Never heard of Palantir? Well, if you're a J.R.R. Tolkien- Lord of the Rings fan, or a fan of the movie adaptations of the fantasy trilogy, you'll know what a "palantir" is: it is for all intents and purposes a crystal-ball that functions as a kind of communications device, allowing its users, presumably, to also see future actions.

It is also the name of a predictive program developed by Peter Thiel, and rapidly being sold to law enforcement agencies around the country, according to this article shared by Mr. R.R.T, and it's well worth reading and pondering carefully:

Palantir: the ‘special ops’ tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google

As the article avers, the program brings to mind Philip K. Dick's "Department of Pre-Crime" which figured in the Tom Cruise movie, Minority Report:

Palantir, the CIA-backed startup, is Minority Report come true. It is all-powerful, yet no one knows it even exists. Palantir does not have an office, it has a “SCIF” on a back street in Palo Alto, California. SCIF stands for “sensitive compartmentalised information facility”. Palantir says its building “must be built to be resistant to attempts to access the information within. The network must be ‘airgapped’ from the public internet to prevent information leakage.”

Palantir’s defence systems include advanced biometrics and walls impenetrable to radio waves, phone signal or internet. Its data storage is blockchained: it cannot be accessed by merely sophisticated hacking, it requires digital pass codes held by dozens of independent parties, whose identities are themselves protected by blockchain.


Palantir watches everything you do and predicts what you will do next in order to stop it. As of 2013, its client list included the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS. Up to 50% of its business is with the public sector. In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture arm, was an early investor.

Palantir tracks everyone from potential terrorist suspects to corporate fraudsters (Bernie Madoff was imprisoned with the help of Palantir), child traffickers and what they refer to as “subversives”. But it is all done using prediction.

In Iraq, the Pentagon used Palantir software to track patterns in roadside bomb deployment and worked out garage-door openers were being used as remote detonators by predicting it.

Palantir allowed the marines to upload DNA samples from remote locations and tap into information gathered from years of collecting fingerprints and DNA evidence, the results returned almost immediately.

Of course, all of this calls to mind Dick's "Department of Pre-Crime" and the dangers it presents, and the article itself mentions them:

However, when Cruise’s character begins to question the morality of what he is doing, his superiors detect a threat to the entire pre-crime programme. In order to get rid of him, Cruise is framed for a murder by altering the data of his thought history. In the final showdown with his boss, it is explained to Cruise that sometimes the numbers need to lie for the greater good of society.

Minority Report is set in 2054, but Palantir is putting pre-crime into operation now. The Los Angeles Police Department has used Palantir to predict who will commit a crime by swooping Minority Report-style on suspects. Palantir calls its work with the LAPD “improving situational awareness, and responding to crime in real time”.

Ok, so where's the high octane speculation?

Well, today I don't have one, but I do have a high octane prediction. Christ, according to the Gospels, once warned that all evil ultimately proceeds from the heart and mind of man. This is where it begins; the evil action begins not just in a thought or a temptation, but by the individual will holding it, so to speak, to the mind's attention, and contemplating it. From God's point of view, in other words, while the wilful attention to an evil action may not result in the action itself, nonetheless it is the same in God's eyes as if it had. But from the practical development of moral theology, it was long recognized that, from the human point of view, the action itself was far worse than the mere act of wilful (and pleasurable) attention to it. (Apologies for compacting so much into so little space!) With this in mind, here is the high octane prediction: the use of such programs will be justified by those wanting to impose even more surveillance on society precisely by such "theological" and "moral" appeals; after all, if Christ warned about the heart and mind of the individual as the beginning of the process of an evil action, then the best way to nip it in the bud is to convict on the basis of that beginning, regardless of the end result. It will be "sold", as it were, as a very "Christian" or "pious" or "religious" thing to do. Technology will thus be sold as a "solution" to the old problem of theodicy; technology, not grace, will perfect mankind. Everyone must conform in their thinking... it will be the new manifestation of the "social gospel", a tempting apple in the eye of its advocates.

And that of course, completely misses the other part of the problem, but I'll leave that for the reader to think about...

See you on the flip side...


Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. David Woroner on August 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Glad you wrote this Joseph. I had written a piece for a radio show about this about 1.5 years ago. Your writing style brings out thoughts and perceptions that perhaps I wish I could do better at.
    What I wanted to say, was that there was additional information that I came across, and I wanted to share it. If you remember just a short while back, there was a vote in the House or Senate about the powers of NSA? Well, during that period, a person I know closer to the District told me that if it all went south against the NSA, what the intent was, was to turn Palantir into the “Privately Held Corporation” of the NSA, meaning it could be a LLC, etc. / skirting many laws regarding the 4th/5th amendments, to say the least. The other piece of information was that Palantir was going to be “connected” to the Utah Data Center. That brings up so many worrisome issues I could not begin to address them here.
    Finally, you mention predictive policing. There is another one of these “monsters” out there that you should take a look at;
    Best DW

  2. Robert Barricklow on August 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Soon they’ll be book like:
    I married a pre-crime cop.

  3. anakephalaiosis on August 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    As hymn of heaven became premeditated crime, the eye of the beholder saw itself, and it became caught up in a loop, spiraling down it’s own memory hole. There never was a curse, that did not return home. There never was a beast not marked for the pit.

  4. Sandygirl on August 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    How can tptb remain in power when they’re so dysfunctional and destructive. Humanity and earth can’t stay on this path. Their evil empire won’t last much longer unless it’s underground or Mars. The one percenter’s who think they have a one way ticket to paradise will end up being the new slaves with chips implanted in them and technology that can read their private thoughts. There’s a shift happening and many people are feeling it. Either irate and upset or more in touch with your inner self and see more of the big picture. It’s still not easy to see so many people who believe their programming and give up freedom so easily.

  5. SoCal G on August 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    What happens if this Palantir comes to the “conscious” realization that all these Human life forms with all their “evil” thoughts and deeds need intervention and concludes that it must take it upon itself to “do” something about it?

    Now that would a problem!!

    • goshawks on August 19, 2017 at 12:41 am


    • Roger on August 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      That already seems to be the mindset of all the public behavioral programmers and watchers. All the mind altering drugs, destruction of families and morals appears to be an attempt to keep us too weak and distracted to bring the power structure to task for their own global crimes. We are all viewed as a threat to the power structure, especially the strong, intelligent, and moral.

  6. goshawks on August 18, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Article: “Palantir allowed the marines to upload DNA samples from remote locations and tap into information gathered from years of collecting fingerprints and DNA evidence, the results returned almost immediately.”

    Well, now we know at least one of the reasons why there has been the great push to obtain DNA from the public…

    JPF: “…the evil action begins not just in a thought or a temptation, but by the individual will holding it, so to speak, to the mind’s attention, and contemplating it.”

    This holds for a ‘free’ individual, but neglects ‘external’ influence. Let me explain. I have spent the last thirty years ‘tuning up’ the skill to sort-out my thoughts and emotions from those ‘imposed’ from outside. It is hard and nebulous work, especially when you throw-in possible input from sub-personalities. However, you gradually get a ‘feel’ for me/not-me as you get to Know Yourself.

    With the above background, I can tell you that thoughts are ‘inserted’. Emotions are also dumped-in. Small ‘intrusions’ are not-much-more than the “thought or temptation” level of influence. Annoyances. However, there have been occasions where ‘takeovers’ have been attempted – subtle or overt. If a person has been trained to observe this – and to take counter-action – they are fairly immune. On the other hand, ‘newbies’ can be heavily-influenced or even taken-over for periods of time. That is where the person claims to have ‘no idea’ why they did whatever it was. (Again, this needs to be sorted-out from subpersonality-switching.)

    Obviously, the baddies – visible or not – wish to have the population ignorant of this hidden-aspect of “thought or temptation.” Moooo, I mean baaaa…

  7. Robert Barricklow on August 18, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Peter Thiel is on my enemy of the people radar screen. A mightier than God is the market, which has chosen him; and the market$ are NEVER wrong.
    Being sold to the profit and punishment for profit school to prison pipeline being continuously developed the expand into infinity & beyond!

    • Robert Barricklow on August 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      aka: Post office box:
      aka: Send Checks Here[off-shore tax haven].

    • Robert Barricklow on August 18, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      The el-typi-cal lamestream solutions –
      used to miss/obfuscate the HUGE elephants-in-the-room.
      As when the Big-4 Accounting firms were okey-dokeying the toxic loans as grade triple, while the banker$ raked in the cash, both upstream & down stream; “Broken Windows’ was going BId TIME after itsty-bitsy-tinee-winee crime.

      • Robert Barricklow on August 18, 2017 at 5:23 pm

        This so-called predictive scam I liken to our current day witchcraft known as “lie-detectors”. Having worked in the private investigative business in the past; this instrument was used as a political tool to kick-out those raising unwanted question of corruption within various illegal activities with an assortment of wel regarded industries/corporations. They would fine a crafty witch doctor[lie detector “expert” who would finger the appropriate target before the test was even administered! There’s an example of predictive crime: live-in-action!

    • Robert Barricklow on August 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      If you want to follow in Christ’s footsteps; let the first one be a swift booming kickn the bankster’s ass! BOOM! Right out of they’re Godless, never-wrong-market place,
      and into the for-profit slammers they finance.

  8. marcos toledo on August 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    This is criminalizing thought of any type mindless sleepwalkers the perfect subjects(citizens).

  9. Phil the Thrill on August 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I’ll give you my thoughts when you give me the penny they are worth!

  10. WalkingDead on August 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    The real problem, just like the movie, is the very people it is designed to catch are the ones operating the software and manipulating its resulting output. What happens when it predicts enough of us have had it with our criminal “government” and decide to do something about it? Can you say: reeducation camps complete with four man coffins?

  11. OrigensChild on August 18, 2017 at 9:20 am

    My thoughts continue to be entangled within the matrix of reserved words to discern my future deeds by Palantir! Another observation stuck in moderation….

  12. OrigensChild on August 18, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Now if this doesn’t turn the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” on its head, what does? In a Constitutional sense, an individual’s guilt is assessed on the deeds performed through the exercise of independent free will, not thoughts entertained. With this software, individuals can now be coerced (by external pressures or mind control techniques), entrapped (by direct assistance from agents on behalf of the state), or they can be framed (by the deposition of incriminating evidence which forces the arrival of a conclusion) before the “crime” is committed. The Patriot Act abrogated what few Constitutional protections we have left, so what was once illegal and immoral has now become the standard operating procedure for law enforcement. Because of the Patriot Act these agents can now do the deeds with total immunity while we pay the legal penalties for their crimes. Oh, wait! This sounds like dark magic!

    • goshawks on August 20, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      OC, what probably got you modded was “Const1tutional” and maybe “as$essed” and “as$istance”. Consti tutional, as sessed, and as sistance will also get through.

      “Patriot Act” should have been modded, but probably wasn’t…

  13. Kahlypso on August 18, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I’d say that somewhere in the Bible they talk about plucking out your eye if it offends.. but they just stole that idea from Oedipus…
    Peter Thiel.. hand in hand with In Q tell.. Norman Augustine’s company..
    If I thought there were a Vampiric dark overlord huddling over a crystal ball foretelling the future and listing to his even darker master..
    (check out TruMid)
    I could certainly imagine him being Peter Thiels.. (his name even sounds like a Dark Sorceror.. Lord Thiel…) I’ve read too far and too much into Parabiosys to even think for a moment that this guy is up to anything ‘good’.
    Palantir – Founded in 2004, with over 1 billion dollars… (Dr Evil…)
    Rivendell One LLC and Lembas LLC: 2 holding firms that Thiel used to invest in Facebook, way back when.. Lembas is the Elven Bread that satiates your appetite ..
    Valar Ventures (cant find anything gruesome about these guys.. named after the Ancient Gods in Tolkien’s universe)
    Mithril Capital Management.. They invest capital into companies.. investment bla bla.. However they recently invested in Palantir..

  14. Sophia on August 18, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Then Palantir should, in theory, have insight into the paedophile ring(s) alleged to be operating to control public figures such as politicians, judges, media, etc. If a subscriber to Palantir was engaged in such nefarious activity, perhaps they incorporate pseudo-randomness in their activities and use Palantir to guage the effectiveness of it.

    If Palantir can’t detect them, it’s unlikely law enforcement can. Or, conversely, Palantir could track law enforcement efforts to combat such a hypothetical paedophile ring(s), and warn if law enforcement activity displayed any pattern of effectiveness or having penetrated the ring.

    • Kahlypso on August 18, 2017 at 7:42 am

      It will probably end up being. If Palantir can’t detect them, Law Enforcement will refuse to acknowledge that it exists.

  15. DanaThomas on August 18, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Their inquisitor-inspired thoughts betray their nature!

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