HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Post Office Cops Used Soc...

Fri Apr 1, 2022, 11:15 AM

Post Office Cops Used Social Media Surveillance Program Illegally

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the post office, was “not legally authorized” to conduct blanket keyword searches of social media for terms such as “protest,” “attack,” and “destroy,” an inspector general investigation found, because it is only supposed to investigate cases with some connection to the post office or the mail.

The USPSIS is the oldest police agency in the country, called the United States Postal Inspection Service, or USPIS. Its job is to police the mail and crimes related to the mail such as mail fraud. USPIS dates back to a time when the postal service was the largest and most significant branch of the federal government and the USPIS was its only national policing power.

Of course, the federal government has many policing and law enforcement arms nowadays, which is one of the reasons that a Yahoo News report from April 2021 was so surprising to many Americans. Yahoo reported the agency’s Internet Covert Operations Program, better and somehow not satirically known as iCOP, was monitoring social media for “inflammatory” postings associated with protest movements on both the Left and the Right. This puzzled First Amendment watchdogs and security experts since the federal government has no shortage of agencies to monitor social media for inflammatory posts, yet for some reason postal cops were doing it. Yahoo News also reported that iCOP included use of Clearview AI, the highly controversial facial recognition system that is built on a database of images scraped from social media.

As a result of that investigation, the House of Representatives asked the USPS Office of Inspector General to investigate this program. The USPSOIG has just published that report which found iCOP used “proactive searches” that “did not include any terms with a postal nexus,” meaning they had nothing to do with the post office. The USPIS did not immediately respond to a Motherboard request for comment on the report.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7nmaz/post-office-cops-used-social-media-surveillance-program-illegally

5 replies, 682 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply Post Office Cops Used Social Media Surveillance Program Illegally (Original post)
TheProle Apr 2022 OP
underpants Apr 2022 #1
2naSalit Apr 2022 #2
Thomas Hurt Apr 2022 #3
WhiskeyGrinder Apr 2022 #4
TheRealNorth Apr 2022 #5

Response to TheProle (Original post)

Fri Apr 1, 2022, 11:21 AM

1. Not the oldest police agency

UPSIS est. 1775
Virginia Capital Police est. 1618

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheProle (Original post)

Fri Apr 1, 2022, 11:28 AM

2. Another reason the...

Postal Service needs to be cleaned up starting at the top.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheProle (Original post)

Fri Apr 1, 2022, 11:34 AM

3. wouldn't surprise me, if DeJoy put them up to it.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheProle (Original post)

Fri Apr 1, 2022, 11:35 AM

4. FTP. All of 'em.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheProle (Original post)

Fri Apr 1, 2022, 12:47 PM

5. Seems to outside their purview...

Unless they were responding to a mutual aid agreement and were providing assistance to the FBI or the like.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread