The logo in all its Orwellian glory:
Poor Richards News: "When I saw this image, I had to do a doubletake. Surely this can’t be real, right? Turns out, it’s completely legitimate. The ominous octopus consuming the earth with the slogan “Northing is Beyond Our Reach” emblazons the rocket just launched yesterday by the Office of National Intelligence and NASA."
and this from Forbes:
"Dragnet surveillance is a touchy subject these days what with the Snowden leaks and constant new revelations about cell phones being turned into location trackers, listening in on foreign leaders’ phone calls and the vacuuming up of any information sent digitally that’s not encrypted. Given that, I was a little surprised that ODNI was bragging about the launch on Twitter and putting the mission patch for the rocket on prominent display as it looks like it was drawn by a writer for The Simpsons with his tongue firmly in his cheek.
“NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide,” says Karen Furgerson, a spokesperson for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). “‘Nothing is beyond our reach’ defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation and the warfighters it supports, who serve valiently all over the globe, protecting our nation.”One would think that all the controversy surrounding the Edward Snowden NSA leaks would give somebody at the Obama administration pause before slapping this monster onto the side of our new spy satellite and live tweeting its launch. But nope. Like something out of a dystopian-future novel, the Obama administration is apparently bragging that no private communications anywhere in the world is beyond their reach.