Should the United States Postal Service embrace their founding principles and provide a secure infrastructure in this modern era of digital technology to preserve the integrity and sanctity of communications?
The U.S. Postal Service can find its roots in colonial America as an alternative to the British postal system. John Adelman in “A Constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence, Public and Private’: The Post Office, the Business of Printing, and the American Revolution” provides a linage to the origins of the British postal system from pre-colonial era to the Revolutionary War. Colonists who were dissenting with the British Crown were communicating with each other throughout the colonies and it was common for newspapers to be distributed via the postal system. However, these colonists were also aware of a 1710 Act which “…granted officials the power to intercept and open mail, creating the potential for imperial officials to censor political opposition and making the post an insecure means of transmitting letters for political dissenters.”