The U.S. Postal Service might be spying on you.
In a bombshell expose, Yahoo News reported Wednesday that it had come into possession of a “Situational Awareness Bulletin” that was issued on March 16 by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service — the mail agency’s law enforcement arm — describing its involvement in a secret surveillance program called the Internet Covert Operations Program whose purpose is to track and collect information about Americans’ online activity.
According to that bulletin, the clandestine program enlists analysts who trawl social media platforms — specifically including “right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts” — to identify “inflammatory” posts ahead of planned protests.
The two-page document explains that “inflammatory posts” are those that “suggest [that] potential violence may occur,” even though “no intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy of these threats.”
The Postal Service then forwards these posts to other government agencies.
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