New York Magazine : 2020-09-28

INTELLIGEN­CER : 28 : 26

INTELLIGEN­CER

ACK IN 2003, JOHN POINDEXTER got a call from Richard Perle, an old friend from their days serving together in the Reagan administra­tion. Perle, one of the architects of the Iraq War, which started that year, wanted to introduce Poindexter to a couple of Silicon Valley entreprene­urs who were starting a software company. The firm, Palantir Technologi­es, was hoping to pull together data collected by a wide range of spy agencies—everything from human intelligen­ce and cell-phone calls to travel records and financial transactio­ns— to help identify and stop terrorists planning attacks on the United States. One of the central claims 26 new york | september 28–october 11, 2020