Man who made a naked protest against invasive airport security has been cleared
23rd July 2012
Thanks to Trog who noted the contrast with the 6 years in jail for the Naked Rambler, Stephen Gough
The techie who stripped naked to protest invasive airport security, saying he was sick and tired of being harassed by
Transportation Security Administration screeners, has been cleared of all charges.
As The Reg reported when Brennan was busted for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure this April, he was being screened before a flight to California, when he decided that he had had it up to here with TSA intrusiveness.
In protest, he stripped down to all but his glasses. After refusing to put his clothes back on and be a compliant citizen, Brennan was arrested, hauled off and held on $4,000 bail.
During Brennan's trial, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office argued that Brennan had violated the city ordinance forbidding the exposure of one's genitalia to the opposite sex.
Judge Rees didn't buy the DA's argument, and instead accepted Brennan's assertion that his trouser dropping was a legitimate act of protest, protected by his inalienable right of free speech.
A woman has revealed how Southwest Airlines refused to let her board her flight because she showed a bit of cleavage.
Avital, was due to travel from Las Vegas to New York when airline staff said her dress was inappropriate.
Despite her humiliation, she still walked onto the flight, later making a formal complaint to the airline. Avital told Jezebel:
I didn't want to let the representative's "Big Feelings" about my breasts change the way I intended to board my flight. And lo and behold, the plane didn't fall out of the sky...my cleavage did not interfere with the plane's ability to function
Since Avital's story has been made public, the airline has offered her an apology and a refund as a gesture of goodwill .
But Avital wants to ensure other people do not have to go through the same embarrassing experience. She said:
It seems like only people who raise a big stink get an apology. What I want to avoid is being subject to individual employee's whims. There's no official channel at Southwest to make sure that doesn't happen.'
Southwest Airlines' Christi McNeill said its Contract of Carriage enables staff to refuse transport to a customer whose clothing is lewd, obscene, or patently offensive, even though the company does not specify a dress code on its website.
Authorities say 16 and 17 year old girls have been charged with sending nude pictures of themselves to an Iowa man who's been charged for possessing the photos.
The girls have been charged as adults with felony exploitation of a minor. Online court records say 19-year-old Alex Case is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville says that under Iowa law, it's a felony to send such images and a misdemeanor to possess them. Launderville says that makes the girls both victims and defendants.
Two British tourists were refused entry into the USA after joking on Twitter that they were going to destroy America and dig
up Marilyn Monroe . Leigh Van Bryan was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.
The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat when he posted an excited tweet to his pals about his forthcoming trip to Hollywood which read:
Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?
Leigh was also quizzed about another tweet which quoted hit US comedy Family Guy which read:
3 weeks today, we're totally in LA pissed people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin Marilyn Monroe up!
After making their way through passport control at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). the pair were detained by armed guards. Despite telling officials the term destroy was British slang for party , they were held on suspicion
of planning to commit crimes. They were held in cells for 12 hours and then put on a plane back home. The couple must now apply for a US visa should they ever want to travel to America again.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was recently criticised over false accounts it set up on Twitter. These are then used to scan networks for sensitive words and then for tracking the people who use them. Online privacy group, the
Electronic Privacy Information Centre requested information on the surveillance, but this was not forthcoming. However words deemed as being sensitive by the DHS include: Illegal immigrant, Outbreak, Drill, Strain, Virus, Recovery, Deaths,
Collapse, Human to animal, and Trojan.