In the late 1990's as a joke I spent a few minutes with xfig to create a crude sketch of a DOE contractor's badge and put a picture of my daughter's dog Lumi on it. The sketch is obvious satire, makes no explicit reference to any government agency or contractor, and could be drawn by any child with a computer drawing program. Now, more than 5 years later, I receive the threat below to remove the image from the web or have the case reported to the FBI. This request is highly improper. For me to comply would set a dangerous precident as the image is not on a computer controlled by the federal government.
Subject: Badge image on Caltech Web Site Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 06:45:37 -0400 From: xxx To: "Creutz, Michael"
Cc: xxx, xxx Dear Dr. Creutz, I have been forwarding to xxx complaints from BNL security folks concerning your posting a likeness of the BNL site badge and the "Q" badge(on your dog) on the Cal Tech Web site. I had hoped xxx could get you to remove it so that the issue would go no further. Apparently you have not fixed the problem. I have attached for your information an excerpt from the regulations on credentials . This is the basis of the concerns of our security staff. They are preparing to now forward the issue to the FBI who will then follow up with you. I am making one last plea for you to cooperate and remove all images of the badge(s) from the WEB so that that I can tell them you have complied and they do not have to bring in the FBI. On a personal note I want to point out that this issue has cost both xxx and myself considerable time which we can not afford. I would rather be doing something else than writing this email. Please cooperate so we can go back to work and this does not become a major problem for you and BNL. xxx Facilities & Operations Building 460 P.O.Box 5000 Upton, NY 11973-5000 Phone xxx