Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How Did Michael Hastings Really Die?

Melissa Melton
Activist Post

UPDATE 8/21/2013 @ 7:22 pm: The Young Turks report that Hastings had taken an attention deficit disorder medication Adderall on occasion, a pharmaceutical drug that would show up in a test as the ‘trace amounts’ of amphetamine found in Hastings’ system.

Again, all the media reports admit these ‘trace amounts’ had nothing to do with Hastings’ crash and that Hastings was not intoxicated at the time of the crash, but the headlines continue to portray him as a meth and pot junkie that got messed up and simply drove his car into a tree, diverting attention away from the completely suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. This is a smear campaign, character assassination and nothing more. Hastings deserves a real investigation!

The Los Angeles coroner has released the report on Michael Hastings’ untimely death, and it would appear the document will be milked for all the damage control propaganda it is worth.

Dancing in step to the establishment tune on cue, the mainstream media has jumped all over another excuse to titillate its audience with the second act of the spectacle we are currently witnessing.
noun \ˈspek-ti-kəl also -ˌti-kəl\ 
1:something exhibited to view as unusual, notable, or entertaining; especially : an eye-catching or dramatic public display

In short, you couldn’t write a better movie script than this morbid theater that’s being rolled out like a red carpet before our eyes, ladies and gentlemen.

The coroner found traces of amphetamine and marijuana in Hastings system. Let the media’s games begin.

The Associated Press began its report on Hastings autopsy with, “After 14 years of sobriety, journalist Michael Hastings had returned to drugs” (never mind that would have made him 19 years old, a teen at the time when he last did drugs, something our own President has admitted to numerous times).

Prior to even reading the story itself, let’s consider the LA Times headline: Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death. It’s pretty straightforward; the LA Times is suggesting drug use played a role in Hastings’ car wreck. But then the story actually says:
Coroner’s officials said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, as well as marijuana. Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports.  [emphasis added]
So now Hastings is painted as using meth and pot hours before his car exploded, even though it was admittedly not a factor in his death. Let’s continue:
“Hastings had arrived in Los Angeles from New York the day before the accident, with his brother scheduled to arrive later the day of the crash ‘as his family was attempting to get [Hastings] to go to detox,’ the report stated. 
Hastings was believed sober for 14 years, but had recently begun using drugs again in the past month or so, according to the coroner’s office, based on interviews with family members. A medical marijuana card was found in Hastings wallet and had been prescribed for treatment of post-traumatic stress resulting from his time as a war journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Hours before the crash, Hastings had last been seen by one witness “passed out” sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m.”
Since posting the above, the LA Times has posted several more stories, including a new spin, "Michael Hastings May Have Suffered PTSD from Work as War Journalist."

The actual coroner’s report includes an “Informant/Witness Statement” that is an account based on a Hastings family member (the report alludes to it being one of Hastings’ brothers, as it discusses “another brother scheduled to arrive” and Hastings had two brothers) who came in from New York “as the family was attempting to get the decedent to go to detox” even though it’s followed by saying Michael Hastings had only started using drugs again “the past month or so”. That’s a quick intervention.

The witness account goes on to claim a laundry list about Michael Hastings: reportedly Hastings had crashed his car into a pole years earlier and the witness believed Hastings to be under the influence at that time. Hastings had a medicinal marijuana card for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) suffered from his time as a reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan. The witness also claimed that Hastings was taking DMT (not found in his system according to the toxicology report) and “added he would not be surprised if any stimulants were found within the residence, including cocaine”. The witness also claimed that Hastings “believed he was ‘invincible,’ believing he could jump from a balcony and would be okay”.

So the American people and the world are supposed to believe that Hastings — the journalist who ended General Stanley McChrystal’s career with his exposé in Rolling Stone and later wrote that he was threatened with death over it — succumbed to post-traumatic stress and suddenly fell off the amphetamine wagon he hadn’t rode on since he was 19 years old within the last month and was on meth and pot right around or just after the same time he was telling his editor and others that the feds were investigating his “close friends and associates” and that he needed to go off the radar to cover a big story?

What an amazing coincidence! Here’s another one.

Michael Hastings was reportedly working on a story about Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan. Why?

One might consider a WikiLeaks email of hacked CIA contracted intelligence firm Stratfor (Hi guys! Just being courteous since we all know you like to email these stories around when you’re mentioned.) which notes that the White House has a “specific tasker” to “go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda”. The email, sent by Stratfor President Fred Burton in September 2010, goes on to say, “Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…”

The message also mentions that Brennan (then counter-terrorism czar) is “behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.”

Connected to this leaked email is journalist Barrett Brown, who is currently awaiting trial in federal prison on charges related to these hacked emails and others Brown reported on from hacked intelligence firms that were contracted by government agencies. Cryptome explains:
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.’
The CIA responded that “any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.”

Offensive. That’s the word the agency used: offensive. Brennan, labeled the American government’s drone program ‘architect’, oversaw the program during the time that teenage American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki (whom many sources have said was never involved in any illegal activity or terrorism at all) was struck down by a drone without any due process whatsoever. Yet it’s totally offensive for anyone to suggest that Brennan might do anything that might infringe on the Constitution.

Surely Brennan had nothing to worry about considering a story was set to come out written by the guy who many credit with ending General McChrystal’s whole career.

The Crash

Only in America (and Jerry Bruckheimer films) can cars crash and burst in such fantastic flames as was seen in the wreck of Michael Hastings.

Hastings was driving a brand new Mercedes. The story goes that he was speeding down the road when his car suddenly turned at a 60-degree angle and slammed smack dab into a palm tree.

Reportedly, there were no skid marks. Tire marks, yes, but no skid marks. For more proof on that, you can look at videos of the scene uploaded by YouTubers like this one which was shot three days after Hastings died. So Hastings made zero attempt to brake or stop the impending collision?

The burning wreckage itself leaves even more questions. The video of Hastings’ wreck shows a fantastic explosion. A source who has had a 40-year career as a mechanic explained to me that cars do not simply blow up like that, and he added, “especially not a Mercedes”. (Not that any of us should really need a mechanic to know that cars just don’t do that in real life.)

The brilliant intensity of the flames cannot be explained by the impact either.

LAnewsLOUDLABS filmed Hastings’ car burning for minutes after the crash. Watch this footage and compare it to other videos of wrecked cars on fire (of which there are many on YouTube to choose from). You’ll notice a glaring difference right away.

To posit that Hastings’ car would burn at a different color temperature and intensity for as long as it did because of the speed of the impact (which is also disputed) does not make a lot of sense, either. Check out this video of a car in a high-speed chase with police hitting a barrier on the side of the highway and bursting into flames. The flames still are not the brilliant white shown in Hastings’ crash; even this video where a car is blown up with tannerite on purpose does not produce the intensely hot, sustained white flames that Hastings’ car wreck did.

Take a look at this picture of the wreckage:

Source: YT/BeautifulGirlByDana
Notice anything strange here? The metal buckled inward. Also, why has a white sheet been placed over the entire hood of this car?

When a car hits a tree head-on, it tends to look a lot like this:

Source: Flixya
Or this:

Source: KEZI
Or this picture of a wreck in which a man hit a tree reportedly going 100 mph:

Source: Laguna Beach Independent/Ted Reckas
Notice not only did none of these cars blow up on impact (even though one was reportedly going 100 mph) but the engines of these cars are still inside the car.

One crucial piece is missing at the scene of Hastings’ wreck: his engine. Hasting’s engine was found reportedly 130 feet from where his car hit the palm tree.

It doesn’t take a forensic specialist here. If a car slams into a tree head on, the hood typically buckles in, wrapping the rest of the hood around each side of the tree like a hug, trapping what’s under the hood between the body of the vehicle and the tree. Engines are not typically completely disconnected and blown out of vehicles and thrown over a hundred feet simply from force of impact. Even if the hood blew off and flew straight up into the air, and the engine was able to completely free itself from the car, it would still have had to go around the tree if the collision was head on.

Speaking of head on collisions, check out this photograph of Hastings wreck from the other side:

Source: KTLA
The car’s hood is not wrapped around the tree; it’s on the side of the tree. So if Hastings hit the tree dead on hard enough for the car to burst into the fantastically intense white flames shown in the video above, why isn’t it wrapped around the tree? Why is the car sitting next to the tree? If the collision was hard enough to cause the car to explode like this, that is:

While this writer does not claim to be any type of scientific expert, these questions should be allowed to be asked. The mainstream media should be asking them. They deserve answers.

Instead, the media is involved in character assassination that diverts attention away from the real controversies surrounding Hastings’ death and the chilling effect it could have on other investigative journalists who expose establishment corruption.

His Final Story

Within days, the LA police department had already determined ‘no foul play‘ in Michael Hastings’ death. Hastings’ wife Elise Jordan, a former Director of Communications for the National Security Council from 2008–2009 and speechwriter for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, told Piers Morgan that “it was just a really tragic accident”.

So now the final act of the spectacle we have all been watching is nearly through. The police ruled no foul play and the coroner ruled Hastings’ death was an accident. The irrelevant fact that trace amounts of drugs were found in his system will quash further inquiry into the bizarre nature of the crash scene and the circumstances surrounding his death, and the mainstream press will have a field day killing a dead man’s reputation. Roll Credits.

Now the world can sit back and wait for Hastings’ final piece on CIA Director Brennan to be printed in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, which will apparently be completed by Hastings’ writer friend Matt Farwell.

Surely Hastings’ final work will be 100 percent complete, without any parts missing… surely it will not be changed, tampered with or watered down for public consumption.
Melissa Melton is a co-founder of, where this first appeared. She is an experienced researcher, graphic artist and investigative journalist with a passion for liberty and a dedication to truth. Her aim is to expose the New World Order for what it is — a prison for the human soul from which we must break free.


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Mark McCandlish said...

Yes- cars do explode and burn when they hit an unmovable object at something close to 100 MPH. Ever hear of gasoline? There were no skid marks because he never hit the brakes. He jumped a curb and got airborne when he hit a fire hydrant while he was still in the air. Pretty hard to leave skid marks when your tires aren't touching the ground. That model of Mercedes has a variety of Aluminum and Magnesium alloys in its construction, and Magnesium happens to be flammable-- it burns very intensely once it gets going. So much so, it will even burn under water. The off-center nature of the impact crushed the driver's side of the car, killing Mr. Hastings instantly and launched the engine and transmission assembly down the street when the off-center impact left a clear path for it to exit the vehicle once the front bumper and radiator bulkhead had been sheered in half by the impact. Add it up: The weight of the engine and trans doing a hundred MPH and the rest of the car stops on a dime? That's a lot of inertia. This isn't some conspiracy; the guy was driving too fast while impaired. He died because he was stupid. Enough already.

Anonymous said...

1. His wife flipped. "I will track down whomever did this..." Well, that turned into, "I believe my government."

2. Mercedes' do NOT explode. Ever!! Ask any mechanic that has had to take one of those apart.

3. Mark, go suck a bag of dicks.

4. If the wife gave a damn she would be suing Mercedes for $500 million dollars as I type this.

Stinks to high hell! Thank God Germany approved my citizenship application! Bye, bye Student Loans!!

Anonymous said...

So, the car was proceeding at a 60 degree angle and the engine did not go along the same angle. Clear path of 150 degrees down the street!

Rolling Stone doesn't go anywhere with an article that is not fully approved.

Anonymous said...

what a shill Mark, you are pathetic

berealtruth said...

Hastings' death was not "a suspicious car accident."

The photo above of the driver's side of the Mercedes clearly shows that Michael Hastings car was bombed. The entire front of the driver's side of the car has been blown away.

The Loudlabs YouTube of the burning car: - shows clearly that Hastings' car hood was not crumpled from striking the palm tree, but blown away from the drivers side of the car and did not even hit the tree. MORE THAN THAT it also shows that the driver's side front quarter of the car WAS GONE, and not even touching the tree as it burned (no serious impact damage to the palm).

The video and the photo above show that the front of the car up to the drivers side door wasn't there. Moreover, his engine and transmission were blown 60 yards down the road, not in the direction of his car supposedly striking the tree. They landed on the far curb of the 4-lane road with no skid marks. His front right wheel was also down the road in the direction the car was traveling when "something happened." See diagram of crash scene at:

The tranny of the car extended well back into the passenger compartment, implying that the powerful explosive was likely placed below the passenger compartment, in order to provide the momentum to blow the drive train 60 yards forward and to clear the firewall upward doing it.

It's time to stop pussy-footing around about this event. Hastings was assassinated.

Anonymous said...

"what a shill Mark, you are pathetic"

ditto. RidersDigest-style trolling. For stupids. Magnesium alloy used in airplanes and they do not "blow-up" due to that.

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Mark McCandlish said...

You fail to notice the clearly evident impact at the base of the first palm tree in the photo above. The Mercedes took a big chunk of that tree out and sheered off the left front fender and wheel assembly in the process. The secondary impact on the next palm tree stopped the car and launched the engine/trans assembly down the street. Do you study auto crash dynamics? I do. Regularly. I studied automotive design at one of the most prestigious colleges on the subject in the U.S.: Art Center College of Design. After that, I spent thirty years designing and illustrating weapons systems in the defense industry. I have seen lots of explosions and the end result of such events. Because you have no such experience, you don't know what to look for that would tell you beyond a reasonable doubt if there were explosives in the car: Signs of shrapnel and the holes or penetration marks left by such a chemical reaction. Notice in the photo of the engine and trans that there are no shrapnel marks. NONE! Even the drive shaft is intact. The car's sheet metal is burnt and crumbled as one would expect in a high-speed impact, but no shrapnel holes anywhere. The trans casing doesn't even have any heat discoloration at all, which it would have, if, as you are suggesting, it was thrown further down the road by the force of an explosion. I have personally seen the result of another high speed accident on SR-138 near Victorville, CA where an engine and transmission were thrown a quarter of a mile down the road after the impact that stopped the vehicle. Sixty yards is nothing if not plausible. And why is the car rotated sixty degrees off the path of travel? Because it struck not one, but two palm trees on its left side. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that when you hit an solid object in a light-weight stamped steel box, the box--(passenger compartment) is designed to absorb the energy by crumbling or sheering away, to minimize as much kinetic energy reaching the driver/passenger as possible. But even a Mercedes has its limits. And an auto mechanic isn't qualified to comment on whether such a car can or will explode. It doesn't surprise me that uneducated and ignorant, gutless "anonymous" comment posters will stoop to ad hominem remarks, when you can't back up your opinion with science or engineering facts. You have no dignity- that's why you remain "anonymous".

Mark McCandlish said...

Another issue was the section of the right rear quarter that had been called out in the red outline, noting the inward buckling. Had there been an explosion, all panels would have registered an outward bowing, like a bag inflating to the limits of the sheet metal. Want proof? Just do an image search of "car bomb aftermath". You'll see what I mean. So why the inner buckle?

First, some automotive design lessons. In nature, the two strongest structures are the sphere and the tetrahedron (think: three-sided pyramid). A glass sphere can withstand the compressive stresses of deep-sea dives into the greatest depths of the ocean, and while the triangulation of structures (as in a tetrahedron) is ideal, say in a race car where this practice may yield greater tortional rigidity, monocoque ("stressed skin") or semi-monocoque where a skin is fastened to a tubular structure within, does not lend itself very well to luxury car designs. The best designers have been able to incorporate some of this theory into unibody designs, although you are still basically looking at stamped steel panels spot welded or adhesively fused to produce a structure that will not only maintain it shape, but provide some package protection for the occupants of the vehicle during a crash.

Among the most lightweight and energy absorbant are carbon composite structures, but if and when they are impacted, total replacement or junking of the structure is often the only solution. This is not practical in commercial vehicle design.

In the case of vehicles like this particular Mercedes, you will often find a unibody structure with suspension and drivetrain components slung under the body. In many instances, these components are actually designed as additional stress-bearing members of the overall vehicle structure. The most important aspect of all of this is protection of the occupants in the event of a crash.

Now- back to the inward buckle. When a unibody structure with suspension and drivetrain components slung underneath is hit asymmetrically on the left front corner as in this instance, the impact loading traveled down the length (in linear fashion) of the left side of the unibody and radiates outward through other parts of the structure. All the while, that part of the structure is crumbling and the right side of the vehicle wants to continue forward due to the massive inertia of 100MPH behind it. As the loading reaches the substructures of the suspension, which are generally made of beefier stamped steel or alloy components, a twisting moment or torque is imparted to the suspension, as the left side is shoved back, the right side inertia causes it to rotate around the point of loading-- thus, the rear suspension subframe on the right side jerks forward and inward as its left end is violently pushed backward. This causes the inward buckling in the right rear quarter just behind the passenger side door. This results to a great degree because the unibody structure is made of a lighter weight (thinner) steel paneling than the subframe materials.

Hide Behind said...

Thank you for the rebuttle of article.
Tis the nature of world we live in that it most likely not change the minds of yhose looking for a martyr and a cause.
Tis another sad state of affairs that because you admitted too being a fed flunky gor thirty years you are suspect, once s fed, always suspect as an establishment flunky and never fully trustworthy
At least enough info to cause old slow slide rulers and Euclidean geometry along with Some times shit happens theorys, me thinks the guy screwed up, and now we gotashes to ashes and metal that will sell hy the pound.
Case closed and not even a disc hacking p of info? Does seem more suspicious than firey crash.

Anonymous said...

Our government would never kill an Amerikan Citizen for blowing the whistle on the Evil Piece of Shit who runs the CIA. Yeah right... Can you spell D R O N E?

Anonymous said...

1. I've never seen a crashed vehicle with a white sheet over it
2. Why has the Spanish speaking first witness never been interviewed
3. DARPA states that cars can be remotely controlled even as bizarre at it sounds - by one song playing through the car stereo. You can see a woman from DARPA describe this on You Tube.

Anonymous said...

Melissa, Excellent Post! I hope you stay on this story.

Mark McCandlish said...

Remote control of a car is possible, but not through the radio, but rather a system like OnStar, that can not only unlock your vehicle but kill the engine. Cars with newer On-Board Diagnostic hardware/software can be tracked via GPS as well. Kind of a double-edged sword, really, anti-theft on the one hand and surveillance on the other. Those who maintain this was a drone strike have no concept of what an air-launched, laser guided missile looks like or can do destructively. The entire neighborhood would be in jeopardy and there would be broken windows for a block in every direction. The closed-circuit camera footage would have registered a shudder from the blast wave of such an event even from 100 yards away. Which never happened. Where are the critical thinking skills? It is far more plausible, that if Hastings was "assassinated" it was done by sabotaging his car. In which case, he could have had it towed to a shop and had it inspected by Mercedes mechanics. What? He can buy one, but can't afford to have it serviced? Give me a break. Hell, he could have called a cab.

Anonymous said...

After reviewing the surveillance camera footage. I noticed that at approximately 0:15 sec there seems to be a mini explosion within the cabin of the vehicle ( look very closely / carefully ).

That mini explosion also kills the electrical system of the vehicle , thus the rear lights and headlights shut off immediately, just before the massive explosion.

Look at the Headlight Beams As the Vehicle Travels.

Maybe Its just me .... But what do you guys think???

Debbie Hogan said...

I spent the first 20 years of my life on a drag strip as that is what my family did for a hobby! I have seen many cars crash at high speeds and burn. None were ever like this "accident"! On the one video it looks like it was struck by something just before it bust into flames! Best guess . . drone strike! Look at videos of drone strikes! No difference! Our government did this and is running a smear campaign against Hastings so as no one will look any further into it! Drone strike!!!

Anonymous said...

He was killed by a weaponized laser, end of story...

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