The National Intelligence Program (NIP), the government agency that oversees all intelligence projects and activities of the United States, tweeted an image of an Atlas 5 rocket containing a new spy satellite. The rocket was adorned with an image that duplicated the official mission patch of the mission, NROL-39. It showed an octopus with the words, “Nothing is Beyond our Reach.”
Here’s the Twitter tweet:
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) December 5, 2013
The rocket launched on Thursday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. If the mission patch is to be believed, we currently have an enormous space octopus giving the planet a big, gigantic hug.
Evidently the mission patch has some privacy advocates up in arms (pun intended) over the claim that nothing in beyond the reach of our various spy organizations. As if there really was any question on the matter.
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for privacy advocates. First that cowardly attention whore Edward Snowden lost out as Time’s Person of the Year to Pope Francis, then a rocket with an octopus logo is launched into space.
If I had a problem with the mission patch, it would be that the space octopus doesn’t appear to have eight arms. I don’t have a problem with it. I think the logo is cool looking. I like space and I like octopuses. I also don’t have a problem with our nation’s various intelligence agencies doing their jobs.