The ever-indispensable Occasional Superheroine directs us to Crypto Kids, the NSA’s “kid page,” luring a generation of pre-teens to a life of spying. It must be seen to be believed.

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11 Responses to “Wow!”
  1. mcbrennan says:

    Come on, your cynicism’s getting the better of you. I think it’s touching that “Crypto Cat” takes time out of her busy cartoon spook schedule to spend time swimming with her sister who has Down’s Syndrome.

    Seriously, there’s so much weird syntax in those paragraphs that they have to contain some really fun government secrets. Oh, to be a kid again!

    • ndgmtlcd says:

      Yes, there’s a lot of sub-text and over-text in those little paragraphs.

      What I find strange is that it took so much time for the chaps at the NSA to wake up and notice that US universities are filled with foreign nationals who are doing advanced crypto-quality mathematics, while the US citizens are failing or abandoning math in droves for a math free path leading to better paying careers in business, law or show business.

      • mcbrennan says:

        ‘….leading to better paying careers in business, law or show business.’

        Well, business and law, maybe.

        I think the fact that the (presumably degreed) NSA staff thinks it can foster a generation of genius cryptographers using the kind of cutesy fifth-rate marketing materials used to sell gummi-bear vitamins is proof that the situation at US universities is dire indeed. But then again, if an American university education were proof of intelligence, George W. Bush would be Stephen Hawking instead of Junior Samples.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I’d suspect that these kinds of websites are actually programs to track social networks on the internet. Not like social networking sites, but as in who actually talks to one another or reads what blogs. More data for data-mining operations. Ever notice that they come out with a new ‘NSA-Kids’ website every two to three years, so that they can use the horribleness to get everyone to post the site everywhere?

    Or maybe the NSA just doesn’t have much experience dealing with the public.

    • Todd says:

      Or maybe the NSA just doesn’t have much experience dealing with the public.

      They record the phone calls and internet habits of 300 million people, spying on a nation’s most intimate correspondence — how much more experience could they get?

  3. r_sikoryak says:

    I wonder who the art director is… I could use another cartooning job.

  4. ghostgecko says:

    Very Poochie-esque design on that turtle there. Quite proactive.