But The Government Would Never…

Michael Hastings dying in a fiery crash straight out of a Hollywood movie has made a lot of people suspicious. There are very few journalists out there that make a point of pushing the buttons of the powerful, of punching up towards the crown, because most “journalists” at this point are more interested in maintaining their “access”. Access of course being granted only to those who serve, or at the very least don’t oppose, the agenda of various government officials.

But like any suspicious situation like this, it’s all too easy for people to dismiss this as “tinfoil hat” talk. “Of course the government wouldn’t do that!” and the like. So with that in mind, here are a few things the government HAS done, if you’re wondering why some of us are skeptical:

Murdered Fred Hampton in his sleep: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Hampton

Spied on and setup activists: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO

Attempted to assassinate Castro 638 times: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_attempts_on_Fidel_Castro

Discussed assassinating Occupy members: http://privacysos.org/node/925

Murder a 16 year old kid, then blame it on bad parenting: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2012438

Not to mention spying on everyone as seen in the recent NSA leaks, torturing people and dehumanizing them at Abu Ghraib, detaining innocent men for 11 years at Guantanamo, holding Bradley Manning in solitary confinement, murdering an unarmed man in Anaheim and then attacking people protesting that murder with tanks, coordinating a nationwide crackdown on activists, snatching protestors off the street, pepperspraying a group of detained people, targeting blacks and Latinos for “stop and frisk”, murdering Mexican kids on the border, lying to start about 10 different wars, or vaporizing hundreds of thousand people in nuclear attacks.

To name just a few.

Maybe Michael Hastings really did just die in an unfortunate accident. But before you call anyone who is suspicious about it a “conspiracy theorist” or a “tin hatter” – just remember what government is capable of, and remember that it is in no way outside the realm of very real possibility that the government killed someone who was a threat to them.

UPDATE

@vomitinglarry on twitter sent me a link also worth looking at, suspicious deaths during the Bush admin: http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=616455