This billboard was displayed in Los Angeles the last couple of weeks until October 8. It’s part of public art installations about the war.
The image is a map of Selected CIA Aircraft Routes and Rendition Flights 2001-2006, some of which transported prisoners to foreign countries to be interrogated and tortured. After years of silence and denial, the administration publicly acknowledged the flights in the last month.
It is good to see that in the US this kind of statements are possible in public space.
The billboard was designed by John Emerson, colleague blogger of Social Design Notes. He worked together with artist and geographer Trevor Paglen who provided the data. Trevor spent several years tracking down the flight information, and has a book out on his investigations, Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights. (see also this interview)
See more ‘Mapping the War on Terror’ post at Social Design Notes.