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Snowden’s Ride, Part 11: The “Deep Fifth Column”–Old Leaks Shed New Light on the Present


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COMMENT: A term that is essen­tial for users of this web­site to com­pre­hend is “fifth col­umn.”  The advance and suc­cess of fas­cism pri­or to, and dur­ing, World War II would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the aid of the fifth columns.

It is for that rea­son that books about fifth col­umn fas­cist move­ments and activ­i­ty are includ­ed in the “Books” cat­e­go­ry.

Vital­ly impor­tant, though long for­got­ten, books like Under Cov­er and Cairo to Dam­as­cus by John Roy Carl­son, Falange–The Secret Axis Army in the Amer­i­c­as by Alan Chase,  Armies of Spies by Joseph Golomb, The Nazis Go Under­ground by Curt Riess, and Tri­umph of Trea­son by Pier Cot shed light on the pro­found pres­ence of Nazis, fas­cists and their sym­pa­thiz­ers with­in coun­tries tar­get­ed for fas­cist con­quest.

As back­ground to this dis­cus­sion, we might coin the term “deep fifth column”–powerful and dom­i­nant forces that saw fascism–“corporatism” as Mus­soli­ni termed it–as a won­der­ful solu­tion to what they saw as “problems”–democracy and trade unions among them.

(Par­en­thet­i­cal­ly, we note that ours is a failed civilization–one that has failed to take into account the great eco­nom­ic, polit­i­cal and intel­lec­tu­al pow­er behind fas­cism. World War II is seen by our cul­ture as an unfor­tu­nate event, caused by a “bunch of weirdos, who got out of hand.” It is for this rea­son that we include books about the alto­geth­er dead­ly (and sad­ly eclipsed) forces that caused the blood­let­ting in the Sec­ond World War, much of the glob­al car­nage that has ensued since, and the anni­hi­lat­ing future that awaits our civ­i­liza­tion, if polit­i­cal iner­tia pre­vails.

We also note that much of the suc­cess of The Under­ground Reich has been Ger­many’s mas­ter­ful strate­gic use of anti-com­mu­nism and class war­fare as a gam­bit to infil­trate and co-opt the pow­er elites of coun­tries tar­get­ed for sub­ver­sion. Where­as anti-com­mu­nism and class strug­gle are seen by Amer­i­can and oth­er elites as ends in them­selves, to real­ize “cor­po­ratism”–Ger­many has used those as vehi­cles for con­quest.)

We also note in this con­text that the fifth columns were nev­er addressed in many coun­tries. Just as Ger­many was nev­er real­ly de-Naz­i­fied, the fifth columns were nev­er root­ed out in many of the oth­er West­ern coun­tries, includ­ing the Unit­ed States, Unit­ed King­dom and France. The fifth columns–the deep fifth columns in particular–were crit­i­cal to the enabling and for­ma­tion of The Under­ground Reich.

Lis­ten­ers and users of this web­site should make it a point to down­load, print and read the books deal­ing with the “deep fifth col­umn.”

In our recent, volu­mi­nous analy­sis of “Snow­den’s Ride”–the Nazi psy-op so suc­cess­ful­ly per­pe­trat­ed by Eddie The Friend­ly Spook and the forces who have man­aged his escapade–we are look­ing at the activ­i­ties of an Under­ground Reich milieu/intelligence net­work. Our series on this is long, com­plex and mul­ti-lay­ered: Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VPart VIPart VII, Part VIIIPart IXPart X, Part XI, Part XIIPart XIIIPart XIVPart XVPart XVI, Part XVII.

It is less clear pre­cise­ly who is the imme­di­ate intel­li­gence con­troller of Eddie the Friend­ly Spook, although BND is almost cer­tain­ly involved and may be the ulti­mate exec­u­tive author­i­ty. The prob­a­bil­i­ty is very strong that a “deep fifth col­umn” with­in U.S. intel­li­gence, mil­i­tary, cor­po­rate and polit­i­cal struc­ture is involved.

A recent (and pre­dictably slant­ed) Wall Street Jour­nal arti­cle dealt with a leak of Naval Intel­li­gence secrets dur­ing the course of World War II.

Dis­clos­ing the piv­otal fact that U.S. intel­li­gence had cracked the Japan­ese “White Code” (not spec­i­fied in the WSJ arti­cle), “Colonel” Robert R. McCormick­’s Chica­go Tri­bune leaked vital infor­ma­tion for the sec­ond time in less than a year.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly leaked the Rain­bow Five con­tin­gency plan for U.S. mobi­liza­tion and war-mak­ing doc­u­ments for the Sec­ond World War, McCormick was a mem­ber of Amer­i­ca First. Osten­si­bly iso­la­tion­ist and “patri­ot­ic” in out­look, the orga­ni­za­tion was, in fact, active­ly fund­ed by Third Reich intel­li­gence and com­prised (for the most part) of doc­tri­naire fas­cists who loved Hitler and Mus­soli­ni and hat­ed Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt with a pas­sion.

(For a good under­stand­ing of the active pro-fas­cist nature of Amer­i­ca First, open Under Cov­er by John Roy Carl, son and use the “find” func­tion on your com­put­er, search­ing “Amer­i­ca First.” This will yield a good under­stand­ing of the nature of that orga­ni­za­tion and its mem­bers.)

As dis­cussed in AFA #11, the prob­a­ble source of the leak of the Rain­bow Five pro­gram was Gen­er­al Albert Wede­mey­er, one of its pri­ma­ry authors and an active Amer­i­ca Firster. (See text excerpts below for infor­ma­tion about Wede­mey­er and the leak of Rain­bow Five.)

A lynch­pin of the Chi­na Lob­by, the MacArthur group in the mil­i­tary and the milieu that coa­lesced into the  John Birch Soci­ety, Wede­mey­er stud­ied at the Ger­man mil­i­tary acad­e­my, begin­ning in 1936, rent­ing his apart­ment from Ger­hard Ross­bach, one of the lead­ers of the Brown­shirts (SA.) Lat­er (as dic­sussed in AFA #11) Ross­bach went to work for the CIA in the post­war peri­od. 

Yet anoth­er point about Wede­mey­er set forth in AFA #11 is the fact that Ronald Rea­gan appoint­ed Wede­mey­er as a spe­cial mil­i­tary advis­er. 

In a book excerpt below, Wede­mey­er blames the leak of Rain­bow Five on–of course–Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt, claim­ing that it was part of Roo­sevelt’s plan to get the Unit­ed States into World War II. Roo­sevelt was con­ve­nient­ly dead by the time Wede­mey­er held forth. (This is a major claim of the deep fifth col­umn through the decades, since picked up and ampli­fied by the con­spir­a­cy crowd.)

In his pre­dictably self-serv­ing analy­sis, Wede­mey­er does reveal some­thing inter­est­ing about the net­work­ing in which McCormick engaged. Wede­mey­er main­tains that McCormick sent the Rain­bow Five infor­ma­tion direct­ly to Hitler!

Again, dis­cus­sion of Snow­den’s Ride, per se, is beyond the scope of this post. It is, quite clear­ly, a fascist/Underground Reich oper­a­tion, with the ulti­mate exec­u­tive author­i­ty being the BND, in all prob­a­bil­i­ty.

It may be that an Under­ground Reich fifth col­umn with­in U.S. intel­li­gence is involved, ulti­mate­ly answer­ing to BND.

One impor­tant pos­si­bil­i­ty entails Peter Thiel, whose Palan­tir com­pa­ny appears to be the devel­op­er of the PRISM soft­ware. Thiel embod­ies the con­cept of the deep fifth col­umn. Ger­man born, son of a chem­i­cal engi­neer from Frank­furt (read “I.G. Far­ben”), Thiel has open­ly negat­ed the con­cept of democ­ra­cy, hates Oba­ma and is the chief finan­cial backer of cryp­to-Nazi Ron Paul, to whose cam­paign Eddie the Friend­ly Spook con­tributed. The “Paulis­tini­ans” are to be found at many lev­els of this con­cate­na­tion.

In addi­tion, Alex Karp, the CEO of Palan­tir and some­one who appears to have been cen­tral­ly involved in the devel­op­ment of Thiel’s career also has roots in Frank­furt Ger­many! (See text excerpts below.)

NOTE: Palan­tir offi­cial­ly claims that “their PRISM” is NOT the same PRISM in the focal point of the Snowden/NSA imbroglio. We feel this claim is laugh­able, frankly. The notion that the intel­li­gence ser­vices are using TWO counter-ter­ror soft­ware pro­grams with iden­ti­cal names is not cred­i­ble. Had a com­pa­ny devel­oped a counter-ter­ror soft­ware pro­gram for use by the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty and called it “PRISM,” there would have been lit­i­ga­tion. The major tech com­pa­nies are NOTHING if not liti­gious, and Thiel and com­pa­ny have PLENTY of mon­ey!

That Oba­ma is deal­ing with a deep fifth col­umn in these leaks is a pos­si­bil­i­ty to be seri­ous­ly con­sid­ered.

“Echoes From a Past Leak Probe” by Jess Bravin; Wall Street Jour­nal; 8/7/2013.

New­ly released doc­u­ments pro­vide a road map of how the gov­ern­ment tried to mount a no-holds-barred legal attack against jour­nal­ists sus­pect­ed of leak­ing mil­i­tary secrets.

But the mem­os weren’t about the cur­rent-day Bradley Man­ning case. They came after a dis­clo­sure 71 years ago about World War II’s Bat­tle of Mid­way and show the U.S. has long wres­tled with how to square nation­al secu­ri­ty and press free­dom.

The Jus­tice Depart­men­t’s Office of Legal Coun­sel, which advis­es the exec­u­tive branch on the extent of its own pow­ers, pub­lished in late July a selec­tion of pre­vi­ous­ly secret legal opin­ions span­ning from 1933 to 1977. Among them were mem­os about a June 7, 1942, scoop in the Chica­go Tri­bune by cor­re­spon­dent Stan­ley John­ston, who saw a naval intel­li­gence file while trav­el­ing with the Pacif­ic Fleet.

Pen­ta­gon offi­cials were stunned by the head­line, “U.S. Navy Knew in Advance All About Jap Fleet,” when they saw the sto­ry, which also ran in the Wash­ing­ton Times-Her­ald. The arti­cle all but revealed one of the war’s great­est secrets: that the U.S. had cracked the Japan­ese navy’s code. It report­ed that Japan­ese fleet strength “was well known in Amer­i­can naval cir­cles,” that the U.S. Navy knew the Japan­ese were like­ly to stage a feint against the Aleut­ian Islands, and that “the advance infor­ma­tion enabled the Amer­i­can Navy to make full use of air attacks on the approach­ing Japan­ese ships.”
Navy Sec­re­tary Frank Knox wrote to Attor­ney Gen­er­al Fran­cis Bid­dle, demand­ing indict­ments. The head­line alone “dis­clos­es secret and con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion to the detri­ment of our nation­al defense,” Mr. Knox wrote. Mr. Bid­dle then asked staff for advice, result­ing in the just-released mem­os. . . .

. . . . The mem­os are notice­ably silent on one pos­si­bly per­ti­nent point: Tri­bune’s pub­lish­er, Col. Robert R. McCormick, was an incen­di­ary antag­o­nist of the New Deal and, before Pearl Har­bor at least, a vocif­er­ous oppo­nent of inter­ven­tion in World War II. . . .

“The Big Leak” by Thomas Flem­ing; Amer­i­can Her­itage Mag­a­zine; Decem­ber 1987.

EXCERPT: . . . .Gen­er­al Wede­mey­er, still erect and men­tal­ly alert, recalled the atmos­phere he encoun­tered when he walked into the Muni­tions Build­ing at 7:30 A.M. on Decem­ber 5. “Offi­cers were stand­ing in clumps, talk­ing in low tones. Silence fell, and they dis­persed the moment they saw me. My sec­re­tary, her eyes red from weep­ing, hand­ed me a copy of the Times Her­ald with Manly’s sto­ry on the front page. I could not have been more appalled and astound­ed if a bomb had been dropped on Wash­ing­ton.”

For the next sev­er­al days Wede­mey­er almost wished a bomb had been dropped and had land­ed on him. He was the chief sus­pect in the leak of Rain­bow Five, which with­in the closed doors of the War Depart­ment was called the Vic­to­ry Pro­gram. He had strong ties to Amer­i­ca First, the lead­ing anti­war group in the nation. Both he and his father-in-law, Lt. Gen. Stan­ley D. Embick, were known to be oppo­nents of Roosevelt’s for­eign pol­i­cy, which they thought was lead­ing the Unit­ed States into a pre­ma­ture and dan­ger­ous war. . . .

. . . . Lat­er in this tumul­tuous morn­ing two FBI agents appeared in Wedemeyer’s office and exam­ined the con­tents of his safe. Their eyes widened when they dis­cov­ered a copy of the Vic­to­ry Pro­gram with every­thing that had appeared in the news­pa­pers under­lined. The sweat­ing Wede­mey­er explained that he had just done the under­lin­ing to get a clear idea of how much had been revealed. The two agents began an inter­ro­ga­tion of Wede­mey­er and oth­er Army and Navy offi­cers that con­tin­ued for months.

Sev­er­al Army staff offi­cers said they strong­ly sus­pect­ed Wede­mey­er of being the leak­er. An anony­mous let­ter, obvi­ous­ly writ­ten by an insid­er and addressed to the Sec­re­tary of War, accused him and Gen­er­al Embick. Wedemeyer’s prospects grew even bleak­er when the FBI dis­cov­ered he had recent­ly deposit­ed sev­er­al thou­sand dol­lars in the Rig­gs Nation­al Bank in Wash­ing­ton. He explained it was an inher­i­tance and went on man­ful­ly to admit to the FBI that he knew Gen. Robert E. Wood, Charles A. Lind­bergh, and oth­er lead­ers of Amer­i­ca First and agreed with some of their views. He often attend­ed Amer­i­ca First meet­ings, although nev­er in uni­form. . . .

. . . . On Decem­ber 7, 1941, the ques­tion of Rain­bow Five’s impact on Amer­i­can pol­i­tics became moot. Japan­ese planes swooped out of the dawn sky to dev­as­tate the Amer­i­can fleet at Pearl Har­bor. The Vic­to­ry Pro­gram had envis­aged devot­ing almost all of America’s mil­i­tary strength to defeat­ing Hitler. Japan, in that sce­nario, was to be han­dled by defen­sive strate­gies short of war. . . .

In and Out of Hol­ly­wood: A Biog­ra­pher’s Mem­oir by Charles High­am; p. 212.

EXCERPT: . . . . [Bur­ton Wheel­er], see­ing the plan as a breach of neu­tral­i­ty and proof of Roo­sevelt’s ille­gal and supra­con­sti­tu­tion­al behav­ior, in turn took the plan to anoth­er iso­la­tion­ist, Robert R. McCormick, own­er and pub­lish­er of the Chica­go Tri­bune, who at once pub­lished it on the front page.

Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, McCormick sent the plan to Hitler by West­ern Union. Hitler met with Joachim von Ribben­trop, his for­eign min­is­ter, and asked him if the exis­tence of the plan called for imme­di­ate action. . . .

“How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade” by Siob­han Ghor­ban; The Wall Street Jour­nal; 9/4/2009.

EXCERPT: . . . Palan­tir CEO Mr. Karp says such crit­i­cism does­n’t trou­ble him. He says the com­pa­ny is already expand­ing rapid­ly.

Palan­tir’s roots date back to 2000, when Mr. Karp returned to the U.S. after liv­ing for years in Frank­furt, where he earned his doc­tor­ate in Ger­man social phi­los­o­phy and dis­cov­ered a tal­ent for invest­ing. He recon­nect­ed with a bud­dy from Stan­ford Law School, Peter Thiel, the bil­lion­aire founder of online pay­ment com­pa­ny Pay­Pal.

In 2003, Mr. Thiel pitched an idea to Mr. Karp: Could they build soft­ware that would uncov­er ter­ror net­works using the approach Pay­Pal had devised to fight Russ­ian cyber­crim­i­nals?

Pay­Pal’s soft­ware could make con­nec­tions between fraud­u­lent pay­ments that on the sur­face seemed unre­lat­ed. By fol­low­ing such leads, Pay­Pal was able to iden­ti­fy sus­pect cus­tomers and uncov­er cyber­crime net­works. The com­pa­ny saw a ten­fold decrease in fraud loss­es after it launched the soft­ware, while many com­peti­tors strug­gled to beat back cheaters.

Mr. Thiel want­ed to design soft­ware to tack­le ter­ror­ism because at the time, he says, the gov­ern­men­t’s response to issues like air­port secu­ri­ty was increas­ing­ly “night­mar­ish.” The two launched Palan­tir in 2004 with three oth­er investors, but they attract­ed lit­tle inter­est from ven­ture-cap­i­tal firms. The com­pa­ny’s $30 mil­lion start-up costs were large­ly bankrolled by Mr. Thiel and his own ven­ture-cap­i­tal fund.

They mod­eled Palan­tir’s cul­ture on Google’s, with catered meals of ahi tuna and a free-form 24-hour work­place wired so 16 peo­ple can play the Halo video game. The kitchen is stocked by request with such items as Pep­to Bis­mol and glass bot­tles of Mex­i­can Coca Cola sweet­ened with sug­ar not corn syrup. The com­pa­ny recent­ly host­ed its own bat­tle of the bands.

One of the ven­ture firms that reject­ed Palan­tir’s over­tures steered the com­pa­ny to In-Q-Tel, a non­prof­it ven­ture-cap­i­tal firm estab­lished by the CIA a decade ago to tap inno­va­tion that could be used for intel­li­gence work. As Sil­i­con Val­ley’s ven­ture fund­ing dries up, In-Q-Tel says it has seen a surge of requests from start-ups in the last year or so, many of which now see the gov­ern­ment as an alter­nate mon­ey stream.

In-Q-Tel invest­ed about $2 mil­lion in Palan­tir and pro­vid­ed a crit­i­cal entreé to the CIA and oth­er agen­cies. For his first spy meet­ing in 2005, Mr. Karp shed his track suit for a sports coat. He arrived at an agency — he won’t say which one — and was imme­di­ate­ly “freaked out” by secu­ri­ty offi­cers guard­ing the build­ing with guns. In a win­dow­less, code-locked room, he intro­duced him­self to the first offi­cial he met: “Hi, I’m Alex Karp,” Mr. Karp said, offer­ing his hand. No response. “I did­n’t know you real­ly don’t ask their names,” he says now.

Mr. Karp showed the group a pro­to­type. The soft­ware was sim­i­lar to Pay­Pal’s fraud-detec­tion sys­tem. But instead of iden­ti­fy­ing and con­nect­ing cyber crim­i­nals, it focused on two hypo­thet­i­cal ter­ror sus­pects and fol­lowed their activ­i­ties, includ­ing trav­el and mon­ey trans­fers.

After the demo, he was pep­pered with skep­ti­cal ques­tions: Is any­one at your com­pa­ny cleared to work with clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion? Have you ever worked with intel­li­gence agen­cies? Do you have senior advis­ers who have worked with intel­li­gence agen­cies? Do you have a sales force that is cleared to work with clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion? The answer every time: no.

But the group was suf­fi­cient­ly intrigued by the demo, and In-Q-Tel arranged for Palan­tir engi­neers to meet direct­ly with intel­li­gence ana­lysts, to help build a com­pre­hen­sive search tool from scratch. . . .



4 comments for “Snowden’s Ride, Part 11: The “Deep Fifth Column”–Old Leaks Shed New Light on the Present”

  1. Thank you so much for this mar­velous post. I’ve down­loaded all the books you rec­om­mend­ed but it’ll take me a while to get through them.

    The who and the why have always been evi­dent. It’s the HOW that made the pig’s tail curl. (Trans­la­tion from a Span­ish apho­rism. The pig’s tail was straight until he encoun­tered a prob­lem that was so dif­fi­cult to solve the intel­lec­tu­al effort made it’s tail curl.) Like 911! We know who and why but exact­ly how it was done is any­body’s guess because we sim­ply don’t have access to all the infor­ma­tion. Some­times not even the peo­ple direct­ly involved know exact­ly what part they’ve played in the oper­a­tion.

    That’s what hap­pens to me with the con­cept of the Under­ground Reich and the means by which it will take over the world. When Bush (Dubya) start­ed increas­ing the deficit and for­eign debt short­ly after 911 I knew it was being pur­pose­ly done to crash the US econ­o­my. It was almost like a car­bon copy of the method they used in sev­er­al Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries back in the 80’s and 90’s. Only in our case the mon­ey was sim­ply stolen by the politi­cians where­as in the US I saw it invest­ed in the mil­i­tary and I kept ask­ing myself: “Why? What is the pur­pose of such a large mil­i­tary if not to ini­ti­ate a large scale war?”…. When you talked about the destruc­tion and balka­niza­tion of the US I was doubt­ful pre­cise­ly because of this but the oth­er day I came across the fol­low­ing arti­cle:


    “Are These The Last Days Of The U.S. Marine Corps?
    By Michael Sny­der, on August 11th, 2013

    Are the cur­rent per­son­nel cuts the begin­ning of the end for the U.S. Marines? Could these actu­al­ly be the last days of the U.S. Marine Corps? A decade ago, such a notion would have been absolute­ly unthink­able, but times have changed. The Marine Corps was already in the process of draw­ing down from a peak of 202,100 Marines to 182,100, and now Defense Sec­re­tary Chuck Hagel is warn­ing that the sequester cuts may force the Army to be cut down to a size of 380,000 and the Marine Corps to be cut down to a size of 150,000. Unfor­tu­nate­ly for the Marines, even larg­er cuts may even­tu­al­ly be com­ing. Many in the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion and in the Pen­ta­gon are now open­ly ques­tion­ing whether there will be an impor­tant role for the Marines to play in the future.”

    Do you think this is what will hap­pen to the US mil­i­tary as a whole? First they start­ed out­sourc­ing jobs, then they start­ed mov­ing com­pa­nies to oth­er coun­tries. After 911 they bor­rowed tril­lions of dol­lars (total­ly destroy­ing the US econ­o­my) which has made bud­get cuts nec­es­sary for every­thing, includ­ing the mil­i­tary. You know how the econ­o­mists keep talk­ing about “bub­bles”? Has this been the great­est bub­ble of all? Bor­row­ing mon­ey to blow up the mil­i­tary only to pop it when there is not enough mon­ey to sus­tain it?

    Posted by Shibusa | August 13, 2013, 11:42 am
  2. I came across this on the inter­net regard­ing Karp


    It was an unlike­ly match. Before join­ing Palan­tir, Karp had spent years study­ing in Ger­many under Jür­gen Haber­mas, the most promi­nent liv­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Frank­furt School, the group of neo-Marx­ist philoso­phers and soci­ol­o­gists. After get­ting a PhD in phi­los­o­phy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Frankfurt—he also has a degree from Stan­ford Law School—Karp drift­ed from acad­e­mia and dab­bled in stocks. He proved so good at it that, with the back­ing of a hand­ful of Euro­pean bil­lion­aires, he set up a mon­ey man­age­ment firm called the Caed­mon Group. His intel­lect, and abil­i­ty to solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute, com­mands an awed rev­er­ence around the Palan­tir offices, where he’s known as Dr. Karp.

    Palantir’s name refers to the “see­ing stones” in Lord of the Rings that pro­vide a win­dow into oth­er parts of Mid­dle-earth. They’re mag­i­cal tools cre­at­ed by elves that can serve both good and evil. Bad wiz­ards use them to keep in touch with the over­lord in Mor­dor; good wiz­ards can peer into them to check up on the peace­ful, inno­cent Hob­bits of the Shire. As Karp explains with a straight face, his company’s grand, patri­ot­ic mis­sion is to “pro­tect the Shire.”
    This is a prob­lem. This is sta­tism in cute terms. This is a neo-Marx­ist who believes in the suprema­cy of the state, imme­di­ate­ly get­ting in tight with the state, in order to “exe­cute against the world’s most impor­tant prob­lems”. Wan­na bet his def­i­n­i­tion and yours as a free cit­i­zen dis­agree?
    The anal­o­gy and their name is apt. The palan­tir was used for evil. A palan­tir out­right used by a tyrant is easy to see as evil. A palan­tir used for spy­ing on hob­bits “to check up on inno­cent Hob­bits” invades their pri­va­cy and is just anoth­er appa­ra­tus of the tyrant. So what hap­pens if the hob­bits don’t want to be spied on?

    The secre­tive data-analy­sis start­up, based in Palo Alto, Calif. and backed by ear­ly Face­book investor Peter Thiel, has suf­fered a num­ber of blows to its pub­lic image of late. The most recent is the set­tle­ment of a law­suit filed by rival i2 Group, based in McLean, Va., over accu­sa­tions that Palan­tir employ­ees fraud­u­lent­ly obtained i2 soft­ware and used it to design com­pet­ing prod­ucts.
    Since Palan­tir touts itself as the prod­uct of fraud-detec­tion tech­nolo­gies pio­neered at Pay­Pal, the pay­ments start­up Thiel cofound­ed, those charges present ironies, as i2’s lawyers eager­ly point­ed out in their ini­tial com­plaint.
    Sep­a­rate­ly, Palan­tir CEO Alex Karp issued a pub­lic state­ment apol­o­giz­ing for his company’s role in prepar­ing a plan for Bank of Amer­i­ca to strike back at Wik­ileaks, the Inter­net-based non­prof­it group famed for obtain­ing and releas­ing sen­si­tive doc­u­ments into the pub­lic domain. The com­pa­ny also placed employ­ee Matthew Steck­man on leave after hack­ers released emails show­ing he was involved in prepar­ing a sim­i­lar plan for the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce to dam­age ThinkProgress, a pro-labor pub­li­ca­tion.
    Isn’t that pecu­liar. Are they play­ing to their audi­ence of sta­tists, or are they dam­ag­ing rivals, or what exact­ly are they doing? Wik­ileaks and ThinkProgress

    Posted by TBd | August 14, 2013, 11:22 am
  3. the NSA has been direct­ing the eco­nom­ic course of the tech indus­try accord­ing to arti­cle from the Con­nec­tion neww­pa­per in san­ta cruz, last month.
    when i worked in this indus­try, it was known the intel put unique id # on each com­put­er to match the trap­door in msdos from microsoft.
    a french intel report 1999 states:
    “it would seem that the cre­ation of microsoft was large­ly sup­port­ed, not least finan­cial­ly, by the NSA, and that IBM was made to accept the MSDOS oper­at­ing sys­tem” ...“insis­tent rumors about the exis­tence of spy pro­grams on microsoft and by the pres­ence of NSA per­son­nel”

    multi­bil­lion­aire gates, rich­est man in amer­i­ca, is a clos­et spook with a trap­door into every life, before experts talked about it.
    “inside the code were 2 labels for keys, one was called NSAKEY”
    its pos­si­ble, we been hosed, 60 yrs of mkul­tra brain-min­ing and still we are too 911 shocked to stop it.

    Posted by kelley | August 20, 2013, 8:26 am
  4. WTF?

    Edward Snow­den, Glenn Green­wald Chal­lenge Inde­pen­dent Sto­ry

    The Huff­in­g­ton Post | By Jack Mirkin­son
    Post­ed: 08/23/2013 8:07 am EDT | Updat­ed: 08/23/2013 11:01 am EDT

    NSA leak­er Edward Snow­den accused the British gov­ern­ment on Fri­day of leak­ing sen­si­tive mate­r­i­al to a news­pa­per he’d nev­er worked with, the Inde­pen­dent, and attribut­ing the mate­r­i­al to him — a charge the paper heat­ed­ly denied.

    The paper pub­lished an exclu­sive sto­ry about a secret British spy base in the Mid­dle East on the front of its Fri­day edi­tion. The sto­ry’s pres­ence there came as a sur­prise to media-watch­ers. Snow­den has only been known to have giv­en his mate­r­i­al to a hand­ful of jour­nal­ists and out­lets. The Inde­pen­dent isn’t one of them.

    The paper said that infor­ma­tion about the base was “con­tained in the leaked doc­u­ments” from Snow­den, but that the Guardian had “agreed to the Gov­ern­men­t’s request not to pub­lish any mate­r­i­al con­tained in the Snow­den doc­u­ments that could dam­age nation­al secu­ri­ty” and “agreed to restrict the news­pa­per’s report­ing of the doc­u­ments.”

    This led some observers to won­der whether the Guardian had passed mate­r­i­al to the Inde­pen­dent because it was being cen­sored by the gov­ern­ment.

    But the Guardian’s Glenn Green­wald, who has cov­ered many of the Snow­den-based scoops for the paper, wrote on Fri­day morn­ing that he was “not aware of, nor sub­ject to, any agree­ment that impos­es any lim­i­ta­tions of any kind on the report­ing that I am doing on these doc­u­ments.”

    He also pub­lished a state­ment from Snow­den say­ing that he had “nev­er spo­ken with, worked with, or pro­vid­ed any jour­nal­is­tic mate­ri­als to the Inde­pen­dent.”

    Snow­den said he thought the British were “seek­ing to cre­ate an appear­ance that the Guardian and Wash­ing­ton Post’s dis­clo­sures are harm­ful, and they are doing so by inten­tion­al­ly leak­ing harm­ful infor­ma­tion to The Inde­pen­dent and attribut­ing it to oth­ers.”

    In response, Oliv­er Wright, an edi­tor at the Inde­pen­dent, fired back in a state­ment sent to Huff­Post UK’s Jes­si­ca Elgot:

    “These alle­ga­tions are com­plete­ly untrue. The Inde­pen­dent was not leaked the sto­ry by the gov­ern­ment or duped into pub­lish­ing it by any­one. The lead byline is that of the high­ly respect­ed free­lance jour­nal­ist Dun­can Camp­bell, who has a 25 year track record of inves­ti­gat­ing state sur­veil­lance.

    Mr. Green­wald did not con­tact The Inde­pen­dent before pub­lish­ing his blog and does not appear to have any evi­dence to back up his asser­tions. He is now ask­ing that we pro­vide infor­ma­tion about our sources for the sto­ry which, as jour­nal­ist him­self, he should realise that we will not do.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 23, 2013, 1:33 pm

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