In 2013, the spying capability of the National Security Agency (NSA) was exposed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Snowden leaked proof showing that the NSA was spying on every American without a warrant, eviscerating the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution, and keeping the public in the dark about the vast majority of their illicit behavior.
A FOIA request from 2016 helped to release a cache of declassified propaganda posters used by the NSA in the 1950-70s that show the agency was always a shadowy, creepy, anti-constitutional agency that was never meant to protect the people but rather protect the state by keeping the public under control.
Some of the images in these vintage NSA propaganda posters were innocuous or contained dated references to pop culture that was popular during the time such as “Saturday Night Fever” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Others were far more ominous, including the following picture that featured the final words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with the word “People” replaced by “State” in blood:
Another poster served as a reminder that the security apparatus never sleeps:
Another picture implied that the “free press” would be used to disseminate propaganda for the NSA in the future.
The NSA also perverted the plain message of the Founding Fathers in order to justify their constant violations of the US Constitution.
There was even a veiled death threat made toward anyone who gives away state secrets, in order to put fear into the hearts of potential whistle-blowers.
Even some good old fashioned anti-communist propaganda was used by the NSA:
This propaganda was used by the NSA on their own personnel to demonstrate the importance of their spying network as well as intimidate analysts and employees into silence and compliance. These images are courtesy of the Government Attic and they can be viewed in full here.