Surveillance codename generator

A generator of realistic surveillance program codenames for the US National Security Agency.

The language used by a State to refer to its military programs is deliberately cryptic, its code names formed by derisory words or sarcastic phrases without apparent connection to the programs they designate.

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden in the last couple of years have exposed a series of exploits and surveillance programs of the National Security Agency. While some of these feature nicknames and codewords which are marginally suggestive of the covert projects they represent, they ultimately remain cryptic to an external onlooker. They constitute the terminology of a world of classified programs whose outlines are blurry and the very existence insecure.