Creeped out with all the talk of the United States collecting just about every type of data possible on its citizens? Well why not turn to good ol fashioned postal services? Not so fast. According to The New York Times — the government alike its internet services has been monitoring snail mail of all kinds since 2001.
Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program’ (the more scarier title) has been around for more than a century, but was only initiated in 2001 following the anthrax attacks.
A former Justice Department official summed it… up in under 300 characters.
- “In the past, mail covers were used when you had a reason to suspect someone of a crime. 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.”
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