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October 14, 2011

Lighten up Francis

Filed under: In The News — Ken @ 7:19 pm


On September 22, 2011, H.R. 3011 was introduced in the House, entitled the “Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2011” and there is a curious passage that is turning some heads:

Whoever, except with the written permission of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Security (or the Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service for issues involving the Federal Air Marshal Service), knowingly uses the words ‘Transportation Security Administration’, ‘United States Transportation Security Administration’, ‘Federal Air Marshal Service’, ‘United States Federal Air Marshal Service’, ‘Federal Air Marshals’, the initials ‘T.S.A.’, ‘F.A.M.S.’, ‘F.A.M.’, or any colorable imitation of such words or initials, or the likeness of a Transportation Security Administration or Federal Air Marshal Service badge, logo, or insignia on any item of apparel, in connection with any advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet, software, or other publication, or with any play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production, 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 Transportation Security Administration or Federal Air Marshal Service, or to convey the impression that such advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet, software, or other publication, or such play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production, is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Transportation Security Administration or Federal Air Marshal Service.[emphasis added]

Source: Section 295 of H.R. 3011

Apparently, the TSA is developing a very thin skin and is engaging in behavior that reminded me of the above scene from the 1981 movie “Stripes”.

Sources:

youtube.com: Stripes – Don’t Call Me Francis

infowars.com: House Bill Would Criminalize Satire of TSA

thomas.loc.gov: H.R. 3011 and Section 295

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