Paul Joseph Watson
June 21, 2013
Authorities and media outlets have predictably moved to dismiss claims that Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings – who complained of being under investigation by the FBI before his death in a fiery car crash on Tuesday – was murdered as a result of foul play, despite the vehicle’s engine being found 100 feet away from the scene of the blaze.After Wikileaks reported that Hastings had contacted them in the hours before his death complaining about being under investigation by the FBI, the federal agency denied the claim.
“At no time was journalist Michael Hastings ever under investigation by the FBI,” L.A. Field Office spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Burlington Free Press.
However, it would be naive to take the FBI at its word. This is an organization whose agents recently shot an unarmed man six times in the head before lying in claiming Ibragim Todashev, friend of accused Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnev, had lunged at them with a weapon – an explanation later admitted to be false.
The FBI is also an organization that claims every single instance of its agents shooting people over the last 20 years was “justified”.
“Between 1993 and early 2011 FBI agents fatally shot 70 people and wounded approximately 80 others. In no incident, including one that led to a $1.3 million payout for a victim wrongfully identified as a bank robber, was an agent wrong to fire their weapon,” reports RT.
Hastings’ body was identified by the Los Angeles coroner’s office, which announced there were no signs of foul play, by matching fingerprints to prints the FBI had on file, indicating that Hastings must have had some involvement with the federal agency. “It sounded like a bomb went off in the middle of the night. My house shook. The windows were rattling,” said one resident who heard the crash.
According to Hastings’ colleague Cenk Uygur, the writer was, “incredibly tense and very worried, and was concerned that the government was looking in on his material,” and also a “nervous wreck” in response to the surveillance of journalists revealed by the AP phone tapping scandal and the NSA PRISM scandal.
BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith added that Hastings had told friends and family “he was concerned that he was under investigation.”
Another close friend who wishes to remain anonymous said that Hastings was “very paranoid that he was being watched by the FBI.”
Following his role in bringing down Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, Hastings was told by a McChrystal staffer, “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write.” The Rolling Stone journalist also “had the Central Intelligence Agency in his sights” and was set to release an article exposing the agency, according to L.A. Weekly.