The sad part for me is that I am no longer sure that our court system will see this for what it is, a clear attempt to subvert our first amendment rights.
To poke fun at the National Security Administration (NSA) the merchant, Dan McCall, sells T-shirts with the agency’s official seal that read: “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens.” Other parodies say “spying on you since 1952” and “peeping while you’re sleeping.” The designs may seem funny—and possibly represent reality—but to the government it’s no laughing matter. In fact, it’s a serious issue worthy of an investigation and legal action.
With any luck on his part the court will rule in his favor, but then I am an incurable optimist. The use of parody and ridicule is one of the effective weapons against the over zealous government agencies.