Blank Spots on the Map by Trevor Paglen
The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World

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Welcome to a top-level clearance world that doesn't exist...Now with updated material for the paperback edition.

This is the adventurous, insightful, and often chilling story of a road trip through a shadow nation of state secrets, clandestine military bases, black sites, hidden laboratories, and top-secret agencies that make up what insiders call the "black world."

Here, geographer and provocateur Trevor Paglen knocks on the doors of CIA prisons, stakes out a covert air base in Nevada from a mountaintop 30 miles away, dissects the Defense Department's multibillion dollar "black" budget, and interviews those who live on the edges of these blank spots.

Whether Paglen reports from a hotel room in Vegas, a secret prison in Kabul, or a trailer in Shoshone Indian territory, he is impassioned, rigorous, relentless-and delivers eye-opening details.
 

About Trevor Paglen

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Trevor Paglen is the author of I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me and Torture Taxi. Author website: paglen.com
 
Published January 16, 2009 by NAL. 348 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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Secrets, in other words, often inevitably announce their own existence.” Although the text mainly follows Paglen’s investigative trail, it sometimes cuts away to other individuals fighting for government disclosure by litigating, charting objects in space or whistle-blowing.

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Paglen knocks on the doors of CIA prisons, stakes out the Groom Lake covert air base in Nevada from a mountaintop 30 miles away, observes classified spacecraft in the night sky with amateur astronomers, and dissects the Defense Department’s multibillion dollar black budget.

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