You’re not going to believe this! You might be wondering, Hasting’s body had already turned to ash in the car? Well, it hadn’t. Yes, he did burn significantly, but his body still had structure and was standing in a seated position inside his car (even after the fire was put out). Several eyewitness reports confirm this, one in which is on record here: Eyewitness: Hasting’s not burned beyond recognition (put this aside for now, in favor of the upcoming video).

Kimberly Dvorak is the only journalist investigating this matter, and everyone else is remaining silent. I want to break down the items we’ve gathered from Kimberly Dvorak, her TV report  linked to below (you want to watch the Video first and foremost, the article isn’t written by Kimberly and is not discussed here):

http://www.sandiego6.com/story/hastings-investigation-20130714

In this report, she clearly states that Hasting’s family wanted his body to be returned home to them so that they could bury him properly after they do an exhaustive autopsy on the body. But, what appears to be the LAPD or the government decided, against the will of the entire family (yes, THE ENTIRE FAMILY) that they will burn and cremate the body even further and send it back to the family in an urn. They did both these things, without permission and specifically against the will of the family, deliberately burnt the body and sent back the ashes to the family via the post.

The family wanted to do an independent autopsy, now that the government destroyed the evidence, this is impossible.

Secondly, Kimberly discusses in the video how Hasting’s lawyer has details of the story he was working on, and it was so sensitive that he would not even tell his own wife in case it put her in danger. He said to his lawyer that if something were to happen to him, he wouldn’t want something to also happen to his wife (by virtue of her knowing any of the details of the story Hasting’s was working on at the moment of his death).

This is on top of details we’ve learnt earlier where Hasting’s had written an email to several people (carbon-copied) which was revealed by his confidant, SSgt. Joe Biggs, quoting Hasting’s as saying:  “I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit” after expressing concern of his family members and associates being questioned, interviewed, pressed and pressured by the FBI and possibly the NSA.

Third, according to Kimberly, Hasting’s wife is furious and is looking for leads on the matter – she wants to press charges. Kimberly is following many leads and is worried that the media is not touching this story anymore (after the initial report, there has been nothing) – apparently they are all pretty scared. We already know about the Journalist that had her life threatened by what appeared to be men in suits (which is linked to the people involved in the Hasting murder), and the CNN reporter who had her computer hacked in a very sophisticated manner.

We all know how badly the media is in bed with the government, and the processes by which the media bends over backwards for them is not a singular proposition, it comes in creative varieties (numerous). From buying fake and pointless ads (disguised bribes) – I’m sure you’ve all seen commercials from some coal or oil company which appears to be doing a PR ad about its business, this is them giving the channel money and offering to pull the ads if they step out of line. Lets not forget my favorite, the money in politics method (legalized bribes) where the corporations dictate terms to the government, and use the government to dictate terms to the media outlets. Then there is the obvious one, where politicians do fear mongering to the media, telling them they will not appear on their channel for interviews on shows (big ratings push/gain) – in other words, the channel will not get access to the politicians, which will then hurt their ratings and therefore the bottom line. This is why when a politician appears on a show, they get such softball questions. Oh, and if you were to step out of line and ask real questions, your career as a journalist will be over (this has happened visibly on so many occasions now, I think it requires another blog post). However, feel free to enter the names you know of in the comments section, for the benefits of performing a loosely organized poll. There are more methods of course, but I don’t want to step off the main point of this hideous revelation. The media will not touch the story for obvious reasons, lets just leave it at that for now.

One a side note, and just to interject: Watch out world, it appears that we have one of those very rare real journalists on our hands! Kimberly Dvorak of San Diego Channel 6 TV, go get ’em girl!

Oh, and of course, Kimberly Dvorak is getting death threats! Although she claims that it’s normal for cases that are high profile in nature, there is a reason why this case should be excluded from that. Normally, death threats would only apply to cases where people disagree with the issue or case at hand. In this situation, the people do not disagree with the obvious possibility! People want to know what is going on, left and right – they want to know if the government murdered Hasting’s! The only “people” who are on the other side of this issue are the government officials who want this story to go away. They are doing a good job at holding the mainstream government-whip-slapped media down, but were unable to hold Kimberly down, as it seems. If there is going to be a death threat, it is most likely going to be from the government. The reason being, the people and citizens are not on two different sides of the issue. Normally, the people are on two sides of an issue and a group on an opposing side may have members that issue death threats, but this issue is unique in that it doesn’t have two sides among the citizens and audience that consumes the news. On this issue, the only group that hold the “other” side are the government officials that have the obvious agenda to hold this story down. If there is going to be a death threat, you know in all likelihood, there is only really one place that is could come from. I cannot and won’t discount the probability of a citizen issued death threat, but really, the odds of that occurring are so small that it should be nothing more than a thought tweaking in the back of your head (the purpose being, in case later, it becomes relevant).

On a final note, if the government had nothing to do with this. The first thing that they would want to ensure they do is release the body in-tact, to the family, so that they can do their own analysis on (by electing an independent body) to do the autopsy. Why would the government or the LAPD especially, with its already terrible reputation, want any additional Public Relations issues? The answer is obvious.

[I want to say the following, it may be a little speculative, but I’m still going to say it]…

I’m done with this – I’m calling it, a group high-up in the military-law enforcement sector had ordered his assassination, the next question is, what was the story he was working on? What was it that was so important?

The conversation should move to who ordered this assassination, and how he will be dealt with. We need to put pressure on this point, so the people who are complicit panic and do something out of the ordinary, something unexpected, unplanned, something silly or even something stupid. Unlikely, sure, but its a shot worth taking.

[There, I said it]!

This post outlines a plausible scenario in which Michael Hastings might have been murdered by the government altering the software in his car and auto accelerating his vehicle to his death. For more info on his death and the car accident, please refer to link below…

Journalist who exposed American military killed in car crash

http://rt.com/usa/hastings-dies-crash-suspicions-020/

I’m a computer programmer, I’m no conspiracy theorist or anything, but I think no item should be left unturned when investigating Hastings suspicious death. If the investigators don’t think of potential hypothetical scenarios, they will not be able to investigate for it. Here is a scenario…

All modern cars now days run on code, the code or “software” in his car could have been altered to ensure that once over a particular speed, it auto accelerates at full speed (full throttle) while the brakes are disabled and the car ends up crashing at some point. If you pull the handbrake, you’ll end up going sideways and crashing, if you don’t do that, you’ll end up hitting something at very high speed. Notice how the car exploded? That is not normal, and only “normal” for it to happen in the movies. The new Mercedes that Hastings was driving would be full of gadgets and sensor information will be available to the central computer/application programming interface (API), making it easy to alter or hack.

They should look for signs of accessing the computer in the car (usually underneath the driver’s seat or behind the steering wheel assembly) either using forced entry, cutting bits and pieces out from underneath the car to access it, or by getting a new key from the car distributor (sales outlet where he brought his car). Since the government can print copies of passports without issue, and produce the necessary points of ID, it’s easy to get a copy of the key from the car dealer (criminals even do this, that’s how they steal new model cars now days). If they did this, it would leave a trace, if they used forced entry, that would also leave a trace.

Also, the computer program may still be on the cars computer, but could also have been auto deleted as soon as a crash was detected (since the car knows when it has entered a crash, it can trigger many things to occur before the car and its contents are destroyed, this information would be available to the central computer). Now, the investigator would need to check for deleted files as well as securely deleted files (files that are deleted in a way to prevent undeleting). If the investigator doesn’t know to check for these items, they will NEVER know or be able to isolate this possibility.

Governments used to kill people by triggering an explosion of a targets car during ignition, this is now old news, and I’m sure they have more effective ways of murdering people who are in their car, and making it look more accidental (and our scenario satisfies both these items). The fact that the car was going at an insidiously high rate of speed is what’s making me very suspicious. He seems like a responsible person (his friends say he drives like a grandma), and nobody thought he would choose to go at rates of speed above 100 m/h in suburban streets. The engine flew out of the car (as reported and visible in the news video/footage)! If our scenario is true, he would have tried to keep the car in control until he could figure out a way to reduce the speed, but of course, the cars speed would have just kept increasing until he inevitably lost control, since the top speed of his car is about 3 times that of typical highway speeds (if not more) – and imagine this on a suburban road where you have less room!

Remember, the government always has methods of killing people that it has not yet disclosed to the public, it is for this reason they can get away with it without it looking suspicious. To equalize the playing field, we have to think about these possibilities and ensure that they are not one step ahead of us. Otherwise, we’ll only know in 70 years or so when it’s too late and something, somewhere is declassified.

The last point I wanted to make was, they probably had access to his computer just like they had access to that female journalist’s computer at CNN (who came out to the world and told everyone just recently), where CNN confirmed deeply hidden unauthorized code undetectable by antivirus scanners actively controlling her computer. If they (the government) saw a potentially damaging story coming, or a story that he was working on or was about to break, then they may have killed him for that reason (to prevent it from coming out) or for many other possible reasons we’ve just yet been unable to imagine. There is a reason Glenn Greenwald lives in Brazil, to stay the hell away from US law enforcement and their ability to harm him in any way (well, that and because his partner lives there). I think we need to determine if he was working on a big story, but if they had access to his computer, it would have been irrecoverably deleted most likely (but may still be possible to retrieve if an investigator can access his computer).

Do I believe this happened? Unlikely, but even if there is a 1% possibility, it’s worth investigating for. What do you guys think?

I’m mainly worried that the investigator is not going to know to look for these types of things, because they probably know very little about computers. My aim in making this post is to get the word out and to ensure whoever is responsible for the investigation does a comprehensive job, and the only way I can see to ensure investigators are doing the necessary work is to put pressure on them through the force of the people and the media, to ensure this scenario and any other conceivable scenario is not overlooked and are accounted for.

To end, I wanted to include some complimentary information about how easy it is to overtake the software system of a car by quoting DARPA PM Kathleen Fisher, followed by a link to the video of the text.

From a lecture by Dr. Kathleen Fisher, DARPA Program Manager, High Assurance Systems: 

“Modern vehicles consist of between 30 and 100 embedded control units which are essentially small computers connected via CAN bus. [ CAN bus (for controller area network) is a vehicle bus standard designed to allow microcontrollers and devices to communicate with each other within a vehicle without a host computer. – donnafritz from Wikipedia] These cars were required by law to have a diagnostic port typically located under the steering wheel that allows mechanics to download diagnostic information and to perform software updates. In the first paper, the researchers from UCSD and the University of Washington showed that if they could touch the CAN bus to that diagnostic port, they could take over all of the functionality of the car that’s controlled by software. And in an modern automobile, that’s pretty much everything: the breaks are controlled by software because of anti-lock breaking,the acceleration is controlled by software because of cruise control, and those fancy cars that can park themselves, even the steering is under software control. The reaction to this first paper was somewhat muted, perhaps because the researchers had access to that diagnostic port, they were inside the car, and so already had physical access to the breaks, acceleration, and steering. They responded with a second paper, in which they showed a variety of ways of touching that CAN bus without physically touching the car. These attacks involved infecting the computers and repair shop, and then having that infection spread to the car through diagnostic port or hacking into the blue tooth system, or using the cell phone network to break into the telematics unit that’s normally used to provide roadside assistance. The most ingenious attack, though used the stereo system in the car. The researchers were able to craft an electronic version of a song that played just fine in your household stereo system or on your personal computer. But when you put that on a CD and played it in the car CD player, it took over total control of your automobile. Yeah right – pretty scary, huh? These vulnerabilities arise because the cyber components of the interface of these cars are built from the same kinds of buddy components that are in your personal computers, and the control systems that are actually running the car have no notion that there can be an attacker sitting on the CAN bus. […] “

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3D6jxBDy8k8

Want more? Here is a 12 minute video of a hacker taking over a car and controlling its systems remotely aired on PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/tadayoshi-kohno.html

Thank you for reading. To ensure this issue gets the necessary investigative attention, please pass this on to some friends, tweet the link and up vote + like on reddit (http://redd.it/1grycy) and WordPress. Without additional coverage, this story will get buried and the details will go unknown – we need Hasting’s voice to be heard, especially after his passing.

Please feel free to leave your comments, ideas, suggestions or thoughts below in the comments section and/or in the reddit comments section (http://redd.it/1grycy).

UPDATE: This this post was written, new evidence has been uncovered, making the situation more worrying, visit second post here: Government destroys evidence of Hastings’ murder, Hastings body cremated to ashes against the will of his entire family.

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