The Founding Fathers got a lot right – but one thing they may have gotten wrong was the creation of the U.S. Postal Service.
They’ve been a drain on the taxpayer for decades, their service has gotten progressively worse and meanwhile their prices have skyrocketed.
But now the USPS is doing something even worse.
If the last six months – if not the last few years – have proven anything, it’s that Big Tech is Big Brother.
If that isn’t bad enough, you won’t believe which federal agency has joined Big Tech in spying on you on social media.
Yahoo! News reports that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has a social media surveillance unit known as the “Internet Covert Operations Program” or iCOP for short.
A 2019 annual report published by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service stated that iCOP “protects the Postal Service and the public by facilitating the identification, disruption, and dismantling of individuals and organizations that use the mail or USPS online tools to facilitate black market -internet trade or other illegal activities.”
It only gets worse from there.
As part of iCOP, USPS agents “assume fake identities online, use sophisticated intelligence tools and employ facial recognition software.”
Once iCOP gets the information they’re looking for, it’s sent to Homeland Security and other government authorities.
Supposedly, these brave employees are on the hunt for “significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically.”
This news has caused an uproar around the country and raises serious concerns about the federal government’s ongoing surveillance of Americans.
Thirty GOP members of Congress have sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy asking why the USPS is “taking on the role of intelligence collection.”
There’s certainly no shortage of intelligence agencies eager to spy on Americans, so adding the USPS to the mix is just absurd.
In late April, Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale testified about the surveillance program to the House Oversight Committee.
According to Barksdale, the program launched in 2017 to help detect opioids and firearms, but by spring of 2020, it had morphed into monitoring the internet for information about potential threats to post office leaders, staff, or facilities.
During testimony, Barksdale was asked how much taxpayer money was going towards iCOP and what legal authority the post office was given to spy on people’s social media activity.
The Chief Postal Inspector had no answer.
In typical government fashion, the Deep State wants the American people to believe this is all for their “safety.”
But we know better.
Big Brother wants to know everything about you and your life.
And what better place to look than in your inbox?
Just imagine what your local park ranger is doing.