Trevor Paglen: Tracking the CIA's Torture Planes

Monday Night -- 02.20.06 -- Trevor Paglen -- Tracking the CIA's Torture Planes

1. This Monday:

What: Presentation / Discussion / Trevor Paglen
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor (directions)
When: Monday Night 02.20.2006 @ 7:30 Pm
Who: Open To All

We are happy to have Trevor back and we hope you will be able to join us for what should be an interesting evening and discussion.
2. description
Tracking the CIA's Torture Planes
Trevor Paglen

In order to sidestep international laws against torture, the CIA currently uses a fleet of unmarked airplanes to kidnap, "render," and "disappear" suspected terrorists. The CIA takes these people to a clandestine network of prisons in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Poland, and Romania: places where they can be tortured.

Because the CIA uses civilian (rather than military) aircraft for these "black" operations, they leave a publicly-accessible trail of flight logs, registration papers, and other legal documents. These paper trails are filled with forgeries, lies, and cover-stories, but nevertheless contain important clues as to who the "real" people behind these operations and unmarked planes might be.

One of these planes is a Boeing 737. Its tail number is N4467S. It is the property of a company called "Keeler and Tate Management," incorporated by a man named "Tyler Edward Tate." Mr. Tate does not exist.

Over the course of this presentation, we will navigate through the fog of misinformation surrounding Mr. Tate. We will visit the street addresses of his front companies, observe the airfields that his unmarked plane frequents, and introduce ourselves to some of the flesh-and-blood individuals who may have penned his name

3. Links:

Trevor Paglen

"Spying on the Government" - An article from the SF Bay Guardian.

The Federation of American Scientists's Area 51 page
Global Security - Military analyst John Pike's site

4. Links - Trevor at 16beaver

Monday Night --Experimental Lecture with Trevor Paglin -- 06.30.03

5. About Trevor

Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is writing a doctoral dissertation about the spatial aspects of military secrecy.

His projects deliberately blur the lines between social science, contemporary art, and a host of even more obscure disciplines in order to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched, ways to interpret the world around us.

Paglen's artwork has shown at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (2003), U.C. San Diego (2004), the California College of the Arts (2002), the LAB (2005), and numerous other arts venues, universities, conferences, and public spaces. He is a contributing editor to the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and develops tactical media projects with the prison-abolitionist group Critical Resistance. Paglen's writing has been published in Blu Magazine, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Art Journal, and will be included in the upcoming collection Inhuman Geographies/Spaces of Political Violence (Routledge, 2006). Paglen holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.