Congress is famous for writing and passing bills without reading them. The Committee on Homeland Security, under Republican Chairman Peter King, have inserted language that would make it a crime to make fun of Transportation Security Administration (TSA)… or their off-the-record name "Thousands Standing Around."
Reference to the latter could land anyone in TSA jail if H.R. 3011, The Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2011 becomes law. Section 295, located on page 61 of H.R. 3011 contains fascinating language beginning on line six;
“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.”
Hollywood may need to lawyer up the next time they plan to film an Airplane movie.
Special thanks to Inforwars for leaking the questionable passage in TSA’s Authorization bill.
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