Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Okay, this is creepy

I'm not a fan of conspiracy theories. Although saying it that way probably violates George Lakoff's "don't think of an elephant" advice.

Still, I'm one of maybe 10 people in the country, maybe the world, who thinks Oswald was a lone assassin. And that JFK didn't have an affair with Marilyn Monroe. Also Bobby Kennedy not. I don't believe in extraterrestrial kidnappings or the Roswell Incident. I believe the moon landing was real.

Still, I do believe there was an October Surprise involving the Reagan campaign sabotaging the hostage negotiations with Iran in 1980.

And while I'm not ready to draw any conclusions on it, I do think there are some questions that the police investigation into Michael Hastings' fatal car accident needs to answer. By Kimberly Dvorak of San Diego 6 reports on her work on the accident in Details of Report Hastings' Death Remain Elusive 07/08/2013 and Michael Hastings' Ashes Sent Home for Burial 07/18/2013. In the latter report:

Hastings' friend and confidant SSgt. Joe Biggs disclosed a macabre twist in the award-winning journalist's death in a suspicious single-car accident. According to SSgt. Biggs, "Michael Hastings' body was returned to Vermont in an urn."

This revelation provides another wrinkle in the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) handling of a case they labeled "no foul play" only hours after the writer’s death.

Nevertheless LA County assistant corner, Ed Winter, said it took two days to identify the burned-beyond recognition body of Hastings. Officials also confirmed that an autopsy has been performed, but the cause of death is still pending. Unfortunately the family will have to wait for cause of death answers as LAPD media spokesperson Lieutenant Andrew Neiman indicated, “It will take several weeks to get the toxicology results.”

SSgt. Biggs also emphatically stated that liquor was not a factor in the accident, as Hastings hadn’t consumed alcoholic beverages in five years.

So why is the LAPD delaying the reports?

It was SSgt. Biggs who released the following chilling email to members of the media; "Subject: FBI Investigation, re: NSA -Hey (redacted names) — the Feds are interviewing my "close friends and associates." Perhaps if the authorities arrive "BuzzFeed GQ," er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news gathering practices or related journalism issues. Also: I'm onto a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit. All the best, and hope to see you all soon. Michael"

The receipt of this email from Hastings tipped the scales for SSgt. Biggs. "This wasn’t an accident and I will continue to investigate his death."
This is seriously creepy and needs to be investigated and explained thoroughly.

Here is her video reports, presumably from 07/14/2013, the date of the first version of the second report:

In the earlier report she says:

After reading accounts of the car crash and examining the scene of the accident erroneous details were hard to overlook. Stories discussed the road as narrow, not true, it’s a four-lane road with a large median dividing traffic. Some reports said there was a curve in the road, also not true; in fact it’s straight freeway-to-freeway. Also, there was no damage to the median curb, only fire discoloration. But the most significant missing evidence was the absence of any skid marks—even though the car made a 60-degree turn into a palm tree.
She also notes, "LAPD media spokesperson Lieutenant Andrew Neiman said, "it will take several weeks to get the toxicology results." By stark contrast, in Italy, 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini's family received the toxicology report within a few days." And that report of Dvorak's was a week and a half ago.


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