HOW PETER THIEL’S PALANTIR HELPED THE NSA SPY ON THE WHOLE WORLD

You'll be floored by the imbalance of information collection between governments (and the corporations and international plutocracy of ultra-high-net-worth individuals that governments actually serve) and mere citizens such as yourself. Dystopia is here. 

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s company Palantir “has worked for years to boost the global dragnet of the NSA and its international partners, and was in fact co-created with American spies."

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Palantir Government is flexible and powerful enough to accommodate the requirements of any organization that needs to process large amounts of both personal and abstract data.

Palantir has helped expand and accelerate the NSA’s global spy network, which is jointly administered with allied foreign agencies around the world. Notably, the partnership has included building software specifically to facilitate, augment, and accelerate the use of XKEYSCORE, one of the most expansive and potentially intrusive tools in the NSA’s arsenal. 

XKEYSCORE is by the NSA’s own admission its “widest reaching” program, capturing “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.” A subsequent report by The Intercept showed that XKEYSCORE’s “collected communications not only include emails, chats, and web-browsing traffic, but also pictures, documents, voice calls, webcam photos, web searches, advertising analytics traffic, social media traffic, botnet traffic, logged keystrokes, computer network exploitation targeting, intercepted username and password pairs, file uploads to online services, Skype sessions, and more.” For the NSA and its global partners, XKEYSCORE makes all of this as searchable as a hotel reservation site.

... such techniques could be applied to de-anonymize and track members of any political or ideological group.

... essentially outsourcing intelligence analysis software to the private sector, thus making the agency “utterly dependent on a commercial product.”

... member countries collect and pool enormous streams of data and metadata collected through tools like XKEYSCORE, amounting to tens of billions of records. The alliance is constantly devising (or attempting) new, experimental methods of prying data out of closed and private sources, including by hacking into computers and networks in non-Five Eyes countries and infecting them with malware.

Under the new “Palantir Model,” “data can come from anywhere” and can be “asked whatever the analyst wants.” [emphasis mine]

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Geez! Well, I will just have to focus on gardening and maybe make some good gardeners out of them! That is all the shit they will get from me!

With that capacity, tRump as our chief executive and all his appointments of people who know nothing about the departments they are to head, or foxes guarding the hen houses, we quickly degrade into a feudal society. What is involved in this spy net? 

"emails, chats, and web-browsing traffic, but also pictures, documents, voice calls, webcam photos, web searches, advertising analytics traffic, social media traffic, botnet traffic, logged keystrokes, computer network exploitation targeting, intercepted username and password pairs, file uploads to online services, Skype sessions, and more.”

" prying data out of closed and private sources, including by hacking into computers and networks in non-Five Eyes countries and infecting them with malware."

Thanks for the information, Ruth. 

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