Peter Thiel's surveillance company Palantir is reportedly finalizing the digital framework for a potential mass deportation operation, should President Donald Trump decide to go that route.I don't care if you are pro-immigration or anti-immigration, this is horrific stuff. This is well beyond "Papers please!" It is "Let me check your entire digital footprint before you take one more step."
The company is putting the last touches on an intelligence database called Investigative Case Management (ICM), according to The Intercept. The system won't be polished until September, but it's already used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency known for carrying out deportations...
The system gives ICE agents the ability to track down information on anyone they're watching. It collects data from other federal agencies and drops it into a central system, allowing ICE to mine it for a person's relationships, places of work, criminal records, when the person has been in and out of the country, and much more.
The branch of ICE best known for deportations — the Enforcement and Removal Office — uses Palantir's system to gather information for cases in criminal and civil court...
Palantir's website extols the wonders of privacy, it helped construct a surveillance system for the NSA called XKeyscore, which the NSA itself has called its most invasive system. XKeyscore maps out a jumble of personal data that allows federal agents to better understand a person's social and ideological connections.
Just think what an agent could do with a combination of XKeyScore and Investigative Case Management, if ever the two should meet.