By Trevor Paglen
Clean Spots at the Map is an disclose of an empire that maintains to develop each year—and which, formally, it isn’t even there. it's the adventurous, insightful, and sometimes chilling tale of a tender geographer’s street journey during the underworld of U.S. army and C.I.A. “black ops” websites. this can be a shadow state of nation secrets and techniques: clandestine army bases, ultra-secret black websites, categorized factories, hidden laboratories, and top-secret organizations making up what safety and intelligence insiders themselves name the “black world.” Run by way of an amorphous workforce of presidency firms and personal businesses, this empire’s ever increasing price range dwarfs that of many substantial nations, but it denies its personal existence.
Author Trevor Paglen is a pupil in geography, an artist, and a provocateur. His study into components that formally don’t exist leads him on a globe-trotting research right into a colossal, undemocratic, and out of control black empire—the unmarked clean components even if you're looking at Google Earth or a U.S. Geological Survey map. Paglen knocks at the doorways of CIA prisons, stakes out the Groom Lake covert air base in Nevada from a mountaintop 30 miles away, observes categorized spacecraft within the evening sky with beginner astronomers, and dissects the security Department’s multibillion greenback black price range. touring to the center East, significant the USA, or even round our nation’s capital and its surrounding suburbs, he interviews the folks who live to tell the tale the sides of those clean spots.
Paglen visits the widow of Walter Kazra, who, whereas operating development at Groom Lake, used to be poisoned via the poisonous rubbish pits there. The U. S. Air strength protection to his estate’s go well with? the bottom doesn't exist. The U. S. excellent courtroom declined to check the case. no matter if Paglen studies from a resort room in Vegas, Washington D. C. suburbs, mystery prisons in Kabul, buried CIA plane in Honduras, or a trailer in Shoshone Indian territory, he's impassioned, rigorous, relentless—and eye-opening. this can be a human, shiny, and telling portrait of a ballooning nationwide mistake.
This is the 1st variation, released 2009 electronically and hardcover.
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There is little virtue in self-consciously adhering to a particular line of interpretation simply because a prior estimate on the subject took that line. Just because it was said last time is no reason to say it again. The intelligence community is not the Supreme Court. It need not strain over precedents or labor to extend the meaning of sanctified words. On the contrary, intelligence is supposed to provide current unimpeded judgments. Jones has also some sharp comments on the consensus-seeking approach to intelligence work: A single head in Intelligence is far better than a committee, however excellent the individual members of the committee may be.
The Admiralty was troubled by the fear that German surface raiders might break into the Atlantic, as had happened at the beginning of the war. It was determined, therefore, not to INTELLIGENCE AND THE PROBLEM OF STRATEGIC SURPRISE 35 commit the Home Fleet to a wild goose chase on the strength of rumours. It was all the more disposed to assign reports about German intentions towards Norway to that category because the First Lord, Winston Churchill, believed that invasion of Norway was beyond Germany’s powers.
Here, a sharp distinction is made between the professional world of the military and the civilian world of politics. The two groups therefore are able to interact to their mutual benefit, and the military recognizes its duty to obey the government, yet each group preserves its functional independence, thereby permitting achievement of the highest possible level of national security. The pattern of objective civilian control is, however, virtually nonexistent in the real world of politics and competition.