Celebrate Love Note Day With America’s Creepiest Intelligence Service
The NSA loves weird propaganda
Did you know that Sept. 26 is Love Note Day? Neither did I. You know who did? The National Security Agency.
The creepy clandestine American intelligence agency dropped a load of love notes on its website to celebrate the day.
The notes, by themselves, are creepy. The fact that the love notes act as a portal to other NSA public affairs websites is even creepier.
Clicking the puppy dog leads to a story about dogs in the halls of the NSA helping out disabled veterans and staff. Which is a heartwarming story made frightening by the fact that the NSA is telling it.
Following that pink heart down the rabbit hole will take readers to a puff piece about diversity in the agency. It’s the kind of stuffy, corporate push for diversity initiatives that anyone who’s worked in a cubicle will recognize. This one just happens to come from a spy agency.
The NSA’s love notes are weird and the agency’s history of cartoon propaganda compounds that weirdness. Remember the NSA Earth Day video featuring a frightening anthropomorphic recycling bin that looked as if an intern created it in a 1990s era copy of 3D Studio Max?
Odder still are the CryptoKids, an elaborate gang of cartoon misfits who work for the NSA gathering intelligence and fighting bad guys. This motley crew of cartoon cats, dogs, rabbits and eagles are “America’s Future Codemakers & Codebreakers.”
Is the spy agency’s propaganda and public affairs office run by people with a sense of humor? Maybe there’s a burnt-out millennial working the department who’s nostalgic for bad ’90s cartoons. Perhaps the NSA wants the world to think it’s a joke.
We may never know. But what we do know is that, to the spies, love means sharing … secrets … with the NSA.