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OFFICIAL Bilderberg Meetings Participants List 2012
Bilderberg Meetings, Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 31 May-3 June 2012

USA Karp, Alexander CEO, Palantir Technologies
A Link to the Murdoch Scandal? Under the Radar Firm Sells Phone Tracking Tools to Police, Intelligence Agencies

Following revelations earlier this year by The Tech Herald that security firms with close ties to the Pentagon ran black ops for major U.S. banks and corporations, it became clear that proprietary software developed for the military and U.S. intelligence was being used to target Americans.

Those firms, including now-defunct HBGary Federal, parent company HBGary, Palantir (a start-up flush with cash from the CIA's venture capital arm In-Q-Tel) and Berico Technologies had partnered-up with the Bank of America's law firm Hunton & Williams and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and devised a sub rosa plan of attack against WikiLeaks and Chamber critics.
A sinister cyber-surveillance scheme exposed.
In February 2011, the hackers' collective Anonymous released 70,000 emails from security contractor HBGary Federal, which revealed that CEO Aaron Barr had offered the firm's services to mount cyber-attacks against WikiLeaks and others on behalf of corporate clients. Photograph: Getty Images

When President Eisenhower left office in 1960, he provided the American people with a warning.

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

Sixty years later, the military-industrial complex has been joined by another unprecedented centre of what has increasingly proven to be "misplaced power": the dozens of secretive firms known collectively as the intelligence contracting industry.

Last February, three of these firms – HBGary Federal, Palantir and Berico, known collectively as Team Themis – were discovered to have conspired to hire out their information war capabilities to corporations which hoped to strike back at perceived enemies, including US activist groups, WikiLeaks and journalist Glenn Greenwald. That such a dangerous new dynamic was now in play was only revealed due to a raid by hackers associated with the Anonymous collective, resulting in the dissemination of more than 70,000 emails to and from executives at HBGary Federal and affiliated company HBGary.

After having spent several months studying those emails and otherwise investigating the industry depicted therein, I have revealed my summary of a classified US intelligence programme known as Romas/COIN, as well as its upcoming replacement, known as Odyssey. The programme appears to allow for the large-scale monitoring of social networks by way of such things as natural language processing, semantic analysis, latent semantic indexing and IT intrusion. At the same time, it also entails the dissemination of some unknown degree of information to a given population through a variety of means – without any hint that the actual source is US intelligence.
Scattered discussions of Arab translation services may indicate that the programme targets the Middle East.


PayPal’s Links to Palantir, a Metasearch Technology Used by Intelligence, Law
PayPal’s Links to Palantir, a Metasearch Technology Used by Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Military Organizations

And guess where they’re located? That’s right: Facebook’s former building.

I couldn’t make it up if I tried.

Via: Bloomberg:

An organization like the CIA or FBI can have thousands of different databases, each with its own quirks: financial records, DNA samples, sound samples, video clips, maps, floor plans, human intelligence reports from all over the world. Gluing all that into a coherent whole can take years. Even if that system comes together, it will struggle to handle different types of data—sales records on a spreadsheet, say, plus video surveillance images. What Palantir (pronounced Pal-an-TEER) does, says Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner (IT), is “make it really easy to mine these big data sets.” The company’s software pulls off one of the great computer science feats of the era: It combs through all available databases, identifying related pieces of information, and puts everything together in one place.

Depending where you fall on the spectrum between civil liberties absolutism and homeland security lockdown, Palantir’s technology is either creepy or heroic. Judging by the company’s growth, opinion in Washington and elsewhere has veered toward the latter. Palantir has built a customer list that includes the U.S. Defense Dept., CIA, FBI, Army, Marines, Air Force, the police departments of New York and Los Angeles, and a growing number of financial institutions trying to detect bank fraud. These deals have turned the company into one of the quietest success stories in Silicon Valley—it’s on track to hit $250 million in sales this year—and a candidate for an initial public offering. Palantir has been used to find suspects in a case involving the murder of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, and to uncover bombing networks in Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. “It’s like plugging into the Matrix,” says a Special Forces member stationed in Afghanistan who requested anonymity out of security concerns.

Palantir’s engineers fill the former headquarters of Facebook along University Avenue in the heart of Palo Alto’s main commercial district. Over the past few years, Palantir has expanded to four other nearby buildings as well. Its security people—who wear black gloves and Secret Service-style earpieces—often pop out of the office to grab their lunch, making downtown Palo Alto feel, at times, a bit like Langley.

The origins of Palantir go back to PayPal, the online payments pioneer founded in 1998. A hit with consumers and businesses, PayPal also attracted criminals who used the service for money laundering and fraud. By 2000, PayPal looked like “it was just going to go out of business” because of the cost of keeping up with the bad guys, says Peter Thiel, a PayPal co-founder.

The antifraud tools of the time could not keep up with the crooks. PayPal’s engineers would train computers to look out for suspicious transfers—a number of large transactions between U.S. and Russian accounts, for example—and then have human analysts review each flagged deal. But each time PayPal cottoned to a new ploy, the criminals changed tactics. The computers would miss these shifts, and the humans were overwhelmed by the explosion of transactions the company handled.

PayPal’s computer scientists set to work building a software system that would treat each transaction as part of a pattern rather than just an entry in a database. They devised ways to get information about a person’s computer, the other people he did business with, and how all this fit into the history of transactions. These techniques let human analysts see networks of suspicious accounts and pick up on patterns missed by the computers. PayPal could start freezing dodgy payments before they were processed. “It saved hundreds of millions of dollars,” says Bob McGrew, a former PayPal engineer and the current director of engineering at Palantir.

After EBay (EBAY) acquired PayPal in 2002, Thiel left to start a hedge fund, Clarium Capital Management. He and Joe Lonsdale, a Clarium executive who’d been a PayPal intern, decided to turn PayPal’s fraud detection into a business by building a data analysis system that married artificial intelligence software with human skills. Washington, they guessed, would be a natural place to begin selling such technology.

How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade
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Three data intelligence firms concocted a plan to attack WikiLeaks on behalf of Bank of America, according to a published report.

The three firms, Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, planned to "disrupt" columnist Glenn Greenwald's support of WikiLeaks, create a disinformation campaign to discredit the secrets outlet, sow discord among WikiLeaks volunteers, and use cyber attacks to target the website's infrastructure.

The proposed assault on WikiLeaks, The Tech Herald reported, was revealed after the "non-group" of hacktivists known as "Anonymous" gained access to more than 44,000 emails from HBGary Federal's COO, Aaron Barr, after he said he had identified "core leaders" of the group. Barr also said he had information that could potentially lead to their arrest. The emails were released to the public in a 4.71 gigabyte Torrent file.

The emails show the proposal was developed at the request of the Hunton and Williams law firm, which had a meeting with Bank of America on December 3 to discuss legal action against WikiLeaks.

"They basically want to sue them to put an injunction on releasing any data," an email between the intelligence firms said. "They want to present to the bank a team capable of doing a comprehensive investigation into the data leak."

On November 30, just hours after Raw Story first unearthed evidence that WikiLeaks held data exposing corruption at Bank of America, bank executives held a late-night conference call to discuss damage control, the New York Times reported.

The bank's chief risk officer Bruce Thompson has since led a team of 15 to 20 senior officials at Bank of America to probe which executive's hard drive the anti-secrecy outlet might possess. The Times reported that the investigation involved "scouring thousands of documents" and tracing computers that had gone missing or were vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

The leaked emails also revealed that HBGary Federal planned to meet with Booz Allen Hamilton, the firm brought in to help manage the bank's internal review, a month after the proposal for attacking WikiLeaks was created.

The emails do not show what the fate of the proposal was, aside from a message that vaguely expressed hope HBGary was going to "close the BOA deal." Nor is there any information at the time of this story's publication to suggest that Bank of America was directly involved in developing the plot against WikiLeaks.

In addition to releasing internal emails to the public Sunday, "Anonymous" also hijacked HBGary Federal's website and associated Twitter accounts.

Their website was reduced to a single page that said the company was "working wi...
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Palantir Technologies

Type   Private
Founded   2004
Founder(s)   Peter Thiel, Joe Lonsdale, Alex Karp, Stephen Cohen, Nathan Gettings
Headquarters   Palo Alto, California
Products   Palantir Government, Palantir Finance
Employees   345[1]

Palantir Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with offices in Tysons Corner, Virginia, New York City and Covent Garden, London, is a software company that produces the Palantir Government and Palantir Finance platforms. Palantir offers a Java-based platform for analyzing, integrating, and visualizing data of all kinds, including structured, unstructured, relational, temporal, and geospatial.


Palantir was founded in 2004 by Peter Thiel, Dr. Alex Karp,[2] Joe Lonsdale,[3] Stephen Cohen, and Nathan Gettings. Early investments came in the form of $2 million from the CIA's venture arm In-Q-Tel and $30 million from Thiel and his firm, The Founders Fund.[4][5][6][7] Dr. Alex Karp is Palantir’s CEO.[8] Palantir’s name comes from the "seeing stones" in the Lord of the Rings.

Palantir was built through iterative collaboration between computer scientists and analysts from various intelligence agencies over the course of nearly three years, through pilots facilitated by In-Q-Tel.[9] The software concept grew out of technology developed at PayPal to detect fraudulent activity, much of it conducted by Russian organized crime syndicates.[4] The team leveraged the fundamental insight that computers alone (Artificial Intelligence) could not defeat an adaptive adversary. Palantir allows human analysts to quickly explore data from many sources in conceptual ways (Intelligence Augmentation).[10]

In April 2010, Palantir announced a partnership with Thomson Reuters to sell the Palantir Finance product as QA Studio.[11]

On June 18, 2010, Vice President Joe Biden and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag held a press conference at the White House announcing the success of fighting fraud in the stimulus by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB). Biden credited the success to the software, Palantir, being deployed by the federal government.[12] He announced that the capability will be deployed at other government agencies, starting with Medicare and Medicaid. [13][14][15][16]


Palantir Government

Palantir Government integrates structured and unstructured data, provides advanced search and discovery capabilities, enables knowledge management, and facilitates secure collaboration. The Palantir platform includes the privacy and civil liberties protections mandated by legal requirements such as those in the 9/11 Commission Implementation Act. Palantir’s privacy controls keep investigations focused, as opposed to the expansive data mining techniques that have drawn criticiscm from privacy advocates concerned about civil liberties protection. Palantir maintains security tags at a granular level such that analysts can only see the specific information they have permission to see.[5][8]


Palantir runs the site AnalyzeThe.US,[17] which allows the public to use Palantir Government to perform analysis on publicly available data from,, the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets Database, and Community Health Data from[18]

Palantir Finance

Palantir Finance is a software platform for data integration, information management and quantitative analysis. The software connects to commercial, proprietary and public data sets and discovers trends, relationships and anomalies. Palantir Finance is used to study the markets, test and refine trading strategies, and generate complex signals across asset classes.


JoyRide is a public demo of Palantir Finance. It offers training exercises and the data is provided by Thomson Reuters.


Palantir Government is used by counter-terrorism analysts at offices of the FBI and CIA, fraud investigators at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, and cyber analysts at Information Warfare Monitor (responsible for the GhostNet and the Shadow Network investigation). Palantir Finance is used by a number of well-known hedge funds, banks, and financial services firms.[5][19][20][4]

Infowar Monitor

Palantir partner Information Warfare Monitor used Palantir software to uncover both the Ghostnet and the Shadow Network. The Ghostnet was a China-based cyber espionage network targeting 1,295 computers in 103 countries, including the Dalai Lama’s office, a NATO computer and various embassies.[21] The Shadow Network was also a China-based espionage operation that hacked into the Indian security and defense apparatus. Cyber spies stole documents related to Indian security, embassies abroad, and NATO troop activity in Afghanistan.[22][20]

Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

Palantir’s software is used by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to detect and investigate fraud and abuse in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Specifically the Recovery Operations Center (ROC) uses Palantir to integrate transactional data with open-source and private data sets that describe the entities receiving Stimulus funds.[15]

Palantir Night Live

Palantir hosts Palantir Night Live at Palantir’s Tysons Corner and Palo Alto offices. The event brings speakers from the intelligence community and technology space to discuss topics of common interest. Past speakers include Garry Kasparov, Nart Villeneuve from Information Warfare Monitor, Andrew McAfee, author of Enterprise 2.0, and Michael Chertoff.[23]

WikiLeaks Proposals

According to leaked documents, in December 2010 the law firm Hunton & Williams approached Palantir, HBGary Federal, and Berico Technologies to draft a report on the threat posed by WikiLeaks. The report recommends attacking constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald for his support of WikiLeaks, launching a "media campaign to push the radical and reckless nature of WikiLeaks activities" and obtaining data on document submitters by hacking Wikileaks' servers.[24]

On Feb 11, 2011, Dr. Karp issued an apology to Mr Greenwald, and "directed the company to sever any and all contacts with HBGary.".[25]

"The right to free speech and the right to privacy are critical to a flourishing democracy. From its inception, Palantir Technologies has supported these ideals and demonstrated a commitment to building software that protects privacy and civil liberties. Furthermore, personally and on behalf of the entire company, I want to publicly apologize to progressive organizations in general, and Mr. Greenwald in particular, for any involvement that we may have had in these matters." - Dr Alex Karp, CEO, 2-11-2011[26]

In subsequent weeks, some[who?] started to question Palantir over the full scope of their role, pointing out comments and actions made by a company engineer, Matthew Steckman, who was suspended by the company over the affair. Internal emails from Steckman seem to confirm that Karp approved a payment split for plans relating to another Hunton & Williams target, critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Palantir's General Counsel, Matt Long, responded that the remarks from Steckman regarding Karp's approval "was classic salesmanship," and "meant to impress," since "In our case we don't have sales people so it is very transparent/obvious coming from a 26-year-old engineer. Dr. Karp and the Board did not know about the specifics of the proposal - including pricing." The second employee involved was not suspended. [27]

March 16, 2011: The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities asked the Defense Department and the National Security Agency to provide any contracts with Palantir Technologies for investigation.

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NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama “Worse than Bush”
The national security state needs a boogeyman to keep the money flowing

Advanced software, like what Palantir sells, boasts that it can establish connections between individuals that a human investigator or analyst would find impossible. Can’t that be reverse engineered to track down whistle-blowers?
Yes, by the very means by which you can detect patterns. What is true about technology like ThinThread or Palantir Government is the real potential for irresponsible abuse in secret and targeting those who are deemed as trouble, dissenters in government or industry – using the very technology designed for intelligence indications and warning about real threats, and then using it against internal threats like whistle-blowing and profiling their activities for identification and punishment.

They certainly did it with me using similar kinds of monitoring technology. I recognize that I was a template. I was profiled. There was no question. And part of the profiling is what was the activity set that identifies whistle-blowers. But remember, part of this requires persistent surveillance electronically. I was electronically surveilled 15 ways to Sunday. And I was physically surveilled. My car was searched, in terms of patterns, far more frequently than I would have expected. And I realized what was happening but I couldn’t say anything. They made no bones about that fact and part of it is intimidation. It’s sending the message: “We know what you’re up to.”

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FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Whistleblower Protections Officials from the Justice Department and Office of Special Counsel
as well as legal experts testified before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee
on whistleblower protections. Witnesses discussed the benefits and shortcomings of a 2012 whistleblower law.
In addition, Democratic committee members voiced concerns about the
Trump administration allegedly issuing gag orders on certain federal employees.
Subcommittee Chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said there needs to be open communication
between federal employees and Congress, regardless of who is in the White House.

CSPAN Video - e.g., no intermediary to spin this hearing...
And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

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How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches

Over seven frenetic days, Bill Clinton addressed corporate executives in Switzerland and Denmark, an investors’ group in Sweden and a cluster of business and political leaders in Austria. The former president wrapped up his European trip in the triumphant Spanish Hall at Prague Castle, where he shared his thoughts on energy to a Czech business summit.

His pay: $1.4 million.
Bill Clinton Investment Banking

UBS Wealth Successful Conclusion Of Small Business Advisory ...
President Bill Clinton. “Together, my Foundation and UBS worked with ten small businesses in New York to marketing, human resources, operations and Investment Banking divisions  ... Read Content

Anason, Dean, “Clinton Enacts Glass-Steagall Repeal,” American Banker, November 15, 1999.
Growing Clinton Global Initiative commitment to action to build resilience in 100 resilient cities announced today

24 September 2013, New York
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The Rockefeller Foundation, joined by Swiss Re, Palantir, American Institute of Architects, and Architecture for Humanity, advance a new vision for urban resilience globally

Today, during the opening plenary of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton announced a global Commitment to Action to the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. The Commitment to Action, led by The Rockefeller Foundation and shared by Swiss Re, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Architecture for Humanity, and Palantir, will support at least 100 cities to hire a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), create a resilience strategy, and provide access to tools, technical support, and resources for implementation including access to innovative finance for infrastructure development. 100 Resilient Cities will also create a network for CROs to share information and best practice.

The Commitment to Action will be realized through a new organization, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100 Resilient Cities), which will coordinate both the network of cities as well as an innovative platform of services offered to network members. The first commitments these services have been made by Swiss Re, the AIA, Architecture for Humanity, and Palantir
Smartphones: The Tracking and Surveillance of Millions of Americans
by Tom Burghardt

Global Research, May 2, 2011
Antifascist Calling... 

As Smartphone Scandal Grows, Tech Firms Run for Cover, Reap Windfall Profits

Recent revelations that Apple's iPhone and iPad, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating systems collect, store and transmit records of users' physical locations to central databases--secretly, and without consent--have ignited a firestorm over Americans' privacy rights in an age of hypersurveillance.

And with a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Florida by two iPhone users, The Register reports, Apple guru Steve Jobs was forced to respond to complaints after the firm's usual tactic--deafening silence--failed to assuage customer's anxieties.

The lawsuit alleges that "irreparable injury has resulted and continues to result from Apple's unauthorized tracking of millions of Americans," plaintiffs Vikram Ajjampur and William Devito averred. They are requesting their case be granted class-action status, a move likely to send shudders along the silicon spine of the secretive Cupertino high-tech powerhouse.


"Additionally," Brito and Watkins write, "a cyber-industrial complex is emerging, much like the military-industrial complex of the Cold War. This complex may serve to not only supply cybersecurity solutions to the federal government, but to drum up demand for them as well," a point that Antifascist Calling has reported many times.

While criminals, stalkers, identity thieves and other miscreants exploit systemic vulnerabilities for their own sociopathic ends, much the same can be said of private security firms such as HBGary, Palantir and hundreds of others servicing the secret state, all capitalizing on "zero day vulnerabilities" in software and operating systems while designing stealthy, undetectable "root kits" for their government partners.

One can imagine that similar "black programs" exist for exploiting smartphone vulnerabilities, a likely prospect made all the easier when they are built-in features of the operating systems.

Bilderberg 2014 roundup: privacy, transparency and Birkin bags

As the Scandinavian sun almost but not quite sets on Bilderberg 2014, we can finally take a breath and look back at a significant year. So what did we learn?

Charlie Skelton with photographs by Hannah Borno, Tuesday 3 June 2014 04.30 EDT   

2014 was the year of the accessory

For a notoriously camera-shy conference, a city-centre location was always going to be a challenge. Of course, some of the delegates relished the attention, like the catwalk king of Bilderberg, Björn Wahlroos.

Björn is chairman of the huge Finnish finance company the Sampo Group, and Bilderberg's best dressed man by a country mile. Those butterscotch slacks are nothing short of a triumph, and he knows it. A stickler for detail, Björn had his personal assistant spend the entire night getting the crimping right in that hanky. Worth every minute.

The only person at this year’s Bilderberg who came close to Björn in the style stakes was Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF
Here’s Marie-Josée Kravis, advisor to the New York Fed, accessorizing brilliantly with her snake-effect silk scarf off on a power walk with her billionaire financier husband Henry Kravis, head of predatory investment company KKR. No one rocks sunglasses like this pair.

 feel sorry for the billionaire John Elkann. He has an Italianate sense of flair, but it quite often misfires. Elkann is the heir to the Agnelli billions and a board member of the Economist Group

Elkann is having a chuckle with ACE insurance boss Evan Greenberg, who sits on the board of Coca-Cola.
And who can forget Ed Balls, locked outside Bilderberg, fumbling through an entire suitcase full of papers looking for his lanyard.


This is the transatlantic privacy debate in action. On the right, EU commissioner Viviane Reding, probably the most important privacy negotiator in Europe. In the middle, Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google – a company which has been widely criticised for its aggressive lobbying in Europe in the hope of less stringent privacy regulation. And on the left, Alex Karp, the CEO of Palantir Technologies, which specialises in spyware and big data analytics.
Spying on Internet Users
Posted on 23. Feb, 2011 by Raja Mujtaba in US
Beware the government's avatars, especially fear your own

By Wayne Madsen

The Department of Homeland Security is conducting massive spying on Internet users through a program called "Avatar Identity." The existence of the program was disclosed to WMR by a source who stated that the development of avatars for every user of the Internet had its beginnings with the U.S. Air Force and the Advance Research Projects Agency (ARPANET) at the outset of the fielding of World Wide Web (WWW) technology in the early 1990s.

At the core of Homeland Security's Avatar Identity Program is the reliance on genetic algorithms developed for the analysis of the stock market to come up with prime investment strategies. The program was developed through the aegis of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), which inherited many of the invasive Internet surveillance programs from its Pentagon cousin, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA), after its programs, including the proposed Total Information Awareness program, were defunded by Congress

The Avatar Identity Program appears to coincide with another Air Force project to solicit "persona management software" to create virtual users on the Internet in order to conduct perception management campaigns to inundate chat rooms, letter to the editor, and on-line polls to sway public opinion on key issues.

It was also recently revealed that the computer security firm HB Gary Federal worked in a program to create and manage "sock puppet" Internet users to infiltrate websites to create confusion and propagate disinformation. The program was to be used to attack WikiLeaks and apparently was linked to the US Chamber of Commerce, the Bank of America, the bank's chief law firm Hunton & Williams, and two other technology firms that later withdrew from participation: Palantir Technologies and Berico Technologies. More ominous is the report that it was the Department of Justice recommended the use of HB Gary Federal, Palantir, and Berico (known as Team Themis, which would operate a Corporate Information Reconnaissance Cell [CIRC]) to the Chamber, the Bank of America, and Hunton & Williams to engage in the sock puppet management operation. The program matches recommendations from White House Office of Information Regulatory Affairs chief Dr. Cass Sunstein, who has referred to such operations as "cognitive infiltration."

However, Homeland Security's Avatar Identity program involves the creation of an avatar for every Internet user that pulls information from the actual user's Google searches, Twitter messages, Facebook postings, on-line commerce activities, and other web interactions and feeds the transactions to the avatar program. Intelligence analysts then query the avatar for details of the user's activities.

WMR was informed that the Avatar Identity Program was first developed for every known terrorist in the world. However, it has now expanded to include every Internet user and it is being aggressively used to identify and track down members of the hacktivist group "Anonymous," which has attacked the computer systems of HB Gary Federal, Bank of America, and other firms seen as waging a war against Internet freedom.

As an example of its practical use, the Avatar Identity Program records all on-line letters to President Obama sent via the White House web site, as well as any searches for Obama on the Internet.

Our source explained the avatar program by saying, "Every Internet user has a life on the Internet," adding, "but with the avatar, every user has a second life on the web." In the case of the avatar, every Internet user has a virtual "snitch" that reports their every action and movement on the web to the government.

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Palantir CEO Alex Karp to Attend Donald Trump’s Tech Meeting
Trump’s tech adviser Peter Thiel is also a co-founder of Palantir and an investor in the company

12/13/16 10:33 PM EST
By Rolfe Winkler

Palantir Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Alex Karp plans to attend President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with tech executives on Wednesday in New York, a Palantir spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Mr. Karp's appearance is notable because Mr. Trump's tech adviser, billionaire investor Peter Thiel, is also a co-founder of Palantir and an investor in the company via his venture-capital firm, Founders Fund. The data-mining software company counts many federal agencies as customers.

The meeting will mostly be attended by executives from the largest public technology companies, such as Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc. Mr. Karp and Elon Musk, chief executive of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., are the only executives expected to attend who represent smaller private companies. Founders Fund also backs SpaceX.

Mr. Thiel also has close ties to Facebook Inc., where he sits on the board. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg plans to attend the meeting.

Write to Rolfe Winkler at [email protected]

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December 13, 2016 22:33 ET (03:33 GMT)

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, delivers a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Alex Wong—Getty Images
There Already Is Something Like a Muslim Registry, and Peter Thiel Owns it

Mathew Ingram
Dec 22, 2016

Although he talked about the idea a number of times during the election campaign, Donald Trump hasn't said whether he is actually planning a "Muslim registry," or some other way of tracking immigrants with an Islamic background. But according to some recently released documents, the underpinnings of such a system may already exist, thanks to a company called Palantir.

Palantir is a highly secretive and somewhat controversial startup founded and controlled by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, now a senior adviser to the next president. Named after the far-seeing orbs used by wizards in the Lord of the Rings stories, Palantir is a data-analytics company that does work for agencies like the NSA and the FBI.

According to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the $20 billion company is already working closely with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency on a system that tracks citizens and determines whether they are a risk.

The system, known as the Analytical Framework for Intelligence, pulls data from a host of federal, state, and local law-enforcement databases to create profiles of individuals, including personal details, travel histories, and even social relationships. It also allows border guards and intelligence agents to cross-reference data and theoretically detect patterns of behavior.

This kind of data analysis is Palantir's bread-and-butter, according to those familiar with the work of the secretive startup. And the name of the Thiel company appears regularly throughout the documents that EPIC received as a result of a lawsuit, implying that much of the threat modeling and other analysis uses Palantir's technology.What the EPIC documents suggest is that President Trump might not even have to create a specific thing called a Muslim registry—U.S. immigration and border-security agencies have already built something that can effectively serve the same purpose if they want it to do so. And it just happens to be powered by a company that is controlled by the President's senior technology adviser.

Palantir CEO at Trump-tech summit raises red flags
Ari Levy | Josh Lipton
Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 | 10:53 AM ET

As top executives from the world's biggest technology companies paraded through Trump Tower for a meeting with the president-elect, one particular participant stood out: Alex Karp.

Unlike the other attendees, like Apple CEO Tim Cook, CEO Jeff Bezos and Alphabet CEO Larry Page, who oversee companies worth hundreds of billions of dollars, Karp runs a privately held business valued at $20 billion, one that's hardly known outside of Silicon Valley and Washington.

Karp's company is Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto, California-based software developer that's backed by the CIA's venture arm and has done work for government agencies including the FBI, the Pentagon and IRS.

Given how much smaller Palantir is than the other companies represented, why was Karp invited to meet with Donald Trump?

The most obvious reason contains little subtlety. Peter Thiel, the venture capitalist and Facebook board member who is part of Trump's transition team, is a co-founder of Palantir and is the company's biggest backer.

Karp's presence may or may not represent an actual conflict of interest, but the appearance of one is hard to deny, according to Norman Eisen, a former U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic who worked on President Barack Obama's ethics initiatives.

Tech companies at Trump meeting

Company   Market value
Apple   $614 bln
Alphabet   $557 bln
Microsoft   $487 bln   $365 bln
Facebook   $347 bln
Intel   $173 bln
Oracle   $168 bln
IBM   $160 bln
Cisco   $153 bln
Tesla   $32 bln
Palantir   $20 bln
Source: CNBC

"It raises profound questions as to whether there has been the use of the transition to try to enhance the profile and value of Mr. Thiel's company," Eisen said. "For a campaign that ran on `drain the swamp,' it seems to me like they just threw another alligator in the swamp."

A spokesperson for Thiel, who is a partner at San Francisco-based venture firm Founders Fund, didn't respond to a request for comment. Representatives of Palantir and the Trump transition also didn't respond.

Other tech executives at Wednesday's meeting were the Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt, and the CEOs of Cisco, IBM, Intel, Microsoft (along with President Brad Smith), Oracle and Tesla Motors and the COO of Facebook.

With the exception of Tesla, which is run by the iconic SpaceX founder Elon Musk, every one of those companies is worth at least $153 billion.

Palantir is not only valued at a fraction of that, but it's also in a particularly sensitive spot. The company's software allows corporations and government agencies to analyze massive amounts of data. Palantir received about $83 million from the government this year tied to 71 transactions, according to

Heading into a new administration run by a political novice, snagging face time with the person calling the shots can't hurt.

Trump's transition does have a code of ethics, and the first requirement is that a member of the team will withdraw from "involvement in any particular transition matter which to my knowledge may directly conflict with a financial interest of mine, my spouse, minor child, partner, client or other individual or organization with which I have a business or close personal relationship."

Earlier this month, a Thiel spokesperson declined to say if he signed the agreement.

Of course, Thiel's potential conflicts pale in comparison to what Trump is facing. The president-elect has real estate interests across the globe and, rather than divesting his assets, said he's handing control to three of his children.

The three — Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. — were at Wednesday's tech meeting. Trump had scheduled a press conference for this week to discuss his plans for removing himself from his company, but he postponed that event until at least next month.

The Karp presence, according to Eisen, is just another example of Trump's cavalier attitude toward ethics and potential conflicts of interest.

"I don't like the way it looks having Karp in that room," Eisen said. "Even if it had a much larger market cap or if he were a much bigger personality, it still looks as if [Thiel] is using the transition for personal advancement."

— CNBC's Anita Balakrishnan contributed to this report.

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Whistleblowers Expose NSA-Partner Israel’s Corrupt Use of Surveillance Information
written by adam dick
wednesday september 24, 2014

The Israel government, with whom the US government has been sharing for years Americans’ and others’ unredacted private information and communications obtained through the US mass spying program, is being accused by tens of whistle-blowers of abusively using this sort of intelligence against Palestinians. The whistleblowers, who are former and reserve members of intelligence-focused Unit 8200 of the Israel military, provide revelations illustrating some of the dangers mass spying poses in any country.

Forty-three members of Unit 8200 have written a letter to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several Israel military leaders declaring that they “refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories.” The letter focuses largely on how intelligence information is used to invade privacy, engage in political persecution, create divisions in the Palestinian population, fuel violence, and extend the Israel-Palestine conflict.

James Bamford, whose insightful writing regarding the National Security Agency spans over 30 years, reported last week in the New York Times that members of the “large and very secretive Israeli military organization” have exposed the corrupt use of surveillance information, including “that data were gathered on Palestinians’ sexual orientations, infidelities, money problems, family medical conditions and other private matters that could be used to coerce Palestinians into becoming collaborators or create divisions in their society.”

Bamford proceeds to warn that a similar use of NSA and other intelligence information against Americans may be in the works. He notes that a 2012 document from then-NSA Director Keith Alexander says the NSA has been “compiling records of visits to pornographic websites and proposes using that information to damage the reputations of people whom the agency considers ‘radicalizers’ — not necessarily terrorists, but those attempting, through the use of incendiary speech, to radicalize others.”

In his New York Times article, Bamford also describes how the US has handed over to Israel broad, unrestrained access to private information and communications vacuumed up by the US government’s mass spying program:
It should trouble the American public that some or much of the information in question — intended not for national security purposes but simply to pursue political agendas — may have come directly from the N.S.A.’s domestic dragnet. According to documents leaked by Mr. Snowden and reported by the British newspaper The Guardian, the N.S.A. has been sending intelligence to Israel since at least March 2009.

The memorandum of agreement between the N.S.A. and its Israeli counterpart covers virtually all forms of communication, including but not limited to “unevaluated and unminimized transcripts, gists, facsimiles, telex, voice and Digital Network Intelligence metadata and content.” The memo also indicates that the N.S.A. does not filter out American communications before delivery to Israel; indeed, the agency “routinely sends” unminimized data.

Although the memo emphasizes that Israel should make use of the intercepts in accordance with United States law, it also notes that the agreement is legally unenforceable. “This agreement,” it reads, “is not intended to create any legally enforceable rights and shall not be construed to be either an international agreement or a legally binding instrument according to international law.”

Read Bamford’s complete article here.

Listen here to Bamford’s further discussion of the matter on the Scott Horton Show.
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Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

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The last time people were tracked and traced like this, they were thrown in to ovens.

We don't want this DARPA technology.

The ZIONAZIS are out of control!
This country did not achieve greatness with the mindset of "safety first" but rather "live free or die".

Truth is the currency of love. R[̲̅ə̲̅٨̲̅٥̲̅٦̲̅]ution!

We are all running on Gods laptop.
The problem is the virus called the Illuminati.  ~EvadingGrid

The answer to 1984 is 1776.

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Palantir Connects the Dots With Big Data

With a growing book of corporate clients and a high-profile Syrian relief project, the data-analysis startup is branching out beyond its roots in the war on terror.

When you live and work in Silicon Valley, you grow accustomed to a kind of semantic saturation from overused buzzwords. Terms such as “disruptive,” “innovative,” and “mission driven” come to mind—all favorites among Valley startups, whether they’re building operating systems for robotic arms or phone-based bowling games.

So it captures your attention when the CEO of one of the most buzzed-about of those startups sidesteps that kind of language and instead explains his company’s decision-making process as “80% Piaget and 20% Hobbes.”

The CEO is Alex Karp of Palantir Technologies, the Palo Alto–based data analytics company that may or may not have helped track down Osama bin Laden. Karp holds a Ph.D. in social theory, which explains why that Piaget-Hobbes formula (more on that in a moment) figures in his view of how to manage and give purpose to a business. And like the formula, Palantir’s version of the tech industry’s “change the world” ethos becomes more distinctive, and more of a departure from the Silicon Valley norm, as you dig into it more deeply.

Palantir, currently valued at about $20 billion, is one of tech’s biggest “unicorns.” Its two main products, Gotham and Metropolis, serve the same basic purpose—bringing together massive, disparate data sources and scouring them for connections and patterns that aren’t obvious to the human eye. And yes, those software suites are named after the home cities of Batman and Superman, respectively. There’s nothing ironic about the superhero references: Having deployed their products to address crises like cybercrime, natural disasters, and the ugly byproducts of civil war, Palantir’s employees firmly believe that they’re members of the Justice League.

Karin Knox, a leader of Palantir’s “philanthropic engineering” team.
Photograph by Brad Wenner for Fortune

When business leaders talk about the promise of big data, they often point to Palantir, even though the company and its clients are generally tight-lipped about exactly what the company does and how. This much we do know: Commercial customers rely on Palantir to detect fraud, study consumer behavior, and search for a competitive edge. Clients range from J.P. Morgan Chase  JPM 0.38%  to chocolatier Hershey  HSY -0.33%  to Bridgewater Associates, a global investment management firm. Private customers now account for about 75% of Palantir’s revenue; the company said it had $1.7 billion worth of commercial bookings, or commitments to spend, in 2015. (For more, read “Big Data Projects With Big Potential.”)

But as recently as six years ago the company sold exclusively to the government sector. And that’s why Palantir’s mystique carries a unique tinge. The company has its roots in, and is still best known for, antiterrorism and spycraft. Intelligence and national security agencies use its tools to flag suspicious activities, tracking the movement of money, contraband, and shady operators. Put simply, Palantir’s technology can enable governments and companies to monitor people. And that means Palantir faces the same theoretical and practical quagmire that other technology companies are now grappling with—the challenge of balancing safety and privacy.

Apple  AAPL 6.10% , of course, has drawn a line in the sand on this issue, diving into a legal battle with the Justice Department over iPhone security. Facebook  FB 4.56% , Google  GOOG -0.14% , Microsoft  MSFT -1.66% , and other tech giants have lined up behind it. But Palantir’s orientation differs—and that’s where Piaget and Hobbes come in. Jean Piaget was the psychologist who espoused the merits of hierarchy-free play for children; Thomas Hobbes was the 17th-century philosopher who believed that a strong central authority was the only option for maintaining peace. Palantir hasn’t taken a public stance on the iPhone dispute. But it operates under the assumption that small Hobbesian incursions on privacy are necessary to preserve our Piaget-style freedom of action, including in business. Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel argues that smart intrusion ultimately means less intrusion. “The government was collecting a lot of data [in the war on terrorism], more than they could analyze,” says Thiel. “If we could help them make sense of data, they could end indiscriminate surveillance.”

“This is protecting civil liberties through the use of software,” says Karp, referring to the company’s partnerships with governments, “and therefore protecting societies from hitting the button against all civil liberties.”

^^ Albreit Macht Frei.
Only one private company was at Trump's giant tech summit - here's how it scored an invite

President-elect Donald Trump met with top tech executives on Wednesday.

The execs that Trump talked to included the people who run some of the most valuable companies in the US, like Tim Cook from Apple and Larry Page from Alphabet/Google.

But one of Trump's guests didn't fit along with the other transition officials and big company CEOs: Palantir CEO Alex Karp.  Every single other company represented at the table is publicly traded, and all but one (Elon Musk's Tesla) is worth at least $150 billion.  In fact, Palantir is the least valuable primary tech company run by any of the guests invited — it was reportedly valued at $20 billion in its last financing round.

Trump's advisor and bridge to the tech community, investor and Facebook director Peter Thiel, founded Palantir. He was also the person who helped put together the guest list for the event, according to Trump.  "I won't tell you the hundreds of calls we've had asking to come to this meeting and I will say, and I will say Peter [Thiel] was sort of saying no, that company's too small and these are monster companies," Trump said at the meeting.

Plus, Palantir generates a lot of its revenue from government contracts and it stands to benefit greatly from a close relationship with the incoming administration.  Here's the full list of tech types Trump invited and how much their companies are worth as of the close of trading on Wednesday, according to Google Finance.

Check out where Palantir ranks:

Tim Cook, Apple CEO — $624 billion
Larry Page, Alphabet CEO, and Eric Schmidt, Chairman  — $560 billion
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, and Brad Smith, President — $494 billion
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, Blue Origin, owner of the Washington Post  — $372 billion (Amazon)
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO — $354 billion
Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO — $177 billion
Safra Catz, Oracle CEO — $169 billion
Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO — $163 billion
Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO — $155 billion
Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO — $33 billion (Tesla), $12 billion (SpaceX private valuation)
Alex Karp, Palantir CEO — $20 billion (last private valuation, but Thiel's firm reportedly valued it in September 2015 at $12.7 billion)
Protestors target Palantir for role in digital registries
January 20, 2017

Adithi Iyer

On Wednesday, tech workers, Stanford students and residents of the larger Silicon Valley community organized at the Palantir Headquarters in Palo Alto to protest technology misuse and the formation of digital registries used to track immigrants.  In the midst of rain and wind, protestors of varying ethnic, socioeconomic and industry backgrounds carried signs with messages such as “People over profits” and “#dobetter” in reference to the event’s organizer, DoBetter Tech.

The protest comes in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, following an election cycle criticized by some for its xenophobic rhetoric. Many of the protestors expressed concern that Palantir co-founder and Trump advisor Peter Thiel ’89 J.D. ’92 could aid the president-elect in tracking information and data on Muslim Americans.  In response, DoBetter Tech released an online petition encouraging community members to rally for concrete solutions and demanding transparency from Palantir. The petition has since amassed over 100 signatures from Stanford students, alumni and members of such tech industry giants as Oculus, Apple and Pixar.

The actions of organizations with ties to the Trump administration and the administration’s promise to limit immigration were hot-button protest issues at the demonstration.
Some attendees took to the loudspeaker took to the loudspeaker to raise concerns and rally the crowd. Mitch Stoltz, staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), highlighted the importance of accountability among tech firms in his own speech.

“Don’t expect someone else to build in the ethics,” Stoltz said, “because if you don’t, nobody else will.”

DoBetter Tech, made up largely of tech workers and Stanford alumni, partnered with Stanford student groups to increase awareness of the event on campus.  According to Solveij Praxis ’17, the Stanford Student and Labor Alliance (SALA) participated in order to highlight the difficulty immigrants face in organizing for protests and demonstrations.

“These really are labor issues from our standpoint,” Praxis said. “When workers are living in fear of being fired because they’re undocumented, it’s much harder to organize to lift their wages and working conditions when working class people are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to pay the rent. It’s very difficult to have the energy to organize.”
DoBetter Tech’s petition also highlighted AFI and FALCON, two government-affiliated intelligence systems which have had considerable roles in the tracking, data mining and compilation of data specific to immigrants.

“Some of these tools – on our website we’ve particularly called out AFI and FALCON – these two databases could be used to build something like a Muslim registry and could already be being used for workplace-raid-style mass-deportation,” said Jason Prado ’08, a member of the Tech Workers Coalition present at the event.  Protestors made a point of suggesting the importance of organization and demonstration now more than ever in the wake of Trump’s inauguration.

“We’re here to tell Palantir to look in the mirror and consider what their actions do, particularly to the most vulnerable members of society – people whom President Trump has actively called out as people he wants to target,” said tech worker Dana Sniezko. “I am standing here with my fellow tech workers and members of the Stanford community, the Palo Alto community and the San Francisco community, to say: Think about your actions.”

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A technological revolution may take place under a Donald Trump presidency
The Alex Jones Show - JANUARY 24, 2017
Donald Trump is going to move forward with his plan to reveal the secrets
the globalists have been hiding from the American people.

Trump will reveal the secrets that the globalists have been hiding...
By turning on the engines of liberty - distributed by DARPA...
The US will be the dominant country... we will achieve world domination via peace...
we are killing tyranny with prosperity...
Coming soon, cancer treatments that work --
because they've been putting cancer in the vaccines, and Trump knows this.
Not sure where DARPA fits in (after listening to AJ's broadcast)

No mention of surveillance, or putting the 4th amendment back into the plan.


I would like Trump to get rid of the database of information on each of us...
that information resides in the Palantir database. It is constantly updated with our emails, phone calls,
our locations, data from our smartphones, cloud storage, geo location info,
everything gets put into our "Avatars" -- the Palantir software can predict our behavior.

I'm having a hard time seeing how the Trump-Thiel-Palantir CEO Alex Karp-DARPA-surveillance state is a good thing.
Repeal the NDAA, make it illegal to listen to our phone calls, to collect our emails, to spy on our lives via smartphones, smart appliances, and drones.

And Trump should reverse that gag order placed on whistleblowers, making it illegal for them to talk to congress when they see government corruption in their departments.

And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

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By Dan Nosowitz  June 7, 2013

Palantir Technologies

Last night we learned about PRISM, a classified National Security Agency program that involves huge, wide-ranging data pulls from major tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo. A reader tip sent in to Talking Points Memo this morning alerted us to the possibility that Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley firm, is, according to the tipster, providing the technology that enables the mass-surveillance NSA project known as PRISM. Here's how Palantir describes itself:

We build software that allows organizations to make sense of massive amounts of disparate data. We solve the technical problems, so they can solve the human ones. Combating terrorism. Prosecuting crimes. Fighting fraud. Eliminating waste. From Silicon Valley to your doorstep, we deploy our data fusion platforms against the hardest problems we can find, wherever we are needed most.

It's vague, to be sure; Palantir (which, at time of writing, had not responded to requests for comment) was founded in 2004 by, among others, venture capitalist Peter Thiel and CEO Alex Karp. It's a sort of second-party data intelligence company--it's not a public company, but it was founded with early investment from the CIA and is heavily used by the military and the White House. Karp is an ex-PayPal guy, and leveraged his expertise in security he gained at PayPal (which was constantly fighting off hackers) into his new venture.

It makes sense that Palantir (the name, by the way, is a reference to Lord of the Rings) would be used by the government to collect data from tech companies for PRISM; the responses from the tech companies have all been of a type. "We have never heard of PRISM," said Apple. "We do not provide the government with direct access to our servers, systems, or network," said Yahoo!. "Google does not have a 'back door' for the government to access private user data," said Google. But none of that would be technically untrue if the government was using an external organization as a middleman to extract and analyze data from these companies.

It also explains how a ridiculously wide-ranging and complex project like PRISM only cost the government $20 million--because the government could have paid someone else to do the heavy lifting.

Says Palantir of the company's intelligence work, on its site:

Palantir Intelligence is a complete, proven solution that is used throughout the Intelligence Community to more efficiently, effectively, and securely exploit and analyze data, leading to more informed operational planning and strategic decision-making.

Everyone, meet the company that could well have access to your searches, phone calls, text messages, browsing history, and porn preference. A semi-private company, one that's not accountable to us. Hi Palantir!

Nov 9 2016 at 8:34 AM  Updated Nov 9 2016 at 8:34 AM
Peter Thiel's company Palantir Defense could win contracts under Donald Trump
by Steven Overly
When billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel explained his support for Republican nominee Donald Trump at length to a room of journalists last week, he based part of his rationale on the notion that Washington "insiders" currently leading the government have "squandered" money, time and human lives on international conflicts.

That same day, Palantir Technologies, a data analytics company that Thiel co-founded and helps oversee as chairman, won a legal dispute that could allow the firm to compete for an Army contract valued at $US206 million ($264.9 million). If the company wins the work, Palantir would add to the $US357 million it has banked from government contracts in the past decade. More than half of those funds came from the Department of Defence.

Palantir's software is used to sift through massive amounts of data to help the military identify enemies' whereabouts, potential attacks and other battlefield information. On Friday, a spokesman for Thiel explained that the technology allows the military to have a more targeted response to threats, which could render unnecessary the wide-scale conflicts that Thiel sharply criticised.

"If we can pinpoint real security threats, we can defend ourselves without resorting to the crude tactic of invading other countries," Thiel said in a statement sent to The Washington Post. Palantir declined to comment through a representative.

On October 31, Thiel told reporters in Washington that "while households struggle to keep up with the challenges of everyday life, the government is wasting trillions of dollars of taxpayer money on faraway wars. Right now we're fighting five of them, in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia."

William Hartung, who oversees the arms and security project at the Center for International Policy, said Thiel's outspoken stance on the country's wars makes him an anomaly among contractors, who tend to voice support for or decline to comment on government initiatives on which they are bidding for business.

Hartung, who has also opposed some of the military's actions in Iraq and Syria, said: "I can't think of anyone who is majorly contracting with the Pentagon who would criticise the Iraq War or … our bombing strategy in Syria. He does stand out in that regard.

"It does verge on the hypocritical and it's kind of strange, as he is speaking out about the war right at the moment he is suing to get involved in more contracts," Hartung said. "If his beliefs are that strong, there's plenty of other ways to make money."

Government agencies agreed to pay Palantir Technologies at least $US356.8 million for work performed between 2007 and 2016, government records show. The Defence Department was its largest government customer in all but one of those years, followed by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

The total value of the contracts awarded to Palantir is actually higher. Many contracts are paid in a series of installments as work is completed or funds are allocated, meaning the total value of the contract may be reflected over several years. In May, for example, Palantir was awarded a contract worth $US222.1 million from the Defence Department to provide software and technical support to the US Special Operations Command. The initial amount paid was $US5 million and the rest was to come in installments over four years.

Saving the government money

Defence industry consultant Loren Thompson said some commercial technology companies see an opportunity to use their expertise and products to ultimately save the government money and contribute to less destructive aspects of the war effort. The Defence Department and other agencies have made a more concerted effort to engage the industry in recent years for this reason.

"Basically, the argument here is if [the government] would use the right technology then they could minimise the cost and the human consequences regardless of what kind of war we're fighting," Thompson said. "This is big data, this is not things that blow up and cause collateral damage."

Nevertheless, Thompson added: "Whatever Thiel's political convictions may be, business is business."

Thiel co-founded Palantir Technologies in 2004. The company formed an early connection to the defence and intelligence communities: In September 2005, Palantir received $US2 million from In-Q-Tel, the CIA's investment arm. A self-proclaimed libertarian, Thiel said Palantir was conceived as "a mission-oriented company" in a 2013 Forbes profile.

"I defined the problem as needing to reduce terrorism while preserving civil liberties," Thiel told the magazine.

In recent years, Palantir has steadily built up its government business and hired lobbyists to help pave further inroads in Washington, lobbying disclosure records show. Its software was heralded by numerous high-profile defence and intelligence officials in the Forbes article, but also criticised by privacy experts who question whether Palantir's software actually violates the privacy rights and liberties that Thiel intended it to protect.

On its website, the firm boasts of its software's applications in war zones: "From strategy to operations to tactics, from reachback facilities to the tactical edge of the battlefield, Palantir Defense gives the warfighter immediate access to the latest critical information, removing the technical barriers to better data-driven decision making."

Palantir sued the Defence Department this year and argued that it had unjustly barred Palantir from competing for a contract with the Army to process data about the battlefield, such as weather conditions and enemy locations, and make it available to foot soldiers. The firm asserted that the agency's procurement practices failed to consider commercially available software built by firms outside the stable of regular government contractors.

The company's attorney, Hamish Hume, told reporters last Monday that the ruling was "a victory not just for Palantir but for taxpayers and our whole procurement system" because it would "make it more appealing for innovators like Palantir to come to Washington and compete for government business", The Washington Post reported.

Less than an hour earlier, the company's chairman was sharing a different message. Thiel has been heavily criticised by others in the tech industry for his vocal support of Trump, including his Republican National Convention speech in July and a campaign donation of $US1.25 million last month.

"I think Trump voters are also tired of war," Thiel said on October 31. "We have been at war for 15 years and we have spent more than $US4.6 trillion, more than 2 million people have lost their lives, and more than 5000 American soldiers have been killed. But we haven't won.

"The Bush administration promised that 50 billion [dollars] could bring democracy to Iraq. Instead, we've squandered 40 times as much to bring about chaos."

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Peter Thiel’s data-mining firm could help Trump vet and deport immigrants
Jacob Siegal  @JacobSiegal
December 22nd, 2016 at 3:31 PM

While policy wasn’t exactly the primary focus of Trump’s campaign, he did make several direct promises to the American people while he was running for president. One of the most common refrains was that he would overhaul the vetting process and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, but without providing any specifics, many of his critics understandably questioned his ability to accomplish this goal.

Trump’s promises might have been empty ones, but newly released documents show that Palantir—the data-mining technology firm founded by Trump transition team member (and Gawker public enemy number one) Peter Thiel—has been secretly helping US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by building and operating a system called the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) that tracks and analyzes immigrants.

According to the documents, the AFI has access to information from federal, state and local law enforcement databases, which includes names, addresses, known associates, all the way down to scars and tattoos.

Other law enforcement agencies can gain access to the AFI, including the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, which happens to be the group responsible for deporting undocumented immigrants and immigrants have who committed crimes.

Everything you just read might still be under wraps had the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) not gotten its hands on the documents through a lawsuit. While much of the information within the documents has been redacted, there are dozens of references to Thiel’s startup throughout, making it clear that the company is heavily involved in the process of identifying and analyzing immigrants and visitors to the US.

“AFI generates risk assessments for travellers,” John Tran, an attorney with EPIC involved in the lawsuit, told The Verge. “But we don’t know how the scores are being generated and what the factors are. What if there’s an error? Users should have an opportunity to correct the error, users should have an opportunity to understand what goes into generating the score.”

Whether or not Trump’s plans to instate a “Muslim registry” or mass deport millions of immigrants ever come to fruition remains to be seen, but it’s now clear that has the means to get the ball rolling, at the very least.
Trump's tech summit had one company that stood out from the rest

Palantir CEO Alexander Karp represented the only private tech company at President-elect Trump’s exclusive tech summit on Wednesday in New York City. Source: REUTERS/Mike Blake
President-elect Donald Trump’s tech summit on Wednesday was an expected “who’s who” of industry titans, save for one: Palantir CEO Alex Karp.

With a $20 billion valuation, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Palantir remains one of the highest-valued private tech companies in the world, having utilized its data-mining services in the past for the CIA, Hershey Co., Bridgewater Associates LP and Credit Suisse Group AG.

But that valuation pales in comparison to the other companies represented at Trump’s roundtable discussion on Wednesday, which also included Apple (AAPL), Tesla (TESLA), Microsoft (MSFT), Intel (INTC), Facebook (FB), Oracle (ORCL), Cisco (CSCO), and Google’s parent company, Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), all of which have $30 billion-plus market caps.

Palantir’s presence is even more notable, given the omission of publicly-traded companies like Twitter (TWTR), which Trump’s transition team reportedly did not invite because it wasn’t “big enough.” While Palantir’s $20 billion valuation surpasses Twitter’s current $13.85 market cap, it’s notable that it was the only private company present on Wednesday.

Karp’s seat at the table can probably be attributed to the influence of billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, a member of Trump’s transition team who also co-founded Palantir in 2004. At Wednesday’s meeting, Trump and Thiel appeared close, exchanging an effusive handshake.

“I want to start by thanking Peter, because he saw something very early, maybe before we saw it, and of course he’s known for that in a different way,” Trump said on Wednesday, possibly referring to Thiel’s early campaign endorsement. “[He] is a very special guy.”

Having Palantir at Trump’s tech summit helps raise the company’s profile, and “raising the profile helps with recruiting, IPO potential and probably with general influence,” a source who knows Thiel told Yahoo Finance.

Having Palantir present also potentially sets the stage for additional government contracts in the short- to medium-term, which would be a big boon for the company since it received about $83 million from the government this year alone.

“Palantir relies heavily on government contracts and literally now has a seat at a table to shape the rules of the game,” a source familiar with Palantir told Yahoo Finance.

Although Karp dismissed the idea that Palantir is struggling back in October at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive conference, the startup has lost several notable clients over the last year, including American Express (AXP) and Coca-Cola (COKE).

Having Palantir reap the benefits from closer ties to the Trump administration would also be a boon for Thiel himself, given much of his own net worth is tied to the company.

It’s unclear at this time whether Thiel signed the transition team’s ethics agreement that forbids officials from working on matters that may overlap with their financial interests. Regardless, Thiel must tread lightly, given concerns around conflicts of interest — a theme that continues to plague the Trump administration’s early days. Indeed, three of Trump’s children — Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric — were present at Wednesday’s tech summit, as well.