OP-ED: Why Did The US Postal Service Run A Covert Program Monitoring Americans’ Social Media Activity After January 6?
Following the trace of a story is relatively easier today, in a modern digitalized world… That’s how this has come to attention and has further revealed a lot of things, connected to the whole election from November 2020, as well as the Capitol Attack from /January 6.
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According to a very striking report published by Politico,
“The United States Postal Inspection Service’s Internet Covert Operations Program – or iCOP – sprang into action just five days after the events at the Capitol. That the Postal Service has such a program is itself undoubtedly news to many.
Among their activities were sending bulletins to law enforcement agencies throughout the country “on how to view social media posts that had been deleted” and providing descriptions of their surveillance of posts on a ‘fringe’ social media network.
“Few Americans are aware that the same organization that delivers their mail also runs a robust surveillance operation rooted in an agency that dates back to the 18th century.”
They added that iCOP’s involvement in the days after January 6 “raises questions about how broad the mandate of the Postal Service’s policing arm has grown from its stated mission of keeping mail deliverers safe.”
So the postal service now spies on their customers..
A Covert U.S. Postal Service Unit Spied On Social Media Users Following January 6 Capitol Protests via @nationalfile https://t.co/ikogimDT7t
— Peter Boykin For US Congress (NC – 13) (@Boykin4Congress) September 27, 2021
The question that immediately arises from this report is – What does the social media activity of the American people have to do with the United States Postal Service?
According to Yahoo News,
“The USPS has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests.
The program was operating in March, but the Politico report reveals that the surveillance was up and running as early as January 11.
Are they doing this for Black Lives Matter rallies? Are they doing these for Antifa protests? Why did USPS swing into action days after the January 6 protest and not say, over the previous summer when cities were being looted and burned to the ground?
The original report, based on a document obtained by Yahoo, shows the USPS had analysts scour social media for “inflammatory” postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.”
Monitoring social media activity would appear to have little or nothing to do with the post office’s role in delivering mail.
But let me remind you that Joe Biden is very proud, and calls himself the writer and creator of the Patriotic Act, which, among other words, is explained as “the first of many changes to surveillance laws that made it easier for the government to spy on ordinary Americans.”