The NSA's In-House Magazine Looks Like a 1970s Punk Zine

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Back in 1974, the NSA started an in-house magazine called Cryptolog that served as reading material for employees of the top secret agency. In 2013, the agency declassified heavily redacted issues of the magazine dating up to 1997... and its design is actually pretty amazing.

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So much of Cryptolog reads as a kind of punk zine, with cut-and-paste graphics and sometimes bizarre titles. It just happens to be a punk zine put out by a well-financed, super-secret government agency responsible for spying on all the world's communications.

After you scroll through enough of the issues, the redactions themselves seem to have a certain artistry to them, however unintentional. Below we have a small sample of 1970s selections from the magazine. Feel free to use them in your next rave flyer.

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December 1975

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April 1976

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June 1975

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May 1976

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August 1977

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February-March 1975

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June 1975

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December 1974

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April 1978

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June-July 1976

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January 1978

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September 1977

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July 1975

DISCUSSION

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Wack Messiah

"Back in 1976, the NSA started an in-house magazine called Cryptolog"

Then why do you have issues from 1974 up there? DID THEY TRAVEL BACK IN TIME??