The NSA quiz

They know everything about you but what do you know about them?

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Information leaked by former NSA consultant Edward Snowden documented domestic surveillance programs that had been suspected for years but never officially confirmed. Now, though, the curtain has been drawn back some to give the public a better view of what the NSA is up to and how they do their work. Here’s a handful of questions about the agency and some of its more arcane aspects. Keep track of your score til the end and see how well you did.

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Why is the head of NSA always a general or an admiral?

A)     Civilians lack the proper mindset

B)      The office requires military security clearance

C)      NSA falls under the Department of Defense

D)     Coincidence

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NSA falls under the Department of Defense

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How big was the 2013 budget for the NSA?

A)     $5 billion

B)      $10.5 billion

C)      $52 billion

D)     $87.5 billion

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$10.5 billion

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The NSA insignia features an eagle holding a silver key. What does the key symbolize?

A)     Liberation, knowledge, mystery, temporal power

B)     Confinement, liberation, hope, righteousness

C)     St. Peter

D)     Security, decryption, precision, duty

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Liberation, knowledge, mystery, temporal power

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Which tech giant has had a 10-year collaborative research and development agreement with the NSA?

A)     Microsoft

B)     Verizon

C)     Oracle

D)     Intel

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Intel

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Which morale-boosting activity has the NSA sponsored?

A)     Miss NSA pageant

B)     Spook Day Halloween-costume show for employees’ kids

C)     Best chili contest

D)     3D maze design competition

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Credit: nsa.gov via Motherboard

Miss NSA pageant

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NSA’s Project Shamrock monitored communications in and out of the U.S. for 30 years - without warrants - by gathering what?

A)     Postal records

B)     Telegrams

C)     Ham radio recordings

D)     Underwater communications cable transmission

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Telegrams

Project Shamrock started in NSA’s predecessor Armed Forces Security Agency and ended in 1975.

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NSA warrantless electronic surveillance was discovered in 2002 at a so-called spy closet in which ISP’s San Francisco switching office?

A)     AT&T

B)     Qwest

C)     Verizon

D)     WorldCom

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AT&T

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A long standing agency joke is that NSA stands for

A)    never say anything

B)    no such agency

C)    no strings attached

D)    needlessly secret activities

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no such agency

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Between 1967 and 1975 the NSA participated in Project Minaret, which spied on phone calls from a range of Vietnam War protestors, journalists and U.S. senators including whom?

A)     Walter Cronkite

B)     Al Gore

C)     Gary Maibach

D)     Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali

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Which child’s toy has been banned from NSA premises?

A)     Tickle Me Elmo

B)     Rubikc’s Cube

C)     My Little Pony

D)     Furby

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Furby can record voices and play them back.

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NSA has sent a cease-and-desist letter to protect its insignia from being used on which consumer item?

A)     Coffee mug

B)     T shirt

C)     Panties

D)     Beach towel

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Coffee mug

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How’d you do?

0-2 – Unclassified

3-5 – Restricted

6-8 – Secret

9-11 – Top Secret