Tuesday 28 February 2012



If there’s one thing that distinguishes Ron Paul from the rest of the GOP field, it’s his principled stand against American empire and his ardent defense of individual liberties. Paul’s opposition to wars, bloated defense budgets and government espionage of US citizens has made him a hero among some young conservatives. His seemingly rock-solid principles and radicalism has even drawn some on the left; unlike even left-wing Democrats, Paul has said he wants to abolish both the CIA and the FBI to protect individual “liberty.”

So it should come as a shock and disappointment to his followers that Ron Paul’s single largest donor ~ his Sheldon Adelson, as it were ~ founded a controversial defense contractor, Palantir Technologies, that profits from government espionage work for the CIA, FBI and other agencies, and which last year was caught organizing an illegal spy ring targeting American political opponents of the US Chamber of Commerce, including journalists, progressive activists and union leaders. (Palantir takes its name from the mystic stones used by characters in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to spy one another.)

According to recently filed FEC disclosure documents, Ron Paul’s Super PAC has received nearly all of its money from a single source, billionaire Peter Thiel. So far, Thiel has contributed $2.6 million to Ron Paul’s Super PAC, Endorse Liberty, providing 76 percent of the Super PAC’s total intake. 

Thiel, a self-described libertarian and opponent of democracy who made his fortune as the founder of PayPal, launched Palantir in 2004 to profit from what the Wall Street Journal described as “the government spy-services marketplace.”

The CIA’s venture capital firm, In-Q-Tel, was brought in to back up Thiel as one of Palantir’s first outside investors. Today, Palantir’s valuation is reported to be in the billions.
A recent Businessweek profile explained how Palantir makes its money ~ and why Ron Paul’s followers should be bothered:

Depending where you fall on the spectrum between civil liberties absolutism and homeland security lockdown, Palantir’s technology is either creepy or heroic.

Judging by the company’s growth, opinion in Washington and elsewhere has veered toward the latter. 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 stationed in Afghanistan who requested anonymity out of security concerns. “The first time I saw it I was like, ‘Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap.’

It gets worse: the technologies and know-how acquired over years of spying on suspected foreign terrorists and threats were turned to private, political use against US citizens.

In what became known last year as the “Chamber-Gate” scandal, Palantir was outed by Anonymous as the lead outfit in a private espionage consortium with security technology companies HBGary and Berico; the groups spent months “creating electronic dossiers on political opponents of the Chamber through illicit means.”

According to ThinkProgress, Palantir “may have used techniques and technologies developed under military contracts in their pro-Chamber campaign.”

Thiel’s Palantir and its two intelligence contractor partners ~ collectively named “Team Themis” after the Roman goddess of law and order ~ proposed to the Chamber’s lawyers a plan that involved illegal cyber-espionage against the Chamber’s enemies, including targeting activists’ families and children. Among those targeted: ThinkProgress, union leaders, MoveOn, Brad Friedman and Glenn Greenwald, whose support for Wikileaks reportedly rankled Chamber member Bank of America.

Ron Paul came out vocally supporting WikiLeaks and Assange, positions that made Paul popular among young libertarians and progressives. Just weeks before PayPal announced it had cut off funding for Wikileaks, Thiel’s stake in PayPal was reportedly worth $1.7 billion (he sold the company to eBay in 2002). 

Thiel has funded a number of far-right-wing causes over the years: He was an early investor in conservative filmmaker James O’Keefes career, funding a video called “Taxpayer’s Clearing House,” which shows O’Keefe duping working-class minorities into believing they’d won a sweepstakes, only to stick them with a tax bill for the bailouts.

O’Keefe, of course, later produced the infamous ACORN and Planned Parenthood videos and was also charged with entering a federal building under false pretenses in an attempt to wiretap the offices of US Senator Mary Landrieu.

Thiel was a member of the right-wing Federalist Society while at Stanford Law School, and he co-authored an anti–affirmative action book, The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus ~ a book that belittles “imaginary oppressors” of minorities, blames homophobia on homosexuals and attacks domestic partnerships. Thiel himself is gay.

In a recent article published in the libertarian Cato Unbound, Thiel came out against democracy and majority rule, and blamed women’s suffrage for ending “freedom”:

The 1920s were the last decade in American history during which one could be genuinely optimistic about politics. Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women ~ two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians ~ have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron. 

Thiel also funds a libertarian project headed by Milton Friedman’s grandson, Patri Friedman, called the “Seasteading Institute,” which designs offshore “libertarian utopias.” Patri Friedman also denounced democracy as “ill-suited for a libertarian state.”

If Ron Paul is serious about his principled defense of Americans’ individual liberties and his opposition to war-profiteering and government espionage against its own citizens, then why does his main Super PAC rely so heavily on one of the worst violators of Paul’s core principles?

What exactly is Ron Paul talking about when he warns his followers that America is becoming a “fascist system”?

In his recent speech, Paul defined this “fascist system” as “a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen.”

Can Paul really oppose such “fascism” while his campaign is bankrolled by one of the chief protagonists and beneficiaries of the very system Ron Paul claims to oppose?


  1. A Paul apologist will simply say, "He doesn't know about Thiel's past", or, "Palantir is simply part of the free market system", or, "Paul doesn't care and can overlook a 'minor' foible", or, "Paul needs to do something, anything to get elected to beat these war mongers", or "Paul needs the money to win".

    There will always be something, some insane reason to support Paul because he isn't "part of the system".

    PaulTards are as stupid, if not moreso than any Bushie or ObamaManiac that exists.

    There will come a day when I will say, "I told you so". That day is near at hand.

    BTW: I warned as many as I could about Obama and Bush (and, of course, "I told you so" about them, as well).

    Maybe America should listen to Buelahman.

  2. Winks. How did I know you would be the first to comment on this article. I thought of you as I prepared it for posting.

    For me, I know he is an upper level freemason. I have seen him waving "the" handsign. I see the grandparently imagery of him and his wife, a woman who looks real and warm, unlike the terrifying-looking Mrs. Gringrich for example.

    I look at Mrs. Paul and expect her to whip out a platter of warm home made chocolate chip cookies. She is, thank the Lord, no Barbara Bush who looked as if she would eat babies and spit out the bones within seconds and reach for another.

    Anyhow, I just thought this information should be out there more. It is definitely pertinent.

  3. It probably comes off as if I am grinding axes. I am not. I have simply learned that no R or D will EVER be real. They MUST play the game and usually end up corrupted by it.

    I must totally agree on Mrs Paul (mmm, fish sticks). She does appear as you say. But her husband is still hanging in there with a "party" that is corrupt.

    I wish ppl could learn. But they won't (or can't).

    Maybe they should move to Colorado and thaw out their pineal glands so that they can see.

  4. Grinding axes? Not in the least. I don't trust anyone either. I know too much about the dirty processes they go through to get to where they are. And most of those processes are secret to say the best.

    To be an upper level Mason, and to aim for Pres you have to be at LEAST 32nd level, 33 being the top and reserved for the nastiest satanic types of them all, well.... this raises red flags and questions simultaneously.

    Also the puppet masters are very good at aiming for the jugular very deceptively as we saw with Obama.

    That person played his race card so big time and the night of his election, I watched all the black people celebrating on the street. It was so contagious, they were ecstatic. BUT I also felt great pain for them because I knew he would be a great betrayer of everything, including these people who had voted him in.

    Just because we have not seen Dr. Paul cosying up to Brzezinski does not mean they don't socialize at all. You just never effing know.

    I found reading Tranceformation of America by Cathy Obrien was a HUGE eye opener in learning about behind the scenes politics in the US. It is very interesting reading actually.

    So... I watch Dr. Paul as well. We do know he is no Clinton Hitlery though.


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