Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hastings, sober and afraid they would tamper with his car

Despite the intentionally misleading headlines:
  1. "Journalist Michael Hastings had drugs in system when he died, coroner’s report says"
  2. "Journalist Michael Hastings had drugs in his system at time of high-speed crash: autopsy"
  3. "Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death"
  4. "Michael Hastings' family reportedly planned 'detox' at time of crash"
the coroner determined that neither drugs nor alcohol played any role in the crash that resulted in the death of Michael Hastings.  Some might call being "passed out" at 12:30 a.m."sleeping".  A comment from Alnik to a Slate article:
"All of the "METH FREEEEK" proclaimers should probably slow their roll. MDMA ("ecstasy") is an amphetamine. Ritalin is an amphetamine. Adderall is an amphetamine. Dexedrine is an amphetamine. Desoxyn is a methamphetamine. There are a slew of other drugs that provide false positives in tests for amphetamines.

From the autopsy report: "Toxicology shows a small amount of amphetamine in the blood, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death..."

That's all it says, you judgmental blowhards.
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And then there is this: "Michael Hastings' Dangerous Mind: Journalistic Star Was Loved, Feared and Haunted":
"Hastings was intensely interested in government surveillance of journalists. In May, the story broke about the Department of Justice obtaining the phone records of Associated Press reporters. A couple weeks later, Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program became public. Hastings was convinced he was a target.
His behavior grew increasingly erratic. Helicopters often circle over the hills, but Hastings believed there were more of them around whenever he was at home, keeping an eye on him. He came to believe his Mercedes was being tampered with. "Nothing I could say could console him," Thigpen says.
One night in June, he 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."
Despite the fact that high speeds continue to be added to stories by 'journalists', Hastings was not driving that fast (and note what Brennan has been up to):  "UPDATED: CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target"

Here's the surveillance video.  Note that the car lights go out before the first bright blast of light, followed by the second bigger blast of light.  Did the lights go out when they took control of the car?  Or when the car hit the tree?  The second bigger blast of light is presumably the bomb they planted in his car, and occurs far too quickly after the first blast of light.
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