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Not that we care, but it’s funny to always see Republican presidential front runners that have little-to-no commonalities with the actual GOP platform.
Romney may be a bit more extreme example of this, but it’s an amazingly consistent occurrence. Of course, politics is just theater where appearances are much more important than anything, so it really should surprise us at all.
One year ago last week, two Yemeni civilians were killed by a US drone strike. One was a preacher who had given a sermon denouncing al-Qaeda just days before; the other was a young local policeman. Amid the long list of innocents killed by the CIA’s secretive drone campaign, there are few clearer examples of how it undermines the rule of law and kills the very people whom the US should be seeking to support. Read More
Hey guys, a huge announcement has been made that my lawsuit against the NSA and DHS has been filed, and we’re determined to stop the government from ever doing this again. Here’s a new one I did to keep the fire burning.
If you’d like to jump in and help with the fight - and wear a little bit of civil disobedience - you can help immensely by picking up a shirt or one of the other great products.
Or you can donate if you want to stick it to the man and help us with the fight, but think my parodies suck.
Dan McCall of Libertymaniacs.com Suing NSA & DHS Over 1st Amendment Violations
Lawsuit Argues That Attempts to Stop Production of Parody Merchandise Are Inconsistent With First Amendment
Sauk Rapids, MN — Dan McCall, the designer and owner of the store LibertyManiacs.com, announced that Public Citizen filed a lawsuit on his behalf against the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland for violating his 1st Amendment rights after the two agencies issued cease-and-desist letters resulting in the take down of parodies he sold on products in his online store. The suit is headed by well-known 1st Amendment and copyright lawyer Paul Allen Levy.
On March 15, 2011, Zazzle received a warning letter from the NSA, and on Aug 11, 2011, it received one from DHS. The NSA said Zazzle was in violation of a provision of the National Security Agency Act of 1959 that prohibits “use [of] the words ‘National Security Agency,’ the initials, ‘NSA,’ the seal of the National Security Agency, or any colorable imitation of such words … in connection with any merchandise, impersonation, solicitation, or commercial activity in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the National Security Agency” without the permission of the Director of the NSA.”
DHS said Zazzle was in violation of a provision making it a crime to “mutilate or alter the seal of any department or agency of the United States,” among other provisions, threatening fines and imprisonment if their demands were not complied with.
It wasn’t until after an investigation into the take down of McCall’s “Only Part Of Government” parody in 2013 that it was discovered that the NSA and DHS had issued cease-and-deist letters targeting his work.
In the lawsuit filed in defense of McCall, Public Citizen pointed out that the graphics did not create any likelihood of confusion about source or sponsorship, so no reasonable person would believe that the agencies themselves produced merchandise with those messages. The suit also argued that the First Amendment protects McCall and Zazzle’s right to use the seals to accurately identify the agencies he is criticizing.
“Forbidding people from criticizing these agencies through parody with bullying tactics is not only wrong, but it’s a clear violation of our 1st Amendment rights,” said McCall. “I’m suing the NSA and DHS so there is absolutely no confusion about our the right to criticize government, which is indisputably the most important aspect of our free speech rights.”
The lawsuit is asking the court to declare that several provisions of the National Security Agency Act law cannot be enforced to forbid McCall from displaying his merchandise, and that two other provisions are unconstitutionally overbroad because they violate the First Amendment by saying no one can “mutilate or alter the seal of any department or agency of the United States.”
McCall is disregarding the agencys’ threats by selling the merchandise at LibertyManiacs.com.