging you – bring me home!"
My Decade of bin Laden, by Michael Hastings (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/my-decade-of-bin-laden-20110508)
Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl arrived in Afghanistan at the worst possible moment, just as President Barack Obama had ordered the first troop surge in the spring of 2009. Rather than withdraw from a disastrous and increasingly deadly war started by his predecessor, the new commander in chief had decided to escalate the conflict, tripling the number of troops to 100,000 and employing a counterinsurgency strategy that had yet to demonstrate any measurable success. To many on Obama's staff, who had been studying Lessons in Disaster, a book about America's failure in Vietnam, the catastrophe to come seemed almost preordained. "My God," his deputy national security adviser Tom Don*ilon said at the time. "What are we getting this guy into?" Over the next three years, 13,000 Americans would be killed or wounded in Afghanistan – more than during the previous eight years of war under George W. Bush.
Bowe's own tour of duty in Afghanistan mirrored the larger American experience in the war – marked by tragedy, confusion, misplaced idealism, deluded thinking and, perhaps, a moment of insanity. And it is with Bowe that the war will likely come to an end. On May 1st, in a surprise visit to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, President Obama announced that the United States will now pursue "a negotiated peace" with the Taliban. That peace is likely to include a prisoner swap – or a "confidence-building measure," as U.S. officials working on the negotiations call it – that could finally end the longest war in America's history. Bowe is the one prisoner the Taliban have to trade. "It could be a huge win if Obama could bring him home," says a senior administration official familiar with the negotiations. "Especially in an election year, if it's handled properly."
Bowe Robert Bergdahl was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, on March 28th, 1986 – the same day as Lady Gaga, as his parents like to point out. Bob and Jani had moved to Idaho from California after college, building a small, two-*bedroom home on 40 acres of farmland not far from the small town of Hailey, deep in the mountains of Wood River Valley. His father worked construction, his mother odd jobs, living the life of ski bums, nearly off the grid. In 1983, the year Bowe's older sister Sky was born, his parents pulled in $7,000 and paid off the hospital bills for her birth with weekly $20 deposits.
Rather than put their kids in the local school system, Jani and Bob home-schooled Bowe and his sister. Devout Calvinists, they taught the children for six hours a day, instructing them in religious thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. "Ethics and morality would be constant verbiage in our conversations," his father recalls. "Bowe was definitely instilled with truth. He was very philosophical about perceiving ethics."
By the age of five, Bowe had also learned to shoot a .22 rifle and to ride horses. He developed a love for dirt bikes and immersed himself in boy's adventure tales – anything that had to do with sailing and the ocean – as well as cartoons. His favorite was Beetle Bailey, the comic-strip antihero who shambles through life in the Army as a permanent fuck-up.
By the time he was 16, Bowe had grown restless with his home-schooling – and his parents. He began to explore the wider world, and became obsessed with learning how to fence. At a nearby fencing studio, which also offered ballet classes, he was recruited by a beautiful local girl to be a "lifter" – the guy who holds the girl aloft in a ballet sequence. He soon moved in with the girl, whose family owned a tea shop in Ketchum, and made it his second home. The matriarch of the household, Kim Harrison, introduced him to Buddhism and Tarot cards. Bowe repaid his new family by doing construction work on their home. "To me, it was the normal path teenagers take," says Bob. "Like going to college – you get into all this stuff."
At 20, Bowe went even farther afield in search of the kind of boy's adventure that had mesmerized him for years: He decided to join the French Foreign Legion, the infantry force made up of foreigners who want "to start a new life," as the legion's recruiting website puts it. He traveled to Paris and started to learn French, but his application was rejected. "He was absolutely devastated when the French Foreign Legion didn't take him," Bob says. "They just didn't want an American home-schooled in Idaho. They just said no way." Bowe pored over a survival and combat handbook written by a former member of the British special forces, and he gravitated toward the TV show Man vs. Wild, hosted by another legendary British soldier. "This became his role model," his father says. "He is Bear Grylls in his own mind."
Returning home from Europe, Bowe drifted for the next few years, working mainly as a barista at Zaney's, a local coffee shop in Hailey. But he kept dreaming of ways to pursue something bigger. In 2008, he spoke to a family friend who was working as a missionary in Uganda about going over to Africa to teach "self-defense techniques" to villagers being targeted by brutal militias like the Lord's Resistance Army. He and his father even fantasized about the creation of a special *operations unit to "kill these fucks" in Africa, imagining that "someone needed to run an op with some military people dressed up like U.N. people" to take out warlords in Darfur and Sudan. Before a spot in the friend's missionary program could open up, though, Bowe had decided on a different adventure.
One day that spring, Bowe called his mother. "Mom, I need to talk to you and Dad about something," he said. He stopped by the house that Saturday, when his father was home from work.
"I'm thinking about joining the Army," Bowe told his parents.
"You're thinking about joining?" his father asked. "Or you already signed on the dotted line?"
"Well, yeah," Bowe admitted.
Bowe's mother wished he had enlisted in a different branch, like the Navy, that wouldn't have put him on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan. His father did what he always did with his son's dreams. "I just tried to be supportive," Bob says.
But what Bowe found in the Army, according to his parents, was a "deception" – one that started from the moment he was recruited. Bowe had been enticed to join the Army, they say, with the promise that he would be going overseas to help Afghan villagers rebuild their lives and learn to defend themselves – "the whole COIN thing," says Bob, citing the shorthand for America's strategy of counterinsurgency. "We were given a fictitious picture, an artificially created picture of what we were doing in Afghanistan."
After 16 weeks of training, Bowe graduated from infantry school in Fort Benning, Georgia, in the fall of 2008. While others in his training unit – A Company 2-58 – used their weekend passes to hit up strip clubs, Bowe hung out at Barnes & Noble and read books. He was already an expert shot from his days firing his .22 in the mountains of Idaho. When his parents attended the graduation, the drill sergeant told them, "Bowe was good to go when he got here." After completing the course, Bowe was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Fort Richardson, Alaska, not far from Anchorage. He arrived in October 2008.
At first, according to soldiers in his unit, Bowe seemed to embrace Army life. "He showed up, looked like a normal Joe," says former Specialist Jason Fry, who is now studying for a master's in theology. "When he first got to the unit, he was the leadership's pet. He read the Ranger Handbook like no other. Some people resented him for it." Bowe kept to himself, doing physical training on his own. "He never hung out with anyone, always in the background, never wanted to be in front of anything," says Fry. He surrounded himself with piles of books, including Three Cups of Tea, about a humanitarian crusade to educate girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as instructions on Zen meditation and an introductory ethics handbook with writings from Aristotle, Augustine, Kant and Hume.
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Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607#ixzz33t7zAlV6

Drew Phipps
06-07-2014, 01:42 PM
description sounds eerily reminiscent of Lee Harvey Oswald...

Drew Phipps
06-07-2014, 11:36 PM
Our good buddy Ollie weighs in:

"Former Lt. Col. Oliver North continued his campaign against the Obama administration on Friday, accusing officials of needlessly trading five detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/31/bowe-bergdahl-released_n_5424007.html), America's only prisoner of war in Afghanistan."All they ever wanted was money," the former Reagan aide said (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpDB8r3fTKw) of the Taliban on Hugh Hewitt's radio show. "They never once mentioned in all of the dialogue that occurred trying to get him back earlier, that they wanted anything but money. So somehow, this administration concocted the release of five very senior, very brutal terrorists."
The contours of a possible deal for Bergdahl included the release of Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for several years, and were reported as early as (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-seeks-prisoner-swap-with-taliban-to-free-army-sgt-bowe-bergdahl/2014/02/17/f142ed50-9590-11e3-afce-3e7c922ef31e_story.html) February 17.
North didn't provide any evidence to back up his assertion, but he claimed that a "senior person in our U.S. government" requested his assistance with the exchange because he had "a lot of experience in dealing with hostage situations."


I don't recall all those "hostage situations" Ollie mentions as being part of his duties, unless he's referring to the way that Ronald Reagan arranged for the Iranians to delay releasing their American hostages until after the election? (Ya probly shoudna brought that one back up, big guy)

Peter Lemkin
06-18-2014, 06:09 AM
[While I'm rather shocked that his wife does NOT suspect foul play in Hastings' death, this story is still interesting in several ways.....]

"The Last Magazine": One Year After Death, Michael Hastings’ Lost Novel Satirizes Corporate Media




June 17 marks the first anniversary of the death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings. Just 33 years old, Hastings died in a car crash at a time when he was considered of one of the country’s most daring young reporters. His dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan unveiled the hidden realities of war. His 2010 Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, sparked a political controversy after McChrystal and his aides were quoted making disparaging remarks about top administration officials. The article exposed longstanding government discord over the Afghan War’s direction and led to McChrystal’s firing. One year after his death, Hastings’ reporting has made waves once again. In 2012, Hastings wrote a major investigation for Rolling Stone on the American prisoner of war, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. At the time, Hastings thought it was the most important story of his career. But it only recently earned widespread attention after Bergdahl’s release for five Taliban members sparked a political firestorm. In his report, Hastings revealed Bergdahl was profoundly disillusioned with the Afghan War and may have walked away from his base as a result. With Bergdahl still silent as he recovers from five years in Taliban captivity, Hastings’ article remains the definitive account of the young soldier’s story. Today, another major work from Hastings is upon us: "The Last Magazine," a posthumous novel and scathing satire of the corporate news media based on Hastings’ time at Newsweek. We are joined by Hastings’ widow, Elise Jordan, who brought the book to life after coming across the manuscript following her husband’s death.


AARON MATÉ: This week marks the first anniversary of the death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings. Just 33 years old, Hastings died in a car crash that ended the life of one of the country’s most daring young reporters. His dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan unveiled the hidden realities of war. A 2010 Rolling Stone article (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-general-20100622) on General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, sparked a political controversy after McChrystal and his aides were quoted making disparaging remarks about top administration officials. The article exposed longstanding government discord over the Afghan War’s direction and led to McChrystal’s firing.
AMY GOODMAN: One year after his death, Michael Hastings’ reporting has made waves once again. In 2012, Hastings wrote a major piece (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607) for Rolling Stone on the American prisoner of war, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. At the time, Hastings thought it was the most important story of his career. In 2012, Hastings spoke to Russia Today about Bowe Bergdahl’s case.
MICHAEL HASTINGS: I think this is the most significant and undercovered story about the war in Afghanistan from an American perspective. It’s a story about the only prisoner of war who’s left in these two wars. And under normal circumstances, he would be a cause célèbre everywhere. But because of the nature of why he was left and why he got—and how he got captured, he has been sort of buried. The Pentagon has intentionally sort of buried his case, for a variety of reasons.


OK, so, and as to what drove—excuse me—as to what drove Bowe Bergdahl to leave, first you have to look at—he was a 23-year-old kid who joined the Army, and he expected that he was going to go over to Afghanistan and help people and be involved in this nation building and essentially humanitarian activity. What he found when he got there was completely different. He thought that he had been sold a lie. He thought that he was not being treated with respect by the superior officers. There was a serious command problem within his unit in Afghanistan. There was a serious breakdown in command. One officer died, another got fired. Three of his—the people he respected were kicked out. And so, that created this sort of perfect storm. You have this sort of disillusionment happening, plus all these sort of horrible things he’s seeing with war, that drove him to the decision to leave.

AARON MATÉ: The late Michael Hastings speaking in 2012. His article on Bowe Bergdahl only recently earned widespread attention after Bergdahl’s release for five Taliban members sparked a political firestorm. In his report, Hastings was first to quote from emails sent by Bergdahl to his parents just before he went missing. In one email, Bergdahl wrote, quote, "I am sorry for everything here. ... These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live. The horror that is america is disgusting." His father responded, quote, "Obey your conscience." Today, with Bergdahl still silent as he recovers from five years in Taliban captivity, Hastings’ article remains the definitive account of the young soldier’s story.
AMY GOODMAN: Today, to mark the first anniversary of Michael Hastings’ death, which is actually tomorrow, another major work from Michael Hastings is upon us. It’s not an investigative report but a posthumous novel, a satire Hastings wrote of the corporate news media based on his time at Newsweek. The book is called The Last Magazine. Michael Hastings’ widow, Elise Jordan, helped bring the book to life after coming across the manuscript following her husband’s death. Elise Jordan is a journalist, political commentator. She served as a director for communications in the National Security Council from 2008 to ’09 and was a speechwriter for Condoleezza Rice. In fact, you met Michael when you were a speechwriter for Condoleezza Rice?
ELISE JORDAN: Yes, and then we knew each other for a couple years, and then we started dating actually when we were both in Afghanistan. I was doing a story on female marines in Helmand, and he was doing the McChrystal story. So it was right before—it was during the process he was interviewing and embedded with the team.
AMY GOODMAN: So, you met this young, crusading journalist, who never thought his piece on McChrystal would actually take him down.
ELISE JORDAN: No, I mean, he thought that it might cause waves for a day or two, but he didn’t—you know, the message of the piece, for him, was the story of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and of General McChrystal’s really strict rules of engagement, which—courageous restraint, which means the troops weren’t allowed the same force protection measures and were very upset about these rules of engagement.
AMY GOODMAN: And he went on to write the Bowe Bergdahl story, thinking, "My god, if the McChrystal story had this response, Bowe Bergdahl is going to blow everyone out of the water."
ELISE JORDAN: Exactly, and I love how in the piece he predicted that it would become hugely politicized and that bringing Bowe Bergdahl home would start to signal the end of the Afghan War. He thought that there would be a firestorm immediately after publication two years ago. That firestorm came now—and, I think, is exactly the message of his book, The Last Magazine, in terms of what the establishment media seizes on as to make a story. The country didn’t care, the media didn’t care, overall, that this lone sergeant was in captivity for five years, but then, suddenly, when there’s the opportunity to politicize it and to re-victimize someone who has been tortured for five years, everyone’s all over it. And then, that’s disgusting and something that would have really angered Michael.
AMY GOODMAN: I mean, this is a rocking satire. So, Michael Hastings was an intern at Newsweek, and Michael M. Hastings is sort of the star of this book, this, quote, "novel." But talk about who we’re talking about here, who the characters are. You’ve got Nishant Patel, the international editor; Sanders Berman, the managing editor; sort of thinly veiled Fareed Zakaria and, as well, Jon Meacham?
ELISE JORDAN: Well, they’re composites. I would say that Michael was certainly influenced by his time at Newsweek, but he had a vivid imagination, and it’s a talented work of fiction. That said, I think what he wanted to show was establishment media and how—cheerleading the Iraq War for career advancement, and how quickly that cheerleading turned as soon as the war turned. Instead of looking at what they had chosen to support and trying to find a solution, you know, they wanted to forget as quickly as possible that they had ever been the one, you know, beating the drumbeat to war.
AARON MATÉ: So the first anniversary of his death is tomorrow. After he died, there was all sorts of theories. People were analyzing the scene of the wreckage. I remember there was a YouTube videos of the crash, people looking at the engine. Before he died, Hastings had sent an email to colleagues saying his reporting was under investigation. You’ve been very clear, though, to basically reject all these conspiracy theories.
ELISE JORDAN: Correct. Unfortunately, it was a tragic accident. I think that sometimes things are so horrible and tragic that we want to have an explanation that seems to make a little more sense, just that—just then, you know, we lost one of the greatest journalists ever in American history, at least in my humble opinion. So—
AMY GOODMAN: We actually had the person who helped work on that piece with Bowe Bergdahl, Matt Farwell, who said, though, on the issue of the FBI investigating, that Michael was so concerned about, in fact that they were.
ELISE JORDAN: Oh, they were.
AMY GOODMAN: They were investigating, right, Michael for his piece on Bowe Bergdahl, even though, in a very rare move, the FBI said they weren’t conducting an investigation after Hastings’ death.
ELISE JORDAN: Well, and Matt Farwell is a wonderful friend and collaborator, and I’m so happy that he and Michael were able to work together on that story, which wouldn’t have happened without Matt, Michael always said. Such a well-researched story. They—it really is just an example of the Obama administration’s crackdown on journalism. They, Michael and Matt, were able to find out more information about what actually happened and Bowe’s motivations than the U.S. government. And that apparently is scary and threatening and causes us to investigate Michael Hastings and Matt Farwell, which I really don’t understand.
AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go back to Michael. He was on Democracy Now! in 2012 (http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/18/the_operators_michael_hastings_on_the). He said the Afghan War, like the invasion of Iraq, was based on a false premise.
MICHAEL HASTINGS: If WMDs were the big lie of the Iraq War, the safe haven myth is the big lie of the Afghan War. And what I mean by that—and this was true in Iraq, as well—but 99 percent of the people, maybe even higher, honestly, the people we’re fighting, whether it was Sunni insurgents in Iraq or Shiite militias in Iraq or in Afghanistan, the Taliban never actually posed a threat to the United States homeland. So the question one has to ask oneself is that if everything we’re doing and everyone we’re fighting is not actually a threat to the United States—certainly not a direct threat, by any means, by any means—then why are we expending so many resources, $120 billion a year, you know, with all the lives lost, to do it? And that’s—and again, this is the big lie of counterinsurgency, which I know we’ve discussed on your show. To justify this tremendous outlay of resources, they have to say, "Oh, no, we’re killing terrorists." But everybody knows that that’s not true.

AMY GOODMAN: Michael Hastings in 2012 talking about the Iraq and as well as Afghan War. He reported from Iraq as well as Afghanistan. Elise Jordan, this, again, the anniversary of his death. You had written a letter (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/michael-hastings-wife_n_3469095.html) to The New York Times objecting to their obituary (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/business/media/michael-hastings-award-winning-journalist-dies-at-33.html) of your husband, of Michael.
ELISE JORDAN: Yes, it was factually inaccurate. It was shameful. I can’t believe The New York Times has reported erroneously on my husband’s reporting basically every time they decided to write anything about his reporting. But I really didn’t think that they would go that low in someone’s obituary. It was just tasteless.
AMY GOODMAN: What was wrong?
ELISE JORDAN: They cited the Pentagon report that "cleared" McChrystal and his aides of any wrongdoing.
AMY GOODMAN: For our radio listeners, you put little air quotes around "cleared."
ELISE JORDAN: Yeah, because the Pentagon—Michael did not participate in the investigation. He didn’t believe that the role of the reporter was to turn over your notebooks to the government. But of course the Pentagon is going to clear—it’s all—and if you actually read the report, it’s pure speculation. "Oh, well, we don’t remember exactly. We don’t"—it’s so vague, and that’s what upset me. You can’t—if you print a paragraph about a report, the journalist should actually read the report and then have some context and decide, oh, well, maybe this report doesn’t actually clear McChrystal and aides. So—
AMY GOODMAN: So they did this in life, and they did this in death.
ELISE JORDAN: Yes, I think Michael’s reporting was really threatening to the establishment, and I think that’s what he really gets out in this book. When he was talking about what he called the lies of counterinsurgency, what he wanted to do with this book was to talk about how the lies are aided along by the news media and the complicity of so many journalists and so many status quo journalists in promoting this.

Albert Doyle
06-19-2014, 02:58 PM
How could Hastings allow himself to be teamed-up with a speech writer for Condoleeza Rice? She then offers a classic line out of the CIA anti-conspiracy memo that people need to make Hastings' death more than it was.

David Guyatt
05-19-2015, 02:15 PM
Apparently Hastings was involved in this story. It's long, over 3 hours, but immensely watchable too. Watch in conjunction with Matt Taibbi's feature Rolling Stone, Gangster's Too Big to Jail (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/gangster-bankers-too-big-to-jail-20130214)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo8Xm46s62I&feature=youtu.be

Lauren Johnson
05-19-2015, 08:13 PM
Fascinating. The basic point of the story is not surprising. But the entire story arc is just gripping.

He would do well to be a reader of Deep Politics Forum.

Kara Dellacioppa
05-20-2015, 08:37 PM
Apparently Hastings was involved in this story. It's long, over 3 hours, but immensely watchable too. Watch in conjunction with Matt Taibbi's feature Rolling Stone, Gangster's Too Big to Jail (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/gangster-bankers-too-big-to-jail-20130214)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo8Xm46s62I&feature=youtu.be

Thanks for posting this. Took me two days to listen to the whole thing. It nice to see some more come out about Michael Hastings. I never see anything about it anymore and there had to be way more to the story....