Naked TSA Protest: Oregon Judge Says Go For It

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Naked TSA protest: The next time you feel the folks at the Transportation Security Administration are getting a little too frisky with their pat-down inspection, take off all of your clothes and show them you have nothing whatsoever to hide. That way there’s absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that you’re a law-abiding citizen. Just make sure you tell them you’re protesting their regulations before doing so. Otherwise, it may not be considered free speech.

When 50-year-old John E. Brennan was asked to submit to a pat-down inspection at Portland International Airport, he opted instead of shed every bit of clothing in protest of the TSA’s request. As a result of the ensuing nudity, Brennan was arrested on charges of indecent exposure. However, a judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of the naked protestor, claiming the man’s actions were a protected form of free speech.

“It is the speech itself that the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do,” Circuit Judge David Rees explained. Prosecutors, meanwhile, argue that Brennan did not announce his intentions to protest the TSA’s request until after his pants had hit the floor.

“I also was aware of the irony of taking off my clothes to protect my privacy,” Brennan sad. “They’re getting as close to seeing us naked as they can. And we are upping the ante. I wanted to show them it’s a two-way street. I don’t like a naked picture of me being available.”

However, before you start shedding clothes to irritate the nearest TSA agent, you should know that the court’s decision does not affect nudity laws in other jurisdictions. Although you might be able to cite this case as precedent, chances are you’re going to have a hard time getting your point across if you’re just getting naked for the sake of getting naked.

If you’re interested in reading some trivia about the Transportation Security Administration presented as an Infographic, take a look at the image embedded below.


Naked TSA Protest: Oregon Judge Says Go For It
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  • Ken Helem

    Excellent perspective on the TSA. We used to refer to as ‘Thousand Standing Around’.

  • Robert L

    I think what they did was a perfect response to put it back in TSA’s face. What would make it even better is get in touch with some people all over the US and stage it for one big show to happen at the same time or as close as possible. TSA has gotten way out of control.

    • Jim Daley

      If everyone did it at the same time would that be considered a “flash” mob?

  • ken

    my mother was dieing in Los Angeles. i went to Sacramento airport. i got there early so i could have a up front seat on southwest air. i got in line TSA “randomly” pulled me out of line(this was after i already passed thru security)and questioned me about the pocket change i had. quarters,nickles,dimes. they looked at them for 20 minutes until everyone one but me was on the plane. i was angry hurt and freaking out.when i arrived late due to everyone being in front of me taking there time my mom died 20 minutes before i arrived. i complained to TSA they did nothing. never even said they were sorry

    • michael

      sorry for your lost. I don’t want to sound insensitive, but how is getting the seat up front of the airplane get you there any faster? Maybe you should have taken an earlier flight.

  • Connie

    When fear rules our every decision, we end up with more government and less security.

    • kevin

      yes yes we do

  • Bryan Edmund Phillips

    IF I EVER fly, and I don’t intend to, I will show up in Spongebob loungepants, a t-shirt, and barefeet in slippers. I will bring no luggage, and I will buy what I need at the other end and donate or dispose of it when I fly home. The only thing I may carry is a small carryon with my prescribed medications, or can’t I bring them with me? To submit ourselves to these kinds of searches is a crock and HAS GOT TO BE Against our civil rights somewhere. We are not the criminals, inspect our luggage, analyze us when WE GET TO OUR FLIGHT, BUT NO MORE BODY SEARCHES!!!!!!!!! Is the director some kind of pervert? To show I have nothing to hide, I live in Mauston, Wisconsin.

    • Brian

      The trouble with that is if you fly with no luggage it puts you in another category of ‘terrorist threat’ and you risk an even higher chance of being harrassed. I used to work for a private security firm at Munich Airport in Germany, and my wife was Operations for an airline. That is one thing they look for.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bigtruckseriesreview J

    Before any of you “freedom fighters” protest naked in a TSA checkpoint, please make sure you’re in decent physical condition cause you people tend to be soggy around the midsection.

  • Bryan Edmund Phillips

    I have one more, something needs to be done about the average citizen is ALWAYS WRONG when protesting, and you are “detained” arrested and facing serious prison time, simply opening your mouth and protesting, or simply saying you didn’t like how you were inspected. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! THIS IS STILL A FREE COUNTRY, IT SAYS IN THE CONSTITUTION WE ARE FREE FROM A TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT!

    • kevin

      exactly thank you

  • Harold Thatcher

    Should be put on national vote. Let the people have their say about this senseless system that the gov. has put in place.

  • steve james

    i argee with the judge an guy on this point ..tsa an government to much into our lives as it is …

  • R

    This is only in the USA! The TSA fears to much who is boarding but they are actually invading the person’s privacy.

  • Ken Pallante

    The chart describing the cost and absurdity is perfect. While they are spending billions, there is one massive gaping hole in the entire apparatus that is disgusting: Private planes are exempt from security searches. If a terrorist wanted to, they could land at any airport in a private jet loaded with explosives. Then, they merely have to taxi up to the terminal and detonate.

  • http://facebook.com Mark Weed

    I have stated it all alone that people should show up at the TSA station wearing nothing more then a bath robe and FLIP-FLOPS for a very long time,LOL,it looks as though people have findly had enough of this foolishness and kicked it up a notch,this also does my heart good for I am a practicing nudist/naturist,so,chock one up for the clothing free movement…BRAVO PEOPLE…you all deserve a thunderous round of applause for this simple act of courage.
    Nude is life,

    • Adam

      Right on.

  • Adam

    It is to bad everyone doesn’t just volunteer to strip naked before boarding the plane. Think how much money we could save and who would actually be hurt by it. Nobody really.

    • nope

      That’s not an invasion of privacy at all…

  • http://n/a Eric

    I think the airports have gone a little too far about this whole nudity thing. I think they’re a bunch of pervs that wanna see a woman’s boobs or somethin’ or whose got the biggest dick or whatever. That’s all it is nowadays. If I was in line at a terminal and I had to strip nude I wouldn’t want some gay dude tryin to make a move on me.

  • mike

    last yr i took a flight from sacremento to new york and i accidentally brought on a 7 inch knife. it was in a side pocket of my camelpack from a camping trip the week before. glad they didnt catch it, but i definitely lost some faith in the screening process haha

    • mike


      • david

        They are humanbeings not robots…..people are not perfect. I am sure you have made mistakes/errors where you work, or are you Mr.Perfect? Have you seen some of the displays of items that have be cofiscated by the TSA, you would be amazed at some of the things that people have tried to take through security. By the way your blade would not bring down your flight, if you attempted to do anything on the flight the other passengers would definalty kick your butt!

  • http://yahoo.com terry mc falls

    heres the deal…one attack in baggage check in before the tsa idiots and america goes back to getting across america by car…..if they want to screw us up it can be done and we cant stop it…

  • Al

    If everyone would just agree to rape themselves with a billy club, America would be so much safer.

    • kevin

      that image sums up the whole government for you especially with obama invasive expensive and most of the time ineffective at anything it does

  • http://www.IMRadio.com/RayDennis Dennis Withrow

    Why strip naked? – just to protest? Next year, they will probably MAKE you do it anyway! Remember the dumb idiot who tried to put a bomb in his underwear? Well, the rag-heads ARE listeneing – they ARE shoving iot up their ass!!!

    • nope

      you’re so easily fooled and scared…my god. One time out of how many flights? calm down.

  • Me

    What about indecent public exposure? What about other passenger rights. We don’t want to see ppl’s junk hanging out. If my daughter see’s it, I’m kicking your A**.

    • nope

      tough guy

    • kjmcmahon

      I love your closing sentence. LMAO

    • me too

      yeah tough guy…if your daughter is sixteen or older chances are she has seen a few up close..;.

  • Duwayne Barry Marcolesco

    I used to work for the Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.). That entire branch of Homeland Security is ignorant as hell. The fact that racial profiling does work is completely ignored. Paraplegics, quadriplegics, infants, children; people that are, what any rational person would conclude, harmless, but, yet, they are searched; however, the guy with the 200 kilo-ton nuclear weapon, strapped to his back, is not searched. One of the reasons that I was let go; “Not terminated,” was because I refused to confiscate two (2) hermetically sealed Play-doh sets from a five (5) year old boy that were a BIRTHDAY PRESENT, and how did I discover this….through a further interview. At the time I was working for T.S.A., I was a certified State of Texas Peace Officer with three (3) years of experience, and I graduated valedictorian of my police academy. After forcing me out, because I refused to sign a letter of resignation, these clowns stated to me that I could re-apply in six (6) months. NO THANK YOU, and HOLY SHIT!

    • Iamtheonewhoknocks

      @ Duwayne Barry Marcolesco I love your final closing sentence too funny :-)

      • david

        Well after reading your posting, I am glad you left TSA. Could you explain how profiling would work? If you profile then that means that every anglo male would have to be searched because of timothy mcvay from the okc bombings. He is considered a terrorist! So since you were valedictorian of your Police Acedemy class, explain how you would handle that situation!

  • Bob Carroll

    flying from Las Vegas, Nevada to Peoria Ill.was pulled aside & had my hands wiped down w/a chemical pad witch was checked under special light & told to contenue on. & I’m 75 years old,caucasion male, (oops i’m Irish)

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  • JK Wilson

    I think we should do what Archie Bunker said we ought to do back in the ’70s (I’m paraphrasing here): Give everybody a pistol before they board and have them deposit them when they deplane. That way if and when anybody starts something stupid while in the air…Then we won’t need the TSA!

  • http://yahoo first last

    If they did take pictures of his nakedness wouldn’t that make them guilty of making pornography?

    • Devlin

      Good question… I would raise the ante and ask if they scan minors would it be producing child porn?

    • http://www.wnn.nuwww.aanr.com skip eckridge

      # NO!Taking nude photos of persons & Pronography are 2 different
      # things!

  • Devlin

    It’s a citizens right to protest. Just because your kid can’t deal with seeing a naked human (because their parent did a lousy job teaching them )should not interfere with their legally protected Right.

    Btw, after striking the naked protester I’d enjoy the camera footage of the look on your face as Social Services is taking your kid because your being taken away by police and arrested for assault and battery while you are far from home.

    We as Americans need to stop telling others they can not exercise their Rights or before we know it all our Rights will be gone. It’s the loud 10 percent that have caused so much disharmony in the USA… It’s time the silent majority stands up and sticks a boot in their @sses.

  • marc

    Unless he made his “you know what talk” I’m not sure how this can be construed as free speech.

  • http://Yahoo Guess My Name

    If I took my clothes off, i’d be arrested as a terrorist as people would be sick to their stomach!!

  • robert

    think of it as a booty call

  • Mike Sundance

    The problem with the TSA is they don’t train there people in correctly. I fly six times a month. The screeners act like you are bothing them, when it’s your turn to go through. Maybe if they had a smile on their face things would go better. Last week I was flying out of Fort Lauderdale and by mistake I left some creams in my bag. They took my creams, (no big deal) then hand searched my bag and ran it threw the metal detector a 2nd time. On the way to my gate I remembered I had a six inch straight razor in my bag. They were so focused on the creams that they didn’t see a razor of that size. That just shows me they are useless. Then in San Antonio Texas I went through screening I got to my gate a tsa agent asked for my ID, I showed it to him and he returned it. I went to sit down he came back & asked for ID again, I told him boy you are really trying to earn that ten dollars an hour. He then called for backup and I was harassed some more. They are a complete waste of money. I have a list a mile long.

  • Frank

    Little kids are now playing “TSA” instead of “Doctor”…

  • http://Yahoo Smoke

    Great! Now TSA can become T’n A !

  • me

    First off, a regular TSO makes about $17 an hour not $10. Most of them are prior military and yes there are idiots that work within the organization. The SOP is open to interpretation which is why they can’t fire these people. As for the naked pat downs…IT DOES NOT EXIST…They NEVER NEVER NEVER have anyone strip…Sorry! As for Amendment rights….They are not violating any rights..lawyers have made sure of this..Assuming they are following the SOP. So calm down, go through the process and shut up! And by the way no one will take my daughter because I am married, the wife gets to keep her. So strip in front of my 3 year old and see how far you get before I beat the shit out of you!

    • http://pissoff.com Gurry

      Piss off ya bloody wanker!

      • Festus Hagan

        hey ME if you like your butt hole tickled by TSA more power to ya , but 80% of us don’t , but its ok to let weirdos violate your kid , someone undress in front of her yeah that’s not right but your kid prob see’s worse things on basic cable ..

    • toobusy

      I had to strip down at the Denver airport, what are you talking about?

    • Matt

      You’re stupid, and wouldn’t do a damn thing if I stripped in front of your kid, bitch. Tough guy on the internet, not a new thing. Your kid is 3, they don’t even know what poop is yet and your seriously worried about your 3 yr old seeing, What? A penis? You’re the epitome of stupidity.

    • Fernando

      Mr Me, you are either stupid, ignorant, or a liar. Which one it is? People get stripped every day.

  • dan

    what..!!!???? the u.s. government has been frivolously spending millions and billions of dollars on people, services, and products that could easily come from another source for less money….???!!! Why wasn’t i told about this before…….!!!!???? oh well, i guess there’s a first time for everything…

  • Kathy

    Just remember, privatizing a government function usually DOES NOT end up saving money. Why? Who runs the bidding process to choose a business to take over? The government. Who is responsible to make sure the private company is performing the function, properly? The government. If you want something mismanaged, who are the best people to run it? The Government. I speak from experience.

  • Isabella

    What the f do you want people? Unsatisfied asses thats what you all are. First you bitch about 9/11, dont you want America safe and protected?? Id rather be padded down to my thong than board an unsafe flight. Jesus Christ! Be thankful this gov is keeping your fatasses safe. Now shut your mouthes and let the TSA do their job!

    • mike

      You are more ignorant than the TSA Agents who are supposed to be keeping us safe. Look at them, they are the ones that got picked on in school, made fun of, called names, and now they have “Authority”. I have more security clearance than any of the TSA and am in the air every week. I watch them as they pat down women that could be my grandmother and wanna break their f—ing necks. If you feel safe having these retards as our security, you need your head examined. TSA, Totally Stupid Assholes. I argue with them each and every time in and out of the airports. They think my government secured ID is unexceptable to get into the terminals. They are too stupid to get the correct training . I could keep going, but I hope you get my point.

      • Navy Vet

        Maybe they should worry more about the securing the boarders
        then granny and babies flying!

    • Matt

      Nice try Isabella, but no dice. Yeah, we all want a safe America, but not at the expense of our dignity and freedom, you stupid t w a t. I love how you’ve fallen right in line, lock and step, with a corrupt government. “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty or Safety.” You would do well to keep that quote in that feeble mind of your’s, dumbass.

  • concerned

    Mr. me, get a clue, you are 1 of the masses who believe everything you see on TV and are very uninformed. TSAs are not here for security of our citizens. They are the government’s private trained army. They answer to no one and our police force have no jurisdiction no matter what the TSAs do. They are also in charge of overseeing pilot training centers to prevent terrorist and illegal citizens’ from getting certified to fly. Guess what, there are training centers found all over the country who have trained 100s of illegals and are currently training other and they have no back ground checks done on them. Wake up America!

  • Pissed off Citizen

    The security procedures the TSA conducts now are ridiculous. I recently traveled to Europe and when returning to the States the TSA wolves went around asking every passenger where we bought our suitcases and if we were taking any gifts back with us. The Germans are just as ridiculous. Their stupid machine went off because of the metal button in my jeans and when the security guy took his metal detector and it went off on my junk he stuck it in my pants to scan my dick! LMAO at how stupid they are. I wonder what happens if a women has piercings in the genital area and causes their machines to go off. Theres got to be a better way of ensuring our safety without surrendering our privacy and freedom for it.

    I’ve got to say that the best part of that picture was where it said we have the same chance of getting attacked by terrorists when flying as we do of getting cancer from their body scan machines.


    I work for tsa now and u people are totally ignorant. i dont agree with alot of the regulations however its my job to keep ppl safe and i do my job very well. everything is always wrong until the 90yr old woman with the bomb in her bra or the 9 yr old kid with the shoe bomb gets on ur plane. the rules are always ajusting to make ppl more comfy but the hell with that… i hate patting ppl down but if it makes me and others safe then so be it. The scanners do not have images they used to but the software was changed due to complaints.. but there are NO naked pics so u can stop talking about it. As to getting naked… u think taking off all your clothes to prove a point is cool but what about if someone gets naked infront of your children. is that acceptable?? im a mother of 2 small kids and if i seen such an act taking place i would prolly snap out. its indecent and totally innappropriate. but hey continue to do what u feel is right but when osama gets on ur plane dont then cry and say tsa wasnt doing their job. this is what u wanted……

    • t

      Before 9/11 how many attacks did we have? So the raw is good for what? To say you have a job and saving lives, because that is what you have been trained to say?

    • Al

      How many children have been found with shoe bombs or that matter how many 90 yr. olds have been found with a bomb in her bra.How many terrorists have been found since this was all started.How many bombs have been found . And finally , How many lugeges have been rifeled thru And stolen from under the guise of security.

    • Fernando

      Tell me, how many terrorist have you caught? NONE. So, you are basically irrelevant. Did you complete a University degree? I guess not. I have taken more that 1,000 flights, and my experience is that most of you guys are mostly little people trying to feel important. Just government bureaucrats, who wouldnt make it very far in the private sector, but you think you are important.

    • tt

      osama is dead you idiot. go get yourself an education.


    oh in addition to that…. the scanners do not emit radiation. u get more radiation from using ur cell phone, watching tv oh and get this.. flying on the plane! but im no scientist.. im just saying.. no matter what ppl believe what they hear or watch on tv. the media makes us out to be the enemy when all were trying to do is provide a service. no job is perfect and no were not gonna catch everything or everybody but not everyone with a criminal background is a terrorist adn vice versa… food for thought

  • Abdias Malary

    I flew last week and I have to say that all the crap you hear on TV is so exaggerated, omg. Honestly I hate TSA process there should be an easier way, I just don’t like dealing with people repeating the same things to you 50 times over and over again, its freaking annoying. But I still don’t see what’s the fuss about, I got to see my image, and it wasn’t naked. I walked in and out the machine then to my bags and that was it. The “naked image” is an unflattering doll figure of yourself, I can’t believe how fickle people can be.

  • TyphoonRog

    Funny, how the people who travel the least, seem to complain the most. I’ve got about 100K miles a year…and I just try to zip by as painlessly as possible by preparing my things before I reach the front of the line. Get ready for MOVIE SEARCHES starting soon (re: Aurora CO)

  • http://www.webpronews.com/naked-tsa-protest-oregon-judge-says-go-for-it-2012-07 Scott

    TSA: Totally Standing Around; Totally Sleeping Around; Totally Snoring All the time; I could go on and on and on. Most of them ARE a bunch of losers because they are Government workers. At least they are not on welfare like most of the other liberals. They belong to the system.

  • Mike

    TSA = Thieving Scumbags Assoc. phuckers will steal out of your checked luggage if they see something they want. Happened to me at Denver International. I reported it to the Denver police and a detective called back, got my info, asked if I expected to get it back, when I said no, he told me this happens all the time at DIA. If I was that guy in Oregon I would have taken a dump on the floor and told them, now you don’t have to cavity search me either…

  • akmal

    TSA agents are human too, like any other department there are good agents who understand their duties and keeping air travel safe and there are black sheep’s too in the department too. I am not a TSA agent every time I traveled I got pulled to side. if I have done nothing wrong why should I be afraid they have to do their job. I am Asian looking guy and probably fit to criteria. yes we spending a lot we should give to private sector who can make it run better to gain profit and they will pay more attention to people complaints.

    • Fernando

      I have taken more that 1,000 flights, and my experience is that most TSA agents are little people trying to feel important. People who could not complete a University degree so they become government bureaucrats. None of them will make it very far in the private sector.

    • bill

      Fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Read it sometime. You are secure from unreasonable searches. Having some man brush my balls as he gropes my thigh falls into this catagory. But maybe you believe the Constitution is a living document that can be changed or even ignored. If you do, you are not a patriot or much of an American.

  • The Uglydog

    Fly EL AL ! No groping, no pillaging, just common sense.

  • Rob Mitchell

    I would never take my clothes off in public, just as I would never go to a pool or gym and take my clothes off in the shower room. So, taking your clothes off in public isn’t ok, but it’s ok to take your clothes off in a gym or pool. If they made taking your clothes off in a gym shower or pool shower by having private cubicles, I’ll be in line to join. But I’d never take my clothes off in an airport.

    • justSayin


    • Nunya Bitness

      Rob.. you make No sense..

    • Jerry

      You would if they told you to , or youd go to jail

  • john doe

    I liked it better before bush came into office and the terrorists felt they needed to get revenge on his daddy and keep him from invading. We now see why the press kept pressing him pardon the pun. You figure it out.

    • I P Frehley

      your a dumbass John Doe

      • Nunya Bitness

        No.. you’re a dumbass Mr. Frehley!

        • Suckit

          No..you’re a dumbass Mr. Bitness!

  • Anthony

    As an employee of TSA I can tell you that most of this is flat out lies and misleading information. Don’t believe everything you hear and read people.

    • Mike Vlachos

      So since you just chided us to not believe everything we read, I’m sure you have prove that the above claims are false?

      Or should we just take your word for it?

    • Jerry

      OH YEA DAAAAAA I believe you just because you say so , Just like our President ,youd never say anything that wasnt true , Just like there isnt a video of TSA groping a 6 yr old , How do you teach a child to never let and tell if someone touches there private areas then you watch a TSA agent grab the croch of your child and try to explain to the child that was ok , ITS NEVER OK TO BE TOUCHED IF ITS UNWANTED

    • Fernando Valdez

      And what is your job at the TSA? Cleaning latrines?

    • derek Kirchinger

      I will never think of any thing good about the TSA sadly this only tells a small part about how the tsa run lifes mosly at Air ports garbarge men truck drivers court rooms are all mess up because of the TSA.you cant get a H on you cdl unless you get finguret printed and pay over $100 It a pat down to get into a court room

  • wtf

    and the tsa continues to expand vyper teams in the streets, probably soon to be seen at your local theater. Welcome to nazi america, show them your papers and surrender your arms. How long before your walking into a gas chamber? this sort of protect me because i can’t protect myself stuff is not american, founding fathers would be rolling in their graves. What is wrong with you people?

  • Fernando

    Sadly, the terrorist won and the people lost. Never in their wildest dreams they thought that they could inconvenience the lives of regular folks with so little.

    • david

      Well stated Fernando!

    • Susan Blanton

      I’m not really convinced it was the terrorist. Check out Jesse Venturas video on 911 for another take.

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