Discover and share stories

of adventure, connection, and change making.

2 people think this is good

A Clash Between Coffee Mugs, a Small Business, and the NSA

Rodrigo Mejia

With T-shirts reading things like: "The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens," it's fair to say that designer Dan McCall likes satire. In 2011, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency issued a cease-and-desist order to the manufacturer of McCall's line of mugs and T-shirts, arguing it's a crime to alter a government seal. Represented by Public Citizen, McCall is now suing the agencies, citing his First Amendment right to parody them.

Continue to



  1. {{}}
  1. {{fields.video_link.url}}

Ready to post! You’ve uploaded the maximum number of images.

Your video is ready to post!

Oops! Nice pic, but it’s just not our (file) type. Please try uploading a .jpg or .png image.

Well, this is embarrassing. Something went wrong when posting your comment. Care to try again?

That image is too large. Maximum size is 6MB.

Please enter a valid URL from YouTube or Vimeo.

Embedding has been disabled for this video.


Posting comment...

  • Korey Johnson

    It's amazing how little the Constitution is regarded in today's society. In a world with such advanced technology, if we lose sight of our rights and liberty we will lose all of it faster than the eye can blink. I can only hope that McCall will win this case and once again set a precedent for the First Amendment which provides us the right by law to criticize government agencies without penalty or retaliation.