Monday, December 09, 2013

Justin Timberlake versus the NRO - a fight for the night

A US government satellite was recently launched into space with this terrifyingly, dystopian logo emblazoned on its side:

At first, I thought the NRO might be a fringe government service but this is far from the case. They are one of the big five intelligence agencies in the US, focussed on the design, build and operation of spy satellites. The NRO has around three thousand employees and an annual budget of approximately $10bn. In other words, they are kind of big. 

So what's with the creepy logo?  Well, as you can see from some of their earlier badges shown below, the latest image is actually in keeping with its history of scare-the-hell-out-you, "we're in control", graphics.

I particularly like the "We Own the Night" tag line at the bottom of the last logo. Nike, you think you own the night? Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, you think you own the night? Lady Antbellum, you think you own the night? What about teen group The Wanted who also lay claim to the night? Well, let me tell you all, The National Reconnaissance Office got there first and THEY OWN THE NIGHT, blanket coverage. 

And who will come to save us from these people, private organisations and state agencies? Who will take back the night? Justin Timberlake, that's who, hero of the common man.

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