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Monday, December 29, 2008

Not Quite Ready for Primetime

My report on the massive fraud and domestic spying, upon careful review, still has some critical, unanswered questions, which I have been working on today, but which will clearly require more time to nail down. I do not intend to publish this as an incomplete work, and so as soon as I am satisfied that I have all the questions answered, and all the relevant facts assembled, you will see it here.

I do plan to check in to the Talkshoe show in a few minutes, and explain this to everyone who is listening/watching over there.

I hope everyone understands that some good journalism just cannot be rushed.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Massive Fraud, Complete with Domestic Spying

It is a story, in the post-9/11 era, that will surprise some, not surprise some others, but probably will scare everyone that reads it. Because chances are, if you are reading this, you are one of its victims. To its creator, and sponsors (more on them later), it was known as Project Leviathan, and it was created, I believe, in 2005, and put into operation late that year and in early 2006. For those of us who are not major computer geeks (or hackers), the details of how it works, and what it does, are a little difficult to plumb; but in a nutshell, this hacker program runs invisibly wherever the hacker plants it, and it captures whatever information the hacker wants it to capture, including, if the hacker chooses, every keystroke you make. If PL is planted on a site that you, the reader, has used, PL has captured everything you typed on that site, including your password, and any non-public information that would ordinarily not appear on the website.

It is impossible to know which, or how many websites have had PL implanted on them. My guess, knowing who sponsored PL, is at least hundreds, perhaps thousands. I know of at least one affected website, and considering those involved, it is not the only one; considering their aims, they cast as wide a net as possible "in order to protect the homeland."

Oh, and the massive fraud? Well, suppose you launched a website with a stated purpose, advertised it on Craigslist, and waited for folks to come and sign up? Suppose then, that your marketing pitch was so well-crafted, and the folks that you attracted to your website were so talented, that soon thousands were joining and participating? And suppose that while your site was making good on its promises to registered users, it was also performing psychological experiments on them, using group dynamics to test out social theories, and using PL to capture every bit of private, confidential, sensitive information about each and every one of them? That last part would be the massive fraud.

PL is invisible to almost every security firewall software that has been written. It will not be picked up by scans. It will not be detected by network searches. It runs silent, and deep, and does not go away until the person who implanted it removes it. In many ways, it may the greatest hacker software ever written. Its author is certainly going to be well-known for it. Its author? Oh, yes, I know who wrote PL. You will too, when my full report is posted.

I have finished my reporting on this story, but need another day to edit it and make sure that I have not missed anything important. I hope to have the full report done and posted tomorrow, so watch this space.

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Story Coming That Is Huge

I have a story that I am about to start working on researching that is huge. It may turn out to be one of the biggest stories of the past decade, and involves manipulation, invasion of privacy, domestic spying and psychological testing of thousands of people without their knowledge. And it is coming to an end on February 1, 2009, largely, I believe, because there is a new Administration coming in that would quickly shut it down if they learned of its existence. It involves people inside and outside of the Federal government, and lest you think I am just another conspiracy theorist, well, I'm not, and I never have been. But the evidence that I have begun to accumulate is convincing me that this may have been the largest-scale defrauding of Americans (and non-Americans, since its reach was worldwide via the Internet) in years.

So watch this space.

Copyright 2008, Ricky A. Pursley.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

This New Day in America

The sun refracting through the dew
Makes everything appear to be on fire,
From the tips of the tree branches
To the tiniest blades of grass,
From the tops of the houses,
To the pavement under my feet,
On this new day in America.

The flags of hope and change fly high,
Welcome silhouettes in the sky,
On this new day in America.

The dreams that we have dreamed all our lives,
Rise anew under skies so blue,
On this new day in America.

The chance to set so much right,
The open path to address every plight,
On this new day in America.

The challenges we face loom large,
But our duty is our charge,
On this new day in America.

We will not be deceived, as we challenge what we believed,
We will seek out right, and not shrink from the good fight,
On this new day in America.

From shore to shore, we take up the banners our fathers bore,
We will hunger for justice even more,
On this new day in America.

Though our odds be rather thin,
With dedication, we will win,
On this new day in America.

No longer, much for the few,
But freedom for me and freedom for you,
On this new day in America.

Let our old chant, Yes We Can, ring across the land anew,
As it changes to Yes We Did, and rings ever true,
On this new day in America.