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    Description"A report on clandestine Central Intelligence Agency activities, including the maintenance of secret military bases with detention facilities, known as black sites, in Afghanistan and elsewhere.... We're so used to being fed politics as fantasy entertainment, by art and the media, that we end up never being sure when we're looking at the real thing..." --"The New York Times" SURPRISE BUSH ANNOUNCEMENT CONFIRMS DETAILS OF NEW BOOK ON SECRET CIA PROGRAM SEPTEMBER 6, 2006--In a surprise admission, President Bush today confirmed widespread suspicion that the U.S. has maintained a network of secret prisons since 9/11--the first time the administration has acknowledged a secret CIA program despite worldwide criticism for the treatment of detainees, including accusations of torture and international kidnapping. The announcement confirms charges made in a new book, "Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights, "the first book on the secret U.S. program. The "extraordinary rendition" program the president spoke of is part of what has become the largest single U.S. clandestine operation since the end of the Cold War. However, the President said that he would not divulge specifics of the CIA program, because "Doing so would provide our enemies with information they could use to take retribution against our allies and harm our country." But investigative journalist A.C. Thompson--winner of a 2005 Polk Award for investigative reporting--and "military geographer" Trevor Paglen have systematically investigated the CIA program for more than two years, learning much about the specifics of the CIA's operations. In a series of journeys investigating the agency, they have uncovered all of the major elements of the CIA's rendition and detention operations. In "Torture Taxi," they travel to suburban Massachusetts to profile a CIA front company that supplies the agency with airplanes; to Smithfield, North Carolina, to meet pilots who fly CIA aircraft; study with a "planespotter" who tracks CIA planes in the Nevada desert; and go to Afghanistan to visit the notorious "Salt Pit" prison and interview released Afghan detainees. Contradicting the President's depiction of the CIA program as a legal and useful tool for bringing terrorists to justice, "Torture Taxi" proves that the CIA's operations since 9/11 have been tainted by torture and a long series of intelligence failures.

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    Torture Taxi
    on the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Trevor Paglen, By (author) A C Thompson
    Physical properties
    Format: Microfilm
    Number of pages: 205
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 367 g
    ISBN 13: 9781933633091
    ISBN 10: 1933633093

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: PAR
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPWL, JPSH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T General Subject: 430
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    Abridged Dewey: 973
    DC21: 342.73085
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027170, POL037000, POL036000, SOC058000, HIS027190
    DC22: 342.73085
    BIC subject category V2: JFHC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, HIS036060
    LC classification: KF5060 .P34 2006
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Melville House Publishing
    Imprint name
    Melville House Publishing
    Publication date
    01 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Trevor Paglen is an expert on clandestine military installations. A widely exhibited artist and photographer, he is the author of "I Could Tell You.".. and "Blank Spots on a Map." A.C. Thompson has been a reporter for 12 years, mostly in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2006-2007, he was an investigative reporter for "SF Weekly." For eight years before that he worked in a similar role for the "San Francisco Bay Guardian." His work has also appeared in a number of national magazines. His work received the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2005.
    Review quote
    "The book shows just how far two guys without any high-placed government contacts can go in blowing open a story of global import." --"The San Francisco Chronicle" "What Paglen and Thompson offer here is a glimpse at the logistics of torture, and the public's role in the brutal business of the CIA.... the book excels at filling in blanks, painting a mysterious and frightening picture of our 'wartime' actions." --"TIME OUT Chicago" "The cool, almost dispassionate tone taken by Trevor Paglen and A.C. Thompson makes their book all the more disturbing.... Their conclusion is that the end of this story is not yet written." --"The Washington Examiner" "Torture Taxi describes something a lot like the creation of a CIA airline.... Paglen and Thompson do an admirable job of synthesizing it and decoding it... terrifically fascinating." --"The Pittsburg Post Gazette" "The first book documenting the US government practice of extraordinary rendition." --Amy Goodman, Democracy Now