The United States Postal Service is allegedly illegally tracking American citizens’ social media messages, according to an article published by Yahoo News. What’s strange about this news is how Democrats and the media have insisted that we’re on the verge of sliding into tyranny, and now this.
I assumed the 4th Amendment was exclusively the responsibility of the NSA…
I’m a fool!
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Disturbing! Why do Presidents and my colleagues in congress tolerate these violations of the Constitution?
Also, and unfortunately, the USPS has been losing money for many years… so where do they find money to run this surveillance program?https://t.co/rmcKAsTRNK
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 21, 2021
Imagine how effective the surveillance systems are at the organizations that are flush with cash and better educated at it if an organization that is losing money has the tools to do this kind of spying.[Yahoo News] [Yahoo News] [Yahoo News According to a document obtained by Yahoo News, the US Postal Service’s law enforcement arm has been secretly operating a program that monitors and collects Americans’ social media messages, including those about proposed demonstrations.
The iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, surveillance effort’s specifics have never been made public before. The job entails making analysts scour social media platforms for what the paper refers to as “racist” postings.
According to the March 16 government bulletin, labelled as “law enforcement sensitive” and circulated via the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers, “analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) tracked substantial activity about expected protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021.” “These demonstrations have been reported as well as their locations and times, which are being disseminated online through various social media outlets, including right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts.”
I’m sure the Postal Service isn’t the only government department that keeps an eye on social media. But I’m perplexed as to why they’re doing it at all. It doesn’t seem that a cash-strapped organization would be prudent to waste this much money on anything unrelated to their mission.
Pay special attention to the following section of the report:
Following a spike in domestic unrest, the government’s surveillance of Americans’ social media has been the topic of heated discussion both within and outside government.
Although posts on social media sites like Facebook and Parler helped law enforcement track down and apprehend rioters who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, such data collection has raised questions about the government spying on peaceful demonstrators or others engaging in protected First Amendment activities.
The federal government’s position in the constitution is clearly defined in the Constitution. Outside of that, anything they do is illegal. That’s more than 99 percent of what they’re doing now. Are you starting to get a sense of the big picture? Does it give you the creeps? It ought to.