Ever visit Zazzle.com or Cafepress.com and shop for political merchandise? What goes up today may be axed tomorrow, if the strange bedfellows--the NSA, NRA and Tea Party-- have anything to say about it.

Believe it or not, you may not create products using even their 'initials' without being threatened with legal action or banishment from these websites.

I'm not talking about using their logos or even their real names. If, for example, you try to dodge this net by using "Nationale Riffel Associatione" they will be on you like slime on a runny nose. There is currently a lawsuit pending by one website that specializes in current event merchandise. Agree with their leanings or not, it shows how the NSA is abusing their statuatory authority to restrict free speech.The company website is: libertymaniacs.com

The part of the law that NSA legals are claiming applies is:

Sec. 15. (a) No person may, except with the written permission of the Director of the National Security Agency, knowingly use the words 'National Security Agency', the initials 'NSA', the seal of the National Security Agency, or any colorable imitation of such words, initials, or seal in connection with any merchandise, impersonation, solicitation, or commercial activity in such a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the National Security Agency.

Clearly, the products from liberty maniacs are critical parody of the NSA and could hardly be misconstrued as being from or approved by the NSA. The same has been true for the Zazzle store 'Questionable Terraine', which features items that attempt to criticize corporate welfare, tea parties, the Republican Abstention Congress, NRA, NSA and plagiarist politicians: http://www.zazzle.com/questionable+terraine+gifts

Don't try to use even the initials "NSA", as they will challenge this with the merchandise website, which will take your product down at the request of the NSA, NRA or Tea Party Patriots, who scream "infringement".

So, in essence, you can't criticize the NSA, NRA or Tea Party Patriots by name. What happened to these defenders of liberty. In the case of the former two, their second amendment rights clearrly are more sacred that our first amendment rights.

The lawsuit, filed with the help of Public Citizen [ https://www.citizen.org ] can be read in its entirety at:http://www.citizen.org/documents/McCall-v-NSA-Complaint-Declaratory-Relief.pdf

I think they'll win.


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