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  1. #1
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    Aug 2010
    carbon cty, Pennsylvania
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    Default USPS spied on pro-gun protestors

    The United States Postal Service, or USPS, isnít the topic of a lot of discussion here at Bearing Arms. Thatís because, well, thereís generally not much reason to talk about them.

    Thatís especially true when you look at the shenanigans being carried out by both the FBI and the ATF. I mean, why would we spend a lot of time talking about the post office?

    Well, it seems that postal inspectors are more than willing to get into anti-gun shenanigans themselves.

    The U.S. Postal Service monitored protesters across the country, snooping on Americans focused on issues involving guns and President Bidenís election, according to records obtained by The Washington Times.

    Postal inspectors tracked the actions of gun rights activists gathering in Richmond, Virginia; people preparing to demonstrate against police in Louisville, Kentucky, after an investigation into the police shooting of Breonna Taylor; and far-right groups headed to the District of Columbia after Mr. Bidenís election.

    Cato Institute senior fellow Patrick Eddington obtained the heavily redacted records detailing the postal inspectorsí spying from September 2020 through April 2021, including through covert social media surveillance called the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP).

    The records provide a rare glimpse into the breadth and depth of the Postal Serviceís surveillance apparatus, which Mr. Eddington said was capable of reaching into every home and business in the country.

    ďThe Postal Service cannot reliably deliver mail to my own home, yet they can find the money and people to effectively digitally spy at scale, including on Americans engaged in First Amendment-protected activities,Ē Mr. Eddington said.

    Thatís right, folks. The USPS postal inspectors are spying on people like you and me simply because of our political opinions.

    Inspectors claim they were simply using public information to track potential criminal acts, but I find that very hard to believe. After all, these are protestors who are exercising their First Amendment rights to criticize the government and to try and pressure officials to do certain things.

    Thatís our right as Americans.

    Yet the law enforcement arm of the USPS is snooping into who is doing what where for people who arenít even suspected of committing any crime, much less one that falls within the postal inspectorsí jurisdiction.

    If they had reason to believe contraband was being shipped illegally, that would be one thing, but that seems to be missing in all this.

    Whatís more, the USPS apparently knows this.

    The Postal Service inspector general said this year that the postal inspectorsí surveillance overstepped law enforcement authority and may not have had legal approval.

    The inspectors disputed that conclusion.

    ďWe determined that certain proactive searches iCOP conducted using an open-source intelligence tool from February to April 2021 exceeded the Postal Inspection Serviceís law enforcement authority,Ē the Postal Service watchdog said in a March audit. ďFurthermore, we could not corroborate whether other work analysts completed from October 2018 through June 2021 was legally authorized.Ē

    The investigation was conducted at the request of the top Democrat and Republican on the House Oversight and Reform committee.

    Bipartisanship can be achieved. All you have to do is spy on everyone, apparently.

    However, letís also remember that while anti-police protests turned violent with startling regularity in 2020, that didnít happen with pro-gun protestors. So while a case can be made that law enforcement probably should have looked into police protestorsĖnot necessarily the USPSís law enforcement, mind you, but someoneĖthat isnít the case of Second Amendment advocates.

    The truth here is that the USPS postal inspectors overstepped.

    As Eddington noted, they canít deliver mail in a timely manner, but they can do this crap?

    I mean, the postal service is routinely complaining about a lack of money. Maybe itís time to cut the postal inspectorsí budget if theyíre going to do crap like this with it and divert those funds to the USPSís primary mission: delivering the mail.
    Ecclesiastes 10:2 ...........

  2. #2
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    Aug 2018
    Nunya, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: USPS spied on pro-gun protestors

    The Patriot Act strikes again

    Every federal agency that has a law enforcement arm has been weaponized

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    Apr 2009
    Raccoon City, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: USPS spied on pro-gun protestors

    The ol see something say something shit and shinola shenanigans again, these fuckwits were complicit in the stolen election, and now they have been caught favoring these democratic socialist side again.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2007
    next to my neighbor, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: USPS spied on pro-gun protestors

    Until the tyrants start dying, this will never end. It will only get worse.


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