From the Las Vegas Sun: An Oregon man who stripped nude at Portland's airport security to protest what he saw as invasive measures was found not guilty of indecent exposure.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge David Rees
ruled Wednesday that Brennan's act was one of protest and therefore,
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Joel Petersen argued that Brennan's strip-down was an act of indecent exposure.
"I was aware of the irony of removing my clothes to protect my privacy," Brennan said from the witness stand on Wednesday.
April 17, Brennan arrived at the airport intending to take a business
trip to San Jose, Calif. He works with groups in Silicon Valley and
flies out of Portland International Airport about once a month.
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
"For me, time slowed down," Brennan said. "I thought about nitrates and I thought about the Oklahoma City bombing."
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. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jul/18/us-airport-security-stripper/
I understand the guys frustration, but to strip in front of kids and other people is uncalled for and it is not freedom of speech. The judge couldn't care less about the people who had to witness this guy's "speech"- what about their rights?
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