Called "propaganda" by civil libertarians, the National Security Agency's CryptoKids website features cartoon characters similar to the way McDonalds puts toys in its Happy Meals, and teaches children about cryptology and N.S.A.s mission to defend the nation.
As the website says: It is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do when you grow up.
To enter the How Can I Work for N.S.A.? section of the site, children click on a picture of a bucktoothed rabbit, who says in his biography that he likes listening to hip-hop and rock. In his free time, the bunny says, he participates in cryptography competitions with other cartoon characters named Decipher Dog and CryptoCat.
As a signals analyst, you will work with cutting edge technology to recover, understand and derive intelligence from a variety of foreign signals found around the world, children are told in the future employment section. You will also attempt to identify the purpose, content, and user of these signals to provide critical intelligence to our nations leaders.
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