The United States Postal Service (USPS) is arguably one of the worst functioning government agencies, and continues to lose billions of dollars year after year.
Despite the agency’s flaws, the USPS is reportedly engaging in a “covert operations program” to monitor Americans’ social media posts. The goal of the operation is to uncover so-called “inflammatory” postings about domestic and international protests. The USPS uncovers the dates, times, and locations of the protests, before handing over their findings to the Department of Homeland Security.
The government bulletin obtained by Yahoo News which uncovered this covert operation also adds that “No intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy of these threats.”
“[Internet Covert Operations Program] analysts will continue to monitor postings and provide direct intelligence reports to specific Areas of Responsibility for any identified posts discussing planned attacks or violent actions,” the memo continues.
The USPS defended the program, saying it exists to protect agency employees from potential threats.
“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the