Flyer: Stop RAPE in Our Airports

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Many of you are aware that part of the core group at Travel Underground was working together & causing trouble :) many months before TUG came into being. Thousands of people were educated by the Nudo-O-Scope flyers (barbell & I printed 4,000 of them), which was also presented on the Nude-O-Scope sites (hosted by myself with webmaster services provided by Friendly Skies, Esq.) as well as on the DontScanMe sites which were set up independently by mozgytog.

    I think it's time for a new flyer, specifically "Stop Rape in Our Airports". The Nude-O-Scope flyer was a trifold brochure because we wanted to enable the reader to identify and distinguish the two types of Nude-O-Scopes as well as providing graphic examples of their capabilities. I'm trying to keep this one simple, with one flyer suitable for politicians and officials at all levels as well as for educating the traveling public. A screen shot is below, and you can download the RTF file at the bottom of the post.



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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I doubt we're going to float a 4,000 sheet press run this time, but once we get the flyer hashed out, if someone wants to volunteer to email it to our PR list, I'll provide the list. :)
  3. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member


    Just a few grammatical/spelling fixes I'm noticing for now:

    -"According to this definitions" should read "According to this definition"
    -"Congressman and Senator" should read "Congressmen " (I would say Congresspeople) "and Senators"
    -"Reign in" should be "rein in"
    -Same line, "Transaportion" should read "Transportation"
    -I think I would replace "available at the state and local levels" with "in effect at the state and local levels" or "in place at the state and local levels". Not absolutely certain about it but just a sort of writer's instinct prodding at me.
    -Should "F.B.I." read "FBI" and "T.S.A." read "TSA"? I believe either is considered grammatically correct but we usually see it written without the periods. EDIT: Just did a little digging and it looks like there is no hard-and-fast rule about which is "correct." I'd say to drop the periods for familiarity's sake, so it doesn't call attention to itself and away from the message of the flyer, but overall it's probably a minor issue.

    Otherwise it looks good. Short, sweet (or perhaps sour), to the point, no-(expletive deleted). I'm torn between wanting it to include some language to head off AFSers ("Security is no excuse" or "If the price of safety from terrorism is mass-scale rape, are we really safe?") and saying screw it, it's good as it is. On the one hand, it's damn near impossible to refute much or any of it as written right now, especially with the FBI's definition printed right on it and so many stories (Prof. Gentry, LeeAnne, et al) of smurf-clerks wedging their hands up into travelers' labia and between their buttocks. On the flipside, AFSers have proven themselves capable of arguing irrationally against even the soundest logic. I suppose, by that token, that even heading them off with anti-AFS disclaimers may not do much good at all.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I already got the first two. I am forever typing reign in instead of rein in. Will see if anyone else has comments in the next few minutes & make another pass through it before I crash for the night.
  5. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    One other thought - should the main "Stop RAPE in our Airports" header perhaps be a bit larger and/or more prominent? Usually flyers like this have their first line formatted to be the primary eye-catcher and it generally entails having the line somewhat overshadow the content below it.

    (Disclaimer: While I'm good with words, design is not my forte. Take this with a whole deer-lick block of salt.)
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I'll enlarge the type as much as I can w/o wrapping to the next line.

    There's plenty of room to enlarge or add a few things yet. I actually made the type size larger than default to help fill the page.
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I've incorporated all of CW's suggestions & updated the examples in the base post.
  8. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    The header should be bold and not repeat three times.
    It could be broken up: STOP RAPE then IN OUR AIRPORTS super big, and at the end No Compromise.

    Good points. The call to action should be instructions for the readers. What they do. "Call your Congressperson..". etc., not a general what needs to happen. Give a phone number, to take action.
    Definately give instructons for 'if it happens to you'.
    Make it easy. Have form letters available on TUG for people who navigate here.
  9. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Form letters could be at something easy-to-remember like

    KrazyKat, are you thinking of something like this:


    So that it appears as one message from a distance and then has the other text woven into it to still be fluid when the viewer gets closer?
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's the debater/debate judge still in me after all these years: Tell people where they're going, tell them where they are, tell them where they've been.

    But hash it out & I'll go with the consensus.

    Volunteers to write form letters? KrazyKat? CW loves to write letters! D:

    We need a landing page. I'll see if I can add to the site's rewrite directives to redirect a simple URL to a thread (wish I'd though of that approach when Bill Fisher needed a short URL for the TSA abuses page :(). It should work. :cool:

    Space left: In the original draft I resized the font from 11 pts to 12 pts. There was still roughly an inch (~3 lines) open at the bottom, so there's room to add or enlarge. The font can go back to 11 or even to 10 pts if necessary.
  11. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Happy to write - give me some guidelines for what sort of content we need and I'll plug away at it.
  12. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Forget it. Pointless. They are impervious to logic.

    Short URL already exists:


    Do you mean form letters to go to Congressional reps?
  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You can start with this stub ...

    ... and elaborate from there.

    Form letters for visitors to flesh out & send to their representatives probably shouldn't even mention TUG. If anyone has full Adobe or Word & can create a fill-in-the-blanks-n-print template, that would be a bonus.

    But not for this purpose, and after some contemplation I think I can do something better that keeps the full domain root in the URL.

    And state & local level -- whatever examples people can put together, we can post.
  14. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Cool. Couple things:

    -Have Sommer's, LeeAnne's, or anyone else's accounts of TSA penetration been published outside a forum environment? There's nothing stopping me from using the accounts that have been posted in forums but I'd rather not let the congressfolk get away with dismissing such accounts as "hearsay" and refusing to acknowledge the reality of TSA rape (per FBI's new definition) in our airports. The unfortunate reality of society today is that "rape" is as much a hyperbolic figure of speech as it is a term for a real and heinous crime, and I'd like to have something to link to in order to prove to the letters' recipients that we're not exaggerating. E.g. "That TSO seriously raped me today!" "You shouldn't use the word 'rape' like that, it diminishes the significance of the word and the act." "I WASN'T using it 'like that', the TSO literally raped me. Read this paper from the FBI. That's what the TSO did."

    -Anyone know of any good how-tos on doing up fill-in-the-blanks forms in Acrobat or Word? (Or LibreOffice, AbiWord, StarOffice, etc...) My technical knowledge is greater with regard to IT infrastructure, network management, etc. than with end-user software packages.
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    One word of caution if you use Word -- learn how to strip out identifying & license info. Otherwise they might all go out w/ your employer's name & license embedded in them. :D
  16. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I usually don't enter any such information when I install software, but I might install a separate copy in a VM just to be sure.
  17. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Sommer has written her story in letters to more people than I can count -- Congressional reps, Senators, local political reps, the TSA, DHS, etc. etc. It's also been published at Elliott Blog, and since Chris Elliott is a journalist who writes for National Geographic, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post, in addition to his own blog, I think that qualifies. She was also recently asked to debate a TSA "privacy officer" at the Montgomery County Inns of Court.

    Look, it doesn't matter if someone has published his/her story "only" in a forum environment. If people are willing to put their real names out there, for all to see, that's not any more "hearsay" than it would be if they told their story in the pages of a newspaper with quotation marks around it. There are many people in my Master List who have used their full, real names.
  18. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Yeah, I was thinking mostly of tech-ignorant Congresspeople who still don't see the Internet as a valid arena of publication unless a site is affiliated with print media. Elliott's a heavy hitter so that should erase any doubt.

    For the younger, more enlightened politicians like Chaffetz, forums will definitely count as well and add fuel to the fire.
  19. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Can you give us a quick lesson?
  20. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    No, I'm not a Word expert. Try Google. :)

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