Message of the Day – Endangered

Read where mail boxes are being fazed out.

Mailbox near McHenry Avenue.

Oh, how the Postal service has changed during my lifetime.

As a kid in the the 1940’s, I can remember the Postman coming twice each day–morning and afternoon.

When I filed a temporary changfe of address form, I was told it would take effect in 7-10 days.

Not exactly efficient.

A new requirement sets back personal privacy another step.

I was forced to supply a government identification, in my case, my driver’s license, which was scanned into another government data base.

That was not required before.


Message of the Day – Endangered — 4 Comments

  1. Cal, it’s the surveillance state working hard. The next generations are screwed worse than yours and mine.

    April 22, 2021

    The Honorable Louis DeJoy
    Postmaster General
    475 L’Enfant Plaza West, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20260

    Dear Postmaster General DeJoy:

    Recent reporting indicates the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been operating “a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts,” known as the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP). As reported, iCOP is part of the United States Postal Inspection Service, which is the law enforcement and security component of USPS. If the reporting is accurate, iCOP raises serious questions about the federal government’s ongoing surveillance of, and encroachment upon, Americans’ private lives and discourse.

    According to the reporting, iCOP directs analysts “to trawl through social media sites to look for what [a USPS] document describes as ‘inflammatory’ postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.” Focusing on social media platforms, but apparently with a particular eye towards the “right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts,” iCOP has recorded the locations and times of protests and other events during which Americans exercise their First Amendment liberties. The reporting adds that iCOP has found “[n]o intelligence” to suggest legitimacy to the “threats” on those platforms.

    The type of amorphous, broad mandate under which iCOP is allegedly operating is particularly troubling because it is unclear why the USPS, of all government agencies and the only one devoted to the delivery of Americans’ mail, is taking on the role of intelligence collection. The type of general review of social media alleged in the reporting does not indicate that the posts reviewed by iCOP are related to the protection and security of USPS, its postal routes, its employees, or the mail generally. As Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School said, “I don’t understand why the government would go to the Postal Service for examining the internet for security issues.” We agree.

    The United States is not lacking in its availability of intelligence agencies, and it should be left to those professionals to engage in this sort of behavior, if it is even necessary at all. Professor Stone also noted, “[t]here are so many other federal agencies that could do this, I don’t understand why the post office would be doing it. There is no need for the post office to do it — you’ve got FBI, Homeland Security and so on, so I don’t know why the post office is doing this.” Truly, it is baffling why America’s postal service would be involved in this kind of coordinated, intensive review of its citizens’ online activity.

    Please arrange to have Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale provide a Member-level briefing no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 regarding this alleged encroachment into the private lives of Americans by a component of our mail delivery agency.


    Oversight Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.)
    Judiciary Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
    Subcommittee on Government Operations Ranking Member Jody Hice (R-Ga.)
    Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.)
    Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.)
    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)
    Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.)
    Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.)
    Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.)
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)
    Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)
    Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.)
    Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.)
    Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.)
    Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas)
    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)
    Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz)
    Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)
    Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-Kan.)
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)
    Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.)
    Rep. Scott Franklin (R-Fla.)
    Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.)
    Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.)
    Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.)
    Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.)
    Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)
    Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.)
    Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
    Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.)
    Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah)

  2. All mail is photographed too. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true and has been so since the Patriot Act.

    This is why all the mail slots at Post Offices marked ‘local mail’ for delivery in the same town, are sealed up.

    Now all mail goes to regional processing… for us Palatine, EVEN IF IT’S just going to a POB in same post office!

    I had a letter from Luxembourg clumsily opened and resealed last year. My correspondent complained to the authorities at his end and was told American authorities are the ones doing it….. Luxembourg has no people to do it and it goes directly to NYC, no intermediate countries.

  3. JT, that surveillance program is, in part, farmedout to Israeli ‘security firms’ and their affiliates.

    Why are jews so jumpy about posts castigating the Deep State?

  4. What has happened to the USPS?

    Why is it BILLIONS of $ in debt?

    Why is service so bad in DEMOCRAT controlled cities and states?

    In a word, DIVERSITY.

    And we’re all paying for it.

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