“It is the speech itself that the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do,” Rees said of the lawsuit against Brennan.
Brennan insists his protest was spontaneous, not calculated. When a machine detected “nitrates” on him, he says “I was not interested in being hassled so I took off my clothes to show them I was not carrying any explosives.” He added I know the irony of taking off my clothes to protect my privacy. They’re getting close to seeing us naked, so I thought I’d up the ante.”
In what’s becoming increasingly a police state with almost every U.S. citizen apparently now being surveilled by the NSA and forms of protest being tolerated less and less since Occupy Wall Street, it’s great to see a judge actually side with the little guy for once (metaphorically speaking, of course—we’ve only seen pics of Brennan’s backside.)
You are now free to move about the airport—naked.