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Color Patches for a Dark, Secret World

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posted on Apr, 15 2008 @ 03:59 AM
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Color Patches for a Dark, Secret World


www.mhpbooks.com



What's the hottest book in America right now?:
I COULD TELL YOU BUT THEN YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE DESTROYED BY ME: IMAGES FROM THE PENTAGON'S BLACK WORLD
by
Trevor
Paglen




“A fresh approach to secret government. It shows that these secret programs have their own culture, vocabulary and even sense of humor.”
—Steven Aftergood, The Federation of American Scientists

“A glimpse of [the Pentagon’s] dark world through a revealing lens—patches—the kind worn on military uniforms.... The book offers not only clues into the nature of the secret programs, but also a glimpse of zealous male bonding among the presumed elite of the military–industrial complex. The patches often feel like fraternity pranks gone ballistic.”
—William BroadThe New York Times

“Gives readers a peek into the shadows ... Department of Defense spokesman Bob Mehal told Newsweek that it ‘would not be prudent to comment on what patches did or did not represent classified units.’ That’s OK. Some mysteries are more fun when they stay unsolved.”
—Karen Pinchin, Newsweek




They’re on the shoulder of all military personnel: patches that symbolize what their unit does. But what if that’s top secret?

Now, in a work that combines ingenious journalism and bizarrely encoded art, author/photographer/investigator Trevor Paglen uncovers seventy–five never–before–seen–in–public military patches that reveal a bizarre secret world of the American military. Paglen investigates classified weapons projects and intelligence operations by examining their own imagery and jargon, disclosing new facts about important classified military units—here known by peculiar names (“Goat Suckers,” “None of Your #ing Business,” “Tastes Like Chicken”) and illustrated with occult symbols and ridiculous cartoons. The precisely photographed patches—worn by military personnel working on classified missions, such as those at the legendary Area 51—reveal much about a strange and eerie world about which little was previously known.


The author has also assembled an extensive and readable guide, based on extensive interviews with military sources and government records, to the patches included here, making this volume perhaps the best available survey of the military's black world—a $27 billion industry that has quietly grown by almost 50 percent since 9/11.



TREVOR PAGLEN is a geographer by training, and an expert on clandestine military installations. He leads expeditions to the secret bases of the American West and is the author, with A.C. Thompson, of Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights, which the New York Times praised as “the real thing . . . and not on the evening news.”
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posted on Apr, 15 2008 @ 03:59 AM
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If anyone knows how to post images of these patches here, please do.

www.mhpbooks.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Apr, 15 2008 @ 04:00 AM
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posted on Apr, 15 2008 @ 02:19 PM
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it is a cool book,
i got it when it first came out, i highly recommend it

snoopyuk



posted on Apr, 15 2008 @ 03:11 PM
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Originally posted by danbloom
If anyone knows how to post images of these patches here, please do.





The 413th Test Squadron, nicknamed the "Bombcats" and also known as Sundowner and Zipper, organized flight tests of Electronic Warfare systems around the world. The NewYorkTimes





The 509th Bomb Wing flew B-2 stealth bomber test flights, and used to be based at Roswell, N.M., home of the 'Roswell Incident.' The NewYorkTimes





This patch was worn by an obscure unit called the "Ghost Squadron" operating out of a secret Air Force base near Groom Lake to provide helicopter support. The NewYorkTimes


And the rest of the patches, nine in total, may be found here:

Patch Four

Patch Five

Patch Six

Patch Seven

Patch Eight

Patch Nine

One wonders if the intent behind some of the designs on these patches are to lead one to believe that some of the agencies are extraterrestrial in nature or origin.
I think I prefer patch number seven on the slide-show.




posted on Apr, 15 2008 @ 03:30 PM
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Very interesting article called "Secrets and Signs" about the patches and their hidden meaning can be found here:

www.thespacereview.com...

This link was originally provided by the member "godzuka" in the thread "Apollo 20 update", so you should thank him/her!

Best regards, Ziggystar60.



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