Many Americans seemed outraged and violated when they learned that our government had been spying on our all of our phone calls and emails. If that wasn’t enough, we learned that they have also been spying on our Internet usage, monitoring the sights we visit and our online transactions.
In today’s electronic age, the government was using all of the technology they had to spy on Americans. Nothing electronic was safe from federal prying eyes. I know of some people who insist on using snail mail to do most of their business, bill paying and correspondence just so that hackers can’t get their information and to prevent the government from spying on them.
If you are one of those, then take notice that your snail mail is no longer safe either.
Over 10 years ago, Leslie James Pickering was involved with a radical environmental group known as the Earth Liberation Front. Pickering was their spokesman at the time. Since then, he became the owner of a bookstore in Buffalo, New York. One day, Pickering collected his mail from his mailbox and discovered a Post Office memo that had been mistakenly left with his mail. The memo was alerting postal employees to monitor his mail.
A spying system approved by the government years ago and broadened after 9-11 allows the US Postal Service to keep track of all incoming and outgoing mail from people of interest. They keep records of all people who send you mail and who you send mail to. They also record places of origin and destination.
Mark Rasch, involved in several mail fraud cases explained the supposedly secret program:
“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.”
Although the government is gathering cover information on our mail, they are required to obtain a warrant before opening the mail. However, we’ve seen too many instances of late where the federal government violates our rights without first obtaining a warrant. What’s to say that they have the technology to open your mail, read it, and then reseal it in a way that you would never know it was opened?
It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that they monitor our water, electrical, gas and even our sewer usage. It seems that no form of communication is safe anymore and that our government is busily engaged in spying on every aspect of our lives. Privacy is a thing of the past as Big Brother watches and listens.