San Diego 6 - Investigative report on Michael Hastings crash

San Diego 6 - Investigative report on Michael Hastings crash, Police, Fire, EMS Refuse to Comment about events, in some cases were told not to comment, LAPD refuses to Release police report, Mercedes Benz Confirms An Accident couldn't cause their cars to explode or burn at such high temperatures


There are witnesses and one lady in particular that witnessed/heard "an explosion".

LAPD has already "ruled out foul play" -- on what evidence? They say they are waiting for a toxicology report.

If they don't test for explosives and explosive residues we'll know the fix is in.


Sounds like this local news reporter is trying to do some actual, honest to goodness journalism. What a pleasant surprise!

Local Yokel....

Right, but I think the whole local yokel thing has got to stop. (not aimed at you but something we do as a society) An old Tennessee joke is that an "expert" is anyone over 50 miles from home with a suit on. Remember Oklahoma where the network experts came in an cleaned up the mess that the locals made of their reporting? The locals reported everything accurately and then the whole story changed.

Let me clarify

By 'surprise,' I was not alluding to the fact that this is coming from a reporter who is local, but that it is coming from anyone in TV news at all. I'm guessing that the station is a network affiliate, which would not be the most conducive environment for free enquiry in a case like this. Thus, it struck me as pleasantly surprising. But if there's more room, at that level, to fly under the radar, then good for them (her) in making use of it. Until, that is, she (as I'm guessing is likely) comes under pressure to stop asking questions.

I'm all too aware of your point about the OKC reporting. My intention was not at all to set up some 'national - superior; local - inferior' dichotomy. Because I don't see it that way at all.

I Wasn't being critical.....

Check, Roger on that but I wasn't being critical. I agree with what you are saying. I am just saying that while we are on that topic lets embrace our local institutions for what they are. There is a big "success" prejudice in this country that seems to say in order to get the big bucks you must be worth your salt. Below, is Anderson Cooper in front of his NYC firehouse home. I think he is overpaid, but the ascribed status from his CNN gig and personal wealth probably influences many:



Ford Pinto

I wonder how long Mercedes will tolerate the obvious Ford Pinto comparison. It can't be good for their brand image.

Major Mistake

The reporter made a major mistake which is now spreading like wild fire.

The engine was not found behind the wreck, but in front of it. I'm not making any judgements about whether a Mercedes crashing into a palm tree should produce the observed results.

Crashes of Convenience: Michael Hastings


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.

On The Elusive Details of Michael Hastings' Death

URGENT: Investigate Michael Hastings' Death

"LAPD visited Michael Hastings' house prior to his death, were seen looking under his car"

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My list of suspicious circumstances so far, any input is appreciated.

Wikileaks revealed that their lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, was contacted by Hastings just hours before his death claiming that he was being investigated by the FBI.

Hastings sent an email to colleagues hours before his death stating: re:NSA... I'm onto a big story and need to go off the radar for a bit.

One eyewitness described the crash as such: "The Car Was Bouncing, Flames and Sparks Near the Gas Tank. When He Hit the Palm Tree That's When the Flames Were Higher. There Were Explosions and Everything... No One Could Approach the Car Because it Kept Exploding."

The accident only involved Hastings car, no other vehicles. Police, Firefighters and EMS have been told not to comment on the investigation

Another witness described the scene: "It sounded like a bomb went off." "My house shook, the windows were rattling."

LAPD will not release a police report

Former marine friend told media that Hasting's was threatened: "We will hunt you down and kill you" for McChrystal reporting

Hastings was driving a new Mercedes C-250, a car not prone to bursting into flames, especially sustaining heat that the crash did, as per military official

Hastings had worked on numerous articles critical of the establishment, including: The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret, Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview, Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators, America's Last Prisoner of War.

One of Hastings articles had resulted in the forced resignation of General McChrystal.

The Mercedes' drive train was about 50-60 yards away from the crash site. (edit: behind the car against momentum, according to many commentators, but I haven't source that yet)

Hastings had said in a 2012 Reddit AMA that he received numerous death threats.

When he died, Hastings was working on a story regarding current CIA director Brennan.

No brake/skid marks

Some of his work was probing the CIA

Hastings was Cremated, even though his family never requested it.

Wife has hired a private investigator

Michael Hasting had not had a drink in 5 years

It might also be important to note that DARPA has the ability to hack cars.

I have sourced these bullet points here

Thanks for this list

But on the point about the drive train being 'behind the car against momentum,' see the link posted above by kawika (twice), where it is argued this was not so--that it was found at a point farther south than the rest of the vehicle, i.e. the direction in which he was driving, i.e., in front of rather than behind the rest of the car.

It's only in Kimberly Dvorak's reports that I've heard the claim about its being found 'behind' the vehicle, and I'm not sure who her sources are, nor who are the 'many commentators' referred to above. Are those commentators simply quoting one another on this point, or do they know firsthand (or have credible sources who know firsthand) where the drive train was actually located in relation to the rest of the car?

I'm not sure at this point which claim is correct; but I think it would be a shame if this detail--whether it was in front of or behind the car--were to divert attention from all the other points, and particularly from their cumulative impact when taken as a whole.


Possibly of related interest

Hacker dies days before he was to reveal how to remotely kill pacemaker patients. The medical examiner's office is not offering any details at this time:

Reads like a hit piece

The whole point of the article seems to be to make Hastings sound like an imbalanced, eccentric, drug-and-alcohol addled egotist with delusions of grandeur.

The secondary target is anyone who thinks his death might not have been an accident: 'Conspiracy theories being closed systems indifferent to probability and immune to evidence...' blah, blah, blah, etc.

As usual, the only 'evidence' they care to consider are those favorable to the conclusion of accident. Predictably, for example, they don't say anything about what eyewitnesses observed.

Security Experts Saying Michael Hastings' Car Was Hacked

Security Experts Saying Michael Hastings' Car Was Hacked - "It is not just conspiracy theorists"

It's like they want us to know

It's like they want us to know about this possible means of murder--something else to worry about, as we wait for the government and auto manufacturers to come up with measures to 'improve security.'

But while its OK to discuss the possibility that this was not an accident, without being dismissed as paranoid, it doesn't sound as if the police are doing anything to consider who might have had the motive, means, and opportunity to do this to Hastings. Failure to do so would suggest that those responsible are from somewhere within the power structure, too well-placed for any honest law enforcement people to take on.

If such a case of hacking might somehow be attributed to an Al Qaeda cell, or to 'lone misfits,' etc., then I think we'd be seeing a lot of follow-up.