From NextGov:

On Sept. 26, during a little-known quasi-holiday called “Love Note Day” that encourages the writing of sentimental blather to loved ones, there was one very unusual contributor to the gushing chatter on social media: the US National Security Agency (NSA).

It’s #LoveNoteDay! We’ve left some love notes on http://t.co/TU6O1wffAN. Share one with someone you #love! http://t.co/c6MHYRK1nf

— NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) September 26, 2015

In light of the NSA’s controversial surveillance scandals over the last few years, its love notes—posted on its official website—struck a somewhat comical, somewhat sinister tone.

Below, a sampling:

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The NSA employees who created the e-cards may have intended them as a joke, or as a quirky public relations ploy to win back public trust. (The NSA did not respond to Quartz’s request for comment.) In either case, the outreach raised eyebrows on Twitter.

You also left some “love notes” in my home network, smartphone, and laptop. @NSAGov

— Izzy Galvez (@iglvzx) September 28, 2015

@NSAGov #LoveNoteDay Always watching and thinking of you love NSA

— Bob Houle (@USARMY12BC4) September 26, 2015

“It’s #LoveNoteDay and we’ve read all of yours, so go to http://t.co/cyg5pyzbKM and read ones we felt like sharing” https://t.co/EovGkuAaA1

— Kevin Wilsey (@NonMotivated) September 26, 2015

@hertzmau5 @NSAGov “or just write it down and don’t share it…we will see it anyway. Love, NSA”

— PolyParadyme (@PolyParadyme) September 27, 2015

Awkward as they may be, the NSA’s love notes reflect the growing use of social media by US government agencies—with varying…

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