This video is really very scary. I have no evidence that Michael Hastings was assassinated. But because of the fact that the government has claimed the extra-judicial right to kill American citizens on US soil without trial, we simply cannot know if this man was the target of something like the type of car hacking that this DARPA executive is describing.
Michael Hastings’ car shot down Highland Boulevard in Los Angeles, slammed into a tree and exploded. Hastings’ body was burned so badly that as yet there has been no definite identification that he was even the driver, let alone what condition he was in when he was killed.
He had told friends that he was being investigated by the FBI and that he was frightened. He also said that he was about to make further revelations about the National Security Agency that would be explosive. It is conceivable that this could have made him a "legal" target in the eyes of a government that has assumed the power to kill its own citizens without trial.
There was quite a controversy on this story about Hastings when it was published on Unknowncountry, with some posters hotly maintaining that the Obama Administration has never claimed such a power. This is incorrect. The only thing that Attorney General Holder has said is that the government would not kill American citizens on US soil with drones. He has very specifically avoided saying that it did not have the power to assassinate citizens in other ways without trial.
Nobody wants to believe the the US government might have gone into the business of killing citizens extra-judicially, but their continued refusal to say that they do not claim this power is, frankly, terrifying.
The administration needs to make an unequivocal statement: we do not believe that we have the power to assassinate American citizens on American soil without trial. So far, it has not done that.