Palo Alto Firm Helps ICE Target Bad Hombres

 

Thiel protestA report published earlier this month in The Intercept revealed that Palo Alto-based Palantir, the $20 billion data-mining firm founded by Trump pal Peter Thiel, "provides the engine for Trump's deportation machine". A software program known as Investigative Case Management (I.C.M.), developed by Palantir Technologies for the Department of Homeland Security, will now also be used to facilitate and expedite the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.).

The Intercept investigation revealed that "ICM allows ICE agents to access intelligence platforms maintained by the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, and an array of other federal and private law enforcement entities. It can provide ICE agents access to information on a subject's schooling, family relationships, employment information, phone records, immigration history, foreign exchange program status, personal connections, biometric traits, criminal records, and home and work addresses."

 The Obama administration awarded the $41 million contract to Palantir in 2014 and it will be coming online for use by ICE (and other departments of Homeland Security) in September.

In the photo above, protesters showed up at Thiel's $25 billion San Francisco mansion on Saturday March 11 to denounce his company's collaboration with Trump's ICE raids.