Thursday, July 4, 2013
Does the U.S. Postal Service read your mail?
The quick answer is no, unless a warrant is obtained. However, the fact that both sides of your envelopes could be copied may be a worry for many. Here's a quote from an article in the July 3rd issue of the New York Times, titled “U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement.”
“In the past, mail covers were used when you had a reason to suspect someone of a crime,” said Mark D. Rasch, the former director of the Justice Department’s computer crime unit, who worked on several fraud cases using mail covers. “Now it seems to be ‘Let’s record everyone’s mail so in the future we might go back and see who you were communicating with.’ Essentially you’ve added mail covers on millions of Americans.”
Says a former FBI agent:
“Looking at just the outside of letters and other mail, I can see who you bank with, who you communicate with — all kinds of useful information that gives investigators leads that they can then follow up on with a subpoena.”
Two remedies, folks: (1) Stay out of politics, and (2) use a ghost address as sender, for sensitive mail Or, use no return address at all.
Link to the Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/monitoring-of-snail-mail.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0