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Why is this shirt illegal? - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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Why is this shirt illegal?
I've just read this ad claiming that this shirt is illegal in two states and may become illegal nationwide.

It features the names of nearly 3000 fallen US soldiers and the words "Bush Lied" on the front and "They Died" on the back.

The last I heard, freedom of speech was still a protected right. If the names of the fallen were publicly available, then it would seem to me that to print those publicly available names on a shirt is not itself an invasion of privacy.

Anyone who was around during the period of time that Bush was trying to get permission from Congress to invade Afghanistan and later Iraq, also knows that he only got this permission by making assurances both that the troop casualties would be low (under 300) and that WMDs would be found.

With troop casualties nearly ten times the maximum estimates, thousands of newly disabled veterans returning from war and no WMDs in sight, you'd think that the effort to outlaw a war protest SHIRT would be better put to use impeaching the president.

If you'd like to know more about the history and controversy over this shirt, pleas open the first link in this post and scroll down in the left column. A row of yellow links explain everything.


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elissa_carey From: elissa_carey Date: November 21st, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not trying to play Devil's Advocate, just offering a possible explanation:
It may be "illegal" not for the reason(s) you think, but perhaps because the t-shirt makers didn't get permission from the families of the slain soldiers to use their names. If/when they do get it (if they don't already, because I'm only speculating), then it becomes a matter of protected speech or not. :)
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