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Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.


The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service's inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax.

The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, offers one of the first detailed looks at the scope of the program, which has played an important role in the nation's vast surveillance effort since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

We wish to be an example of democracy to the world; instead we are peddling hypocrisy.The audit, which was reported on earlier by Politico, found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual's mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization.

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"Interviews and court records also show that the surveillance program was used by a county attorney and sheriff to investigate a political opponent in Arizona — the county attorney was later disbarred in part because of the investigation — and to monitor privileged communications between lawyers and their clients, a practice not allowed under postal regulations." hummmmm, I remember the disbarment, but I don't remember this.

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