The Postal Service must stop acting like a domestic spy agency

Now, this is a situation to go postal about.

The U.S. Postal Service, according to Yahoo News, “has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests.”

The response to this doesn’t require a deep dive. The post office has no business monitoring social media posts. None whatsoever. Not even close. The job of the post office is to deliver letters, not to do domestic intelligence.

Yet, according to Yahoo, “The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as ‘inflammatory’ postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.”


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I have to be honest. The USPS DOES have an interest in monitoring Social Media. They have to watch out for any situations that might be mail fraud, or a safety issue to a mail carrier/post office. There are over 200 federal mail crimes that have to be watched. If you’re dumb enough to post about it, you deserve to get what you get. Social media is free and public. Can’t blame a postal inspector for finding your threat and investigating it if it has to do with mail fraud.