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Who is Michael Hastings?

Ok so call me a skeptic. I don't mean to offend anyone and for those who have an emotional connection to Michael Hastings or feel uncomfortable discussing the tragedy of any fellow human being so soon after a reported death please feel free to move on from this post. After a bit of an emotional stir myself, I wanted to find out more about how this happened and if intelligence agencies might have been involved in this tragedy. After further research and being pretty emotionally detached at this time I started to think about another possibility.

How many of you really know who Michael Hastings is?

I was very intrigued by the Michael Hastings tragedy especially because he seemed linked to Snowden who really drew my interest in recent days. I first learned about Hasting through this post:
http://www.dailypaul.com/289627/michael-hastings-dead-at-33

There is a video on that thread that showed Hastings as a Ron Paul supporter which immediately hooked me. In that video he continued to share fascinating stories about Afghanistan and a very emotional human story about the family of a dead soldier.. He seemed genuine.

Then some oddities started popping up. The last person who tweeted that he was with Michael Hastings is Jeremy Scahill who I researched and immediately suspected as a left war gatekeeper and controlled opposition for reasons I mentioned in the above thread.

Then I looked into Hastings and found out he had a very unusual story about losing his wife in the Afghan war and wrote a book about it: I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story
(Many of the negative Amazon reviews suggest the book was mainly about him and very little about her.)

Then I realized his current wife Elise Jordan was a speechwriter for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 2008–2009 and very connected with George W Bush.

Then I read an interview with Julian Assange (who I always suspected as cointelpro):
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/julian-assange-the...
I came away just as unimpressed with Wikileaks from this story as before.

Then finally I read Hasting's famous Rolling Stone piece about McChrystal:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-genera...
First off how could Michael Hastings have so much access?

I couldn't help feeling after reading the Runaway General that the article was a very carefully crafted propaganda piece aimed at the political left to remove Obama from blame and scapegoat McCrystal (who took one for the team.) The general public was growing weary of the war and the story was a basis for the Obama apologists who would say: "It wasn't Obama's war...he was removed from what was going on and was reluctant. It was the General's war.." Furthermore there is a part about how the General was protective of innocent Afghan civilians, how innocent casualties were limited in contrast to how the Russians killed millions. Can you believe that? I couldn't help but believe this is an incredibly well-crafted war propaganda piece!!!

I think I wanted to believe this story, but now I'm a skeptic again. I wonder how great the web of lies could be? Are many of these journalists intelligence operatives, controlled opposition and gatekeepers? Are these fake stories? Actors? Are fake CIA operative deaths used to promote fear? These are just questions I have... *Sigh*...

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Interesting statement from Michael Hastings ...

... on his webpage on the True Slant website in the "About Me" section, he says:

I'm running from: A Nobel Prize winner.

http://trueslant.com/people/michaelhastings/

He also was following online other journalists, one of whom was Ken Layne, who wrote this article:

http://wonkette.com/284472/who-ordered-the-execution-of-nfla...

Thanks for the link

1) He's referring to running from Obama I take.

Couple interesting tid-bits on your link. Although Hasting's bio may be intended to be humorous, some things may have extra humorous meaning to Hastings. He writes:

My Current Project
Reporting and writing on things, plotting overthrow of regimes.

My Secret Ambition
To maintain and cultivate an enemies list.

2) The Ken Layne connection seems tenuous. Any reason you picked out this connection?

9-11 Media Fakery: Did anyone die on 9-11?
http://www.cluesforum.info/

http://www.septemberclues.info/

9-11 Actors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aPvJSQtmoE

Pysops.. media.. actors.. propagandists... disinfo agents.. fake videos.. fake photos

Yes ...

... I noticed Layne's article because the idea that Hastings could have been killed over printing bad things a general had to say about a president seems absurd.

Hastings is reported to have been on to what he considered a big story just before he died.

Layne's article is about the possibility that someone had Pat Tillman murdered because Tillman became disillusioned with the real reason for the Afghanistan war and was starting to talk about it. Covering up something like that might be a motive for taking out a journalist.

I have no other info, but just thinking out loud about what sort of story Hastings might have been digging into.

I think Jeremy Scahill

is the one that confirmed that two of the people killed in Manning's leaked helicopter video were Reuters reporters. That's important, because it better showed the indiscriminate nature of the killings and some of the stuff going on in Iraq. He's also been the one bringing up the extrajudicial killings of Anwar and his 15 year old kid. That doesn't sound like controlled opposition to me.

Think you nailed it

"Are many of these journalists intelligence operatives, controlled opposition and gatekeepers? Are these fake stories? Actors? Are fake CIA operative deaths used to promote fear?"

Word.

Who is Elise Jordan?

The wife of Michael Hastings.

As mentioned earlier she served as a director for communications in the National Security Council from 2008-09 and was a speechwriter for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

She tweets twice on April 24th and 26th about George W Bush's new Bush Center at: http://www.bushcenter.org/

On May 17th she tweets about a wedding
On May 24th she has a retweet

She doesn't tweet the rest of May and all of June until Michael Hastings supposedly dies.

On June 20th she tweets in response to Geraldo Rivera who makes a negative remark about Hastings:

@GeraldoRivera you are a sick bastard. To atone, make a donation to the Andi Foundation in Michael's memory.

Is this the behavior of a grieving widow two days after a husband's death? She hardly tweets in the first place and in her first response after Hasting's supposed death she makes a request to Geraldo Rivera to donate to the Andi Foundation, a foundation set up for Michael's first wife who supposedly died in Afghanistan? To top it all off Michael is presumed dead with no autopsy, confirmation or anything.

https://twitter.com/Elise_Jordan

Is this the behavior of a grieving widow?

9-11 Media Fakery: Did anyone die on 9-11?
http://www.cluesforum.info/

http://www.septemberclues.info/

9-11 Actors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aPvJSQtmoE

Pysops.. media.. actors.. propagandists... disinfo agents.. fake videos.. fake photos

a warning to Matt Tabibi?

also writing for Rolling Stone exposing the banksters...

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/bank-of-america-to...

An educated guess might be

that Tabibi is exactly the same kind of controlled opposition gatekeeper that Hastings was. 'Rolling Stone' as complete honest journalism? Hardly. They report what is allowed.

jd asks some very good questions in his last paragraph.

Thanks.

I'm right with you.

This whole thing is like working on a puzzle. Every piece you put down you have more and more opportunities to lay down another connected piece and see the bigger picture.

Check out this post about Ben Rhodes if you haven't already:
Failed Novelist Puppeteering Obama?
http://www.dailypaul.com/289871/failed-novelist-puppeteering...

9-11 Media Fakery: Did anyone die on 9-11?
http://www.cluesforum.info/

http://www.septemberclues.info/

9-11 Actors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aPvJSQtmoE

Pysops.. media.. actors.. propagandists... disinfo agents.. fake videos.. fake photos