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U.S. Postal Service Scans and Logs All Mail

UspslogoAnother shocker in the annals of state security versus United States citizens’ right to privacy, from the New York Times:

Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home.

“Show all mail to supv” — supervisor — “for copying prior to going out on the street,” read the card. It included Mr. Pickering’s name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word “confidential” was highlighted in green.

“It was a bit of a shock to see it,” said Mr. Pickering, who owns a small bookstore in Buffalo. More than a decade ago, he was a spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group labeled eco-terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Postal officials subsequently confirmed they were indeed tracking Mr.

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New Postage Stamp Accidentally Features Las Vegas Statue Of Liberty

libertyBoing Boing notes USPS’s unveiling of a brand new Statue of Liberty stamp with “an illustration of the Lady Liberty replica at Las Vegas’s New York-New York casino as opposed to the real statue in New York Harbor.” (The image used came from a stock photography website.) Many details are different between the two.

It’s an example of how we are living in a state of hyperreality, in which symbols or images become more real to us than the original reality they were supposed to represent. Now, in the minds of millions of unaware people (and the government itself), Las Vegas’ fake, amusement-park statue has become the “right” one.

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U.S. Postal Service Letter Carriers Will Deliver Drugs To Combat Terror Attacks

UspslogoThis is not the most confidence-inspiring example of our tax dollars at work. In fact I’m trying to decide if it’s more scary or sad. Report from USA Today:

The Postal Service is ready to deliver lifesaving drugs to about a quarter of the residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the only metropolitan area in the nation where letter carriers have been trained to dispense medication after a large-scale terrorist attack involving biological weapons.

Six years after the government began exploring the idea of using postal workers as rapid-response medicine dispensers and eight months after President Obama ordered government agencies to develop a plan to do so, efforts are underway in six cities to train workers to deliver the drugs needed to counter anthrax or other potentially deadly agents, the White House says.

The White House won’t name the six cities, and Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa says she can’t talk about whether more cities are interested in the voluntary program.

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