by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Chuck Smarr found the original image the PRISM logo was lifted from. OUTSTANDING work Chuck. How did you find this? Chuck wrote: “Weird that a multi billion dollar program would just grab an image from a free multimedia site for their logo. Absolute rabbit hole stuff. I wonder if this guy even exists.”.
Adam Hart-Davis is another Brit, supposedly second cousin once removed of the British Prime Minister David Cameron
UPDATE: (see end of article) Who is the man who’s image appears in the pyramid on the PRISM logo?
When I first noticed this, I thought it had to be a joke. Then I realized along with the “pole dancing super hero” and the 200k a year for the high school drop-out, that it was a joke. The whole thing is a joke. They’re mocking us with this distraction…
At first I noticed the slides released from the Guardian and the slides released from the Washington Post were different. That may be because these two agencies want to track their outreach or brand their products. Or, it may be because the group that leaked them wanted to see who had more reach. Or, maybe someone wanted to see if we were really paying attention.
Or maybe they wanted to call more attention to the logo itself…
Either way, it’s a subtle difference, but obvious once you see it.
The big story is the logo itself. It’s about how we were taken down the road to the Dark Side by the likes of Cheney and others and the life and times of a cult level artist named Storm Thorgerson. A BRITISH cult level artist.
After noticing the differences between the two versions of the logo I started thinking about the PRISM logo itself and what it meant.
There are many people out there harping on the extremely low quality of the design of the power point slides themselves. People talk about it jokingly as if it’s just a fluke. The presentation from which these slides supposedly came from appears to have been an effort to sell this particular SIGAD over others to a group of high level analysts of NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate at a conference in Silicone Valley in April of 2013.
While others will tell you that is simply a funny oversight not to be taken seriously, I wonder about that. Do you really think a massive program like PRISM would have such a cheesy presentation? There’s a lot of money involved here and the whole point was supposedly to impress these high level analysts of PRISM’s technical superiority. And they can’t get a decent Power Point presentation?
First, here are the presentation header slides from the Guardian and the Washington Post. The redaction is slightly different on them, but the biggie is the PRISM logo.
Why would they change the logo like that? The orange background on the Guardian release obviously isn’t on the one from the Post but apparently someone did add a slight orange outline around the black border on that one as well. Here is the actual logo taken from the PRISM Wiki page. Notice there is no orange border at all:
Since someone has called out attention to it, let’s deconstruct the PRISM logo a bit. I think you’ll find this interesting.
What’s the first thing you think about when you see this logo? Security? Confidence? No. You think about Pink Floyd.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to be specific, commonly referred to as “Dark Side”. Obviously I’m not the first to make this comparison.
“The eye-on-the-pyramid scheme came from the Great Seal of the United States – it’s on the back of the dollar bill – and is still beloved of conspiracy theorists all over the world. It’s meant to be the all-seeing eye of God, but it’s also commonly associated with freemasonry, the occult and a shadowy New World order presided over by the Illuminati. To deploy it in a logo for a creepy-sounding spy agency simply justifies the paranoia of people who think the world is run by lizard-shaped aliens. David Icke’s next podcast will write itself.”
But maybe I am the first to make this connection: Does “Dark Side” bring anything else to mind? Like maybe Dick Cheney saying on a Sunday morning talk show that the U.S. was going to have to go over to the “dark side” to fight the “Global War OF Terrorism”? Ring any bells? “ We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will.”
The similarities are impossible to ignore. The black background, the greyish pyramid prism, straight on in the album design, turned and extruded in the PRISM logo. The light enters from the lower left, exits to the lower right. And both have triangles withing the pyramid prism. It’s not subtle and neither is the fact that the Washington Post and the Guardian made sure we would notice the difference between their two logos and then pay closer attention to the logo itself.
So maybe the Cheney “dark side” connection was meant as a joke. Well, let me show you another one…
He also did a lot of art that would seem to appeal to a certain group of individuals like this, and this, and this to share but a few. And that’s too say nothing of the ode to British elite pedophilia theme in this cover.
Hipgnosis was run by a guy named Storm Thorgerson til they broke up the business in ’83 or so. He had a cult following of sorts and his own webpage depicting much of his work over the years.
Thorgerson died on April 19th 2013. Wanna see something funny?
One of the men responsible for creating the artwork that made up the basis for the “Dark Side” logo PRISM uses, just happened to die the same month as the slide show presentation.
These slides weren’t handed over until May sometime. So Storm Thorgerson had been gone for a little while before either the Guardian or the Washington Post got their hands on them.
Is it another coincidence? Homage? Or just a joke to see if anyone is really paying attention anymore?
UPDATE: I’ll just leave this here. This gets funnier by the minute
for a closer look:
You can see eyes and a mouth, an insignia of some kind on his chest, his shoulders and hair. Who is that? Why is that sneaky little guy hiding out in the PRISM logo? What’s he doing in there? Is that an old DUI photo of Dick Cheney? He had a lot to choose from. Could be.