Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 26 June 2024

Report: US Government Spies on Thousands of Americans’ Mail Every Year

By Connor Freeman

The US Postal Service (USPS) has been spying on thousands of Americans’ mail every year for a decade, including letters and parcels, and provided citizens’ information to police and elements of the national security apparatus, a Washington Post investigation found. Tens of thousands of requests have been submitted to the USPS since 2015.

Following such requests from the IRS, FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other agencies, the USPS has shared names, addresses, and other findings from the exteriors of Americans’ packages and envelopes without court orders. The surveillance system is known as the “mail covers program,” ostensibly used to track down suspects or evidence.

However, the investigation reads, “a decade’s worth of records, provided exclusively to The Washington Post in response to a congressional probe, show Postal Service officials have received more than 60,000 requests from federal agents and police officers since 2015, and that they rarely say no. Each request can cover days or weeks of mail sent to or from a person or address, and 97 percent of the requests were approved, according to the data. Postal inspectors recorded more than 312,000 letters and packages between 2015 and 2023, the records show.”

In the past, the USPS has declined to reveal how often it grants the requests, arguing in a 2015 audit that it would harm the technique’s effectiveness by “altering criminals” to how it works. Although, in that audit, USPS conceded it had green-lit almost 160,000 requests from postal inspectors and officials in law enforcement, with the IRS, FBI, and DHS topping the list.

Last May, eight senators, including Rand Paul (R-KY), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), submitted a letter imploring the USPS’ law enforcement arm, the US Inspection Service, to require a federal judge’s approval for the requests as well as to expose more details regarding the program. Officials chose to “provide this surveillance service and to keep postal customers in the dark about the fact that they have been subjected to monitoring,” the senators wrote.

This month, Gary Barksdale, the chief postal inspector, refused to change the policy but furnished “nearly a decade’s worth of data showing that postal inspectors, federal agencies, and state and local police forces made an average of about 6,700 requests a year, and that inspectors additionally recorded data from about another 35,000 pieces of mail a year,” the Post reports.

Barksdale disputes that the mail covers program is a “large-scale surveillance apparatus,” claiming instead the USPS is bolstering the national security state’s efforts to “carry out their missions and protect the American public.”

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