Tastes Like Chicken



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One can accuse the U.S. Department of Defense of extreme secrecy but not of lack of imagination. Hidden in plain sight, patches sewn into uniforms worn by special military units working at bases said to house classified black projects may hold the clue of what transpires behind closed doors. The insignias, often depicting skulls, ghosts, wizards, dragons, and even aliens, not only offer a tantalizing view into the imagination of its creators - but most importantly - speak volumes about the activities each unit is assigned to. For the careful observer, the patches may prove revelatory if they know how to interpret what is depicted in them.


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The patches and their hidden meaning are the topic of a fascinating book by author Trevor Paglen aptly titled: I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me. Paglen's interest and expertise in future warfare and state secrecy are brought to bear on this fully illustrated piece of enlightening literature that will attempt to decode for us the symbolism and language used in them. While you wait for your book to arrive, have a look at George Knapp's interview with the author for a synopsis of this captivating book:

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