Just because they can and they think they should.


US Spy Satellite Logo Not At All Subtle: Octopus Enveloping The Earth

from the nothing-is-beyond-our-reach dept

Over the past few months, I’ve certainly wondered quite a bit about just how bad the NSA seems to be at recognizing how the public feels concerning what it’s doing. This week’s revelations about tracking mobile phone locations was incredible because folks at the NSA must have known that information about this program was in Snowden’s collection, and yet when they were asked about collecting location info a few months ago, they made statements that would clearly look bad, when put next to the truth: “We don’t get any cell site or location information as to where any of these phones were located.” — Keith Alexander These phones. Under this program. But under this other program we collect pretty much everything. Beyond that, the various “code names” the NSA uses are somewhat revealing as well. Lots of people commented on the insanity of calling the giant database FASCIA. But, at the very least, you could argue that the NSA never expected those code names to be made public. And with the misleading statements, they were still holding out hope that maybe, just maybe, a meteor would magically flatten Glenn Greenwald, Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras before the info got out.

But… how about when the US intelligence community actually does something publicly. Like live tweeting the launch of a new spy satellite. Apparently, they slap the most unsubtle logo on it that you can imagine.

View image on Twitter

You may not be able to see the logo used on the rocket, but here’s a closeup.

There is nothing here to see beyond what happens when people get into a position of power and find that power to be unaccountable.  Many inside the intelligence gathering world feel they are doing good works, and they are.  Far too many others just like the high they get knowing they are out of reach.  And they have no problem reminding the rest of us.

I hope someday the arch ends peacefully and cooler heads take charge. Until then, I suggest you hesitate looking up, unless you want your picture taken.



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