EDIT: I manually transcribed the clearest part of the tape to binary (the start of the tape is the center of the poster, and it's viewed from behind at the part I transcribed), and pasted it into the converter at:
Binary: "00100 00011 01100 01001 00100 00101 00111 10110 00001 01010 00110 11000 01010 00100 10010 00001 00011 01001 00001 01010 00101 10100 00110 10110 010001 00100 00010 111001 10100 111101 00110 00101 00100 00111 01100 00110 10111 00111 00001 00100 01110 11000 01100 10000 01010 00110 11001 00111 10000 00110 11000 01100 00101 00000 110101 101001 00011 01100 01001 00100 00011 01110 10100 00110 00001 11110 00001 11100 00001 01100 10000 00101 00100 11100 00011 10000 00001 01010 00110 00011 10010 10010 10101 00100 00011 00110 01001 00001 01001 00100 10000 11000"
Decoded: " and superior leadership his unique contributionsand achievements materially aided to"
Decoded, with the mysterious sixth bits deleted: " and superior leadership mhvis unique contributionsghand achievements materially aided to"
Unless the sixth bits have some hidden meaning, this appears to be just management's praise for somebody. It's tedious to transcribe manually, and a lot of it is unreadable, so I'll stop here.
Uncle Sam pointing: I want to protect the information in YOUR computer.
Santa shooshing: He does not give away PASSWORDS. SHOULD YOU?
Pirate and Spy: Pirate or Thief? Respect Copyright. It's the law.
And I took screenshots from that PDF of my favorites:
Magician pulling rabbit out of hat: No Trick to Security. It's Just Common Sense. https://i.imgur.com/9EvTtsI.png
People with safe dials in their mouths: Put Security Where Your Mouth Is.
Hot pink poster with James Dean in a sultry pose with his arm draped around a safe: Up tight and out of sight. (I'll refrain from cracking any safe sex jokes!) https://i.imgur.com/dBv13kU.png
Some of these actually look quite great, as far as art goes. I mean compared with what i usually see ob billboards etc these days, there's some nice gems here.
The artwork in these books is amazing.
I have this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soviet-Political-Poster-1917-1980/d...
(I was awarded a book token as a merit prize at school. I chose this book. There was fleeting mild consternation on the faces of the teachers and the Conservative politician as they handed me the book in the award ceremony.)
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bx8fnUCX4W2IN0E1UFN4... (versions for Chrome, Firefox, Maxthon, Opera and Safari)
You just press $key when hovering over an image (edit: or image link) and voilà!
Still enough for me to dislike any imgur link, however.
I was surprised how religious some of these were, beyond just "Merry Christmas, don't forget about security"
e.g "Christian ideals created freedom"
I’m reasonably convinced that explains a fair bit of the “we are very publicly religions”part of the 1950s.
"In God We Trust" was adopted as the official motto of the USA in 1956. "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.
Regarding putting "In God We Trust" on currency, Representative Charles E Bennett said "In these days when imperialistic and materialistic communism seeks to attack and destroy freedom, we should continually look for ways to strengthen the foundations of our freedom" .
Given that historical context, it is funny to see the phrase now used to support religion.
It is quite at odds with the catholic view of things and with what Jesus is reported to have said in the bible.
I think the difference is in the shedding of the ancient modes of worship. Follow Protestant theologies to their logical end and the only way to manifest piety is through industrious labor. It's not just that work is prayer; that concept was already present in orthodox Christianity. Work becomes the religion, rather than being one aspect of a more complex system of worship.
EDIT: not the mark of Cain, duh...
 AFAIU official Roman Catholic doctrine, as well as most Protestant faiths, is that salvation only comes from the grace of God; and that the only sure-fire way of receiving that grace is wholehearted belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God who died for the remission of sin. But that just begs the question of what "belief" means, thus the centuries of dispute subsequent to the domination of Trinitarianism.
At the very least I think it helps exclude all the niche sects, old and new, that pedantic people could bring up as exceptions to generalizations about the origin and evolution of Western value systems.
Even in the 1960s, that kind of overtly religious appeal would have been very, VERY controversial. This kind of material _never_ appeared in military stuff, and I am very surprised to see it in NSA publications.
The Air Force barred an airman from reenlisting because he would not say "so help me God" in his oath, in 2014.
The response illustrates that, as you say, it is clearly against the rules. But it is, nonetheless, happening.
As other threads / comments explained, this only became a thing during the 50's; before that there was a much stronger separation between church and state.
2. I would guess that many (but not all) of the people working for secret government agencies in a support role, are more conservative than the general population.
I hope academics consider this before getting into bed with them. They don't just have a subersive mission,they're making decisions out of fear.
In the context of these posters, the implied "what will happen" is mostly worldwide Communist revolution with the U.S. losing the Cold War. You can see that for example in the poster depicting the edited version of the Gettysburg Address, which someone commented on elsewhere in this thread. The concern is worldwide totalitarianism on the Soviet model, and that's mostly the danger that these posters are meant to allude to and frighten the NSA staff with. If you say the wrong thing at Christmas dinner, Communism may win.
That sounds like a joke nowadays, but I'm sure it didn't sound like a joke to the people who created the posters or the people who saw them every day. Both sides of the Cold War fought it super-hard.
One problem that the people making the posters left out is that the Cold War also led to vastly bigger, stronger, more secretive states—including on the NATO side. It led to creative people being given billions upon billions of dollars to dream ever-bigger dreams about military and intelligence capabilities. We still don't even know what some of those dreams were, partly because generations of classification holders brought up on these posters and other versions of them have taken them to heart so strongly. So, we've got states that continue to be extraordinarily ambitious and capable in some ways that they don't really want anybody to talk about. To me, that's a tragic legacy of the Cold War. If the people who made the Gettysburg Address poster were serious in their concern for the state's apotheosis, they might have done well to also consider how "war is the health of the state"—evidently, whether it runs hot or cold.
We kind of know about some parts of the nuclear side of that, and we kind of know about some parts of the espionage and covert action side of that, but these parts all kind of hurt to think about and the people who've dreamt and are still dreaming those billion-dollar dreams would mostly just as soon that we didn't go too far down the rabbit holes.
>I hope academics consider this before getting into bed with them. They don't just have a subersive mission,they're making decisions out of fear.
sed 's/ US intelligence community/Commies/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/Hippies/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/Liberals/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/Mormons/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/4chan/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/OP/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/The alt right/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/BLM/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/white supremacists/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/academia/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/the tech industry/g'
sed 's/ US intelligence community/whatever group I happen to disagree with today/g'
See the point? You could have said that about any group you didn't like.
In my opinion any individual or group seeking to restrict the freedoms of the individual is inherently subversive to democracy.
edit: And I'm wrong because why?
There's a difference between restricting the freedom of all individuals and restricting the freedom of some individuals.
Eventually you have to draw some lines (e.g. not letting people murder each other).
Ah... O tempora, o mores...
Were they posted on streets or in schools? Or were they internal posters, hung around NSA offices?
Also interesting that there are various images of paper and filing cabinets, but no computers or terminals.
(The more things change, the more they stay the same...)
"Valley Forge long occupied a prominent place in American storytelling and memory. The image of Valley Forge as a site of terrible suffering and unshakeable perseverance emerged years after the encampment ended." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_Forge)
Any link to information about that would be very welcome too.
Going a little further I read : "the U.S. Government may obtain protection in other countries depending on the treatment of government works by the national copyright law of the particular country." (from the CENDI FAQ), which is adequate with private international law.
Anyway, thank you !
I'm going to paint a few of these on ten foot high canvasses, to adorn the lair.
America was founded by a bunch of Christians, and some of the country's construction surely was influenced by that.
However America was NOT founded as a Christian state.
Where the left & right butt heads over this is usually when, for example, pro-lifers say "God clearly forbids abortion and America is a Christian state so our laws must follow the Bible", and pro-choicers say "Uh, no, this is not a Christian state, the Bible does not set our laws".
The fight has never been about the political and religious history; it's been about the meaning and implication of that history. Does the fact that Christianity played such an important historical role in European and American political history mean that it should therefore be given special legal status? For example, is it therefore okay for the government to display the 10 Commandments but refuse to display Buddhists' 5 Precepts? Where do you draw the line between historical homage and preferential treatment? Can such a line even be drawn? The anecdotes and contours of the debate have changed over the centuries but not the fundamental conflicts and tensions.
It's when you get a large number of people in public office explicitly fighting to bring their religion into the public space, to force prayer on schools, to question and be suspicious of anyone with different religions, that we get a problem.
The pushback you're seeing is the pushback against a majority trying to impose its faith on all Americans.
It's a huge stretch for you to take propaganda posters from the 50s and 60s, during the Red Scare against atheist communists, and project that upon the entire country's 200+ year history, and to assert that the POSITIVE IMPACT of that religion cannot be denied.
The mission patches that Trevor Paglen has collected are like 80 times creepier to me. They remind me of "His ego nec metas rerum nec tempora pono; / imperium sine fine dedi."
That's macabre - I interpret it as "leak classified information and we will kill you"