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Portland airport stripper fights federal fine

PORTLAND, Ore. — John Brennan, who stripped naked last year to protest a security check at Portland’s airport, said he expects to lose the first round of his legal fight against a $1,000 fine. Still, he plans to press his free-speech argument in an appeal.

Brennan has a court date on Tuesday before an administrative law judge. His attorney said the free-speech argument won’t be allowed as he fights the fine, but an appeal in the US court system would present an opportunity to make it.

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In April 2012, as Brennan started a business trip, he declined to step into a Transportation Security Administration body scanner. A screener said traces of nitrates, which could indicate an explosive, were detected. Brennan took off his clothes to show he wasn’t carrying explosives and to get the check over quickly, he said.

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