Posts Tagged ‘Michael Hastings’

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by David Swanson

The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general. Hilarious because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least to those of us who have been screaming “What are you idiots doing?” for the past fifteen-and-a-half years.

Should we be glad that a Hollywood movie can still be made mocking the murderous malevolence of true believers in militarism, or should we be disturbed that theaters won’t show such movies and they have to end up on Netflix? Should we be glad that a war satire set in Afghanistan didn’t have to wait decades for a different war, in the manner of Mash, or should we be disturbed that most viewers will not know a current war is being mocked because they either believe the war on Afghanistan has ended or they simply can’t keep up with the proliferation of wars?

Regardless, I recommend making sure every movie-lover, Brad Pitt fan, young person, and old person watch this movie. Watch a sincere true-believing military commander and his sycophants consciously choose to win an unwinnable war, proposing straight-faced to work on protecting people while not killing them — or killing them less, or something.

The basic truth that people don’t want armed foreigners in their towns and would rather not be bombed is presented here in straightforward dialogue as well as comedic exchange. And Brad Pitt’s character, based on Stanley McChrystal, and on Michael Hastings’ account of McChrystal, is depicted as having turned himself into a human hammer, unable to see any problem as anything other than a nail — his ambition to “win” a war driving his blindness to the absolute unwinnability of foreign occupations or “counter-insurgency” or “counter-terrorism,” also known as terrorism.

The whole thing stops being funny three-quarters of the way into the movie, when the protests of troops that they cannot distinguish civilians from enemies becomes an actual demonstration of that inability. When we get to watch the General in charge articulate all of his usual platitudes and nonsensical pep-rally lies (even if lies to himself, still lies) to a man whose child has just been murdered by U.S. troops, the laughter is gone.

Even when we see a village leader ask the General to “please leave now,” there’s little satisfaction in this plea of the Afghan people for the past decade and a half finally making it into U.S. ears, because we know that the U.S. military will not ever listen.

We also know that this movie constitutes the extent of the punishment that the real Stanley McChrystal will ever receive for his crimes. There will be no trial, no legal judgment.

Speculation as to the cause of death of Michael Hastings continues, but speculation as to whether the individuals crashing the U.S. war machine into Afghanistan year after year have committed murder in a futile and criminal attempt to advance their personal interests should end. There is no doubt that they have done and are doing just that on a massive scale. They are, as this movie points out, and as no U.S. newspaper or television station dares to state, endangering the United States under the banner of slogans claiming they are defending and protecting it.

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This is very big fucking news.  I suppose the fake “alternative” media, such as Mother Jones, will smear Hastings himself as a “conspiracy theorist.”  His death by car crash remains the most suspicious such case since Princess Diana.  The engine from his Mercedes Benz somehow flew 100 ft. from the wreck, an indisputable fact that defies explanation.  Mercedes aren’t known for flying apart in such a way, now are they?  Ask yourself.

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It appears that someone did too well of a job on this hit.

Salon:

“Michael Hastings, who died in a car crash in April, had reportedly become concerned that his car had been tampered with in the days leading up to his death, and asked friend Jordanna Thigpen to borrow hers, according to new profile in the LA Weekly.”

“[HASTINGS] came to 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.” (LA Weekly)

Michael Hastings was investigating the CIA and its assault on journalism in the United States.

CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target

Car hacking is ridiculously easy:

Car Hacking Demonstration (Forbes)

DARPA: Hacking Cars and Other Systems

 

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CORRECTION to the erroneous reporting done on this question.   A lousy reporter fucked up the details int her initial report.

Exclusive— Hastings ‘Unauthorized Cremation’ Mega-Rumor False, Family Says

 

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Read it and weep.

San Diego Channel 6:

CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target

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).

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) 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.”

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river-serenity-needle-foreheadSerenity (2005)

Yesterday we showed car hacking.  Today it’s brain hacking:

Science Daily:

Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in Mice: Location Where Brain Stores Memory Traces, Both False and Authentic, Pinpointed

Back in the 1950s US intelligence was obsessed with mind control.  The MKULTRA experiments were quite real, and the US believed that Communist bloc countries were ahead of them in the brainwashing department.  There is no reason whatsoever to believe that these desires by government have changed.  What’s more, with the rise of private mercenary entities funded by government tax money accountability is eliminated, oversight non-existent, and the potential for widespread abuse and catastrophe glaringly obvious.

BUT IT’S SO MUCH WORSE!

The war on truth and truth-tellers is equally as troubling, as the government now equates telling the public what actually goes on with “treason” or “terrorism” or probably baby cannibalism if they can float that one on corporate media.  The so-called “news” in this nation is so bogus, so controlled, manipulated and censored that it is a clear tool for social manipulation.  When issues of power and policy appear on the “news,” these are approved, Pravda-level propaganda displays.  Real issues can only be discussed in government/corporate approved presentations, with demonization of designated enemies and praise for officially-sanctioned activities, even if those activities are clear Crimes Against Humanity, as with the selling of the aggressive war against Iraq.

Such a society cannot last.  Something has got to give.  Pillage by elite predators, those parasitic 1% ghouls, has reached critical mass.  The manufactured debt is now able to sink the entire economy and the livelihoods of most people along with it.  War, chaos and destruction would inevitably follow.

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Most of our data is stored on computers now, which are also easily hacked, and gleefully so by government.  Your PC is pretty much a sitting duck for intelligence and military and corporate or other  criminals.  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed:

“We’ve got PRISM, which is a demonstration of how the US government co-opts US corporate power to its own ends.  Companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, they all get together with the NSA and provide the NSA direct access to the back ends of all of the systems you use to communicate, to store data, to put things in the cloud, and even just to send birthday wishes and keep the record of your life.  And they give NSA direct access that they don’t need to oversee so they can’t be held liable for it.”

That means things can go out, and things can similarly go in.  So what’s real?  What’s put there by us, and what’s put there without our knowledge or consent?

When everything is malleable, including brains, the news of the world, and all data storage — it is quite simply the end of reality.

Speaking of car hacking and the war on truth tellers, the preponderance of evidence suggests that journalist Michael Hastings was killed deliberately because of what he was investigating.  He had contacted Wikileaks early in the day, and he sent out very nervous alerts to his circles that he was being tailed by federal agents.  Hastings was investigating sensitive government programs, and he already made enemies inside the Pentagon with his exposure of Stanley McChrystal.

The manner of Hastings’ death is suspicious beyond belief, with the engine from a Mercedes mysteriously flying more than 100ft. from the vehicle.  His body was then cremated without permission of his family, and therefore his tissue samples cannot be tested to refute innuendo that he may have drunk alcohol that day and decided to speed recklessly for no reason whatsoever.  This is the final blow against reality, as we cannot prove conclusively that Michael Hastings was murdered by covert operatives, and of course we cannot prove that he wasn’t, either.

That is how reality is murdered, forever.

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“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”
-George Orwell

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UPDATE

This news report was erroneous, and the family’s permission was given.  

Private investigator is also looking into the death.

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Already the “Conspriacy Theorist” attacks come out, appearing in headlines, while simultaneously helping to expose just how suspicious this car wreck appears.  Believe what we say, not what the evidence suggests.

How much more could these “news” outlets dig up if their focus was on unearthing the truth instead of finding yet another way of bringing Alex Jones into the conversation?

So, Mr. Hastings contacted a Wikileaks lawyer about divulging information secretly.

And he was notably afraid of being under government surveillance and having his materials vacuumed up by a criminal surveillance state that sees all, knows all.

Hastings suspected “the feds” were watching him, which could be any of 10,000 various organizations loosely connected to the Washington Sugar Daddy.  Yet, if the FBI claims it wasn’t involved, that’s presented as a refutation and dismissal.

And Hastings’ car crashed in a manner unseen anywhere else, a Mercedes C250 engine flying “100 feet” out of the car. Can anyone on planet earth today find a similar crash of a Mercedes where the engine flew out of the vehicle – unless its engine mounts had been tampered with, that is.

How convenient that any possible murder or actual conspiracy is automatically smeared in the press and associated with wild “conspiracy theories,” thus muddying the issue in the public mind, rather than clarifying what is known.

More:

Exclusive: Hastings Sent Colleagues Email Hours Before Crash

“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 Los Angeles Police Department said there appears to be no foul play in the one-vehicle accident that killed journalist Michael Hastings, which was instantly disseminated around the world…

“But LAPD officials said the incident appears to have been an accident and that no other vehicles were involved.

Officials are trying to determine whether there was a mechanical problem with the car.”
-LA Times,No foul play suspected in Michael Hastings’ death, LAPD says”

So, FIRST speculate that there’s “no foul play,” and then find out if the car was tampered with.  Very sloppy.  This perception management shtick reminded me instantly of the morning when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was lying in the hospital bed and unable to speak:

 “Boston Mayor: Bombing Suspects Acted Alone
-Stenography by Time Magazine & Associated Press

Several hours later:

“Bombing suspect throat injury prevents questioning Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for now – Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in a hospital, sedated and unable to be interrogated because of a throat injury. Authorities want to know if anyone else was involved.”
–Christian Science Monitor