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Bill introduced to make it a felony to satirize the TSA

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posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 09:05 PM
Totally unconstitutional bill... but that never stops them.

Coming soon: felony to satirize TSA?

Overcriminalization alert: a Republican House member has introduced HR 3011, which would make it a felony to

without written permission, use the words, acronyms, or symbols of those agencies on apparel or in a publication "in a matter that is reasonably calculated to convey the impression that the wearer of the item of apparel is acting pursuant to the legal authority of" the agencies or "to convey the impression" that the written materials "is approved, endorsed, or authorized by" the agencies.

While courts have previously held that satire does not violate trademarks, there is certainly a risk of a chilling effect if a future Justice Department decides not to have a sense of humor, since there is no explicit exception in the statute for parodies.

Crazy bastards.

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 09:24 PM
reply to post by Vitchilo

Just another way of saying, "What 1st Amendment Rights?"

Second Line.

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 09:28 PM
its so stupid its ; SMART ha!
trying t slip one past us thay think we are to busy "occupying" and what not
tricky fox

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 09:59 PM
So, just as muslims go ape if Muhammad is satirized,

the govt wants that same status applied to their goon squad TSA.

home of the free???

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:44 PM
I wonder who is behind this bill? I am willing to bet that the federal employee union supports it not to mention DHS and Big Sister.I guarantee DHS is gonna get their own version of this bill passed.

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:58 PM
reply to post by Vitchilo

The bill is a joke and Rogers (R - AL) is clown, this will never make it will stay as nothing but another usless bill.

Rep. Michael Rogers
Republican • 3rd District, Alabama • 5th Term • Sworn In 2003 Current Term 2011 - 2012

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116 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 269 of 440) 1 Made Into Law (Ranks 406 of 440).

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 11:14 PM
Section 709 of title 18 has been a part of the US code for decades...

It covers false advertising or misuse of names, nothing to do with satirising

edit on 14/10/11 by Chadwickus because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 11:16 PM
??? Your title is a total fabrication. That isn't what your quote says at all. Someone satirizing a group isn't in any way claiming the authority of that group.

It says that it would be a lie for you to wear a TSA uniform and make it seem like you had TSA authority, or that the TSA approves.

Or the FBI, or the police, or the FTA, or anything else.

Why would you lie like that?
edit on 2011/10/14 by Aeons because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 11:19 PM
Don't make fun of the rent-a-cops taking away plastic toy hammers and teddy bears from the kiddies for fear of terrorist plots ?

Damn, there really is no reason to carry on living anymore, is there ?

Where, oh where, is George Carlin when you need him...

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