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"About 100 feet after the car zooms by (the front door of the restaurant)...it starts to swerve. At about 195 feet from the camera, the car jumps the curb of the center median, heading toward a palm tree 56 feet away.
"About halfway between the curb and the tree, the car hits a metal protrusion - perhaps 30 inches tall and 2 feet wide - that gives access to city water mains below. This is where the first small flash occurs. This pipe may have damaged the undercarriage of the car, perhaps rupturing a fuel line...
"...A second flash immediately follows the first. It might be the brake lights, but it's hard to tell. The next frame is dark. Then comes the first explosion, followed immediately by a large fireball..."
"...a bomb would have propelled the car upward, not forward. ...It's very hard to blow up stuff well... I think too many things would have to go right. Luck would be involved. Good and bad. Does someone doing this to Hastings want to rely on luck? Too many things have to go right. It would have to be perfect. And that's almost impossible. ...It comes down to physics. A bomb would have lifted the car and the engine up. ...this car doesn't go up, and the engine goes forward, which makes sense since the car apparently did not hit the tree head on."
Originally posted by spacedoubt
Why does this "surveillance" video appear to be taken by a handheld?
I mean, typically security cams are mounted, and very stable.
Notice how this one seems to be moving a little left, right, up down, etc...
It looks hand held...
Hastings became a vocal critic of the surveillance state during the investigation of reporters by the US Department of Justice in 2013, referring to the restrictions on the freedom of the press by the Obama administration as a "war" on journalism. His last story, "Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans", was published by BuzzFeed on June 7. Hastings died in a fiery high-speed automobile crash on June 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Michelle Renee from Facebook 16 hours ago
Mysterious? Looks like he was going way too fast, lost control and crashed.
dsc201knoc 16 hours ago
@Michelle Renee Read the comment before yours... I mean I guess you missed the flash... This was a new mercedes c-class... Have you even driven an audi merc or a bmw before? You know how hard it is to loose control of one of these cars? Its not your moms honda civic. These cars are solid for straight roads and turns at speeds in excess of 165mph in a straight line and 110-120mph in rounding turns. The report shows no skid marks, when a person thinks they are going to crash the first thing they do is say 'ohh #' and slam on the brakes.. People can say anti lock brakes.. Let me tell you, if you slam on the brakes hard enough and jerk the wheel to avoid collision with something there will be skid marks.
Second, i dont know what movies you have been watching, cars dont just burst into flames, unless we are talking about the 90s era Taurus and escort with the faulty cruise control wiring of the ferrari that was recalled for fire issues. Might want to know a little something before you make some comment about not knowing how to drive. If you understood the dynamics and build of the model he was driving you might have had a little more of an intellectual comment than 'Mysterious?" So might want to think a little harder. I understand complex thought is hard.
lmporter5 14 hours ago
@dsc201knoc It's pretty obvious that you are the know nothing here. All cars can burst into flames if going at a high enough speed and then crashing into something (ie like a huge tree). This was a routine speeding accident. I think we will learn in time that this guy was drunk (he has a history of substance abuse).
dsc201knoc 10 hours ago
Actually cars don't burst into flames. It doesn't happen period. So go check yourself guy. Stop watching movies and think for yourself. Engines don't fall out of cars, they don't burst into flames and explode. It just doesn't happen. Like i said we aren't talking about a civic we are talking about a Germany engineered performance car.
Another significant detail pointed out by some members of law enforcement, is the intensity of the fire inside the car. It’s highly unusual since gasoline generally doesn’t burn that hot. Reviewing video footage from the scene, the intensity of the fire resembles a “thermite” burn
Originally posted by nunya13
reply to post by WanDash
...I'm certainly no expert but a 60 degree turn doesn't seem to be too far off the mark. What would you put it at?
Just prior to airtime, San Diego 6 News received the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) response to its FOIA request for transcripts of the 911 calls made by witnesses describing the sounds of explosions that woke them and took the life of the award-winning journalist in the early hours of June 18.
There were seven 911 calls included in the FOIA from the LAPD to San Diego 6 News:
Call one; “Caller reported an accident, the car exploded. Caller was transferred to the Los Angeles City Fire Department.”
Call two; “Caller reported a huge accident, and the car had blown up. Caller was transferred to the Los Angeles City Fire Department.”
Call three; “Caller reported a car accident occurred in front of his house, and the car is burning.”
Call four; “Caller reported a traffic collision, he is not involved, there is a possible fatality because there was a giant explosion that occurred in the median, unknown if anyone got out of the vehicle.”
Call five; “Caller reported a car is totally engulfed in flames.”
Call six; “Caller reported a large fire on the divider of the road, he is not sure if there is a car involved.”
And call seven; “Caller reported huge auto accident.”
According to San Diego 6 News reporter Kimberly Dvorak, “John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project.” Dvorak says she received an email from the CIA, “acknowledging Hastings was working on a CIA story,” although the text of that email was not displayed.
Dvorak also cites a Stratfor email hacked by Wikileaks and first published last year which names Brennan as being, “behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.”
“There is specific tasker from the WH to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked,” states the email.
Before being sworn in as CIA director in March this year, Brennan was a counterterrorism advisor for the Obama administration and helped compile the “kill lists” for the White House’s drone assassination program.