On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
John E. Brennan poses for a photo outside his Portland home.
John E. Brennan ran into a little trouble at Portland International Airport Tuesday evening. Apparently, as he was going through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, his clothes appeared to show possible traces of explosive residue, so he was held up.
There are many ways to address such a situation -- such as calmly waiting for further screening, protesting, or simply accepting one's fate. Brennan chose none of these. Rather, BoingBoing reports, he decided that the solution was to strip off the allegedly offending clothes and stand naked at the checkpoint.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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