Police: Man strips naked at Oregon airport in TSA protest

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Is it just me or is this a little bit huge? This is the first case that I'm aware of where someone has stood up to TSA, gone to court, and actually gotten off. Not been hosed, not settled out of court, not gone for a plea-bargain, but actually gotten off free and clear.

    Also, does this set precedent? Are we going to see more of this kind of protest in the coming weeks, months, and years? Well, hopefully not years. Hopefully TSA won't be around that long. But you know what I mean.
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  2. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Ditto that. And comments indicate everyone has had enough.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member


    I'm sure TSA will comment, but not before the blizzard in (expletive deleted).
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I want to see Blogdad Bob spin this one.

    Actually, I just want to see his head spin, Exorcist-style. Asstard.
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    BB isn't man enough to comment.
  6. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I don't see any report of the TSA sending anyone to testify on behalf of the prosecution. It would be interesting to find out if they did or if they just wrote this one off for some reason.

    Oh, good heavens, I can picture it now: hundreds of people getting naked at TSA checkpoints in Portland. Wouldn't it be loverly?
  7. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Im betting TSA didnt send anyone as they would get there procedures would be called in to question and invalidated as unconstitutional. Inaddition to causing a Pucker factor of 50 the court would probably jimmy tap TSA so bad pissy and nappy would feel it.

    Oh it would because it would show how assine TSA procedures are and how they put us in danger.
  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I called him out over on PV. We'll see if it gets posted.
  9. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Jimmy tap?

    Just looked it up. Wow.
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    He would have seen it here or been told about the posting here.
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    ... explode, Scanners-style.
  12. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Considering the day Ive had ( :trash: storm) , that is as nice as I could put it.
  13. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    this is really great. :)
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  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Meh. A Jimmy Tap is the least of what every single employee of the TSA deserves.
  15. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    We were due good news. Yes, this is huge.
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  16. TSA News Blog

    TSA News Blog News Feed

    John E. Brennan, the passenger who took off his clothes in response to TSA’s announcement that their machine detected nitrates and they would be searching him, was acquitted of public indecency. Encouragingly, the ruling was based on Brennan’s First Amendment right to free speech:
    “It is the speech itself that the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do,” Circuit Judge David Rees said, agreeing with the defense that protest overrides nudity laws.​
    My colleague Lisa Simeone wrote about Brennan in previous posts, most recently here:
    For those who can afford it [hiring an attorney and going to trial], more power to them. John Brennan is clearly one. As his lawyer said, Brennan won’t apologize because he doesn’t believe he did anything wrong.​
    Neither do I.​
    Brennan, in fact, proved that TSA procedures have nothing to do with security. If they did, he would’ve been allowed to board his flight after irrefutably demonstrating that he wasn’t harboring any weapons, explosives, or incendiaries, the only things the TSA is allowed to search for.​
    In other words, he was safe. He should’ve been cleared. Instead, he was arrested.​
    It’s heartening to see our courts supporting the First Amendment. If only there were more judges willing to stand up for the Fourth Amendment, which was enacted to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures, requiring any warrant for such searches to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
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  17. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    NBC has a clip of the Pedosmurf in question testifying. Why wasn't the entire TSA SSI manual called into question?
  18. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    "It ain't over till it's over."

    As pointed out by Becky Akers @Q LRC Blog (TSA Supersedes the Courts), John Brennan is still facing the perverts' infamous $11,000 fine ....

    MSNBC: Naked man who protested TSA found not guilty of public indecency (July 19 2012)

    A Port of Portland Police report said Brennan was asked several times to put his clothes back on. Two screening lanes were closed for a short time until Brennan was wrapped in a towel and arrested.

    A judge found Brennan not guilty of public indecency on the grounds that he stripped naked as a form of protest, which is protected speech.

    But things aren’t over for Brennan yet. The TSA is also investigating to see if he possibly interfered with the screening process. If they find him guilty, he could be forced to pay an $11,000 fine and be put on the no-fly list.
  19. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    good luck collecting.
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  20. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Just curious why you'd say that...

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