For those who are constantly worried about the watchful eye of Big Brother, there are a number of organizations that we need to look out for. While most of us never thought that the US Postal Office would be included in this tangled web, they are apparently throwing their hats into the surveillance ring. This sounds like a conspiracy theory, for sure.
We are having a tough time wrapping our minds around this one. Yahoo News is providing more background on the current situation and things do not look good. Federal agencies are being fed information by the organization and of course, left wing malfeasance is always perfectly okay. Let’s take a closer look at their latest report:
“The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.
The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as “inflammatory” postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.
“Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,” says the March 16 government bulletin, marked as “law enforcement sensitive” and distributed through the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers. “Locations and times have been identified for these protests, which are being distributed online across multiple social media platforms, to include right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts.”
This passage is sure to raise a number of questions. Why is the government creating a database of social media posts? What are they going to do with the information? Why in the heck is the post office getting involved here? It’s a lot to wrap your head around. Yahoo News has more:
“The government’s monitoring of Americans’ social media is the subject of ongoing debate inside and outside government, particularly in recent months, following a rise in domestic unrest. While posts on platforms such as Facebook and Parler have allowed law enforcement to track down and arrest rioters who assaulted the Capitol on Jan. 6, such data collection has also sparked concerns about the government surveilling peaceful protesters or those engaged in protected First Amendment activities.
When contacted by Yahoo News, civil liberties experts expressed alarm at the post office’s surveillance program. “It’s a mystery,” said University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone, whom President Barack Obama appointed to review the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks. “I don’t understand why the government would go to the Postal Service for examining the internet for security issues.”
This is where we ask another obvious question: what expertise does the Post Office have in this regard? They can surely handle threats that are made by mail but electronic communications are not their forte. With the USPS facing “financial insolvency”, we also wonder where they are coming up with the resources for this initiative.
The article suggests that there are no limits to the intrusiveness taking place here. USPS is trying to become Big Brother and no one seems to know where it begins or ends. Sure, social media posts are already public as it is but what happens when we follow the footsteps of the Chinese? They have a social database and they are overreaching as we speak.
The idea is so strange that it has forced us to come up with a different sort of theory. Perhaps the USPS was chosen because the government assumed that no one would ask any questions about them. It’s such a benign choice, they probably thought that the average person wouldn’t say boo. Congress needs to place some of their officials under oath, pronto. Otherwise, who knows what might happen?