The octopus is not just the in thing for hipster pillow designs — the US government's taken a liking to it once again, and has plastered it onto its latest space delivery. A large, orange octopus seen grasping its tentacles over the top and side of the Earth can be seen on the side of NROL-39, America's newest intelligence satellite that was launched into orbit last Thursday carrying a classified payload. The logo caused a stir not only for its connotations with older communist and capitalist propaganda, but also for its tagline, which read "nothing is beyond our reach."

"Nothing is beyond our reach."

A spokesperson for the National Reconnaissance Office downplayed any suggestions that the intent of the logo was evil, or designed to intimate. "NORL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature," a spokesperson told Forbes. "Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide."

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It's not the first time the US has used an octopus to get the point across, though it comes as the country is under close scrutiny — especially by technology companies — for its privacy policy. The US used imagery of an octopus wrapping tentacles around the world as part of propaganda during the cold war, depicting Joseph Stalin as a giant red octopus, stretching from country to country. The imagery has also been used to vilify imperialism, especially of England in the late 1800s.