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  • The NSA wants you to know it's totally cool with Notorious BIG

    The National Security Agency is a secretive government organization with a vast foreign and domestic surveillance apparatus, the boundaries of which, despite major leaks, are still perhaps not fully understood by the public.

    Although this could be seen as an unfortunate attempt by a controversial agency to add a dose of relatability to daily operations, you have to understand the level of analogy the NSA is working on. Much as documents released by Edward Snowden have sparked a national debate on the ethics of spying for national security purposes, so did the release of Tupac's All Eyez on Me (1996) cause a national debate on its merits relative to the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die (1994). Likewise, as some have decried the NSA's domestic operations while making the case for surveillance of other countries, so have some decried Dr. Dre's West Coast G-funk opus The Chronic (1992) while approving of Jay Z's more sparse Reasonable Doubt (1996). The comparisons are all there if, much like the NSA, you look very, very hard.

    If you are interested in learning more about what the NSA is, or about its mission, you can consult other tweets from the agency, including this helpful #FactFriday gem:

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