a crime to mutilate or alter the seal of any department or agency of the United States
It is also a crime to use the seal without permission, and getting permission is an incredible feat. One that I failed on. As I had applied retrospectively to use the seal on an intranet site the following thing happened.
1. I received a stern email saying no.
2. I received a very stern letter saying no.
3. I received a phone call from the FBI stating that I had perpetrated a federal crime and that if I didn't desist then they would attempt extradition.
All I wanted to do is hot link using the seal as a click button so that employees in America could see health and safety information.
Can you imagine the HSE taking such action in the UK?