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Anatomy of a Blackout

January 18, 2009
Glenn Spencer

I spent the three months preparing for a news conference scheduled for January 14, 2009. On December 10 and January 6, I flew aerial surveillance missions along the border. I then used the mission data, together with data from other missions flown over the past two years, to tell a story.
The presentation given at the National Press Club was the best I have ever done. It told the story about the border that was compelling and true. It had national significance.

To make sure the media and others would be there, American Border Patrol paid PR Newswire extra to use its special Homeland Security “microlist” for the press release. I called and e-mailed reporters I knew, including Jerry Seper of the Washington Times, just to make sure they would be there.

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