“The parody shirt the NSA doesn’t want you to wear”

Throughout history, one of the ways in which the human spirit has overcome or dealt with the brutish forces of authoritarian regimes has been through the use of humor. As such, it is no surprise that clever Americans from sea to shining sea have figured out ways to mock the NSA while also making a dollar or two. ..

via infinite unknown.

Is it just me, or is it getting harder to mock the government?

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.”

“Within an hour or two,” as McCall told the Daily Dot, Zazzle emailed him to say the shirt had been removed from the Zazzle site. (Zazzle didn’t respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment, nor did the NSA.)

via Salon.com.


So the NSA doesn’t work for us? We don’t own it? Who does?

We can’t invoke its name unless it gives us permission?

Which is cute considering that the NSA’s entire purpose is to infringe upon the intellectual property rights of everyone else — literary works from your e-mail account, vocal performances from your telephone. But they’re deadly serious. If Osama bin Laden had made the mistake of wearing a T-shirt saying, “Come and get me, you NSA®©TM pansies,” they’d have got him a decade earlier. The NSA publicist cites Public Law 86-36:

which states that it is not permitted for “. . . any person to use the initials ‘NSA,’ the words ‘National Security Agency’ and the NSA seal without first acquiring written permission from the Director of NSA.”

You can’t use “NSA” without written permission? This may present problems for the National Scrabble Association.

via National Review Online.

Just who – or what – is this NSA thing? I thought it was part of the government….

…The NSA: Protecting Americans from terrorists, nuclear war and funny t-shirts since 1952.via infinite unknown.