So, apparently the National Reconnaissance Office has used a giant octopus in the logo for their new NROL-39 spy satellite. “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach,” the associated slogan says.
Apparently, they’ve forgotten that, for a long time, the octopus has been something we use to represent our enemies. It is a symbol used all over the world to represent an imperialist power sticking its tentacles where they shouldn’t belong, grabbing up territories all over the world, and squeezing, strangling the peoples of those lands. It’s not something we should want to be.
One of the most classic examples of this iconography – an American cartoon from 1888 depicting the United Kingdom with its grimy hands all over Egypt, India, Canada, Ireland, etc., grabbing up territories all over the world.
A map of the world in a Japanese publication, from around 1904, showing the Russian octopus grabbing at Tibet, Persia, and Turkey, having already strangled Poland and Finland to death, while one sneaky tentacle reaches over towards Korea and Liaodong.
A poster designed by the Dutch National Socialist Party (yes, Nazis), showing the capitalist empire of the United States as an octopus, grabbing up territory, and depicting Japanese attacks in 1942 as nobly cutting off America’s tentacles which had been reaching into Asia.
So, this is who we are now? We’re agreeing to being the octopus?