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Posted on 01/08/2006 4:48:09 PM PST by blogblogginaway
WASHINGTON - In the 50 years that Grant Goodman has known and corresponded with a colleague in the Philippines he never had any reason to suspect that their friendship was anything but spectacularly ordinary.
But now he believes that the relationship has somehow sparked the interest of the Department of Homeland Security and led the agency to place him under surveillance.
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Homeland Security has its own intelligence gathering arm?
My guess is that nobody will blink an eye until it's thier mail that gets opened
oh, and that .380 ruger security six you have in your nightstand, .....DHS deems it a threat to the civilian populace
how'd they find out about it?
that neat little speedloader you bought from cabelas mail order
One one hand I am somewhat indignant that this could occur in the specific situation described. One the other hand the fact that it was so obviously marked as having been opened and by what group does lessen my concern.
I also think that this was rather clumsily done by no-n*t, ensconced beaurocratic toadies who don't have a clue as to what they are supposed to be doing, much less the skills to do it.
I wonder if his emails go anything like this:
EVERYTHING GOES AS PLANNED HERE IN USA. DELIVERY OF PARTS ON
SCHEDULE. ASSEMBLY OF DEVICES NEARLY COMPLETE.
HASAM SAYS PARTY SHOULD BE BLAST. LIKE DYING AND GOING TO
TELL POPS TO SEND MORE MONEY. EVERYTHING COSTS MORE THAN
ADOPTED FAMILY HERE IN USA GROWING. BRANCHING OUT IN NEW
CITIES. BUSINESS IS GREAT.
PS - DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!!!
And he just happens to be a mail snooper in WWII? What a coincidence!
I love all of his conjectures: That DHS is monitoring him personally. Hmmm. BTW, an important passage for those who don't click to the article:
All mail means all mail, said John Mohan, a CBP spokesman, emphasizing the point.
This process isnt something were trying to hide, Mohan said, noting the wording on the agencys Web site. Weve had this authority since before the Department of Homeland Security was created, Mohan said.
The international letter mail I receive via UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, etc. is routinely opened and resealed.
Everything that comes into this country is subject to customs inspection. If this guy is 81 years old, one would assume he is aware of this. Just stirring up crap.
It does seem strange that you can't correspond to a person without the presumption of privacy but it is and has nearly always been a price we pay for security.
I know it is not relevant, but I bet anything the parties on both side of this story are leftists.
'Imagine they are getting pretty tired of CitiBank adverts by now.
After all they are nice enough to leave me a little note after they break into my luggage.
They have been doing this for years...
It's not about terrorism...
They inspect packages and thick letters to see if they contain contraband...money (Cash), drugs, pornography...
It is usually random...
Fine with me. All I get is junk mail anyway. I just wish they'd throw that crap away instead of forwarding it all to me.
> I know it is not relevant, but I bet anything the
> parties on both side of this story are leftists.
The guy is in the Peoples Republic of Lawrence KS,
the bluest part of this otherwise red state,
so odds are better than even.
This is a non-story (just like Echelon)
"All mail" is subject to inspection. The odds of a random
just finally caught up with this chap.
If he were really under surveillance, I strongly suspect
that DHS/Customs/FBI would NOT have left obvious evidence
of mail inspection.
It is ironic, isn't it? Goodman used to earn a living opening other people's mail and has written about it.
Americas Japan $24.95
The First Year, 19451946
Grant K. Goodman
Publication date: 10/1/2005
This book entices like a rare gem. Second Lieutenant Grant K. Goodman, then 21, was honest, brilliant, energetic, and, above all, enamored of a great cause: the democratization of Japan.
Rinjiro Sodei, Hosei University
Americas Japan is a rare and insightful working-level view of the Occupation informed by Goodmans lifelong career of scholarship and involvement with East Asia.
Ronald H. Spector, The George Washington University and author of Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan
One of the few non-Japanese Americans trained to read, write, and speak Japanese, Princeton undergraduate Grant Goodman had a privileged position during World War II. As an Army lieutenant, Goodman served in the Philippines at the close of the war and in Tokyo as an intelligence officer on General Douglas MacArthurs staff. Goodman translated thousands of letters, interviews, and other documents by Japanese citizens of all kinds, and came to know, as few Americans could, the hearts and minds of a defeated people as they moved slowly to democracy.
This book is a not only a fascinating personal chronicle of Grant Goodmans unique experience in Japan. Moving deftly between his role as an Army officer gathering essential information and as a young scholar fascinated by Japanese culture, he provides a vividly drawn portrait of daily life in occupied Tokyo.
Here he looks back at signal events: Japans responses to occupation, the writing of the new constitution and the de-deification of the Emperor, the International Military Tribunal and the issue of Japanese war crimes, reactions by ordinary Japanese to American occupiers, and much more. September 2, 2005, marks the 50th anniversary of the Japanese surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri. First published in Japanese in 1986, Americas Japan is not only superb history. It is also a timely reminder of the realities of war and the responsibilities of victors and vanquished alike.
I don't mind them looking in my luggage. What I do mind is the zip ties that they use to seal it afterwards. They are a pain to remove, since you can't carry anything that will cut them in your carryon.
Hey TSA folks - if I wanted my luggage locked, I'd put a lock on it. No locks should = no zip ties.
I once worked for a military electronics manufacturing company. In my position, I had a Top Secret clearance.
I am also an amateur radio operator. I would send contact confirmation (QSL) cards to and receive them from Communist countries. Many were opened. Who cares.
I am so tired of the bushes that the are here in the country I have decided to kill them in my yard.
I am also planning to set off some bombs in my basement to be rid of the bugs and dem rats.
I went to the zoo and saw the seals and other marine members. I will send you pictures.
I gotta go... I smell the bombs going off...hope I dont kill half the city of New York!!Har Har Har
Thye gave you zip ties? Lucky you. The last time I traveled, I gave them zip ties to secure my bags, and they never put them on. Instead, my bags were left open for all to go through.
So when it is done unto him as he had done unto others, he is offended? He must be a liberal.
I really don't give a Damn if they read my mail either.
About 25 years ago, I had a contact in Seattle that sent me 10-20 betamax movies a month to Saudi Arabia, via APO. After viewing them, I had to deliver them to the Lockheed City compound. For the most part, they came through the APO system untouched. Once, however, I got a package that had obviously been opened. There were some Air Force stamps saying that the joint US/Saudi customs people had opened the package and found some pornographic material which had been confiscated. My contact in Seattle always enclosed a packing list of the titles of the movies he'd sent. The one beta tape that had been confiscated as pornography was "Blue Lagoon," with Brooke Shield. We were fairly certain that the Saudi authorities took the tape home and viewed it themselves, just as the weasels drank all the confiscated booze they could appropriate.
I must tell you and everyone on this thread; TSA and CBP have the authority to open anything entering or leaving the country by any mode of transport. This includes luggage, mail or cargo - even H.R.s (Human remains). This has been true for years, long before September 11th.
In addition to TSA and CBP examination guidelines, there are two other factors used by them when deciding on specific items they choose to examine:
Local discretion. This is when an officer uses their gut, instinct or experience to guide them. If it looks like a situation is odd or something doesn't make sense its better to examine than not.
Carrier notification. This is when a transporting carrier (airline, ship, trucker, railroad, etc) notifies TSA or CBP that something specific needs to looked at. These are when the carrier involved has the same reaction that a TSA or CBP officer would have.
"That is why when I fly I always put a note in my checked luggage for the Totally Stupid A$$holes that they need to be looking at the islamosheetheads and not rooting in the stuff I'm taking to Mom.
After all they are nice enough to leave me a little note after they break into my luggage."
What do the DHS people remove from mail? Money? Artwork? Family pictures?
I know that some Middle East country's DHS-equivalents remove all these. They also keep lists of what people write or send. It makes profiling easier and it can be useful no matter which party is in power.
All correspondence should be addressed as:
Dear xxxxx and Gentlemen of the Jury,