December 7, 2013

NSA — tone deaf or just a big middle finger? [Darleen Click]

This is the logo for NSA’s latest spy satellite launch …

seriously

“Ready for launch? An Atlas 5 will blast off at just past 11PM, PST carrying an classified NRO payload (also cubesats),” tweeted the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including a pic of the logo for the satellite: a cartoon octopus wrapping its arms around the world, emblazoned, “Nothing is beyond our reach.” It’s maybe a little bit tone-deaf given the current controversy about just how much is within the reach of the NSA and other intel agencies. Or maybe it’s an attempt to embrace its new image.

In light of the fact that the Obama administration is on a full-court press to ‘manage’ everyone’s life (for our own good of course), what has the NSA to fear? They are just fulfilling King Barry’s mission statement.

h/t Glenn Reynolds

Posted by Darleen @ 1:11pm
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  1. “Nothing is beyond our reach.”

    Seems to me like China has already demonstrated that when push comes to shove comes to kill, they will beg to differ: nothing out there will be safe. All those nice gadgets will be dead dead dead, and with them, all the crap that depends on them.

  2. That’s not a middle finger. That’s some one taking a leak on your shoe and then winking and saying “thanks for giving me something to aim at pal.”

  3. I see your silly patch, and raise you ten…

    Top 10 Most Sinister PSYOPS Mission Patches

    Mission patches are used by military and space organizations to identify, symbolize and describe a mission’s objectives and its crew. This tradition is also observed in the shady world of PSYOPS where each secret mission of the Pentagon gets its patch. These patches offer a rare glimpse into the Pentagon’s secret operations and the symbolism on them is rather striking: ominous and cryptic phrases, dark occult symbolism, references to secret societies, and sometimes even a rather dark sense of humor. Here’s the top 10 most sinister PSYOPS patches.

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    Top 10 Most Sinister PSYOPS Mission Patches <

    that's got my inner alex jones jumping

  5. Just a brief note: the NRO is concerned with Imagery Intelligence, not communications. They’re the guys who take snapshots of license plates from orbit (allegedly.)


  6. I see your silly patch, and raise you ten…

    Top 10 Most Sinister PSYOPS Mission Patches

    Mission patches are used by military and space organizations to identify, symbolize and describe a mission’s objectives and its crew. This tradition is also observed in the shady world of PSYOPS where each secret mission of the Pentagon gets its patch. These patches offer a rare glimpse into the Pentagon’s secret operations and the symbolism on them is rather striking: ominous and cryptic phrases, dark occult symbolism, references to secret societies, and sometimes even a rather dark sense of humor. Here’s the top 10 most sinister PSYOPS patches.

    I have trouble taking seriously a site like that where they don’t seem to know what “PSYOPS” means.

  7. ODINgov ? Go back to Asgard, bitches.

  8. I understood them to take the patches themselves as examples of PSYOPS.

  9. Seems kind of silly to call the patches PSYOPS if the enemy isn’t likely to ever see them.

    What they are is morale boosters for the technicians, and that’s why their symbolism is worth contemplating. This is the iconography by which they define themselves and what they do, and to the extent that U.S. citizens in the U.S. are subject to surveillance, it is quite troubling.

    Then again, if the patches are designed and produced by higher-ups without input from the “troops,” in that case it’s an imposed self-image. And that would be PSYOPS, and a much more sinister variety thereof. But somehow I doubt that.

  10. Self-propelled PSYOPS that’ll work on both ‘friends’ and ‘foe’, because in NSA’s playground the two are often reciprocative. See: Snowden &c.

  11. Aw, c’mon guys, cut the NSA folks some slack. They’ve had a rough time of it and they’re feeling a little down in the dumps and under appreciated. And worse, their savior, King Barry the First, isn’t riding to their rescue like they’d hoped.

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