Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Baring the TSA

Score one for emphatic free speech. A judge in Oregon has upheld the right of an (obviously) outraged patron of airline services at the Portland International Airport to remove all of his clothes before going through the TSA checkpoint. This has been done before, but I don't remember a court ruling on the matter till now. "Judge David Rees said nudity laws don’t apply when it comes to protest. 'It is the speech itself that the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do.'"

The TSA, damn them, cannot be happy about this. Just think if they had to deal with naked people all the time . . . I do dearly wish that some mass way of protesting the indignity of TSA procedures getting on airplanes could be devised. But, then again, the vast majority of the people in this country are such sheep, it would never work even on the unlikely chance it did happen. In this particular incident, the TSA clowns harassed a passenger, John Brennan, at a scanner beyond the bounds of his patience. He had refused the scanner and the pat-down resulted in some nitrate residue on his clothes. So he stripped off all his clothes to go through the checkpoint. At which point he was arrested, naturally. What else would you expect? (Source)
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