Friday, June 03, 2005

Dick Cheney's hideout

The Raven Rock bunker (Site R), in rural Pennsylvania near Camp David, where Vice President Cheney hides out, from the cryptome eyeball series created by John Young (who is probably now hanging from a cell in Guantanamo).

In a well-written essay, Martin Dodge, from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis explained in his Map of the Month series that cartography "has long been a complicit tool, exploited by the powerful, to deceive and keep secret places hidden by deliberately not mapping them.":

Young has a clear political agenda in creating the eyeballing map montages, to show people the places that the powerful do not want the rest of the community to know about or think about. ... Eyeballing is a small and quite recent part of Young's activist work, dedicated to exposing overbearing government and corporate secrecy, seeking to reveal the murky workings of powerful organisations that wish to operate hidden away from public scrutiny. He achieves this by the unflinching disclosure of sensitive and controversial documents via a unique information repository, an anti-secrecy library on the Web, called Cryptome , "which has no limits and does not control its borrowed holdings", says Young. The site has been online since 1996 and is an important node in the realm of freedom of information, challenging powerful interests particularly in the areas of surveillance technologies, digital rights and cryptography. The Eyeballing project can be seen as the subversive map room of the Cryptome library. Young has received no official comment or complaint about the nature of his mapping project thus far, but notes that eyeballing receives "quite an impressive number of downloads from official websites, in particular from the military". ...

The eyeballs are potent maps of resistance to the growing secret state, turning the tools of the watchers onto themselves. Map of the Month asked Young about his 'dream' eyeballing map, without current practical restrictions, and this is what he said: "This would map surveillance systems of the world and methods of hiding those by artfully camouflaging with public disinformation."


At 6/05/2005 08:27:00 PM, Blogger Rob said...

I love that man.

At 6/07/2005 07:49:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

I'd love to see his FBI file - or CIA file - or is it a Homeland Security file these days.


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