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Clues Link US to New Computer Viruses; Draft of Cyber Security Executive Order “Leaked”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Political Issues, Science & Technology, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Reuters

Researchers have found evidence suggesting that the United States may have developed three previously unknown computer viruses for use in espionage operations or cyber warfare.

For now, the two firms know very little about the newly identified viruses, except that one of them is currently deployed in the Middle East. They are not sure what the malicious software was designed to do.

Hayden’s Note:

Interesting timing for this piece of information to come to light.  Recently, a “leaked” draft of a cybersecurity Executive Order was plastered across the internet, indicating an attempt to intimidate and use heavy handed mob tactics to coerce certain members of Congress into approving the CISPA-like bills that resulted in tremendous public outcry and concern.  Here’s a bit more info –

Source: TechDirt

Earlier this week, we wrote about how the White House was working on an executive order to act as a “stand in” for cybersecurity legislation that has so far failed to pass Congress (CISPA passed in the House, but a different effort, the Cybersecurity Act, failed in the Senate, and it would have been difficult to get the two houses aligned anyway)....

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Apple Moves One Step Closer Toward Location-Based Camera Disabling

Posted on Sep 03, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Political Issues, Science & Technology, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Peta Pixel

Apple Moves One Step Closer Toward Location Based Camera Disabling nophoto mini

In June of last year, we reported on an unsettling patent filed by Apple that would allow certain infrared signals to remotely disable the camera on iPhones. It showed the potential downsides of bringing cameras into the world of wireless connectivity, which appears to be the next big thing in the camera industry. Now, a newly published patent is rekindling the fears of those who don’t want “Big Brother” controlling their devices.

U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, published on Tuesday, is titled, “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device.”

Hayden’s Note:

This will be used primarily for disabling of social networks and communication during civil unrest, protests, etc.  

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Hayden’s Note: Rutherford Institute Defends US Marine Arrested for Facebook Posts

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Global & National News, Political Issues, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Rutherford Institute – Editorial by Hayden

Update:  “A judge said today [08.23.12] he will order the release of a Marine Corps veteran…Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett said an involuntary commitment order issued against Brandon J. Raub was invalid because it contained no allegation or basis to holding him.”

The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a former Marine, 26-year-old Brandon Raub, who was arrested, detained indefinitely in a psych ward, and forced to undergo psychological evaluations based solely on the controversial nature of lines from song lyrics, political messages, and virtual card games which he posted to his private Facebook page. Although the FBI and Chesterfield County police have not charged Brandon Raub with committing any crime, they arrested him on Thursday, August 16, 2012, and transported him to John Randolph Medical Center, where he is being held against his will due to concerns that his Facebook posts were controversial and “terrorist in nature.”

Hayden’s Note:

While I understand their reasoning for using the defense that his Facebook comments were taken out of context, or were merely song lyrics, I am dismayed that it is likely their focal point in his defense.  

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New Job, New Location: Update on Website

Posted on May 22, 2012 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Social Networking, Truth is Treason News

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

I’ve recently taken a new job position that has landed me in the middle of farm country.  While there are a lot of work hours involved, I’m getting settled in and should be back to my usual 3-4 articles per day soon.  Please pardon the lack of updates as I transition into this new role!  It should only be for a few more days!

I’ve been posting and sharing articles on the Facebook page more often as it is sometimes impossible to get a good internet signal to update the website.  My cell signal is decent most of the time, so it allows me to interact on the Facebook Fan Page.  If you’re on Facebook, and not a fan, be sure to stop by and click, ‘Like’!

Please, continue sending article links, questions, and your awesome emails (well, most of the time… I love the hate mail, as well) and I will try to respond to all of them!  There are a few emails sitting in my inbox right now that I promise I’ll respond to, just give me a few more days!...

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Wall Street Battles Furiously to Stabilize Facebook’s IPO

Posted on May 19, 2012 in Federal Reserve & Bankers, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Wall Street Journal via Cryptogon

Facebook Inc. took eight years to stage one of the most anticipated initial public offerings ever. The anticlimax came Friday, as Wall Street bankers struggled to prevent the newly minted stock from ending its first day with a loss.

Hayden’s Note:

Who would have thought when I started this blog that an article would land in both the Social Networking AND Federal Reserve & Bankers categories?

The stock had been widely predicted to soar on its first day. Instead, up until the closing moments of the trading session, Facebook’s underwriters battled to keep the stock from slipping below its offering price of $38 a share. Such a stumble would have been a significant embarrassment, particularly for a prominent new issue like Facebook, the most heavily traded IPO of all time.

In the end, the bankers succeeded. When trading on Nasdaq ended at 4 p.m., the social network’s stock was up just a hair, 0.6%, at $38.23.

Facebook was also hurt by investors’ high expectations of a healthy first-day pop in the price, according to people familiar with the matter....

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Monthly Contest: May’s Social Media Blitz! Win Free Prizes

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 in Social Networking, Truth is Treason News

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Social Media Blitz!

May 2012 Contest Prizes:

1st Place: Ceramic Water Filter / Bug Out Bottle – comparable to Berkey systems – courtesy of Homespun Environmental.  This self-contained filter comes in a handy BPA-free bottle that can filter out bacteria, sediment, chemicals, and more, and is good for over 200 fill-ups before changing the inexpensive filter element!  That’s approximately 60 days worth of clean water!  And of course, I’ll throw in a bumper sticker!

Approximate value: $25.00

2nd Place: Multi-pack of non-GMO, heirloom seeds, courtesy of my good friends at PatriotSeedStore.com!  I will also toss in two TruthisTreason.net Bumper Stickers!

Approximate value: $20.00

3rd Place: Five TruthisTreason.net Bumper Stickers! Stick them on your car, your house, your dog, your laptop… but whatever you do, don’t place them in unauthorized areas, such as the sides of government buildings, street signs, public restrooms, your friend’s car, or anywhere else that they would surely attract attention.  *Ahem*

How to Win the Truth is Treason.net Social Media Blitz –

This contest is easy to win and doesn’t cost a thing, except a few minutes of your time!...

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NSA Whistleblower William Binney on the Expanding Police State

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Police, Military, & War, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Democracy Now, via Cryptogon

In his first television interview since he resigned from the National Security Agency over its domestic surveillance program, William Binney discusses the NSA’s massive power to spy on Americans and why the FBI raided his home after he became a whistleblower. Binney was a key source for investigative journalist James Bamford’s recent exposé in Wired Magazine about how the NSA is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency, including private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other personal data.

Binney served in the NSA for over 30 years, including a time as technical director of the NSA’s World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. Since retiring from the NSA in 2001, he has warned that the NSA’s data-mining program has become so vast that it could “create an Orwellian state.” Today marks the first time Binney has spoken on national television about NSA surveillance.

Related: Coming Soon: Retroactive Surveillance on Anyone...

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House Intel Chair: Google Secretly Backs CISPA (Duh!)

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Political Issues, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Anti-War

After Google played a central role in the campaign in rallying the public against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R – MI) claims that Google is secretly supporting the bill many are calling “SOPA 2.

Hayden’s Note:

You can file this one under, “Duh!”  Google recently tried appealing to the common man and acting as though they were staunchly against CISPA.  I’ve learned to distrust any mega-corporation, especially one that has such bedroom-ties to the NSA, cyber-security, politics, and an endless checkbook… especially when they can profit handsomely from getting the bill passed.

They’ve been helpful and supportive of trying to find the right language in the bill,” Rogers said of Google, who declined to comment one way or the other on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the new bill.

The bill aims primarily at the sharing of private information, empowering the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect data from private companies on anything they decide is a “cyber threat.”

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Crowd (Soft) Control: Using Social Networking and Games to Force Behavior

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 in Science & Technology, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: PhysOrg

Eighty-eight percent of Americans now own a cell phone, forming a massive network that offers scientists a wealth of information and an infinite number of new applications. With the help of these phone users — and their devices’ cameras, audio recorders, and other features — researchers envision endless possibilities for gathering huge amounts of data, from services that collect user data to monitor noise pollution and air quality to applications that build maps from people’s cell phone snapshots.

Researchers can’t force mobile users to behave in a certain way, but researchers at Northwestern University have found that they may be able to nudge users in the right direction by using incentives that are already part of their regular mobile routine.

“We can rely on good luck to get the data that we need, or we can ‘soft control’ users with gaming or social network incentives to drive them where we want them,” Bustamante said.

In the paper, “Crowd Soft Control: Moving beyond the Opportunistic,” Bustamante and his group designed a way to “soft control” people’s movements by tapping into games or social networking applications....

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Iran Wants War – Just Look How Close…

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Police, Military, & War, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Iran wants war… look how close they put their country to our military bases.

…I hope you note the sarcasm here.  Several of my Facebook fans apparently couldn’t.  And as I told them, “If you support war between nations, do us both a favor: unfriend me.”...

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TruthTV – New Intro for Upcoming TruthisTreason YouTube Channel

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 in Social Networking, Truth is Treason News

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

I just finished up a short intro for the upcoming – and improved – YouTube Channel for TruthisTreason.net!

Let me know what you think.  It’s nothing too special.  My forte is firearms – not video composition!

By the way, the January Contest is nearing an end!  Hurry and submit your entry to win a lot of great prizes!...

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Sophisticated Crowdturfing Industry Growing Exponentially, Able to Sway Trends, Perception, and Opinion

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Technology Review

A trawl of Chinese crowdsourcing websites—where people can earn a few pennies for small jobs such as labeling images—has uncovered a multimillion-dollar industry that pays hundreds of thousands of people to distort interactions in social networks and to post spam.

The report’s authors, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, also found evidence that crowdsourcing sites in the U.S. are similarly dominated by ethically questionable jobs. They conclude that the rapid growth of this way of making money will make paid shills a serious security problem for websites and those who use them around the world.

Ben Zhao, an associate professor of computer science at UCSB (and a TR35 winner in 2006), started looking into the largely uncharted crowdsourcing industry in China… Zhao was intrigued to see a lot of relatively sophisticated attempts to send spam and promote brands by users that appeared to be working with specific agendas.

When he and colleagues investigated the source of that activity, the team was surprised by what it found, says Zhao: “Evil crowdsourcing on a very large scale.” Influencing public opinion with fake “grassroots” activity is known as astroturfing, leading Zhao to coin the term “crowdturfing,” since it is done via large crowdsourcing sites....

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Homeland Security Admits Monitoring Twitter & Facebook for Signs of Civil Unrest

Posted on Nov 01, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: InfoWars

The wave of civil unrest that has swept the globe over the past year has prompted the Department of Homeland Security to step up its monitoring of Twitter and other social networks in a bid to pre-empt any sign of social dislocation within the United States.

“Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Caryn Wagner said the use of such technology in uprisings that started in December in Tunisia shocked some officials into attention and prompted questions of whether the U.S. needs to do a better job of monitoring domestic social networking activity,” reports the Associated Press.

Wagner announced that the federal agency would implement new guidelines that would focus on “gleaning information from sites such as Twitter and Facebook for law enforcement purposes.”

Under the new framework, when the department receives information about a “potential threat,” it will then ask its contractors to look for relevant search references using “open source” information.

Although it’s somewhat naive to think that Homeland Security wasn’t already scanning the likes of Facebook and Twitter for social trends and signs of civil unrest, the fact that its now being announced publicly illustrates the increasing concern that riots which have hit the Middle East and Europe over the last 18 months will soon manifest themselves inside the United States....

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Federal Reserve Seeks Real-Time Monitoring of Social Networks to Identify Key Bloggers and “Influencers”

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 in Federal Reserve & Bankers, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: SHTF Plan

If you believe Ben Bernanke and his merry band of money printers don’t care about what you think, then consider the latest product development proposal from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. According to RFP (Request for Proposal) 6994, the Fed intends to build a real-time monitoring solution capable of mining and aggregating data across social networks like Facebook and Twitter, alternative news web sites and blogs, video sharing web sites, and mainstream media outlets.

Not only do they care about what you think, they want to know exactly who you are, what language you speak, who you’re talking to, where you’re getting your information, who you are sharing it with, and what your sentiment and emotional state is in reference to that specific moment.

Hayden’s Note:

I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that I would be tagging an article under both Social Networking and Federal Reserve categories in the same post.  Interesting....

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British Govt Discusses Riots and Communication Disruption with Twitter, Facebook

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 in Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: CBC via Cryptogon

Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Canadian BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. are meeting the British government and police Thursday in the wake of the riots to discuss how to prevent social networks from being used to plot violence.

Police and politicians claim young criminals used Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry’s simple and largely cost-free messaging service to co-ordinate looting sprees during riots in England this month, and Prime Minister David Cameron has said police and intelligence services are looking at whether there should be limits on the use of social media sites or services like BlackBerry Messenger in times of disorder.

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