"Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media's reverence of national security officials" by Glenn Greenwald:
" . . . how much of a huge financial stake the Group has in scaring the nation about cyber threats and obtaining large NSA contracts relating to cyber-warfare. Hayden's bio at the Chertoff Group says that his focus includes "technological intelligence and counterintelligence (communications and data networks)" and "brief[ing] clients on intelligence matters worldwide – including developments in cybersecurity – that may affect their businesses.""CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target":
In other words, Hayden has a clear financial stake in the very NSA debates he's put on television to adjudicate. And while he's sometimes identified as a principal of the Chertoff Group, what that means - the conflicts of interest it creates in the very debates in which he's participating - is almost never mentioned."
"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)."On the Strange Death of Michael Hastings: Was the Reporter Car-Hacked or Bombed?":
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.
The release of a new surveillance video from a nearby Italian restaurant by Michael Krikorian, 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 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."
"As Hasting's colleagues -- and a growing online community of skeptics -- sifted through the evidence, there seemed to be increasing reason to doubt the "official story" -- i.e., that Hasting's speeding car had caught fire after swerving and crashing into a palm tree in the median of the divided suburban roadway."Reading 'Born Again' in Jail" by Barrett Brown
There were just too many troubling inconsistencies. There were no skid marks. Local residents reported hearing one or more loud explosions.
The vehicle was engulfed in an extremely fierce torch-like inferno that some critics claimed was unlike a gasoline-fed fire -- and more like the kind of blaze associated with burning thermite or plastic explosives.
The bomb scenario would certainly explain how the car's engine came to be blasted out of the vehicle and wound up down the road, 100 feet from the flaming wreckage.
Furthermore, the damage to the car was inconsistent with a simple crash. There was a debris field that covered a good part of the block. Instead of splaying out around the palm tree, metal and plastic parts from the Mercedes were scattered down the roadway -- a great distance past the point where the auto struck the tree.
The car's front left wheel somehow wound up nearly 100 feet away from the wrecked car -- on a sidewalk on the other side of the street. The car's engine and transmission had been hurled into the sky and wound up 200 feet down the roadway.
And, inexplicably, the vehicle's hood (which should have born the brunt of the head-on impact) could be seen resting near the far side of the palm, intact and uncrumpled. It appeared as though the hood had separated from the Mercedes before the impact and landed, relatively unscathed, alongside the tree.
The more one examines the video and next-day photos of the wrecked car, the more it appears that the vehicle was destroyed, not by a front-end impact but from a powerful explosion that occurred beneath the vehicle. The front of the car is missing and the roof is torn open like a sardine can. The rear of the car (which would not have been damaged in a front-end collision) also shows extensive damage.
One of the most disturbing photos was taken hours after accident. It shows a team of police gathered around the crime scene in full sunshine. The police are guarding a tarp draped over the vehicle. But Hastings' charred body had been removed from the burned-out car hours. So what are the police hiding? The tarp is covering the front half of the car -- effectively shielding it from view by the public and the press. If the tarp were removed, it would have revealed the extensive damage sustained by the Mercedes -- the kind of horrific explosive mangling that could only be created by a bomb, not a palm.
The Mercedes is a well-built car. It is known for not exploding -- even in high-speed crashes on Germany's autobahn. In an odd piece of public relations, Mercedes-Benz officials withheld comment, choosing instead to defer to the LAPD.
There was another oddity about the crash scene. A small geyser of water could be seen near the burning car. At first, it was assumed the car had clipped a fire hydrant. But that would have caused a much higher plume of water. On closer inspection, the water could be seen springing from the ground near the cement caps of a water-access point. But the cement caps were undamaged. Something had apparently caused a portion of the buried waterlines to rupture underground.
What might cause such unusual damage? Only two explanations come to mind: (1) an earthquake or (2) a powerful blast violently shaking the ground."