#1 By: Cory Doctorow, December 12th, 2013 17:17
#2 By: Richard Pusateri, December 12th, 2013 17:31
#3 By: gwailo_joe, December 12th, 2013 17:31
Logo: more tentacles. Agency: more oversight.
#4 By: chrisdag, December 12th, 2013 17:32
Wait a second, Isn't this a mission logo and not a logo for the NRO itself?
#5 By: Ken, December 12th, 2013 17:32
I'll take great comfort knowing I'm safely nestled in my government's tentacles.
#6 By: Acer Platanoides , December 12th, 2013 17:37
#7 By: Clifford, December 12th, 2013 17:38
They must have strong ties with KAOS.
#8 By: Thecorrectline, December 12th, 2013 17:41
I believe it is, yes. The NRO website still features their same old logo, and various news agencies are reporting this as "the 2013 mission patch for satellite launch NROL-39 from the National Reconnaissance Office"
Their agency motto still appears to be "Supra Et Ultra" as well.
#9 By: Ian McLoud, December 12th, 2013 17:50
But whatever you do:
Don't "tap" on the glass.
#10 By: xzzy, December 12th, 2013 17:51
Mission logos are typically pretty goofy, it's just a chance for some poor schlub to have some fun at his job.
They also habitually violate copyright by using unlicensed cartoon characters, but no one ever gets mad about that for some reason.
#11 By: Mellivora Capensis, December 12th, 2013 17:51
...enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide.
Since this is largely about spying on me, I guess I'm now officially an enemy of the United States. Yay.
#12 By: Eksrae, December 12th, 2013 17:53
One of the old WWII propaganda films featured dark octopus tentacles reaching out from the axis nations, encircling the globe, until an American Eagle relentlessly fought it back, releasing its grip on the planet. I guess there were no history majors in the Design-a-Logo contest.
#13 By: Rj Bertsche, December 12th, 2013 17:56
I'm not particularly thrilled about a lot of aspects of the NSA's behavior these days, but yeah, we're going to continue to have signals intelligence gathering in some fashion or another. Every nation on earth has had, has, and will have signals intelligence gathering efforts. As such, this is probably as good a logo as any.
#14 By: Nadreck of Palain 7, December 12th, 2013 18:02
On "The Daily Show" they said that it really should have the octopus clutching a Japanese Schoolgirl but I think that they've got the wrong octopus entirely. It should be the master criminal The Octopus from "The Spirit": the guy with the gloves with the white bars on the back and whose face you never see.
#15 By: Robin Gherghetta, December 12th, 2013 18:08
"NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH" Not your thought, not your dreams, we see all and we meddle all.
#16 By: Mujokan, December 12th, 2013 18:09
It wasn't a logo, it was a mission patch. A bit of fun got squashed for no good reason. This was about imagery intelligence, not sigint anyway.
#17 By: Phasma Felis, December 12th, 2013 18:11
In Iain Banks' Culture series of sci-fi novels, the Culture recognizes the occasional necessity of war but resolutely refuses to glamorize or romanticize it; as a result, their (space) warship classes all have names like "Thug" and "Psychopath".
It would be nice to think that that's what's happening here.
#18 By: waetherman, December 12th, 2013 18:13
#19 By: Tim, December 12th, 2013 18:13
When the United Underworld adopted that logo in 1966 it just seemed campy.
#20 By: Jon Sowden, December 12th, 2013 18:22
you mean like these nimrods?
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