NSA, Homeland Security, Bullying Parody Product Vendors
It’s not every day I quote from an article in the paleo-neo-ultraconservative Washington Times — or agree with Larry Klayman — but here’s a story that has First Amendment supporters on both sides of the aisle miffed:
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have issued “cease and desist” letters to a novelty store owner who sells products that poke fun at the federal government.
Dan McCall, who lives in Minnesota and operates LibertyManiacs.com, sells T-shirts with the agency’s official seal that read: “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens,” Judicial Watch first reported. Other parodies say, “Spying on you since 1952,” and “Peeping while you’re sleeping,” the report said.
Federal authorities claimed the parody images violate laws against the misuse, mutilation, alteration or impersonation of government seals, Judicial Watch reported.
Mr. McCall removed the items from his website, but he also has filed a federal complaint claiming the government is violating his First Amendment rights…