Requiem for an ASSASSINATED: The Untimely Death of Journalist Michael Hastings. R.I.P.Submitted by sharkhearted on Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:19
As we leave this year very soon, I leave you with a tribute to an individual or two who will go down in history...as REAL heroes.
You know...people who put their very lives on the line to get the truth out there...and then, of course, pay for it with their lives.
2013 was a banner year for such chilling events. There are lots of them....the supermajority of which will not be covered here.
The first...is the untimely--and completely suspicious--death (trans: "assassination") of Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings.
Michael Hastings was only 33 years old. He had spend much time embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan and had forged many real friendships with troops there...all the while exposing the corruption and utter illegality of the NATO-spoonsored interventions there.
This got him in trouble. Deep trouble. After his expose' work was instrumental in bringing down the military career of General Stanley McChrystal, Michael was reportedly threatened by one of McChrystal's staffers by saying to Michael, verbatim: "We are going to hunt you down and kill you."
(Oh yeah...THAT Stanley McChrystal who helped propagate the cover-up of the "friendly" fire incident that resulted in Army Ranger' Pat Tillman's death).
Now, for those of you who appreciate the solid engineering of Mercedes-Benz as being some of the best in the world, and the fact that Mercedes Benz even released a statement that "our vehicles do not just BLOW UP" (emphasis mine), Michael Hastings' 2013 C250 should never, even if it exploded on impact...have its fully intact (and non-charred) engine land in the street 100 feet UPSTREAM of the impact zone (!!).
As an homage to this young man and his extraordinary accomplishments even for his short time on this planet, I invite you to take the time to watch this footage chronicling the events of this tragic early morning in June...and then the remarkable video footage of this guy in action....handing Piers Morgan and company their arses to them...at about the 39 minute mark (WATCH!)
And then, in a separate interview with RT in I think 2011, watch his words beginning at about the 51:20 mark. And then at the 52 minute remark Hastings says (in regards to his new controversial book then released called The Operators)--he says this in jest--yet one can't underestimate the power of gravity behind the jest--he says this to the RT reporter (emphasis mine):
"Look...I'm still alive. I'm still standing. THEY HAVENT PUT A DRONE STRIKE ON ME YET. I'm not in GITMO."
I will let you decide for yourself. But in the meantime....
R.I.P. Michael Hastings. You are a noble individual and will not be forgotten.
On that note, here's wishing everyone a peaceful, prosperous, happy, and VIGILANT new year.