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U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement
NY Times ^ | 7-3-2013 | RON NIXON

Posted on 06/22/2014 4:04:58 AM PDT by Citizen Zed

Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: a handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home.

“Show all mail to supv” — supervisor — “for copying prior to going out on the street,” read the card. It included Mr. Pickering’s name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word “confidential” was highlighted in green.

“It was a bit of a shock to see it,” said Mr. Pickering, who with his wife owns a small bookstore in Buffalo. More than a decade ago, he was a spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group labeled eco-terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: dhs; governmentmonitors; mail; usps
I missed this one last year.
1 posted on 06/22/2014 4:04:58 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

Every agency of government has been politicized by the current administration.


2 posted on 06/22/2014 4:14:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Citizen Zed

My mail has been open a time or two the last year. I imagine most of the more vocal of the FR’pers’ mail is from time to time. I’m sure they must’ve been pretty bored...lol


3 posted on 06/22/2014 4:14:50 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Citizen Zed
Mr. Pickering was targeted by a longtime surveillance system called mail covers, 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.

You can safely bet that if the 'outside' data triggers against some keyword/address list, the entire CONTENTS are photographed too.

4 posted on 06/22/2014 4:16:22 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Citizen Zed

I am sure anyone listed as part of the DHS ‘watch list’ is being monitored.

Tea Party
Catholic
War Veteran
Etc.

There is truly only one way to ‘fight’ this battle with the government or that small percentage of “see something say something” propaganda...

And that is to keep speaking out and speaking your mind. The more people they intimidate into silence or into “smokey backyrooms” the more embolden they become. To speak up, speak out, speak your mind en masse in our free country is the only way we can continue to secure our Right to do so.

They are successfully taking over the language of our lives with their political correctness theology. Redskins, Sterling, cake bakers, photographers, etc. all have been subjugated in the courts for their words and/or political donations.

If you are posting on FR, I’d bet my bottom dollar we are all being ‘watched’ online and in real life.


5 posted on 06/22/2014 4:21:51 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: Citizen Zed

The KGB and the Stasi only dreamed of having the capability of performing surveillance on the people at the mass scale now routinely done by the US Gov.

But it says “Liberty” on our coins, so it must be true, right?


6 posted on 06/22/2014 4:22:02 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Citizen Zed

ELF *is* a terrorist group. ...even if not so active now.

They burned down a number of businesses, and are linked to some murders.


7 posted on 06/22/2014 4:22:37 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: lepton

The NY Times only cared about this because he was with E L F.


8 posted on 06/22/2014 4:32:05 AM PDT by pas
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To: Citizen Zed

If Rand Paul wasn’t spending all his time trying to figure out how to legalize Aliens, give voting rights to felons, and stop Republicans from implementing voter ID, he could run with this one.

...but he seems preoccupied these days.


9 posted on 06/22/2014 4:34:27 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Gaffer

The images are saved for 30 days. Its supposed to be for high speed processing.

/postal clerk.


10 posted on 06/22/2014 4:40:59 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: jsanders2001

Every time my ‘puter acts up, I always suspect FBI surveilance


11 posted on 06/22/2014 4:49:24 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: Citizen Zed
“More than a decade ago, he was a spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group labeled eco-terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

EARTH LIBERATION FRONT or ELF is an ecco-terrorist group Since Pickering was/is a spokesman for a known terrorist group, I would expect his mail among other things to be monitored.

12 posted on 06/22/2014 4:51:33 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Tupelo

Which Dem was it that said the Tea Party terrorizes? I wonder if the NSA has read IRS snail mails to/from Tea Party groups.


13 posted on 06/22/2014 5:13:00 AM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: Citizen Zed

From what I know the postal service makes a copy of the front and back of every piece of mail that comes through their distribution centers.


14 posted on 06/22/2014 5:15:41 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Gaffer

No wonder the Post Office loses so much money!!!

Wonder if they do the same with their own emails?


15 posted on 06/22/2014 5:19:27 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Citizen Zed
I'm sure they (the gubmint) are trampling on everyone’s privacy these days at the post office. However, the ELF scum are extremely dangerous and their radicalism needs to be monitored by the FBI if nothing else. What really surprises me is that he is being monitored at all; I thought lefties of a feather . . .
16 posted on 06/22/2014 5:21:44 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Gaffer
Mr. Pickering was targeted by a longtime surveillance system called mail covers, 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.

...and yet the IRS can't keep email from its own director.

17 posted on 06/22/2014 5:28:23 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Crazieman

At least that’s what the USPS says. The IRS says a bunch of stuff, too. The NSA ‘sometimes’ says things.

If it ever got into electronic form, the NSA will have it.


18 posted on 06/22/2014 5:48:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: jsanders2001

I’ve had packages carefully pried open.


19 posted on 06/22/2014 5:54:33 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Tupelo; SierraWasp; tubebender

Bingo: “EARTH LIBERATION FRONT or ELF is an ecco-terrorist group Since Pickering was/is a spokesman for a known terrorist group, I would expect his mail among other things to be monitored.”


20 posted on 06/22/2014 6:20:47 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the Sunni WonDoer, will not divert $'s from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: Gaffer

electronic form —

USPS is surely not using film, thus they make digital images, and these are in electronic form.


21 posted on 06/22/2014 6:25:46 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: Citizen Zed

The guy IS probably under scrutiny. I would be willing to bet that there I’d a court order somewhere too.

But as for the rest of us thinking the Post Office employees care even a little bit about what is in your mail....well, you haven’t worked at the post office.

The people inside the building don’t see any specific piece of mail along the way for anything more than a second. The people delivering the mail have neither the time or inclination to care about your coded letter from “Pappa Bear”


22 posted on 06/22/2014 6:25:52 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Scrambler Bob

Then what I am saying is that the USPS may not keep the images for more than 30 days but it is a surety that it has been sent to the NSA and it has been retained. I have no doubt about that.


23 posted on 06/22/2014 6:27:31 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: EBH

Your list is a little too restricted. Below are my editing suggestions:.

Tea Party or long time Republican Donor Member.

Life long active Christian involved with the local church he and his family attend on a regular basis. He and his spouse have been active a long time in the church’s governing body/bodies. Has problems with the national church’s politics and has helped to keep the local church out of liberal politics.

Honorable Discharged Vet with a sticker on his pickup truck showing his service.

Has owned SUV’s or 4 wheel drive pickups for decades. His sons follow the same pattern of vehicle ownership, and in many cases buy Dad’s vehicle or get an early inheritance.

Owns more than one legal firearm.

Is or has been a legal hunter with his legal firearms and taught his children and grandchildren how to safely hunt and to enjoy the game they harvest. Still has an active hunting license, and has belonged to Gun Clubs and ranges. Considered by those clubs/ranges, hunting buddies/family members to be a good shot and by the military branch he served under.

Clean arrest record with at the most a couple of speeding tickets. Probably had a high security clearance in his military service unlike the thugs in our outhouse today. Security clearance was based on a thorough back ground investigation of him, his wife and their families not being a person of color and rat party.

Has an excellent FICO credit rating well over 800.

Refuses to get into shouting matches with liberals, he knows or pyscho liberal strangers.

There are no liberals in his or his wife’s circle of friends. When pseudo conservatives in their group, have outed themselves in their later years as liberals. Any connections with them are over.

Doesn’t fly his American Flag made in America daily. He does fly it on specific holidays like the 4th of July, Veterans’s
Day and other honor days.


24 posted on 06/22/2014 6:48:04 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the Sunni WonDoer, will not divert $'s from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: knarf

The 47 cats have gray stripes. The stairs have a loose floor board on the left side. It needs to be silenced. The greyhound will finish the race in Tulsa, with any cat without gray stripes to be avoided.


25 posted on 06/22/2014 7:10:08 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Citizen Zed

All government agencies, ISP’s, telephone service providers, delivery services, have been monitoring their customers’ use of their services. Too bad they never bothered to include that in their terms of service.


26 posted on 06/22/2014 7:11:13 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Citizen Zed
The USPS has been photographing the front and backs of EVERY letter and putting the metadata (to/from addresses) in large databases for a number years now.

I've taken to writing FUBO! on the backs of every envelope and package I send out, have been doing that for at least 3 years now, probably longer.

Since I send alot of QSL cards (confirmation of contact for ham radio guys) out, I'm writing FUBO! on alot of envelopes that are going world-wide.

Most people know by now what it means.

27 posted on 06/22/2014 7:17:04 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Citizen Zed
U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement

Must be the final step before they lose it altogether.

28 posted on 06/22/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: null and void

Ping!


29 posted on 06/22/2014 11:23:45 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Bongo in reply to your "Bingo!"

"Monitored" by monitor lizards who change their colors when Dems come to power!!!

30 posted on 06/22/2014 11:59:49 AM PDT by SierraWasp (Obama is mad! He's getting madder with each crisis and now he's a real MADMAN with no temper left!!!)
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To: Citizen Zed

FTA: Liberation Front, a radical environmental group labeled eco-terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


This guy is a terrorist, not some innocent. He belongs in jail.


31 posted on 06/22/2014 12:35:09 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Citizen Zed; null and void; Velveeta; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; MamaDearest; Myrddin; azishot; ...
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32 posted on 06/22/2014 2:34:53 PM PDT by LucyT (0 is draining & overloading the system, in order to get the political change he wants.)
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