Homeland security’s mission has transformed from fighting terrorists to stealing women’s underwear for supposed intellectual property violations.
From the Kansas City Star:
Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts.
The panties, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” across the rear, were set to be sold in Honig’s Birdies Panties shop Monday. But Homeland Security agents visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press.
“They came in and there were two guys” Honig said. “I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security and we were violating copyright laws.”
She thought that since the underwear featured her hand-drawn design, she was safe. But the officers explained that by connecting the “K” and the “C,” she infringed on major league baseball copyright. (The officials involved could not be immediately reached for comment.)
They placed the underwear in an official Homeland Security bag and had Honig sign a statement saying she wouldn’t use the logo.
This would be considered a trademark violation, not copyright, I’m not sure if the victim misunderstood the agents, or the agents themselves were clueless (regardless, both laws are crazy).
What’s interesting is how since the department’s inception their goal was never to stop terrorism but to police the domestic population, be it through raiding toy stores for suspected copyright infringement one year after the department’s creation back in 2004, or panty raids as they just did in Kansas now ten years later.
When there is no actual terrorists to police with all the high-tech police state gear you spent billions of taxpayers’ dollars on, you have to use it somewhere.
Here’s a video report on the theft from 41 Action News:
Note, the store owner asked to see a warrant, to which the police responded by “waving a cellphone with a message on it.”
One has to wonder if they even had a warrant, there was a story just a few days ago about how the secret service instructed police in Tennessee engaged in a standoff to fake a warrant by “waving a piece of paper around.”