These are real mission patches from black operations programs within the United States military. The insignia shown here contain symbols strongly associated with the occult. There are many more of these mission logos that have been released to the public. Some are funny and some are frightening. Trevor Paglen has done some fantastic research into obtaining many of these patches and deciphering their meaning in his book, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon’s Black World.

Here is a brief description of the ones shown here:

A & C: 
[A] is a patch for a NRO spy-satellite launch. Most will probably recognize this Illuminati 101 symbolism: An unfinished pyramid topped by the All-Seeing Eye. 

“LMA” at the bottom right most likely refers to Lockheed Martin Aerospace, which is the ultimate Big Brother mega-company working with the CIA, NRO, NSA and IRS.

Above the All-Seeing Eye is written “Supra Summus”, which can be translated to “Most Superior and Highest”.

[C] Other NRO spy-satellite launches have also used similar designs. Paraphrased from Vigilant Citizen

TENCAP is an acronym for “Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities” and is a collection of programs involving the cutting edge of warfare.

“The purpose of the AF TENCAP program is to exploit the current and future potential of existing national, commercial, and civil space systems and national air-breathing systems, and to provide these capabilities to the warfighter as rapidly as possible.”
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In PSYOPS, “Special” almost invariably means “black” or highly classified. Does the “highly classified part” of the mission have something to do with the fact that the badge bears the face of an inter-dimensional being? The saying at the bottom, “Oderint Dum Metuant” is usually associated with Caligula, the first-century Roman emperor whose name became synonymous with depravity, madness, and tyranny. It translates as “Let them hate so long as they fear.” Right. Paraphrased from Vigilant Citizen

A National Reconnaissance Office program patch, whose referent remains entirely obscure. The Latin inscription translates as “Never before, never again.” Excerpt from Cabinet Magazine

This was the original version of a patch commemorating a flight test of a B-2 “Spirit” stealth bomber. The sigma symbol on the test shape’s outline signifies invisibility. The number “509” refers to the 509th Bomb Wing, which operates the United States’ stealth bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. The “alien” could be a reference to the history of the 509. In 1947, the 509th was based at Roswell, New Mexico. The dog-Latin phrase Gustatus Similis Pullus translates as “Tastes like chicken.” ???

This patch was eventually modified when Air Force officials insisted that the phrase “Classified Flight Test” could not appear on the design. In an updated version of this patch, that phrase has been replaced with the words “To Serve Man." Excerpt from Cabinet Magazine

Based at Groom Lake, the Special Projects Flight Test Squadron is the Air Force’s premier "black” squadron for testing classified prototype aircraft. The squadron’s mascot is a wizard. A collection of six stars (five plus one) on the patch is a reference to the unit’s operating location: the secret base known as Area 51. The sigma symbol in the wizard’s right hand is a reference to the ideal radar signature of a stealth aircraft: zero. On the right side of the patch, the falling globe references aluminum balls dropped from the sky to calibrate radar equipment. Lightning bolts, such as the one emanating from the wizard’s staff, often refer to electronic warfare. The aircraft in the lower right is probably a generic symbol representing flight testing. The sword at the bottom of the image refers to a recently declassified Boeing stealth demonstrator known as the “Bird of Prey”: the handle on the sword approximates the shape of this prototype. Excerpt from Cabinet Magazine

This is a program patch from the National Reconnaissance Office, the United States’ “black” space agency whose existence was a secret until the early 1990s (the agency was formed in the early 1960s).

DRAGON is an old code name within the BYEMAN information compartment for the infrared imaging capabilities on CRYSTAL (advanced KH-11) reconnaissance satellites. Excerpt from Cabinet Magazine

“Procul Este Profani”: “Keep your distance, you who are uninitiated.” Excerpt from Vigilant Citizen

A giant angry dragon clutching the planet, bringing destruction from space. That’s a nice way to symbolize space missions. In PSYOPS symbolism, dragons typically represent signals-intelligence satellite launches. The phrase “Omnis Vestri Substructio Es Servus Ad Nobis” can loosely be translated to “All your base are servant to us”. This phrase does not make much sense, except that it vaguely states that the world is owned by those who made that patch. But this phrase is also reminiscent of a geeky 2002 Internet meme based on a poor translation in an old-school Sega game. This allusion to popular culture is quite funny yet disturbing … I’m pretty sure they truly believe that all our base are belong to them. Excerpt from Vigilant Citizen


After a poor weather scrubbed Thursday’s initial launch attempt, NROL-37 took to the skies on a Delta IV Heavy Saturday afternoon, June 11.

Classified as NROL-37, Delta’s payload is actually the top-secret Advanced Orion/Mentor surveillance satellite. Known as a SIGINT satellite for signal interference, the latest incarnation of the Orion/Mentor series is speculated to have a dish more than 300 feet in diameter. This makes it the largest spacecraft ever orbited, and required the largest rocket in the world to do so.
National Review Writer Pens Racist Screed: "‘Avoid Concentrations Of Blacks,’" "‘Stay Out Of’ Their Neighborhoods"

Popular conservative columnist and National Review writer John Derbyshire topped all of his previous racist screeds (and sexistrants) today by posting a long breakdown of all of the important lessons he has taught his children about race — and he’s outdone his own racism with this one.

Derbyshire wrote the column in the third person, as a list of lessons to his kids about race. The lessons are his response to “the talk” that black parents have with their children — conversations they are forced to have because of realpersistentracism. After spending a few minutes bemoaning that he can’t say a racist slur (“What you must call ‘the ‘N’ word’ is used freely among blacks but is taboo to nonblacks”) and opining on the hostility he believes all black people feel toward white people like himself (though he says he isn’t white before calling himself white several times), he cuts to the heart of his lessons for his children:

(10a)Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.

(10b)Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.

(10c)If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date(neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot).

(10d)Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.

(10e)If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.

(10f)Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.

(10g) Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.

(10h)Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.

(10i)If accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving.

(11) The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than for whites. The least intelligent ten percent of whites have IQs below 81; forty percent of blacks have IQs that low. Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black. These differences show in every test of general cognitive ability that anyone, of any race or nationality, has yet been able to devise. They are reflected in countless everyday situations. “Life is an IQ test.”

h/t: Annie-Rose Strasser at Think Progress Justice


A little teaser of a new project, coming soon to Space That Never Was.

These are 100% real United States government mission patches. Even secret black operations patches can be made available to the public through the freedom of information act. Trevor Paglen has created an astounding book in which he deciphers possible meanings to these often frightening patches.

Here is a great article where Mr. Paglen analyzes most of the ones shown here:




Delta IV Heavy set to loft massive spy satellite.

The largest and most powerful rocket in the world is poised to launch the largest satellite into space later this afternoon, June 9. Providing Florida weather will cooperate, a Delta IV Heavy will lift the NROL-37 payload directly into Geostationary Transfer Orbit at 1:59pm EDT.

Although classified, the NROL-37 payload is most likely an Orion/Advanced Mentor reconnaissance satellite. Using a 100-meter dish, they intercept telemetry and other communications between foreign and potentially hostile nations.

Eight other Mentor/Orion satellites ahve been launched since Space Shuttle Discovery launched the first one in 1985. The Advanced Mentor/Orion series began in 1995, with NROL-37 being the seventh satellite in the constellation.

NROL-37 marks the 107th launch for ULA, the 9th flight of a Delta IV Heavy, and 32nd  launch of a Delta IV vehicle.

Watch the ULA webcast of NROL-37 beginning at 1:39pm EDT.


Marking the second launch of 2016 for ULA, a Delta IV M+ (5,2) rocket launched NRO L-45 at 3:40 am PST February 10, 2016. This marked the second time Delta IV flew in its 5,2 configuration, which consisted of a 4 meter payload fairing and 2 GEM-60 Solid Rocket Motors.

The vehicle lofted the L-45 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which is known to be the fourth Topaz Future Imaging Architecture Radar Satellite. Topaz utilizes a synthetic aperture radar system, which can image Earth’s surface and immediate sub-surface areas through any weather condition, day or night.

NRO L-45 marked the second United Launch Alliance launch in less than 5 days, with GPS IIF-12 occurring February 5, and the 105th launch of the company overall. It was the 31st Delta IV flight, and 6th from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

National Review Online Questions Wendy Davis' "Convenient" Account Of Her Abortions

National Review Online (NRO) attacked State Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX) for speaking out about her own experiences with abortion, calling her description of the abortions – one of which saved her life – “convenient,” and downplaying the serious health problems that can lead women to choose the procedure.

More via Media Matters

But it doesn’t do much to disprove the central contention of my article. That contention is as follows: In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan attempted to coerce the American government into benevolent investment in black communities. Instead, the United States chose malevolent investment in black communities. My article attempts to explain why that choice was made, to trace its effects, and to suggest how those effects might be reversed. I assert that the choice can not be separated from Moynihan himself, nor from the tradition of liberal reform. I assert that “family” is a convenient but limiting lens for examining the tangle of perils which choke the black community. Finally, I assert that those perils—mass incarceration included—work in concert, and should be addressed in concert.
—  Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic. A Critique That Misses the Point
Mass incarceration is a complicated problem—and deserves to be treated as such.
National Review Blogger Calls for Repeal of Women’s Suffrage | The Raw Story

Thanks to Donkeylicious for bringing this to my attentionMichael Walsh of National Review Online called for the termination of women’s right to vote last week:

 Nevertheless, you’re on to something I’ve been advocating for years now. And that is the repeal of all four of the so-called “Progressive Era” amendments, including the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th, which were passed between 1911 and 1920. 

One of those has already been repealed—the 18th amendment, which ushered in Prohibition—which Walsh admits. That’s not really what he’s on about anyway:

The income-tax amendment was a self-evident attack on capitalism and led to the explosive growth of the federal government we currently enjoy today. (Without it, there’d be no need for a Balanced Budget Amendment.) Direct elections of senators has given us, among other wonders, the elevation of John F. Kerry to, now, secretary of state. Prohibition was directly responsible for the rise of organized crime and its unholy alliance with the big-city Democratic machines. And women’s suffrage … well, let’s just observe that without it Barack Obama could never have become president. Time for the ladies to take one for the team.

I suppose we’re supposed to imagine it’s a “joke”, because he takes a jovial tone for the last one. But if so, it doesn’t make sense. He’s dead fucking serious about the other two—three, really, because he only seems to be against Prohibition because he believes it gave Democrats a leg up, which is one of those deaf-to-historical-change moments that lead Republicans to imagine that Lincoln would have anything to do with the modern version of their party—so, as a joke, it falls completely apart. If he hadn’t rolled it up with the other amendments initially, the “joke” defense he clearly has in his pocket would be an easier sell. Something like, “I’ve long advocated for the repeal of 3 of the Progressive Amendments (though one has already been repealed), and hey, ladies, sometimes you make me wish to repeal all four.” It would still be a misogynist joke, but easier to sell as a joke, even if not a very funny one.

I’m trying to imagine the shitstorm that would erupt if a feminist dare say men should forsake their right to vote until they shape up and start voting correctly. It certainly wouldn’t slide under the waters, like this did.

Typical sexism from the far-right.

h/t: Amanda Marcotte at The Raw Story


One of the defining aspects of a rocket launch is the mission patch of the payload it is carrying. The tradition dates back to the Gemini days of the manned space program, which in turn was started off of traditions during the second world war.

We are all accustomed to the mission patches of the International Space Station and various space probes. However, space probes and crewed space flights are not the only launches that receive patches.

The National Reconnaissance Office, the United State’s agency for reconnaissance, has a creative history of their spy satellite mission patches, as this wonderful article by the Smithsonian describes.

Originally, classified mission details could be discerned by inspecting the elements of the patch. Within the last few years, however, the NRO began making their already creative patches even more outlandish in an attempt to maintain security. Check it out here.

Last Friday’s launch of NROL-35 from Vandenberg Air Force Base was the latest classified launch in the NRO’s launch manifest. The patch for that mission can be seen at bottom.