'I'd Tap That' And Other NSA Pickup Lines Are All The Rage
News that National Security Agency officers sometimes abuse domestic intelligence gathering practices to monitor potential love interests has led to a sweeping, satirical response by The People of The Internet. On Tumblr and Twitter, the #NSAPickupLines and #NSALovePoems hashtags have sparked all sorts of creativity from users poking fun at the potential intrusion of the NSA into our personal lives.
"Roses are red, violets are blue, your pin number is 6852," reads a popular "NSA love poem" spreading on the internet right now.
The parody @PRISM_NSA Twitter account, named after the electronic surveillance program leaked by Edward Snowden, has been pickup line central for much of the weekend, so you can keep up with the tweets there. Some of our favorite spy-themed pickup lines and love poems, below:
I'd tap that. #NSAPickUpLines— Sana Saeed (@SanaSaeed) August 25, 2013
#NSAPickupLines Are you tired? Because you've been running through my chat log reviews all day.— PanaMensch (@joebidenssmirk1) June 9, 2013
#NSAlovepoems— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) August 24, 2013
Sam the Spook loved Mary
He didn't mean to be scary
Her phone calls fair game
her movements the same
PRISM revealed all daily
This was all inspired by the news reported on Friday by The Wall Street Journal that National Security Agency officers were spying on their exes or love interests, and enough of them were doing it that the practice got its own Orwellian label within the agency: "LOVEINT".
"NSA has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency's authorities" and responds "as appropriate," the agency said in a statement.
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