The NSA Released Over 100 Propaganda Posters From 1950s/60s
A website called Government Attic was recently granted a FOIA request by the NSA, providing them with a multitude of old propaganda posters from the 1950s and ‘60s. The posters range from humorous, to eerie, and downright bizarre, showing an agency unsurprisingly paranoid about maintaining security.
Of the more than 130 propaganda posters, many include messages about traveling, destroying documents that contain sensitive material, and memorizing padlock codes. Some of the funnier ones contain references to popular culture, with one depicting a man dancing at a disco and the message, “Security fever – catch it!”
The website governmentattic.org regularly files FOIA requests against the DoD, DoJ, and just about every other government agency. Their motto is “rummaging in the government’s attic.”
The NSA was originally established in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman, as a branch of the Defense Department with the stated mission of deciphering coded communications during WWII.
Today it is one of the largest and most heavily funded intelligence organizations in the world. Despite its initial focus of intercepting foreign communications, it became evident the agency was acting autonomously and overstepping its boundaries by surveilling just about everyone. In 2013, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the agency, disclosing the fact that it was collecting bulk metadata on all US citizens, including top ranking politicians and government personnel.
Below are some examples of the retro propaganda posters released by the NSA:
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