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Phil Mocek

Phil Mocek doesn't think the TSA has a right to grope you before you board an airplane. Attempting to prove his point, two years ago the 37-year-old Seattle software designer was arrested in an Albuquerque, N.M., airport when he refused to show his ID. Mocek, who calls himself a "freedom flyer," recorded the encounter on his cell phone and was eventually acquitted of four trumped-up charges when the footage revealed that airport officials had lied about his behavior during the incident. He's also an active member of Seattle's Cannabis Defense Coalition, a nonprofit organization that fights for sensible drug policy, and was tackled and detained by security guards earlier this year while attempting to deliver a "cease and desist order" to the U.S. Department of Justice after the raids of several pot dispensaries in Washington. KEEGAN HAMILTON

 
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