The octopus. For more than a century, it has been the animal of choice to illustrate an overreaching, omnipresent and nefarious organization with ill intent. The Spymasters in the US feel that they are so above reproach that they freely advertise themselves with the symbol.
While fitting, it is still a wonder at how tone-deaf the people at the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office are that they have not only chosen the octopus as their mascot but have fully embraced its connotations.
The new logo features a giant, world-dominating octopus, its sucker-covered tentacles encircling the planet while it looks on with determination, a steely glint in its enormous eye. The logo carries a five-word tagline: “Nothing is beyond our reach.”
Nothing is beyond their reach. No doubt. The death of individual privacy, the shredding of the 4th Amendment, the tyranny of the State, nothing seems beyond the reach of the US Spynet. This is so true they feel confident to actually MOCK American citizens by using the historically ominous octopus to herald their ascendancy to full-on Big Brother status.
Here are a few examples of when an octopus was accurately used to illustrate an organizations iniquitous reach and villainous ambitions.
None of these cartoons paints the metaphor of the octopus in a helpful or positive way. The new logo and tagline of the US National Reconnaissance Office does nothing to make me believe they will be any different.
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