The Transportation Security Administration has been under fire for groping and violating folks’ privacy. It’s getting so bad, T&A, oops! I mean TSA will be getting sued as regularly as they’re committing the offenses. But for now, some are taking another route to protest the actions of the TSA.
According to Yahoo! News, an Oregon judge ruled that 50-year-old John E. Brennan was protected by his First Amendment rights to strip naked in protest of the TSA. On April 17, he took his clothes off while standing in line at the security checkpoint in Portland International Airport.
The judge said:
“It is the speech itself that the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do,” Circuit Judge David Rees said.
But prosecutors protested saying that Brennan didn’t make it a protest until he had stripped buck naked and police were on their way. But Brennan said they wanted to pat him down, but he wasn’t havin’ it:
“They’re getting as close to seeing us naked as they can. And we are upping the ante,” he told the court. “I wanted to show them it’s a two-way street. I don’t like a naked picture of me being available.”
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