This is the promised followup to my earlier response in a different location: First, let me emphasize all participation in this thread must be constructive. Any posts that don't help us meet our objectives or explain why other objectives/approaches are better will be moved to a parallel thread, sort of a poor moderator's version of "Tachy goes to Coventry". 1. The best use of our resources is motivating & influencing media coverage to achieve targeted objectives. We need to make the media do our work for us by packaging and communicating our knowledge and experience to them. I would suggest that we focus our near-term objectives on four areas: a. Education -- getting media outlets to educate the consumers b. Eliminate VIPR -- this is the most egregious expansion of TSA activity and the most visible c. Push for local/private screeners at airports that want them. This has the long-term effect of reducing the size of TSA's internal constituency. d. Liaison and support for related activities by ACLU, EPIC, etc. Also w/ VIPR operations apparently now targeting Hispanics, we should reach out to them as well. A couple examples: 1. In the education area, Bill Fisher compiled an excellent list of TSA disgraces over a 6 month period (Dec 2010 - May 2011). Before this excellent compilation is stale, we should summarize these Six Months of Infamy & convey them to contacts at every major media outlet in the country 2. Individual VIPR operations are becoming old news but the screwups are accumulating, e.g. these three recent events: a. Savannah, GA, where they searched people leaving the station b. San Diego, CA, where three children ended up deported to Tijuana without benefit of legal or parental assistance c. Des Moines, IA, where they clearly were harassing Hispanics at the bus station. Compiling and publicizing their track record will accomplish more than news coverage of individual episodes, which are usually buried by the next day. To get started: 1. I would solicit volunteers to help compile the lists of media contacts (political & travel editors, starting with the media outlets from the largest markets down). 2. It would also help if someone could develop a summary of the Six Months of Infamy in press release format. 3. We need a volunteer to maintain a stickied "hot list" thread of important people to contact at any point in time -- might be Texan policians today, Congressional committee members tomorrow. Discuss. Improve. Thank you.