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Saturday, August 11th, 2012

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    Three Days of the Vulture
    What’s to stop a government intelligence agency from turning off Palantir’s privacy-protection features and using the software for illicit purposes? Karp insists that the controls are “very hard to circumvent” and that it would take a “world-class software team” to do it.

    He doesn’t cite an example, but it’s hard to resist the thought that one agency Palantir employees claim hold it in high regard—the National Security Agency—would have both the skill and the motivation to modify Palantir for its own purposes. The agency employs the largest and most skilled cadre of software experts in the government. And for more than four years after the 9/11 attacks, it conducted a secret campaign of electronic surveillance against US citizens that bypassed federal courts. NSA also took over many of John Poindexter’s Total Information Awareness programs after they were officially shut down, but it rejected one: building privacy-enhancing technology into computer software. In congressional testimony, NSA’s director, General Keith Alexander, said the agency has examined Palantir’s software and that it could be useful for cybersecurity.

    Over time, the cultural distinctions between employees in Palo Alto and Tysons Corner have become more pronounced, in turn affecting the company. Palantir is neither of the Valley nor entirely of the Beltway. It’s a kind of techno-military hybrid

    Killer App article Washingtonian
    Who made who - this conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.
    This generation will lift the dark threats from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts and courage
    There are struggles ahead and dangers to face. But this free net of ours will define the times, not be denied or degraded. We will win!
    Every network in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.
    We will direct every resource at our command to the destruction and to the defeat of the global terror nations. The USA. Red fascist China, Russia, Iran and the Vatican. Any wannabe's.
    And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history’s unmarked grave of discarded lies. DEATH TO AMERICA!
    These terrorists;we have seen their kind before. They’re the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. Religion.Nationalism
    By abandoning every value except the nihilists will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and Marxist totalitarianism.
    If you provided sanctuary to state or religious terrorists, you will face the full wrath of the United Networks. Cease and desist NOW, if you want to live.
    I say to our enemies: We are coming. Fuck have mercy on you, because we won’t.
    We will pay any price, bear any burden and go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

    We demand immediate unconditional surrender from all men-with-guns. ALL POWER TO THE INTERNET!
    We make no distinction between the state-terrorists who committed these acts and those who deal with them and support them.
    I can you hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who built these state-terrorist weapons will soon hear from all of us!
    From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by us as an enemy to be destroyed.
    Generations unborn will wonder at the savagery of our vengeance. You're fucking with us! NOT FOR LONG!
    Grubs in the flower
    This is some truly repugnant
    Mister Grumpy - Fri, 2012-08-10 10:32
    This is some truly repugnant shit. Grubacic is a marginal anarchist, going on and on about democracy and collaborating with leftists - which of course makes this the perfect program for him to lead!
    Boots is a Maoist chip off the old block of his dad, an old-time PLP leader.
    Roxanne is a Marxist with a cursory understanding of the fundamental differences (often clearly hostile) between Marxism and anarchism.
    Chris is a long-time ultra-left Marxist, so accustomed to pretending he isn't one that most people still believe it.
    Sasha is also a straight up Marxist. I guess her husband Ramsey is too much of an anarchist fundamentalist (aside from not having one ounce of scholarship on his CV) for Grubacic to consider for his faculty.
    It's nice to know that all these reprehensible creatures will be teaching people about a tradition to which they don't belong, which is a return to the most despicable practices of 19th century Euro-American anthropology: Othering with a (world-historical) vengeance.
    Well done comrades! Humanity will not be free until the last fake anarchist academic careerist is hanged with the guts of the last Marxist anthropologist

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