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Judge OK’s Nudity At TSA Checkpoint


“I was mostly motivated by the absurdity of it all. The irony that they wanna see me naked. But I don’t get to take my clothes off?”

–John Brennan

Score one for the First Amendment

Brennan gets naked in Portlandia. [Youtube]

So this 50-year-old hipster, John Brennan was taking a business trip from Portland to San Jose when he was selected for the TSA’s favourite controversial toy: the “nudie scanner.” Well, instead of letting Big Brother take a naked photo of him to sell to some dubious website, he chose the manual option.  Long story short, the TSA agent found traces of nitrates on his gloves after the screening.  Nitrates, among other, more common sources of exposure, are found in explosives.  Mr. Brennan was in the process of being detained when he decided that he had nothing to hide, and exposed everything right there in the terminal.  Consequently, he was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

In a rational decision by a local court judge, Brennan was found not guilty on the basis that his actions constituted peaceful protest and were protected under the Bill of Rights.  Score one for the good guys?

Catch the full story on Wired‘s Threat Level.

Independence Day 2012


I just wanted to get back on track today with a quick roundup of the “best of the web” that I could find celebrating US Independence Day.  I figure a nice little meme gallery might be interesting to come back to in the future.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson comments on the state of American education in light of the early-morning Higgs boson announcement.

“It’s a salute to all nations, but mostly America.” –Sam the Eagle

“Richard Hammond is secretly an American.” –Jeremy Clarkson

An SMG-wielding Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor into battle. Your argument is invalid.

Another vintage warning. This one is sure to capture some attention.

Definitely a win.

Seriously, what could be more patriotic?

Bruce Springsteen Cat will conquer Communism with Cuteness.

Ah, Philosoraptor, you are full of wisdom.

Just remember, giving up your freedom means you love freedom.

‘MERICA!!!!

It would be nice, wouldn’t it?

That’s it for this year’s ID4 round-up, kiddies!  Hope everyone who celebrated had a safe celebration.  If you didn’t, I wish your eyebrows a speedy regrowth and hope you make the most of that prosthetic hand!

TSA: Grope & Pillage (An Infographic)


TSA Waste

This pretty much says all.