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Portland Man Protests TSA In His Birthday Suit

April 19, 2012 by  

Portland Man Protests TSA In His Birthday Suit
John Brennan was taken to jail after protesting against the Transportation Security Administration.

John Brennan, a 49-year-old man from Portland, Ore., was trying to fly from Portland to San Jose, Calif., when he felt that Transportation Security Administration officials were harassing him. In order to make their job easier, he stripped naked.

Brian Reilly, who took a picture and heard part of the incident, recalled what he witnessed: “He got pulled aside for extra security measures. He clearly was protesting it. And he decided to get completely naked and just protest that. He was saying things like, ‘Am I doing anything illegal or do I have anything illegal? Am I good to go through now?’ Trying to make a point, you know?”

“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.

Brennan was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

He told authorities he “disrobed as a form of protest against TSA screeners who he felt were harassing him.”

Brennan was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and missed his flight. He faces disorderly conduct and indecent exposure charges in relation to the incident.

On April 10, a woman stripped naked at the Denver International Airport after being told to put out her cigarette. Charges were not filed against her.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Sirian

    HA, Oh what, Oh what would the TSA do if everyone standing in line would’ve done the exact same thing – now that would hit the MSM, maybe . . . :)

    • Annie66

      I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps we should organize a protest and when Incompitano’s perverts start in, about 100 people strip down to nothing. There is a way to beat these criminals.

    • FreedomFighter

      I would be willing to pony up some money to hire 1000 nudist or actors to strip down for TSA and film it and sell the DvD, all over 70 too.

      Laus Deo
      Semper fi

      • Sirian

        LOL!!! Now that FF would be well worth the money!! HA, everyone over 70? Lord, that DvD would be sold out in a heartbeat!! LOL!!! :)

      • Heathenmom

        Make it a bunch of “little old ladies”–the feisty kind–standing there with nothing but their walking canes. Then–can you just see it?–they can swing those canes around, saying “You gonna throw a little old lady in jail, pig?” It’d be the Sixties all over again! But, (almost) seriously, this could be a tactic to consider (mass nude protest). It would certainly draw the attention of overseas press! If I’d’ve been there in the Portland airport, I would have stripped off and started doing the hoochie-coochie (NOT a pretty sight!) just to lend support! If we do get serious about protesting, then JDL’s point about a legal defense fund is something to keep in mind also. (The sales of the resulting DVD could go towards this.) Where, oh where is our revolutionary spirit?

    • s c

      So, the TSA has added SEXISM to the rest of its collective ‘talents.’

  • JDL

    We should start a legal fund for these people. Everyone hates the TSA.

  • cynicac

    Looks like a ploy. I hope they checked his beard.

    • Sirian

      Which one cynicac? Upper or lower? Just wondering. . . :)

    • r.p.

      Are his genitals on his butt? Is that why it’s fuzzed out? Or are butt cracks considered pornography?

  • patriot Higgins

    Until the day that the gestapo starts checking aneses & viginias
    than they are only hearding the sheeple

    • Froggy

      Its all about knowing and prying into every aspect of our lives ,its like when the USSR and the KGB were into every aspect of there citizenry ,Does all this sound Familiar ? and yet the United States at that time demonized the Russians for the very same things that are Happening here in America .You can tell that those Americans are all dead now and we have let vermin take away our rights as Americans ,I was there back then so I know what Im saying .


        Amen Froggy.

      • Rage Fury

        Sad but true.

    • chuck

      Please, please, please check your spelling and stop looking like an ignorant fool with your comments.

      • Ted Crawford

        Quick everybody grab your Dictionary and Thesaurus!! The spelling police are here. Never mind the substance of the message, just make sure it’s spelled correctly and the sentence structure is proper!! Who REALLY looks ignorant here?

      • templer

        Did you know what he was trying to say there chunk? Are you the spelling police Chunk? How about focusing on the important things and stop being an ignorant FK! BTW, what contribution did you have to say you mutt!

      • Viet Vet

        Spell them like you see them, no matter how you spell it, An ass is an ass.

      • turingschild

        You can’t post certain words on this site. You HAVE to misspell them if you want them to get through. Sheesh!

      • Wil

        Comrade Chuck,Alynsky doesn’t work here.

    • Jazzabelle

      The TSA *does* check vaginas, patriot Higgins. They’re not CALLED the gestapo, but the gestapo is here.

      • Will,W

        You guys are freaking killing me, oh sheert. Theynllok up your azz with a flashlight. Holy Helsinki

      • Will,W

        This is crazy. I haven’t laughed so hard in a while.

  • TIME

    Now thats how you do it people!

    If you really want to get rid of TSA, let alone your worthless De Facto Government.
    Then show them how you really feel about all of it by displaying just how totaly insaine the TSA let alone the whole Criminal False Flag De Facto form of Criminal Government we have really is.

    Try and think what it would it look like with 10,000 people per hour standing without their cloths on at every air port, every hour of the day day after day until the whole TSA was exposded for the Criminal act it really is.

    Now think about the pictures we all see in history books with the Jew’s from Eastern Europe before they were shot by Nazi’s, standing naked in front of a large ditch, now can you see the value of this type of protesting the TSA.
    It would wake up the world so fast it would be like a light from on high.

    Can you all see there are many ways to bring down the whole NWO without even picking up a gun! The PEN let alone the Camera are stronger than any steel made.

    Let hang out there Baby!

    Peace and Love

    • kellygneiting

      Exactly! Even though the concentration camps visual is what they eventually want, 10,000 people per hour taking off their clothes at airports just might allow the boiling frog that is America to jump out and away from her ruler murders!

    • Bill

      Lets keep all options open for the time when we might have to resort to the very words of the Declaration of Independence ” …To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just power4s from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying it foundation on such principles and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” the Declaration of Independence is the foundation of the US Constitution, it lays down the reasons for the Constitution which is the vehicle for implementing the Declaration. If you read the Declaration of Independence one can find many of the same complaints that the founders wrote about with King George going on today. It is the absence of following the constitution that is now going on. That is why it may become necessary for the “citizens” of the US to take measures to restore our 234 year old Constitution to its rightful place in our pursuit of Freedom and Liberty for all. The present administration is not what I call Americans. Probably most of them are citizens but there appears to be a lack of the understanding of what constitutes and American and what constitutes a citizen of America. We need patriots in the White House not just a citizen.


      History is Priceless.
      It teaches us important lessons that actually show us how NOT to repeat the cycle.
      Now is the time to NOT let it happen again.

  • dan

    Nice beard , dude….sure beats having to set oneself ablaze to make a point of protest.
    Don’t the airlines KNOW how much this is costing them….I havent flown and WON’T
    until TSA//NAZI thugs are dealt with.

    • 45caliber


      The airlines know. The government originally set up a system where an airline could take itself out of the TSA if they came up with their own system that worked. But when one airport did, the TSA objected. So now none can. After all, they need their jobs, right?

      • Bill

        Tax payer money should not be used for a private enterprise, i.e. airports, to provide for services of their customers. Another welfare organization taking money from the government that has taken the money from the people i.e. by force or threat of force. The government does not need to be setting the example as to how a nation should treat its citizens. The use of force to get what the government wants from others is simply that, they are no better than the thuds on the street who will rob you by force. Not a very good example for the generation of children that will have to live under a despot government i.e. unless it is changed.

      • One-Angel

        …and all those free iPads and laptops!

    • mitakuwe

      I’m with you, Dan! I’ll bet Über Führer Regolitano does not have to travel under those circumstances! Has no clue what it’s like……

      • Dennis48e

        Oh yes she has a clue what it is like she just does not care and probably enjoys knowing how people are treated at the checkpoints.

      • mitakuwe

        “Oh yes she has a clue what it is like she just does not care and probably enjoys knowing how people are treated at the checkpoints.”

        You know Dennis, when you think about it, you might be right! Thinking about the TSA wearing realistic glasses, anything becomes possible. From what I know of the people who founded this country, the men would not have submitted to such indignations and would have had a fist fight to keep women inviolate!


      I AGREE.

    • Rage Fury

      Me to dan, Have not flown since the TSA started violating people.



  • Homer

    The TSA, is exactly why I don’t fly!! There are nothing but another strong arm of the govt!!

  • 45caliber

    I think we are getting to the point where we will have to fly naked to keep the TSA happy. I don’t intend to fly anywhere, regardless.

  • turingschild

    The terrorists have won. The Terrorist Surrogate Agency is doing their job FOR them.

    • mitakuwe

      I absolutely love it! Terrorist Surrogate Agency (TSA). How sadly appropriate!

  • Fred Van Liew

    The man stole my thunder. Some of these TSA agents stroke the groin two and three times. Perverts. I fly a great deal, and as a 60 year old white male Platiinum traveler on the same airline for over a quarter of a century, with a bit of a belly, I am obviously a prime suspect. NOT! Yet, I opt out of the cancer scanners every time, and must submit to the intended harassment of TSA. I was so ready to strip and ask if they wished to inspect my hemorrhoids. Then they got a little friendlier in their disposition, if not their feely ways. If just one in five travelers would opt out we would paralyze the system. $13,000 trained dogs would each replace five TSA agents and the machines.

  • Watcher

    I am also a frequent flyer, and I applaud what this man did. I for one always refuse to go thuough the body scanner and take the pat down instead. If more people would do this then perhaps the TSA would come up with a more reasonable scanning technique.

  • Dens

    I notice he was not turning his back on those TSA dudes with the rubber gloves. Stripping down like that in front of those perverts is akin to pitching a cat into a dog pound, he being the cat of course. I would fall down laughing if it turned out he had an illegal exotic bird nesting in that beard and actually got past them with it.

  • Duane Grindstaff

    I am just wondering why this isn’t normal procedure. They make us take our shoes off because of the shoe bomber, but what about the underwear bomber? And I’m sure that the time is coming for somebody to make an explosive suppository, so shouldn’t they be looking & probing up our anus in order to insure that we are safe? Americans seem to accept anything to feel a little more secure, forgetting that Benjamin Franklin once said that “Those who give up their liberty for more security, deserve neither Liberty nor Security.” And history seems to show that they receive neither Liberty nor Security. So what happened to America? Once a land of proud people always striving to be free, no matter what the cost. When I look at my countrymen now, they not only can’t see what this country has become, nor do they care.

    • Bill

      great and if you care it is your duty to vote for the only Rep. candidate that swears and means it when it comes to following the constitution. Don’t be like so many others who want to vote for the lessor of two evils. Evil is Evil no matter if it is number one or number two.

  • ranger hall

    People we have not cared for 200 plus years, Why start now. But anytime is better than no time.
    Hey wonder how Ted is making out with the SS.

  • ranger hall

    Does anyone out there know why both WW1 and WW2 was with Germany.

  • kellys

    Dont feed the trolls and quit flying.

  • FishingInTheSand

    I agree with Bill. There is only one candidate who will do all in his power to return us to the Constitution if given a chance. We’ve been voting for the lesser of two evils for too long and look where it’s gotten us. It’s time to get out of the rut and give something else a try.

  • Lars Arden

    Get accustomed to intrusive government agencies at all levels. Obama has encouraged this kind of “leveling of the masses”. Not only will he take our money, he has taken our
    freedoms and will destroy our Constitution. And now the wise leaders of the Dumbocrats
    want to amend our rRght to Free Speech so that protesters at Obama’s political rallies can’t
    speak against him. Three quarters of a century ago Hitler’s SA did the same thing in Gemany and he became its dictator. Will we have our Night of the Long Knives? The proposal to have a private army answerable only to Obama smacks of the same mentality!

  • James

    Yeah, but Brennan could have had a sword concealed up his rectum.

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