Joe Biden is weaponizing institutions of government against American citizens.
The amount of control they’re grabbing is scary.
Now, even the Postal Service is running a terrifying program that every American needs to know about.
The United States Postal Service is supposed to deliver mail – a simple task that could be free of political agenda.
But instead of focusing on lost packages, the USPS has quietly started spying on Americans’ social media.
The program has analysts going through social media for content that they consider “inflammatory.”
“The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests.” Yahoo wrote in a breaking story.
According to a document obtained by Yahoo News, the U.S. Postal Service is running a surveillance operation called the Internet Covert Operations Program.
“Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,” the document, marked “law enforcement sensitive,” said. “Locations and times have been identified for these protests, which are being distributed online across multiple social media platforms, to include right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts.”
It’s unclear if what the Post Office is doing is legally justified in any way.
The 4th Amendment to the Constitution is supposed to keep Americans safe from government surveillance.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that the Fourth Amendment is broken when the government violates a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy,” and that this expectation applies both electronically and physically.
“This seems a little bizarre,” added Rachel Levinson-Waldman, deputy director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security program. “Based on the very minimal information that’s available online, it appears that [iCOP] is meant to root out misuse of the postal system by online actors, which doesn’t seem to encompass what’s going on here. It’s not at all clear why their mandate would include monitoring of social media that’s unrelated to use of the postal system.”
Levinson-Waldman worried that the program could be unconstitutional.
“If the individuals they’re monitoring are carrying out or planning criminal activity, that should be the purview of the FBI,” she said. “If they’re simply engaging in lawfully protected speech, even if it’s odious or objectionable, then monitoring them on that basis raises serious constitutional concerns.”
“It’s a mystery,” University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone told Yahoo News. “I don’t understand why the government would go to the Postal Service for examining the internet for security issues.”
The fact that Parler and Telegram were mentioned indicates that this USPS program is targeting right-wing conservatives.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a government agency has been weaponized against normal Republicans.
During the Obama years the IRS wrongfully targeted Tea Party and conservative groups because of their political viewpoints.
Former President Barack Obama tried hard to justify the IRS actions in 2010, claiming that the groups were a “threat to democracy” potentially run by “political operatives” or “foreign-controlled.”
The actions Democrats are taking against their political enemies are dangerously eroding social trust in this country.
If they don’t stop treating Republicans like they are a “threat to democracy,” they’re in danger of tearing the nation apart.