IJMC - Furby's Banned As Spys!
I wonder if this could become the selling point for new toys for this
year. Books used to garner huge sales if they printed "Banned in Boston"
on their covers so I wonderf if "Banned by NSA" might work as well for
toys. Think of the curiousity stirred! -dave
Furby toy banned from spy agency, Washington Post reports
Copyright 1999 Nando Media
Copyright 1999 Associated Press
WASHINGTON (January 13, 1999 12:42 a.m. EST http://www.nandotimes.com)
- First, they foiled thousands of weary parents, desperately scouring
store shelves to buy their kids "the" holiday toy. Now, the
government's spy agency has said Furby toys could threaten the
The National Security Agency has banned the popular pets from its Fort
Meade premises in Maryland. In an internal message to workers, the NSA
issued a warning about the toy, which is embedded with a computer chip
that allows it to utters 200 words - 100 in English and 100 in
"Personally owned photographic, video and audio recording equipment
are prohibited items. This includes toys, such as 'Furbys,' with
built-in recorders that repeat the audio with synthesized sound to
mimic the original signal," the Furby Alert read, according to
Wednesday's editions of The Washington Post.
"We are prohibited from introducing these items into NSA spaces. Those
who have should contact their Staff Security Office for guidance."
The Furby resembles an owl, with tufts of hair between its huge pink
Because of its ability to repeat some of what it hears, NSA officials
were worried "that people would take them home and they'd start
talking classified," one Capitol Hill source told the Post.