[NetBehaviour] BOOK: Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World

Olga olga.panades at gmail.com
Fri Sep 4 16:24:28 CEST 2009

Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret
World, by artist, writer, and experimental geographer Trevor Paglen
(Amazon USA and UK.)

Publisher Dutton says:

"The adventurous, insightful, and often chilling story of a young
geographer's road trip through the underworld of U.S. military and CIA
"black ops" sites."

"Trevor Paglen is a scholar in geography, an artist, and a
provocateur. His research into areas that officially "don't exist"
leads him on a globe-trotting adventure into a vast, undemocratic, and
uncontrolled black empire--the unmarked spots on a map, where our
military conducts its most clandestine operations. Run by an amorphous
group of government agencies and private companies, this empire's
annual budget is over $40 billion, yet almost no one knows how it
works or what it does."

"Paglen spies on the covert site at Groom Lake, Nevada, taking photos
from a mountain top thirty miles away. He visits the widow of Walter
Kasza, who, while working construction at Groom Lake, was poisoned by
the toxic garbage pits there. The U.S. Air Force defense to his
estate's suit? The base does not exist. The U.S. Supreme Court
declined to review the case."

"Whether it's from a hotel room in Vegas, secret prisons in Kabul,
buried CIA aircraft in Central American jungles, Washington, D.C.,
suburbs, or a trailer in Shoshone Indian territory, Paglen's reporting
is impassioned, rigorous, relentless--and eye-opening. Blank Spots on
the Map is an exposé of a world that, officially, isn't even there."

Reviewed in We Make Money Not Art,

Olga P Massanet

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