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The Feds Are Spying On Your Snail Mail Too

July 3, 2013 by  

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution

Amid reports of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance efforts centered on collecting electronic communications data, many Americans have expressed concern about their privacy on the technological front.

But a report out Wednesday from The New York Times offers a reminder: The NSA is not the only government agency spying on Americans.

Leslie James Pickering, a former member of a radical environmental group labeled eco-terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation called the Earth Liberation Front, told the Times that he found a misplaced card in his mailbox last September that indicated that the United States Postal Service was monitoring his mail.

Via the Times:

Postal officials subsequently confirmed they were indeed tracking Mr. Pickering’s mail but told him nothing else.

As the world focuses on the high-tech spying of the National Security Agency, the misplaced card offers a rare glimpse inside the seemingly low-tech but prevalent snooping of the United States Postal Service.

Mr. Pickering was targeted by a longtime surveillance system called mail covers, but that is only a forerunner of a vastly more expansive effort, the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, in which Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States — about 160 billion pieces last year. It is not known how long the government saves the images.

Together, the two programs show that snail mail is subject to the same kind of scrutiny that the National Security Agency has given to telephone calls and e-mail.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Suzanne

    We are being lead to either a Marxist world government and/or socialist police state. Look at what the Nazis did and you will see history repeating itself.

    • Yougottaseethis Nassie

      It’s the same thing. The Germans got duped EXACTLY the same way that our Libs are. Too much Kool Aid flowing around us for anyone to feel safe!

      • parasite

        The collectivists align with anyone to advance their agendas. Muslims, black panthers, weather underground, democrats, republicans, oligarchs. What they will discover is, that once their select are in power they will turn on their supporters and murder them. Stalin did it. Mao did it. Hitler did it. Obama or Jeb Bush will do it too.

  • LeeAnn

    Am I surprised?? Heavens NO… WE live with the OBAMA administration and they are from Chicago and that means corruption. It’s a way of life now…. HEY PEOPLE WHAT ABOUT CHANGE OBAMA PROMISED??? It surely not working!!!
    Maybe for some dunno for sure…..suppose WE could ask for a $300 MILLION to go to Africa only to have the their military escort the Obama’s away from there and now riots in Cairo??? WOW!!!

  • http://Www.bullrun.ca Pete

    How’s that hopeychangy thing been working for ya

  • LeeAnn

    Am I surprised?? Heavens NO… WE live with the OBAMA administration and they are from Chicago and that means corruption. It’s a way of life now…. HEY PEOPLE WHAT ABOUT CHANGE OBAMA PROMISED??? It surely not working. Suppose WE could ask for a $300 MILLION to go to Africa only to have the their military escort the Obama’s away from there and now riots in Cairo??? WOW!!!

  • Yougottaseethis Nassie

    Yep, I’ve gotten several deliveries, snail mail, already opened with rubber bands around them recently. Hey, maybe I’m on a list??? Not the Nation I grew up in. That’s for sure!!!

  • Frank W.H.

    It does not surprize me to say the least. I used to haul for the USPS, even way back when it was operated by the Federal Government.
    I even had a post master hold up my personal mail (aledgedlly) (as I had no proof).
    Big Brother has been watching our so called “snail mail” for quite some time now.

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    Nothing is sacred, or private to the Government. If you break the Constitution or violate peoples rights or abuse your authority, no matter who or what you are. Should be mandatory prison, do not pass go do not collect 200. Dollars. The people who are supposed to represent us, should lead by example. They need special police to monitor them.

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