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.
Palantir is a major player at Spook Central, the public-private conglo that runs the U.S. national security state.
Ron Paul’s billionaire—Peter Thiel, founder of nat’l security giant Palantir, also PayPal
By Gaius Publius
It seems that every national candidate has a billionaire daddy (or is had by one). Like sports team ownership, national political ownership is a big-money game these days.
First we learned about Newt Gingrich’s billionaire — casino giant Sheldon Adelson. Then we discovered Santorum was similarly possessed — by Foster Freiss, a fan of Gov. Scott Walker and aspirin.
Now comes news of Ron Paul’s billionaire. What this says about Dr. Paul is well worth knowing.
Bottom line — Ron Paul’s billionaire is a major player from the depths of the public-private national security industry, a very heavy hitter from the Spook-Industrial State.