First, a personal caveat: I have never identified with a political party, nor do I even like politics. I have long perceived D and R as branches of the Authoritarian Party. However, I think it's important to use the existing political process to advance this issue as much as possible, and to do so strategically. I think part of our activism, and another important arrow in our quiver, is the visibility of this (and related 4th Amend and civil liberty issues) in the Republican presidential primary process. When I read comment threads on TSA articles, there's always someone invoking the "vote for Ron Paul, he's the only one standing up for our rights" argument. Two observations on that point. First, I don't think it's realistic to expect Paul to win the R nomination. Second, he's not the only one standing up for our rights, although he is the one who has a large following of supporters. The other R candidate who agrees emphatically with our position is Gary Johnson, and he has the added benefit from my perspective of having founded a business that grew to 1,000 employees by the time he sold it, and 2 successful and popular terms as governor of New Mexico, so he has actual budget and personnel management experience. But he's not as visible, not as well known nationally. Again, realistically I wouldn't expect him to win the R nomination. BUT. The more we work to make R candidates Paul AND Johnson more visible, and to communicate our support of their support of this issue, and the more visible both of them are more generally in the primary process, the more the rest of the R field will have to move in our direction. I also think it's a good tactic to remember when discussing TSA issues among D/progressive folks who are deeply disappointed with Obama's civil rights/privacy actions (such as Glenn Greenwald at Salon, for example) -- when they despair over voting for Obama in 2012, suggest to them that if they vote for Johnson (or Paul, although I think some Ds have a pretty visceral anti-Paul reaction sometimes!) in the R primary they might have a candidate they could support, even if it's not a D. The only way we're going to slay this beast is a multi-faceted, strategic, persistent, patient non-partisan coalition of those fighting for our civil rights. I think engaging Johnson and his staff, raising their visibility, encouraging them to engage more on this issue as it gets more media attention, will be good for our cause and good for them. As I said, though, I have no experience in doing so. Any of you have some suggestions, refinements or improvements of this idea?