Nothing Better to Do – The NSA Goes After Parody T-Shirts

A Lightning War for Liberty – by Mike

Throughout history, one of the ways in which the human spirit has overcome or dealt with the brutish forces of authoritarian regimes has been through the use of humor. As such, it is no surprise that clever Americans from sea to shining sea have figured out ways to mock the NSA while also making a dollar or two. One of these folks is Dan McCall, founder of politically themed T-shirt company Liberty Maniacs. Several days after the spy scandal erupted, Dan created a shirt that read NSA: The only part of the government that actually listens. See below:  


Pretty hilarious right? Well, the NSA didn’t find it particularly funny and, in fact, according to the Daily Dot this is what happened:

“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.

Zazzle’s first email, which McCall forwarded to the Daily Dot, said in part:

Unfortunately, it appears that your product, The NSA, contains content that is in conflict with one or more of our acceptable content guidelines.

We will be removing this product from the Zazzle Marketplace shortly. …

Result: Not Approved

Policy Notes: Design contains an image or text that may infringe on intellectual property rights. We have been contacted by the intellectual property right holder and we will be removing your product from Zazzle’s Marketplace due to infringement claims.


McCall, who says he’d worked with Zazzle for five years, asked for an explanation, but when the company responded June 11, the distributor didn’t share much more:

Unfortunately, it appears that your product, ” the nsa”, does not meet Zazzle Acceptable Content Guidelines. Specifically, your product contained content which infringes upon the intellectual property rights of National Security Agency.

We have been contacted by legal representatives from the National Security Agency, and at their request, have removed the product from the Zazzle Marketplace.

The NSA: Protecting Americans from terrorists, nuclear war and funny t-shirts since 1952.

Full article here.

In Liberty,

2 thoughts on “Nothing Better to Do – The NSA Goes After Parody T-Shirts

  1. T-shirts and bumper stickers are an important target for the spies because public statements reveal to people who their comrades are. They also attack public demonstrations and lie about their size for the same reason.

    Much of their disinformation effort is devoted to convincing you that you’re all alone against an unstoppable force, when in reality, there’s a hundred million armed Americas behind you, and it’s the government who is running scared, despite all their publicized bravado and threatening disinformation.

    At this point in time you should really be concentrating your efforts on organizing people who live in your area, and that can be done completely under their radar. There’s no need for a thousand new websites; the necessary information is already out there. The current need is for you to organize locally, and prepare for war.

Join the Conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *