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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - Dan Mccall
A Minnesota man who was sent a cease-and-desist letter by the federal government over his sales of merchandise, which mocks the National Security Agency's citizen surveillance activities, has won his legal battle.
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, including T-shirts bearing the NSA's official seal and the slogan, "The only part of the government that actually listens."
No society can be free unless its citizens are comfortable enough to mock their government. Despots are humorless lugs who prefer to toss court jesters into dungeons until their japes are forgotten. It says a lot that the National Security Agency can't take a good-natured ribbing. (Who deserves it more?)
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have issued "cease and desist" letters to a novelty store owner who sells products that poke fun at the federal government.
"I think this case showed the hush that can happen on the Web when people attempt to satire or write stuff," Mr. McCall told the local newspaper, the St. Cloud Times.