Sunday, February 23, 2014

Minnesota man claims win over NSA in parody case

Federal authorities have dropped an attempt to stop a Minnesota man from marketing merchandise poking fun at the National Security Agency for its surveillance of citizens.

Dan McCall, of Sauk Rapids, sued the NSA and Department of Homeland Security last fall after they issued cease-and-desist orders over the merchandise, which includes T-shirts bearing the NSA's official seal and the slogan, "The only part of the government that actually listens."

"It's a victory for First Amendment rights," said Dan McCall, of Sauk Rapids, who operates He told the St. Cloud Times he was notified earlier this week that the NSA and DHS had dropped in their quest to block him from selling the material.



Anonymous said...

Sure right prevailed this time, it least for the moment, and the G paid his court costs with taxpayer dollars. However the message was sent, "mess with us and your lives will be disrupted. And we might not be so understanding next time."

Such an outrageous attempt to stifle free speech should never have even been contemplated by any government agency in the first place. That it was is a window into the mindset of government.

Anonymous said...

"It's a victory for First Amendment rights,"

It's more like a victory for capitalism. Go $$$$

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:13

You work for free? Or are you comfortably on the dole? You know, sponging off other peoples hard work with government sanction.

Anonymous said...

4:46 - it is obvious that you have absolutely no reading comprehension whatsoever. You must spend too much time in your parent's basement masturbating.

Anonymous said...

They're gonna Breitbart him.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:59

At least you're good for laughs. The laughter that springs from seeing your latest lame, profane and off topic remarks. Apparently sexually as well as mentally stunted. What a pity. A very, very small pity.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:20. Your are a funny guy. BTW, 4:20 is a bit suspicious. To pick that time, you must be certainly a stoner. That explains a lot.