by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkreig
Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal and early investor in Facebook, markets himself as a libertarian and Ron Paul supporter; however, do his actions back up such claims? I I read a very disturbing article last evening about Palantir, a company less people in America and the world would have heard about, but which was founded by Thiel in 2004. Of note, the CIA’s investment arm, In-Q-Tel, was an early investor in the company.
So what is Palantir up to these days? We get a little sense from a Business Insider article from a few days ago. Here are some quotes:
Palantir is a company founded by Peter Thiel — of Paypal and Facebookrenown — that has software which absolutely changes the game with intelligence.
It’s one of the best programs at coordinating the vast databases accumulated by the U.S. intelligence apparatus. It’s already in use in federal domestic security.
Palantir is one of the first Silicon Valley companies to view the government as a customer rather than an annoyance and — after stepping into a game dominated by top contractors like Lockheed Martin, IBM, and Raytheon — it’s proven controversial in both what it does and if it should be used.