NSA Doesn’t Think Parody Shirt is Funny; Wants Sales of it Banned

NSA-Listens-Shirtmock-620x412“It’s not funny, you guys!”, the NSA shrieks while wiping its tear and snot streaked face into the American flag…

Via Salon:

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.”

“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.)

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  • Kendon Smith

    want one

  • Dingbert

    Great way to increase sales! The fact they have an “Ayn Rand Gear” section removes any doubt they’d use guile and opportunism to carelessly undermine heteronomous markets. Still, only $15.

    • Matt Staggs

      I had those thoughts myself. Far be it to me to accuse…

  • symbiont

    Gotta get me one of those!

    (btw the link to the full article is broken)

  • BuzzCoastin

    NSA Doesn’t Think…

  • Haystack

    Apparently the NSA spends a disproportionate amount of time Googling itself.

  • Sabido Robles

    Freaking hilarious!

  • rtb61

    NSA they listen to everything, problem is, while they listen to everything, when you place an order for a hamburger and fries from your rocker recliner, they pretend not exist and refuse to deliver.

  • George Edward Purdy

    Fair Use Clause.

  • http://caffeine.shugendo.org David “Lefty” Schlesinger

    Well, I put together a 1800×2100 white-on-transparent PNG of the NSA seal with the line “We’re the branch of the government that listens to you!” underneath it, all ready for uploading to Zazzle. Anyone who messages me on Facebook with their email address can have their very own copy.

    Honestly, this is absurd.

  • Sean Newhouse

    And, THAT!!!

  • lancesackless

    Waah. Cry me a river.

  • JayChong

    McCall has responded by filing a lawsuit against the NSA. This might actually succeed if the courts are as protective of political speech as they have been in the past.