Sunday, October 21, 2007

Rebranding the CIA

What would you call this image? For any American over the age of 30 the red circle with a slash through it evokes the Ghostbusters logo. But what is that figure in the middle? Ominous and dark, it lacks any identifying characteristics other than what looks like the silhouette of an AK-47 clutched in its hand.

Oh, I know. It's a terrorist! Of course. It must be, because this is the CIA's Terrorist Buster Logo.

I want to meet the CIA agents who wear jumpsuits emblazoned with this logo. Do they tear around the dusty streets of Karachi in a 1957 ambulance and confront wacky terrorists as portrayed by Rick Moranis? I bet they're really funny dudes. And no doubt they're well equipped to countermand any ecto-plasm dirty bombs.

Note from John: A few people have inferred from a timestamp on the CIA's website that this logo is relatively new. It is not. I came across it for the first time in 2003 or 2004.


connie said...

I laughed out loud, so thanks for that.

Kevin Hayden said...

I can rest easy, knowing they'll be stopping IslamoGumbyism over there so we don't have to face IslamoPokeyists over here.

jenC said...

Note on the note: Christine at Big Pink Cookie was talking about this in January of 2002. That URL no longer works, although that could be because of the encryption the CIA implemented in 2006. It could also be because hacks have gotten much, much better.

That said, I still think it's a hoax and am wasting valuable company time trying to prove it.

Also, hi. I'm Jen

Anonymous said...


I'm still laughing.