The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have dropped legal action against a Sauk Rapids man.
The agencies had sued to stop Dan McCall from selling t-shirts, coffee mugs and other items that contained his satirical take on the NSA and the DHS, the St. Cloud Times reported. McCall was sued for selling items that included images of the NSA’s official seal with phrases such as “The only part of the government that actually listens.”
According to the St. Cloud Times, under an agreement filed in Maryland U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney will notify McCall’s merchandise producer that McCall is not in violation of federal law. McCall will receive $500 to cover court costs incurred when he filed his own suit against the government. Under the agreement, McCall will drop that suit and the government will not admit liability.
“They basically gave me everything I was asking for,” McCall told the St. Cloud Times. “It’s a victory for First Amendment rights.”