A report published earlier this month in The Intercept revealed that Palo Alto-based Palantir, the $20 billion data-mining firm founded by Trump pal Peter Thiel, "provides the engine for Trump's deportation machine". A software program known as Investigative Case Management (I.C.M.), developed by Palantir Technologies for the Department of Homeland Security, will now also be used to facilitate and expedite the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.).
The Intercept investigation revealed that "ICM allows ICE agents to access intelligence platforms maintained by the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, and an array of other federal and private law enforcement entities. It can provide ICE agents access to information on a subject's schooling, family relationships, employment information, phone records, immigration history, foreign exchange program status, personal connections, biometric traits, criminal records, and home and work addresses."
The Obama administration awarded the $41 million contract to Palantir in 2014 and it will be coming online for use by ICE (and other departments of Homeland Security) in September.
In the photo above, protesters showed up at Thiel's $25 billion San Francisco mansion on Saturday March 11 to denounce his company's collaboration with Trump's ICE raids.
by Sharat Lin...Three mass actions of nonviolent resistance to newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump in San José, California brought about very different police responses. The Riseup for Justice march on January 20, 2017 (nearly a thousand participants) and the Women's March on January 21, 2017 (estimated at 30,000) proceeded completely peacefully. However, the Disrupt J20 march by youths on January 20 (fifty participants) was met without warning by brutal police force resulting in three arrests and dispersal of the crowd.
The Rise Up for Justice march and rally organized by a broad coalition of 50 local organization took to the streets of San Jose on January 20, surrounding the Federal Buildling and hosting speakers at the start and end of the march.
The following is the speech by SJPJC Coordinator Michele Mashburn at Rise Up for Justice rally at San Jose City Hall on January 20, 2017.....
Two in 10 people are disabled in the US. The hardest part is that disability transcends class, age, gender, and race. Disability Rights include issues of accessibility and safety in transportation, architecture, and the physical environment; equal opportunities to live independently, employment equity, education and housing; and freedom from discrimination, abuse, neglect.
In many other countries, they live within a model that supports disability as a part of the normal life process. They plan using a concept called Universal Design, enabling all people to take part in society from birth to death however they wish.Read more...
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According to an article published in April in the East Bay Express, the San Jose Police Department is using a software surveillance tool that monitors social media posts in real time. “Geofeedia software allows the police to search Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Flickr and Weibo for key words in real-time, geographically locating people as they communicate with each other on the go, reading their posts, viewing their pictures and videos, and tracking who they interact with.”
The article revealed that San Jose bought a Geofeedia software license for $9,999 on September 25, 2015, just before the Super Bowl. They used it in the run-up to the Super Bowl and during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi to identify a “die-in” protest near the arena where Modi was speaking.Read more...
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