Man Strips Naked in Protest of TSA
Once again the Transportation Security Administration has been met with a creative form of protest against it’s over reaching, not to mention unconstitutional theater that is airport security. A 50-year old man decided to strip naked in response to what he felt was TSA harassment.
John E. Brennan was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after his nude protest at the Portland International airport Tuesday evening. According to the police report Brennan said he “fly’s a lot and had disrobed as a form of protest against TSA screeners who he felt were harassing him.”
Brennan, who was not intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at the time, was on his way to San Jose, California. His autonomous protest caused two security lanes to close temporarily as the nude man refused to cover his body after “numerous” requests by TSA agents.
“Mr. Brennan’s actions caused two screening lanes to be closed and while some passengers covered their eyes and their children’s eyes and moved away from the screening area, others stepped out of the screening lanes to look, laugh and take photos of Mr. Brennan,” the police report said.
In March, 2011 a college student from Virginia held a similar protest when he striped down to his underwear revealing the fourth amendment drawn in marker across his chest. The student was held for 90 minutes and all charges were dropped only two-weeks later.
The TSA has faced scandal after scandal in recent months. On February 1, TSA agent Clayton Keith Dovel, 36, was arrested and charged with stealing passengers Ipads from their luggage over an 8-month period. The thieving agent faces up to 10 years behind bars for his actions.
Earlier this month, an agent based out of the Logan airport in Boston was “suspended” from his job after he was arrested in part of a massive child pornography crackdown in Massachusetts. A month before, an agent in Maryland faced a similar fate.
It’s clear that the majority of Americans, and people around the world for that matter, do not find that the TSA has done an adequate job keeping the flying public safe. Many, including myself, view the administration as a force designed to strip basic personal rights in exchange for an illusion of security.