The National Security Agency (NSA) had a June 5, 2013 news story written about its mass surveillance of citizens. Two days later, LibertyManiacs.com posted gift items printed with the NSA logo and the slogan “The NSA—The only part of the government that actually listens.”
The NSA objected to the use of its logo (even in an obvious parody) in August 2013.
Wikipedia: National Security Agency
The National Security Agency (NSA) is the central producer and manager of signals intelligence for the United States. Estimated to be one of the largest of U.S. intelligence organizations in terms of personnel and budget, the NSA operates under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense and reports to the Director of National Intelligence.
The NSA is primarily tasked with global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The agency is authorized to accomplish its mission through clandestine means, among which is bugging electronic systems and allegedly engaging in sabotage through subversive software. The NSA is also responsible for the protection of U.S. government communications and information systems.
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NSA ‘goes after man who mocked agency’
‘The only part of government that actually listens’
By Joe Kovacs
Published: 08/21/2013 at 1:11 PM
The National Security Agency, the secretive federal department under fire for spying on U.S. citizens, is now accused of crushing the free-speech rights of a businessman clowning around about the NSA.
LibertyManiacs.com, a company that markets “freedom products for liberty lovers,” says the NSA is using a claim of copyright infringement to stop it from selling T-shirts and other products making fun of the Big Brother agency.
“Two months ago the NSA’s lawyers came after our parodies of the rogue agency and forced our host to take them down,” the company said Friday on its Facebook page.
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The parody shirt the NSA doesn’t want you to wear
The politically themed T-shirt company Liberty Maniacs is in hot water for its latest spoof design
By Kevin Collier
Two days after the world learned the National Security Agency logs practically every American phone call, the agency had started cracking down on entrepreneurs who made fun of it.
That’s according to Dan McCall, founder of politically themed T-shirt company Liberty Maniacs.
On June 5, the Guardian posted the first of many documents, leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, that detail NSA‘s spy practices. Two days later, McCall put up a handful of T-shirts and bumper stickers for sale on the custom goods marketplace Zazzle, which distributes most of Liberty Maniacs’ goods. Each of those items had the NSA logo, plus a common joke as a slogan: “The only part of the government that actually listens.”
The NSA Wants To Ban Sales Of This T-Shirt On Zazzle
Jim Edwards Aug. 31, 2013 9:29 AM
File under, “Your tax dollars at work”: The NSA sent a cease-and-desist letter to Zazzle, the T-shirt site, asking it to remove a series of NSA parody T-shirts. The shirts featured the NSA’s eagle logo and the motto, “The only part of the government that actually listens.”
Shirtmaker Dan McCall received this message from Zazzle after he launched the shirts on the site:
We have been contacted by legal representatives from the National Security Agency, and at their request, have removed the product from the Zazzle Marketplace.
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