Au contraire, mon frère! Instead they've given a big "fuck you" to the world with the design of their latest mission patch. As HuffPo puts it: "America Is Launching A Giant, World-Sucking Octopus Into Space". Again.
This from the launch of a classified payload by the National Reconnaissance Office, the NSA partner responsible for providing satellite-based surveillance capabilities.
This wasn't exactly hidden, as the logo was tweeted by the Office of the DNI on the day of the launch:
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
So, is this a result of arrogant indifference to the concerns of the American public over NSA/NRO spying activities? Is it an ironic joke? Or could it be a threatening reminder, a kind of Psy-op employed as none-too-subtle intimidation tactic?
I suspect the latter. But I have been wrong before. Once.