Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.
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WASHINGTON ó In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.
The number of requests, contained in a little-noticed 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Serviceís inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax.
The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, offers one of the first detailed looks at the scope of the program, which has played an important role in the nationís vast surveillance effort since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The audit found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individualís mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization.
In addition to raising privacy concerns, the audit questioned the efficiency and accuracy of the Postal Service in handling the requests. Many requests were not processed in time, the audit said, and computer errors caused the same tracking number to be assigned to different surveillance requests.
More big brother techniques used by our government when it comes to privacy. This time in the mail. With giving little to no reason in why they need to monitor many peoples mail, and often times being highly inaccurate.
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Re: Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.
Is there a problem with tracking mail?
Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist
If you put an envelope into the Forum, the Senators will see to whom you write. It is then public. Sort of like a "How Great I am" on Facebook.