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U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement

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


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Soon they'll make carrier pigeons illegal.

Someone needs to come up with a "homing drone", so we can can send private messages to one another.

Undo what Wilson did

Sorry if you think this is new.....

None of this is new. we have a bunch of wacko megalomaniacs running our country, for quite some time now.


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National Send A Log Day declared

What's more simple and straightforward to log than a log?

Is transparent packaging acceptable to USPS? Transparency is something we demand from our government and apparently it demands it right back so let's start sending them logs.

Let's see about some truly transparent packaging and kinda pinch out a deuce and send it. Now as it happens, sending a real deuce in the mail is a crime (some people were having such fun doing it to politicians they just couldn't stand it anymore) but I think a realistic enough looking log can be made with clay and brown paint.

Now it may be that us sending logs to people won't get logged so if you are getting logged you might request to be logged so it can get logged by the loggers. This way the loggers can more accurately log these logs in their logbooks or logging software or however they keep track of logs. I can only think it would add to their job statisfaction to know exactly what they are logging (in this case logs) and to know exactly where these logs are going.

These logs are very important to somebody, probably a lot of somebodys. Interesting how much attention these people pay to logs.

A log, after all, is just a log.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

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Three important programs in place for a long time.

1) e@gle eye - profiling by people at the counter
2) IRS/USPS mailing DB. Where did you think the data you put on forwarding cards really went?
3) To/From "metadata" DB. One of the "s*curity enhancements" that went in with the 3 cent postage increase in the wake of 9 I1 was the metadata database that tracks every to/from address combination that goes through the mail. It wouldn't suprise me if they now also had access to
3a) every to/from address combination that fedex and ups has

If you haven't noticed beginning 2013 there's 4). 4) for anything larger than normal first class mail there's a tracking number sticker now put on every piece. And, something that I can't verify but suspect from how my mail has looked in the past years.....

They're down now to flat out opening mail and resealing it in their s*cur1ty centers.

Also, have you noticed you can't buy strapping tape anymore? Just clear RESEALABLE mailing tape? hmm...

Of course messing with the

Of course messing with the mail is supposed to be a federal offense - unless you are the feds.

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ya, just so much more to keep

ya, just so much more to keep us safe--but who is safe from the government?