The new logo features a giant, world-dominating octopus, its sucker-covered tentacles encircling the planet while it looks on with determination, a steely glint in its enormous eye. The logo carries a five-word tagline: “Nothing is beyond our reach.”As LC Aggie Sith at Hookers and Booze says, "Cthulhu could not be reached for comment".
The logo was used in connection with the launch of an NRO mission from Vandenberg AFB last night, NROL-39 a mission likely to be a radar imaging satellite, part of the NRO’s Future Imagery Architecture (FIA) program, which was intended to produce new-generation optical and radar-imaging surveillance satellites, replacing the earlier KH-11 and Onyx radar imaging spacecraft. An NRO spokesman (the world's easiest job because they're never allowed to speak) said:
“NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide,” said Karen Furgerson, a spokeswoman for the NRO. “‘Nothing is beyond our reach’ defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation and the warfighters it supports, who serve valiantly all over the globe, protecting our nation.”The NRO is an agency that was once so secret, its existence couldn't be talked about. Among the blackest of the "black agencies" (top secret), NRO is responsible for planning and deploying the nation's spy satellites. The existence of the NRO was first revealed in a congressional leak in 1973, but they still weren't spoken of until the SALT treaty between the US and USSR, when reconnaissance satellites were referred to as the "National Technical Means". Today, while the NRO's existence is known, everything else about it is still classified: its missions, its org. chart and even large chunks of its budget. An excellent overview is contained in a 1986 book called Deep Black (Amazon's link reveals it's out of print, and only available as a used paperback). The book also discusses the "No Such Agency", CIA and other aspects of the spy satellite programs.
Of course, they aren't necessarily tone deaf to depict themselves as an octopus sucking up every bit of communications, they could simply not care what anyone thinks. "What? You don't like us monitoring you? So whaddaya gonna do about it, punk?"