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Judge Rules OK to Strip in Front of TSA at Airport

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The Oregon man arrived at the airport on April 17, and says he went nude to protest TSA security measures. While going through the checkpoint, the TSA agent detected nitrates, so the man took off his clothes — all of them.

He faced charges of indecent exposure in court, with prosecutors arguing that if his actions are protected by the First Amendment, then anyone arrested while nude could also claim they were just protesting something.

But despite that argument, the judge found him not guilty, calling his nudity an act of protected speech.

Nicknamed "Sir Godiva" by his friends, Brennan explained that his decision to remove his clothes was not premeditated. "The machine went off, and I asked what it was and he said 'nitrates' which I know from Oklahoma City is one of the explosive ingredients," Brennan, a high-tech consultant and frequent flyer, told KGW.

When he reached the gate, he declined to go through the airport’s body scanners, instead choosing the alternative metal detector and body pat-down. After the pat-down, Transportation Security Administration officer Steven Van Gordon detected nitrates on the gloves he used to check Brennan.

“For me, time slowed down,” Brennan said. “I thought about nitrates and I thought about the Oklahoma City bombing.”

Brennan said before his trial that after months of angst every time he went through security, the nitrate detection was the final straw for him, a wordless accusation that he was a terrorist.

So he took off all his clothes.

Added: Jul-20-2012 Occurred On: Jul-19-2012
By: joe prole
Regional News
Tags: Court ruling, Flashing TSA, Protected speech
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States (load item map)
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