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Free Speech abridged for Secret Service sensitivity?

This sign referring to Secret Service men using prostitution services in Colombia was removed by strong suggestion before President Obama appeared in Des Moines, Iowa.

On the night before the 2012 presidential election, representatives for the Barack Obama campaign demanded that a T-shirt shop owner remove this sign mocking agents’ prostitution scandal months earlier in Colombia. The shop owner initially refused to remove the sign, but relented before Pres. Obama’s arrival in a nearby neighborhood for a final election rally.

How is this parody of a real event any different than a sketch on Saturday Night Live or on the Rush Limbaugh radio show? Parody is protected speech, and any muscling by the president’s campaign staff or government agents paints a picture seen in fascist societies. An apology is owed to this shop owner.

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