A spy satellite was launched earlier this week by the National Reconnaissance Office with a haunting statement and logo on the side. You really cannot make this stuff up.
According to the United Launch Alliance,
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 on Dec. 5 at 11:14 p.m. PST. Designated NROL-39, the mission is in support of national defense.
On the side of this Orwellian Spy Rocket are the words, “Nothing is beyond our reach,” directly underneath the ridiculously evil illustration of an octopus wrapped around the planet.
According to Forbes, the office of National Intelligence was very excited about sending a rocket into space Thursday with a bunch of new satellites and live tweeted its launch. This would usually be a cute display of social media, along the lines of NSA getting the world excited about its Mars Curiosity Rover, except these are spy satellites that will likely be used to gather communications flotsam and who knows what else from people around the world. 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 any information sent digitally that’s not encrypted. Given that, I was a little surprised that ODNI was bragging about the launch on Twitter 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 cheek.
There is nothing really left to say about this mind blowing evil. What is next? How overt must the treachery become before you withdraw your consent?
And now for your moment of zen….