Rolling Stone is reporting that Michael Hastings, the fearless muckraking journalist responsible for taking down General Stanley McChrystal, died in a car accident last night. Hastings is an Aquarius Sun, Gemini Moon – a combination which astrologer Jefferson Anderson refers to as “The Reporter”. (Source) I’ve had a Sun/Moon profile on Hastings in the works for a while which was tentatively titled “The High Tech Hitman”. Hastings was going to be the positive example (a journalistic hit-man) and the Reaper Drone the negative example. As far as his “accident”, here is the raw footage from a news station dash cam of its aftermath, the car you see go by in the first few seconds is Hastings:
Obviously the first thing many of us wonder when somebody like Hastings dies in an accident is if it was really an accident, an assassination, or an assassination made to look like an accident. There is a saying in the covert ops world, “The best art conceals the means by which it is done”. (You can guess what they mean by “art”.) I certainly don’t know what really happened in regards to Hastings’ death but it is possible to hack into a car via all the computer technology they now contain. Here, for instance, is a DARPA program manager explaining how easy it is to perform a “high tech hit job” on modern day cars:
Network World ran an article last year in which they explained that all the computerized systems in late model cars have turned it into a “rolling menu of attack possibilities for hackers, who can exploit vulnerabilities to steal it, eavesdrop on what you think are private conversations and even sabotage systems that could make it crash”. (Source)
Whatever the circumstances surrounding Hastings’ death there are plenty of powerful people who are probably happy to see him dead. In his 2012 book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, he quotes a McChrystal staffer as telling him, “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write.” (Source) At the time of his death Hastings was working on an article probing the CIA. (Source) A few hours before he died he had contacted the attorney for Wikileaks, saying he was being tracked by the FBI. (Source)
As far as the logistics of how a hit would have gone down if indeed it was a hit? If you’re really curious go check out Brad Thor’s book The Black List. Thor writes fiction but he is very connected, albeit very right wing, and does work to keep the set-ups for hit jobs he describes in his books as close to real life as possible.
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