The Best #NSAPickupLines Ever

Mocking the agency’s abuse of power becomes a sport for thousands on Twitter.
Protestors in Germany last month represented the public outcry over the practices of the NSA. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Aug 25, 2013· 1 MIN READ
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, free-flowing information is dead and your PIN number is 6692." It's not exactly the start of a great romance, but Twitter's worldwide trending topic, #NSAPickuplines, is providing some levity to the disturbing subject of online privacy.

It was revealed on Friday that some members of the National Security Agency have in fact exploited their access to personal data in order to spy on their potential love interests.

Known within the NSA as "LOVEINT"—short for love intel—the practice of collecting information on would-be partners was characterized as "infrequent" by the agency, which denounced it in a public statement made last week. "NSA has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency’s authorities."

Infrequent or not, the NSA's extracurricular activities, coupled with its dubious daily practices, are drawing the criticism and animosity of a population that previously was unconcerned with its existence.

Those feelings are front and center today on Twitter, as users satirize the NSA, and imagine the creepy romantic advances an agent might make after spying on a potential love interest.

Here are some of the best...

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