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He’s Watching You

WWII Poster

WWII Poster

The following description can be found at a web site about vintage WWII posters.

In this image, a sinister looking soldier wearing a German Stahlhelm M16 steel helmet surreptitiously peers over a wall at the viewer. Under the Nazi regime, the unique German Stahlhelm M16 steel helmet became an icon of military prowess and national pride, while for the Allies it became a symbol of menacing evil.

“He’s Watching You.”

This striking poster was designed in 1942 by artist Glenn Ernest Grohe (1912 – 1956) for the Office of Emergency Management. It shows the menacing, shadowy figure of a German soldier peering directly at the viewer over a dark wall with contrasting large text: He’s Watching You. This cool caution poster was intended to motivate adherence to the laws and prudence to the wartime rules about secrecy in the industrial sector and the close proximity of enemy eyes and ears.

There were two schools of thought about wartime poster design, “realistic images” and “stylized art”. One school of art and artists believed the posters should be realistic and direct like the print advertisements of the time; this was understandable as many of the war poster artists were of course selected from the advertisement illustration field. This poster is obviously from the “stylized war art” school of thought. The stylized sinister Nazi character closely resembles the creepy Star Wars character Darth Vader. Neither the Nazis nor Darth Vader had yet taken their place in infamy so this early war poster was as it turned out ineffective.

A 1942 government survey conducted by the Office of Facts and Figures of the American public revealed that the poster was often misunderstood. Many people perceived the stylized German Stahlhelm M16 steel helmet as the Liberty Bell, while some factory workers mistakenly believed “he” to be the “boss.” Because of this type of issue, the U.S. Office of War Information (OWI) was created in June 1942 to review and approve the design, content and distribution of government war posters, coordinate the release of war news and information for domestic use and other wartime responsibilities.

Ultimately, two contending groups within OWI clashed over poster design. Those who saw posters as “war art” favored stylized images and symbolism, while recruits from the world of advertising wanted posters to be more like ads. When admen eventually gained the upper hand at OWI, the look of government posters changed decidedly.

Espionage has been with us since early time but the immigrant/melting pot based nature of the United States and our relatively late involvement in World War 2 made 1940s America a lucrative environment for spies and potential saboteurs. Naturally the dangers and concerns of national security intensified when the United States entered the war and America’s overseas military and homeland patriots urgently needed additional protection. The U.S. Government had a great need to alert its’ military and private citizens to the presence of enemy spies and saboteurs lurking in American society.

A major advertising blitz involving all media eventually produced thousands of remarkable “careless talk” type posters to warn people that small snippets of information regarding troop movements or other logistical details would be useful to the enemy and could easily compromise national security and U.S. military personnel’ safety. These vintage 1940s public domain poster images like this one of the Stylized “He’s Watching You” displayed on this page from the Safety and National Security World War 2 Gallery of this website allow you to own a copyright free piece of WWII history, a historic patriotic artwork poster.

Twilight Eyes, a video exploring the idea that this same face exists in the layout of CIA’s New Headquarters Building (and surrounding elements), can be seen here:

For other posters, visit these links:

http://www.war-stories.com/war-posters-wwii-1.asp

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2010/08/propaganda-posters-of-world-war-two.html

http://www.usmm.org/postertalk2a.html

http://www.usmm.org/postertalk2b.html

Published in: on August 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Kryptos, Pyramid, Obelisk

From wikipedia: Obelisk

The obelisk symbolized the sun god Ra, and during the brief religious reformation of Akhenaten was said to be a petrified ray of the Aten, the sundisk. It was also thought that the god existed within the structure.

It is hypothesized by New York University Egyptologist Patricia Blackwell Gary and Astronomy senior editor Richard Talcott that the shapes of the ancient Egyptian pyramid and obelisk were derived from natural phenomena associated with the sun (the sun-god Ra being the Egyptians’ greatest deity).[5] The pyramid and obelisk might have been inspired by previously overlooked astronomical phenomena connected with sunrise and sunset: the zodiacal light and sun pillars respectively.

Does this not sound like Jim Sanborn’s description of the Corcoran installation?!

The Corcoran installation had some references to Greek mythology. There was a freestanding cylinder in the center of the room that was totally perforated with encoded text. Half of the cylinder was perforated text dealing with CIA operations. The other half of the cylinder dealt with KGB operations. The two existed side by side. A pinpoint light inside the cylinder projected these encoded texts, including the word Medusa, which was embedded in the texts, over the inside of the gallery, so that they covered every inch of its surface. It created an effect where Medusa’s gaze, represented by these bright texts, fell over one’s body as one walked through the room. There was a petrified tree in the room, a tree that had turned into stone. I felt as if the projected light was a visible ray that was as toxic as the information on that cylinder. It was a transformation from a text written to a text projected to a text that became toxic when it touched your body.

(Atomic Time book excerpt)

(see APEX of Kryptos Blog for more connections between Kryptos and Obelisks)

Secret Theories

Jim Sanborn said,

“The greatest chart we have for decoding is the Rosetta Stone.  Cracking that code gave us the ability to understand an ancient language.  What the CIA does now, as far as encoding and decoding, is a very similar kind of sleuthing: word sleuthing as opposed to physical sleuthing.”

Word Sleuthing.

The Rosetta Stone had a single text inscribed three times in multiple languages.  Knowing the first two provided a means of interpreting the last.  Imagine, conversely, inscribing a single text once with multiple meanings.  If one could hide the meaning, or the existence of alternate meanings, we would be confronted with steganography.  If those words were reused with different meanings, we would have a palimpsest.  A palimpsest of word meanings.  Words reused.

Ed Scheidt discusses with Nova ScienceNow how the art of steganography is hiding the notion that a secret message exists at all.

Word sleuthing.

“Between subtle shading and the absence of light lies the nuance of illusion.” means: Between my ambiguity in word meanings and your ignorance of my technique, you are deceived into interpreting the deciphered Kryptos text at face value.

“Of the part that’s been decoded already there is certain ambiguity in the last few sentences and it’s been open to interpretation, as has the whole piece.” – Jim Sanborn.

Howard Carter’s journal means something different too:

“Slowly, disparately (sp?) slowly, the remains of passage debris that encumbered the lower part of the doorway was removed…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhHFXRQgCPo

The ciphertext is considered a passage of text.  K4, the unsolved part of Kryptos, is debris, and it is to be removed.  This is why all attempts at cracking K4 has failed.  K4 does not exist as 97, 98, or even 100 letters.  K4 does not exist in the text at the bottom of the sculpture. However, the text isn’t simply to be disregarded as useless debris.  Even debris comes from something once constructed!  There is an algorithm of applying that text as a tableau grid over the oddly-worded K2 (and other sections) to create a null cipher. A cipher where overlapping characters are removed. Those letters are passage debris, and ultimately, debris gets removed.  It gets discarded.

Identify the debris.

“When you use the last part and you get the solution you should take out all the spaces and run [the remaining characters] all together.” – Jim Sanborn (2009) (in response to an inquiry as to whether or not he would acknowledge a solution posted online.  See Null-Cipher Theories posted in dozens of forums since 2004)

“With trembling hands, I made a tiny breach in the upper left-hand corner…” refers to the raised letters of the K3 ciphertext.

A breach, as in a break-through.  A breach, as in a discovery.  A breach, as in compromising a relatively secure system — those raised letters in the upper left-hand corner of “Layer Two.”

“And then, widening the hole a little, I inserted the candle and peered in…” means:  We apply the Null Cipher Technique.  We shed light on the true meanings of the deciphered text.

“The hot air escaping from the chamber caused the flame to flicker…” could imply a chamber of people — officials, perhaps — an organization.  A flame is a criticism or violent, intense passion.  The flicker harks back to the raised letters as actual, physical portions of the new text as a guide (or grain of Kryptos Sand).

“‘Kryptos brought me back to my first love. Like my childhood programming days, I was once again free to pursue a challenge that didn’t have the limitations of ‘this is how to do it’,” Phillips told The Guardian in 2005.  (continuing) “Mr Sanborn admits he would feel a tinge of regret if Kryptos is solved.”

Regret that people finally figured out his puzzle?  Regret for what the message says?  Perhaps a flame against the CIA?

“But presently, details of the room within emerged from the mist.”  Mist is an ambiguous term that implies something obscured or hidden from meaning or view.  In context, it means “a hidden document.”

“I’ve made a statement which is straightforward, but that leads to something else. There’s another deeper mystery. As you peel off a layer of an onion, the myst – you get closer to the heart of what it is. And so y’know I just wanted to make it…  you had to go deeper and decipher something else. It’s in English, it’s in plain English, it’s in text, and you can read it, but that isn’t necessarily the whole story.” – Jim Sanborn

“Can you see anything?”

It is certain that we could be understanding the real power of art and Sanborn’s disposition as a Natural Scientist toward certain philosophies of institution.

“[The sculpture] could corrupt, somehow…” – Jim Sanborn.

“Just knowing Jim – in talking to Jim, he has philosophies that he would like to portray, and this is a medium for him to do that.” – Ed Scheidt

Details of this theory forthcoming.

The Kryptos Project

Gary Phillips, the author of the “Kryptos Revisited” web site monitors various Kryptos-Sculpture-related web sites, blogs, and news sources to give you the best in originality and usefulness.  One web site that has stood as a beacon of information in the vast sea of endless Kryptos references is “The Kryptos Project” by Jew-Lee Lann.

Please visit her web site for original Kryptos sources at www.theKryptosProject.com.

This professional source is now among the other “Kryptos Revisited” recommended sites:

Kryptos Employs a Fibonacci Sequence?

Does that CIA Sculpture, Kryptos, employ a Fibonacci Cipher?  Vorlath, a.k.a. “Krazy Kryptos,” has been spinning his Kryptos wheels for some time now.  He proposes at his blog that the misspellings in Kryptos are a clue to be used in conjunction with the misaligned letters of K3.  The position of those misspellings form a Fibonacci Sequence as observed by other sleuths years ago.

What Vorlath suggests is that endYAhR (capital letters depicted here are actually raised letters in the sculpture) is a reversed Fibonacci sequence.  Matter-of-factly, he is correct, and I think the correlation between this and the misspellings is noteworthy if nothing more than one of the hundred thousand insignificant coincidences we could fine in the sculpture.  However, there are other anomalies that suggest “a reverse” of something.  We have the backward ciphertext or tableau.  We have “Antipodes (look up the meaning),” the CIA sculpture’s sister sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum, and we’re aware of other oddities that may tie a Reverse Fibonacci Sequence into Kryptos.

When Sanborn asked, “Has anyone figured out what those are?  They’re important,” he implied that the misaligned letters could be interpreted with some finality (not to imply certainty) that leads us into the entire algorithm that unlocks the cipher known the world over as K4.  Is, “Yes, Mr. Sanborn, we know what those are.  Now what?” get us any closer to the answers?  I certainly think it’s worth the effort to pursue at this point in time.

Go check out Krazy Kryptos’ recent article: “K3 DYAHR Curiosity

and then peruse the rest of his blog to see the untamed inner-workings of a person who loves puzzles.

Certain to be Worth Your Time

The kryptos.info network is comprised of facts, promising conjecture, and inspirational entertainment as it relates to Jim Sanborn’s CIA Sculpture, Kryptos.  Although kryptos.info, kryptosrevisited.com, and realmoftwelve.net are not a part of a formal partnership with other contributing web sites and discussion forums, the concept of the kryptos.info network includes the latest favorable ideas from outside sources.  Here are a few new ones:

ninetysevenletters.wordpress.com (blog)

kryptoswiki.com (now live!)

apexofkryptos.wordpress.com (blog)

The “APEX” of Kryptos (theory/orientation to logical matrix manipulation)

K5: Twilight Eyes

Watch in full screen (HQ) at a reasonable volume. Note: first minute of video is silent. Your comments are welcome. Don’t forget to rate the video!

Actual Satellite View (Google Earth File)

Interactive Kryptos Sandbox

Interactive resources are now available at kryptos.info to aid in experimental sleuthing.  You can explore the growing list of helpful tools under the “Interactive Solutions Sandbox” toolbar.  Discover Morse Code Tables, translators, and exclusive solvers related to Kryptos, the sculpture at CIA Headquarters.  Subscribe to the RSS feed on this page to learn about new tools as they become available.  Future plans include an interactive palimpsest solver at the “Interactive Kryptos Sandbox”, a visual Vigenere solver, and many other unique resources pertaining to classical cryptography.

Morse Code Tables

Morse Code Translators

CNN Article: Sanborn, Too, was Obsessed with Kryptos

A CNN article from June of 2005 has been referenced at KryptosRevisited.com.  Sanborn discusses with journalist James Ensor details about how the Kryptos solution was first shown to members of Historical Intelligence before handing a sealed envelope over to William Webster at the CIA’s New Headquarters Building dedication ceremony.  Sanborn talks about k4, that last unsolved passage of Kryptos, metaphorically suggesting it is like “sand in an hourglass.”  Discover why Kryptos has its grip on everyone — even it’s creator.

Sanborn: ‘Kryptos’ sculpture was ‘an obsession’

Articles reproduce at KryptosRevisited.com are for research purposes only, and serve to preserve the timeline of Kryptos news.  This article is not authored by or affiliated with Kryptos Revisited in any way.  Sources properly cited.

Sanborn’s Kryptos Sculpture Transcripts

The Kryptos Copperplate Transcript is available at KryptosRevisited.com.  The ciphertext as it appears on the copper scroll and the plain text discovered using Vigenère (first two parts) and Transposition (third part) are now available with easy copy and paste capabilities.  Spacing has been omitted in the plain text transcripts to minimize the introduction of interpretation error.  The layout of the plain text as it coincides withs its corresponding ciphertext is properly represented and is difficult to find elsewhere online.  The tableau is also depicted backward, as is in the sculpture.

Kryptos Copperplate Ciphertext (left panel)

Kryptos Copperplate Tableau (right panel)

Kryptos Copperplate Plain Text (decrypted using Vigenere and Matrix Rotational Transposition)

New Search and Link Feature

The kryptos.info network is still in its infancy.  Over the course of the summer, new Kryptos Sculpture animations will become available at Kryptos Revisited, and already a significant amount of work has been accomplished.  Last month Gary Phillips released the Kryptos Sculpture font, and already it has been downloaded several hundred times.  The network is growing through links from other web sites and blogs, and steady traffic is at an all-time high.

The author of Beyond K4 — a new blog exploring variations on classical cryptography as it relates to Sanborn’s CIA sculpture — is hosting various contests with prizes.  If, for no other reason than to take a break from your daily routine, you may want to stop by that blog and drop a line.  Kryptosfan is pursuing fresh avenues, and the comprehensive journal of experiments is an interesting read.  The blog’s author welcomes the public to submit entries to various competitions, ranging from ideas like what do you think k4 says? to the much more difficult polyglot challenge, which involves designing software to aid in solving multilingual cryptograms.  There are some cash prizes, and you don’t have to be an expert in all of these challenges — you just need to follow the guidelines.  Who knows!  You could make a name for yourself!

Today the kryptos.info network added new search capabilities to the web sites.  Now you can perform a Google search from within the web site to discover information across the network, discussion forums across the web, and recommended articles in preferred sites.  Now it’s easier than ever to search multiple blogs at once that have been hand-selected to guarantee fresh, interesting conversation related to Kryptos and classical cryptography.

Another feature at Kryptos Revisited is the new linking schema.  Specific words are automatically highlighted across all the network pages to make it very easy to find additional information.  For example, palimpsest will be automatically highlighted wherever it appears, linking directly to additional information about its definition and appearances in other parts of the network.  You can even find current discussion forums related to the word links you follow.  As more pages are added to the web sites over the summer, the number of highlighted terms will increase, making kryptosRevisited.com the most comprehensive resource available for your Kryptos Sculpture pursuits.  New sections highlighting some of the people involved in Kryptos provide a personal touch to the theme.  You’ll explore many sites, blogs, and articles beyond Kryptos Revisited, because the network is a hub — more than a destination.

Subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed to stay up to date with the latest Kryptos Sculpture news.

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