Yes, the NRO's Latest Logo Really Is a Hideous Octopus Encircling the Earth

| Sat Dec. 7, 2013 2:02 PM PST

It looks like we have a new winner in creepy, non-self-aware surveillance logos. The previous all-time great, on the left, is the 2002 classic from London Transport, "Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes." The new champion, on the right, is the 2013 mission patch for satellite launch NROL-39 from the National Reconnaissance Office, "Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach." The short-lived logo for Total Information Awareness has now been relegated to third place.

Do you feel safer now?

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