Nudity not necessary

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

We're no prudes, but our skepticism is aroused whenever someone insists that getting naked was necessary to make a political point.

The most convincing arguments can be delivered at least as effectively, we'd wager, by a person who is clothed.

Nudity, you've no doubt noticed, tends to distract people, and thus detract from the position being advanced.

All of which is to say we think the statement John Brennan, the Portland man who shed his clothes recently at Portland International Airport, was trying to make was as blurry as the videos of his antics broadcast on TV.

Brennan, who was annoyed at being detained by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, described the U.S. airport security system as "broken."

It's annoying, to be sure. So is waiting in line at Disneyland. But you don't often hear about people stripping at the entrance to Space Mountain.

Until terrorists start wearing T-shirts announcing their intentions, we're willing to endure brief interludes with zealous TSA drones. It beats crashing or getting blown up.

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