Suspicions Growing Over Death Of Journalist Probing NSA And CIA Abuses

Suspicions Growing Over Death Of Journalist Probing NSA And CIA Abuses – New American

Weeks after the fiery death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings (shown), who was probing abuses by the CIA and NSA and had recently informed others that he was being investigated by federal authorities, suspicions about his mysterious car crash are still swirling around the Internet. While police officially ruled the death an “accident,” serious questions are still surfacing – even in the establishment media and among prominent officials. Based on e-mails Hastings sent out shortly before he died about working on a “big story” and needing to go “off the radar,” it has become clear that he was worried, too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Growing List Of Sheriffs Saying ‘NO’ To Obama Gun Control

Growing List Of Sheriffs Saying ‘NO’ To Obama Gun Control – C.S.P.O.A.

Sheriffs have risen up all over our great nation to stand up against the unconstitutional gun control measures being taken.

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The following is a list of sheriffs and state sheriff’s associations who have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures. I applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction.

I would encourage other Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers to add their voices to the growing numbers of faithful protectors of our freedom.

LIST OF STATE SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATIONS

1. Utah Sheriff’s Association

2. New Mexico Sheriff’s Association (30 out of 33 sheriffs)

LIST OF COUNTY SHERIFFS

1. Sheriff Glenn E. Palmer – Grant County, Oregon

2. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson – Josephine County, Oregon

3. Sheriff Tim Mueller – Linn County, Oregon

4. Sheriff Adam Christianson – Stanislaus County, California

5. Sheriff Brad A. DeLay – Lawrence County, Missouri

6. Sheriff Charles M. Heiss – Johnson County, Missouri

7. Sheriff Steve Cox – Livingston County, Missouri

8. Sheriff Jon Lopey – Siskiyou County, California

9. Sheriff Craig Zanni – Coos County, Oregon

10. Sheriff John Hanlin – Douglas County, Oregon

11. Sheriff John Bishop – Curry County, Oregon

12. Sheriff Larry Blanton – Deschutes County, Oregon

13. Sheriff Jim Hensley – Crook County, Oregon

14. Sheriff Denny Peyman – Jackson County, Kentucky

15. Sheriff Roy Klingler – Madison County, Idaho

16. Sheriff Blake Dorning – Madison County, Alabama

17. Sheriff Justin Smith – Larimer County, Colorado

18. Sheriff Al Cannon – Charleston County, South Carolina

19. Sheriff Ana Franklin – Morgan County, Alabama

20. Sheriff Andy Hughes – Houston County, Alabama

21. Sheriff Stacy Nicholson – Gilmer County, Georgia

22. Sheriff Robin Cole – Pine County, Minnesota

23. Sheriff Bill Snyder – Martin County, Florida

24. Sheriff Ed Kilgpore – Humboldt County, Nevada

25. Sheriff Tom Bosenko – Shasta County, California

26. Sheriff John D’Agostini – El Dorado County, California

27. Sheriff David Hencraft – Tehama County, California

28. Sheriff Dean Growden – Lassen County, California

29. Sheriff Dean Wilson – Del Norte County, California

30. Sheriff Mike Poindexter – Modoc County, California

31. Sheriff Thomas Allman – Mendocino County, California

32. Sheriff Mike Downey – Humboldt County, California

33. Sheriff Larry Smith – Smith County, Texas

34. Sheriff Kieran Donahue – Canyon County, Idaho

35. Sheriff Margaret Mims – Fresno County, California

36. Sheriff Pat Garrett – Washington County, Oregon

37. Sheriff Dan Staton – Multnomah County, Oregon

38. Sheriff Scott Mascher – Yavapai County, Arizona

39. Sheriff Micahel A. Helmig – Boone County, Ohio

40. Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg – Clermont County, Ohio

41. Sheriff Terry Maketa – El Paso County, Colorado

42. Sheriff John Cooke – Weld County, Colorado

43. Sheriff Scott Berry – Oconee County, Georgia

44. Sheriff Frank Denning – Johnson County, Kansas

45. Sheriff Stan Hilkey – Mesa County, Colorado

46. Sheriff Terry Box – Collin County, Texas

47. Sheriff Chuck Wright – Spartanburg County, South Carolina

48. Sheriff Greg Hagwood – Plumas County, California

49. Sheriff Frank McKeithen – Bay County, Florida

50. Sheriff Roger Garrison – Cherokee County, Georgia

51. Sheriff Tony Desmond – Schoharie County, New York

52. Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. – Otsego County, New York

53. Sheriff Bruce Haney – Trinity County, California

54. Sheriff Wayne DeWitt – Berkeley County, South Carolina

55. Sheriff Bob ‘Big Block’ Colbert – Wagoner County, Oklahoma

56. Sheriff Joel W. Richardson – Randall County, Texas

57. Sheriff Mike Scott – Lee County, Florida

58. Sheriff Mike Winters – Jackson County, Oregon

59. Sheriff Brian Wolfe – Malheur County, Oregon

60. Sheriff Cameron M. Noel – Beaver County, Utah

61. Sheriff Tom Rummel – Sanders County, Montana

62. Sheriff Jeff Christopher – Sussex County, Delaware

63. Sheriff Brad Rogers – Elkhart County, Indiana

64. Sheriff David Edmunds – Summit County, Utah

65. Sheriff James Tracy – Utah County, Utah

66. Sheriff Robert Dekker – Millard County, Utah

67. Sheriff Frank Park – Tooele County, Utah

68. Sheriff J. Lynn Yeates – Box Elder County, Utah

69. Sheriff G. Lynn Nelson – Chache County, Utah

70. Sheriff James Cordova – Carbon County, Utah

71. Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen – Daggett County, Utah

72. Sheriff Todd Richardson – Davis County, Utah

73. Sheriff Travis Mitchell – Duchesne County, Utah

74. Sheriff Greg Funk – Emery County, Utah

75. Sheriff James D. Perkins – Garfield County, Utah

76. Sheriff Steven White – Grand County, Utah

77. Sheriff Mark Gower – Iron County, Utah

78. Sheriff Alden Orme – Juab County, Utah

79. Sheriff Lamont Smith – Kane County, Utah

80. Sheriff Blaine Breshears – Morgan County, Utah

81. Sheriff Marty Gleave – Puite County, Utah

82. Sheriff Dale Stacey – Rich County, Utah

83. Sheriff Rick Eldredge – San Juan County, Utah

84. Sheriff Brian Nielson – Sanpete County, Utah

85. Sheriff Nathan Curtis – Sevier County, Utah

86. Sheriff Jeff Merrell – Uintah County, Utah

87. Sheriff Todd Bonner – Wasatch County, Utah

88. Sheriff Cory Pulsipher – Washington County, Utah

89. Sheriff Kurt Taylor – Wayne County, Utah

90. Sheriff Terry Thompson – Weber County, Utah

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