“U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement”
Was I shocked? No, not really. I was more surprised that this was being brought to our attention. I mean, isn’t this something that the ‘secret court’ should have kept secret? We didn’t even need Eddie Snowden to alert us to this latest breach of our privacy. Oh, but let’s not get outraged and upset over this, because our government must protect us from ourselves and they only have our best interest at heart. And to do that, they have a little thing called the “Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program”. This formerly clandestine program allows the USPS to take a picture of the outside of - are you ready for this – “every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States — about 160 billion pieces last year.” And there’s more – no one knows how long the government saves these images. Well of course no one knows, our government keeps us on a need to know basis and apparently there is quite a bit they wish we didn’t know.
I’m going to go out on a limb with this next question, but doesn’t a little something called the 4th Amendment come into play here? How is our government allowed to take a picture of every piece of our mail and store it in a database so that they can search every record of mail we have sent and received – and do all of this WITHOUT A WARRANT! Pretty sure that this is a clear violation of the 4th amendment and I don’t think this is even close to what Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine and John Adams had in mind when they wrote our Constitution.
And while we’re on the topic of the 4th Amendment, did you know that according to legal precedent, the Fourth Amendment, you know, the one that tells of our right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, doesn’t apply along the border of the United States. And you should also be aware that the government has defined the borders of our great nation to be 100 miles inland from the nation’s actual border. They even gave it a cute little moniker, “The Fourth-Amendment-Free Zone”. So basically, 2/3 of the population of the United States are living in an area where the Fourth Amendment does not apply. Do I have anything to hide, no, not at all. But just because I have nothing to hide doesn’t mean I want people looking at it. Innocent facts can be twisted by crusading prosecutors – trust me on this.
I suppose if the government sees my subscription renewal letters from a few Italian magazines I receive, along with Cosmopolitan and a gardening magazine, they may come to the conclusion that I’m a secret agent for the Italian Republic, leaking classified information to Giorgio Napolitano on how to grow oregano while wearing stilettos. Yes, I’m a lethal threat to society. Hell, at this point, George Orwell is looking more and more like a modern-day Nostradamus. I’ve been somewhat of a ‘closet conspiracy theorist’ for some time now and unfortunately, I now see that most of what I have long suspected is true. People, you need to stop relying on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, etc., and do your own research. Of course, NSA will know that you are doing this, so proceed at your own risk.
It seems like the USPS slogan really is true – “We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever” – but only after we photograph your mail and send it to the government. Democracy and privacy are dead my friends. Call this what you want…Totalitarianism, Fascism, Plutocracy…. but our Nation is not at all what its founding fathers had hoped it would become. The government – state, federal and judiciary – are willfully disregarding the 4th Amendment. I can understand the need to cooperate with law enforcement when and if it is deemed necessary, but what’s the point of having a Constitution if the government can pick and choose when to be subject to it?
I’m sure all those who sacrificed their lives or limbs fighting for America and our freedoms over the last 200+ years would be thrilled to know this is what they suffered and died for. It’s going to be rather difficult for me to celebrate much of anything today – we as a nation are under total tyranny. Our Constitution and Declaration of Independence have been left to interpretation by complete morons (elected servants) who have ripped it to shreds. Yes, I will still put a patriotic t-shirt on my little boy and later this evening we will watch fireworks from a distance while listening to the radio play a variety of uplifting songs about this great nation of ours, but it will all be done with a heavy heart.
Happy Independence Day.