Hey, I’m in favor of a robust U.S. intelligence capability, so long as it isn’t directed against American citizens.
That said, English language periodical Russia Today ain’t happy:
The US National Reconnaissance Office launched a top-secret surveillance satellite into space Thursday evening, and the official emblem for the spy agency’s latest mission is, well, certainly accurate, to say the least.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence live-tweeted Thursday’s launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and throughout the course of the ordeal made no effort to ignore the logo for the NROL-39 mission… The latest spy satellite to be sent into orbit by the NRO can be recognized by its seal: a malevolent octopus with furrowed brows that also happens to be wrapping its tentacles around all corners of the Earth…
Ready for launch? An Atlas 5 will blast off at just past 11PM, PST carrying an classified NRO payload (also cubesats) pic.twitter.com/ll7s0nCOPg
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) December 5, 2013
…For half a year now, leaked NSA documents have let the world learn that the US monitors the phone habits of not just Americans, but also foreigners sitting atop the governments of allied nations.
…That being said, you’d think ODNI would reconsider launching a new spy satellite. Or maybe even not put an octopus strangling the Earth on the outside.
— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) December 5, 2013
If the ACLU protected Second Amendment rights as diligently as they pretend to protect First Amendment rights, they might have a modicum of credibility left.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.
The stock and gold markets may be sniffing the stink of rotting debt in the U.S.
Australian financial writer Greg Canavan reports that foreign investors are spurning U.S. debt instruments.
We are headed for a reckoning and, despite all of the warnings, no one in Washington appears the least bit interested in stopping the train before it goes off the cliff.