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Breitbart's death needs to be investigated for the sake and safety of ALL journalists

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A month ago, while speaking at CPAC, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart bragged to his audience about having incriminating videos of Barack Obama that would sink the president's reelection campaign.  Later he told Lawrence Sinclair of Sinclair News "Wait til they see what happens March 1st."

On March 1st, shortly after midnight, Andrew Breitbart was dead at the age of 43.  Even before there was an autopsy the media was quick to assure the shocked public that Breitbart had died of "natural causes".  Conservative, and even some liberal, mouthpieces shared their fond memories of Breitbart on television and in opinion pieces, while others-- like Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone-- happily basked in the death of their ideological rival.

Breitbart's final hours were described to The Hollywood Reporter by Arthur Sando, who is a publicity and marketing executive for the dietary supplement company MonaVie and has worked for several large television networks in the past.  According to Sando, Breitbart walked into The Brentwood-- a restaurant and bar in L.A.-- and sat down next to him.  Sando recognized Breitbart due to his fame and they engaged in a discussion for about two hours.  Sando said that Breitbart was "friendly and engaging" and that he had stopped at the bar for a drink but hadn't come there to meet anyone in particular.  Breitbart didn't drink excessively, according to Sando's account, was on his blackberry a lot, and didn't exhibit any signs of health or other problems.  Before Breitbart left they exchanged contact information and planned on getting together.

Later that night (at about 12:30 or 1 a.m) Breitbart was found on the sidewalk near his Westwood home after having collapsed, according to his father-in-law, Orson Bean.

"He was walking near the house somewhere". He was taken by paramedics to UCLA and they couldn't revive him," said Bean.

Other reports mention that a neighbor saw Breitbart collapse.

As of this writing the results of the autopsy are still pending.

Though Breitbart was no spring chicken, at 43 he was still young enough for his death to be considered untimely.  It's been reported that Breitbart had heart problems (I have yet to find any source detailing what specific heart problems he had, however).  His editor in chief Joel Pollak spoke to Carol Felsenthal for a piece that was posted on The Hill.  Though Felsenthal wrote that Pollak never said so specifically, she claimed he indicated that he thought Breitbart died of natural causes.

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Yet in that piece Pollack was quoted as saying:

"Andrew was the picture of health. I had a conversation with someone who had been with Andrew on the day before he died and this person told me, 'Andrew looked so good.' He went to the gym the day he died, he was losing weight, he was healthy and robust."

Since Andrew Breitbart was adopted and his birth parents' identities have not been disclosed to the general public, it's currently unknown whether or not he had a genetic predisposition to early death due to heart disease or any other kind of ailment.

As the first suspicions were being raised about the amazing timing of Breitbart's death-- taking place in the first hour of the very day he planned to release allegedly controversial video footage-- mainstream media columnists began their usual attacks on those voicing their suspicions, with slurs and insults but very few facts to reassure a rightfully distrustful public that Breitbart couldn't possibly have been the victim of an assassination.  The nature of Breitbart's death leads many to dismiss reasonable questions about the timing as "conspiracy theories" because indeed it is true that sometimes people unexpectedly die young of natural causes.  What usually comes to most people's minds when imagining political murders are violent scenes in which a person is shot or quietly strangled, or some kind of traceable poison is slipped into his or her drink.  These kinds of scenes play out in movies and do little to inform the public of how terrifyingly simple it is for a person with the right resources to murder another and make it look like a natural death, leaving behind no trace of the crime whatsoever.

It is indeed possible to make somebody to have a heart attack.

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As far back as 1975, during the Church Committee hearings, it was revealed that the CIA had developed a poison that could cause a person to have a sudden heart attack. They froze the poison into the shape of a dart and fired it at high speed from a pistol so that it would go right through the clothes of the person who was shot, melt, and be absorbed into the body and blood to initiate the heart attack, leaving nothing but a small red mark on the body. The poison was developed in such a way that it was undetectable by the autopsy procedures of the time.

Again, Breitbart's official cause of death hasn't been released yet, however a heart attack is the explanation that the media seems to be herding the public towards.  This is just one example of a weapon that came to light many decades ago, reluctantly revealed to a committee investigating the activities of American intelligence services.  It's a testament to what the U.S. government was capable of in 1975, and says nothing of how that technology has been improved thirty-seven years later, or what nasty devices and poisons they managed to keep secret.

Of course, an order to kill Breitbart need not have even come directly from the White House.  It could have come from parties interested in seeing that the President stay in office.  Certainly if the CIA can figure out how to kill a person in a cleverly untraceable way, so can the organizations of powerful people who may have copied the CIA's methods and technology or even had it directly given to them at one point or another.

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the video Breitbart made a big deal about had alre... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 7:04:51 AM
There's a whole lot of "supporting" circumstances ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 7:48:15 AM
There is a familiar aphorism among those who devel... by Sherwin Steffin on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:16:07 AM
I tend to agree with the idea this is likely a ... by Thomas Brown on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:52:59 AM
HA-Ha-Ha  You have got to be kidding me. ... by on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 5:02:36 PM
As is well-known by Senator Santorum and his suppo... by John Smith on Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 10:16:59 AM
I'm surprised at some of the comments made here!Th... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 6:12:26 PM
I agree with the basic premise that the circumstan... by Dan Mage on Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 8:41:40 PM
Haven't seen much about Breitbart's key role in pr... by Donn Marten on Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 12:07:32 PM