You Don't Get These for Selling Girl Scout Cookies . . . : The Bryant Park Project Patches you won't get selling Girl Scout cookies.
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Trevor Paglen on the BPP

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You Don't Get These for Selling Girl Scout Cookies . . .

You Don't Get These for Selling Girl Scout Cookies . . .

Trevor Paglen on the BPP

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Trevor Paglen decodes the acronym in the audio above. From this book. hide caption

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From this book.

If you're part of a super-secret, clandestine, covert military unit, seems like you wouldn't want to advertise it. Turns out, some "black ops" personnel do. They come up with cryptic designs -- things like dragons wrapped around the earth or naked women riding killer whales -- to put on patches that commemorate their missions. What they mean and the details of the missions are almost impossible to figure out.

We talked to Trevor Paglen on the show today about his quest to collect and decipher black ops patches, which he assembles in a new art/history book, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me.

After the jump, more patches.

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