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ID:

700

Date:

2014-10-27

Headline:

Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

Reporter's name:

Ron Nixon

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

New York Times

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The U.S. Postal Service, which originally monitored mail by hand (and still can), now has a pair of technologically sophisticated programs, "Mail Imaging" and "Mail Isolation Control and Tracking Program," each of which is used for national-security and law-enforcement purposes. A FOIA request showed over 100,000 usages in 2001-12; a postal audit found almost 50,000 usages in 2013. (See also "FOIA Files" #490, "The government is reading your mail," Salon.com, 1/5/07)

Notes:

Ron Nixon described using FOIA in “Tracking the Postal Surveillance System” (New York Times, 10/28/14). This story, and that explanation, arose from “U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement” (New York Times, 7/3/13), about a “mail cover” instruction card that happened to reach the subject of its surveillance. See also "Snail mail snooping safeguards not followed" (Politico, 6/19/14; http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/snail-mail-snooping-safeguards-not-followed-108056.html).

Keywords:

United States Postal Service, USPS, mail, mail cover, law enforcement, Politico, privacy, Postal Inspection Service, Mail Imaging, Mail Isolation Control and Tracking Program, anthrax, ricin, Joe Arpaio

URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/us/us-secretly-monitoring-mail-of-thousands.html


Agencies:

CBP
DHS
DOD
FBI
NSA
STATE
USPS
VA

States:

AZ
DC
NJ
TX

Categories:

civil rights
law enforcement
national security
technology


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