There's a guy named Trevor Paglen. His obsession is military patches, the kind you wear on your sleeve. Many military programs are top secret and
only identifiable by two things: 1. An undescribed line item on a Department of Defense expense report. 2. A military patch. He has written a book
entitled "I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me" (the emblem on a particular patch he has uncovered). The book is nothing
but a giant compendium of some of the bizarre, strange, and often very funny top secret military patches the man has discovered:
CIA paparazzo Trevor Paglen is a thorn in Uncle Sam's side. Known for snapping telephoto candids of CIA planes and Area 51, the artist also
gathers "patch intel," which he's collected in this provocative book (main title: "I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By
Me"). The fruit of several Freedom of Information Act requests, Paglen's book proves that classified black opps concoct esoteric team insignias just
like other military divisions. The photo-driven work presents 75 de-classified patches with colorful eagles, skulls, swords, dragons, wizards and even
aliens (!). Surveying iconography that was never intended for your eyes is both exhilarating and frustrating. Decoding them is often impossible, which
only leads back to the obvious: How else are our tax dollars being spent in secret? Unlike grainy, questionable YouTube clips of UFOs, Big Foot and
Loch Ness, in this case, seeing guarantees believing.
Shown here for the first time, these sixty patches reveal a secret world of military imagery and jargon, where classified projects are known by
peculiar names ("Goat Suckers," "None of Your #ing Business," "Tastes Like Chicken") and illustrated with occult symbols and ridiculous
cartoons. Although the actual projects represented here (such as the notorious Area 51) are classified, these patches--which are worn by military
units working on classified missions--are precisely photographed, strangely hinting at a world about which little is known.
By submitting hundreds of Freedom of Information requests, the author has also assembled an extensive and readable guide to the patches included
here, making this volume one of the best available surveys 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."
The New York Times has a story (and especially check out the slide show linked therein):
It is, according to a new book, part of the hidden reality behind the Pentagon's classified, or "black," budget that delivers billions of
dollars to stealthy armies of high-tech warriors. The book offers a glimpse of this dark world through a revealing lens -- patches -- the kind worn on
"It's a fresh approach to secret government," Steven Aftergood, a security expert at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, said
in an interview. "It shows that these secret programs have their own culture, vocabulary and even sense of humor."
so the link for the patches dont work but here are some that i googled so go a. and have a look and feel free to speculate on the meaning ,also you
can youtube this fellow and watch his very intresting videos and watch him decipher these coded patches ... p.s pardon my spelling
here is another intresting patch i found
[edit on 9-5-2010 by Nephi1337] here is the youtube video
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