The Kansas City Royals made the playoffs this season for the first time since 1985 when they won the World Series. So it’s been 29 years since Royals fans have seen their beloved team with a viable chance to compete for the Commissioner’s Trophy. One Kansas City boutique owner was so excited that she would make a bunch of Royals-themed undergarments. But that didn’t fly with the Department of Homeland Security.
Peregrine Honig designed the “KC Take the Crown” underwear in honor of the team’s World Series run. She told the Kansas City Star that two DHS agents showed up to her boutique and told her that the panties violate copyright laws. The agents then confiscated the illegal undergarments, placed them in an official DHS bag, and forced her to sign a statement pledging to not use the team’s logo.
On the bright side, though, Honig’s business partner said the agents were nice, and “felt like they were kicking a puppy.” Or something.
But Here’s the Kicker:
What is Homeland Security?
Homeland security is an American umbrella term for “the national effort to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards where American interests, aspirations, and ways of life can thrive to the national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the U.S. to terrorism, and minimize the damage from attacks that do occur.”
Homeland security is not constrained to terrorist incidents. Terrorism is one of many threats that endanger society. Within the U.S., an all-hazards approach exists regarding homeland security endeavors. In this sense, homeland security encompasses both natural disasters and man-made events. Thus, the domain of homeland security must accommodate a plethora of situations and scenarios, ranging from natural disasters (e.g., Hurricane Katrina) to acts of terrorism (e.g., Boston Marathon bombing).