NSA Publishes Children’s Coloring Book
The National Security Agency (NSA) has a weird fascination with shaping the minds of future recruits. To help this process along, the agency released a children’s coloring book entitled America’s CryptoKids: Future Codemakers and Codebreakers, reports The Verge.
The book features a variety of cartoonish animal characters, such as Crypto Cat (in charge of cryptography), Decipher Dog (king of cryptanalysis), and T. Top (a backward-baseball-hat-wearing turtle who apparently specializes in computer science). There are a host of other characters ranging from squirrels to bald eagles to nondescript furry things I can’t quite define, but each one represents a facet of the NSA: engineering, mathematics, language analysis, central security service, and cyber security awareness.
There is a website attached to the book as well, where kids can make their own secret codes, run top secret operations, play some interesting games, and—above all else—learn how to obtain a future career with the NSA.
While the NSA isn’t teaching the youth of today how to spy on their parents, the agency works in data collection and processing for counterintelligence purposes.
What do you think of the government’s attempt to turn our kids into code breakers?
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