Monday, April 20, 2015

The Octopus: A Story of California December 2013 (the National Reconnaissance Office) launched a spy satellite on a rocket painted with an image of a world-straddling octopus and the words "Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach." The ODNI, the office that oversees the entire U.S. intelligence community, was so proud of this event that it even tweeted photos of the rocket and a separate one of the logo, which also served as a mission patch....No wonder, then, that the NSA and Silicon Valley have made such good partners....the NSA even refers to government agencies requesting data and analysis from it as "customers."

- Terms of Service

(Yeah, I'm still reading this. Yeah, it turned into something of a slog -- not that it's badly-written or anything, in fact, quite the opposite -- it's just really fucking depressing, and sort of like reading about climate change: this is just the way the world is now, and it's totally fucked, and the moment at which any effective change could have started has long since passed and the only thing that would get us off this track is....what? I don't know. It seems so far beyond any one person.)