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Apr 22 - USPS Running 'Covert Operations Program' That Monitors Social Media Posts
 

 
The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.

The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as “inflammatory” postings and then sharing that information across government agencies

“Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,” says the March 16 government bulletin, marked as “law enforcement sensitive” and distributed through the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers. “Locations and times have been identified for these protests, which are being distributed online across multiple social media platforms, to include right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts.”

A number of groups were expected to gather in cities around the globe on March 20 as part of a World Wide Rally for Freedom and Democracy, to protest everything from lockdown measures to 5G. “Parler users have commented about their intent to use the rallies to engage in violence. Image 3 on the right is a screenshot from Parler indicating two users discussing the event as an opportunity to engage in a ‘f*ght’ and to ‘do serious damage,’” says the bulletin.

“No intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy of these threats,” it adds.

The bulletin includes screenshots of posts about the protests from Facebook, Parler, Telegram and other social media sites. Individuals mentioned by name include one alleged Proud Boy and several others whose identifying details were included but whose posts did not appear to contain anything threatening.

“iCOP analysts are currently monitoring these social media channels for any potential threats stemming from the scheduled protests and will disseminate intelligence updates as needed,” the bulletin says.

The government’s monitoring of Americans’ social media is the subject of ongoing debate inside and outside government, particularly in recent months, following a rise in domestic unrest. While posts on platforms such as Facebook and Parler have allowed law enforcement to track down and arrest rioters who a*saulted the Capitol on Jan. 6, such data collection has also sparked concerns about the government surveilling peaceful protesters or those engaged in protected First Amendment activities.

When contacted by Yahoo News, civil liberties experts expressed alarm at the post office’s surveillance program. “It’s a mystery,” said University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone, whom President Barack Obama appointed to review the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks. “I don’t understand why the government would go to the Postal Service for examining the internet for security issues.”

The Postal Service has had a turbulent year, facing financial insolvency and allegations that its head, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, was slowing down deliveries just as the pandemic vastly increased the number of mail-in ballots for the 2020 election. Why the post office would now move into social media surveillance, which would appear to have little to do with mail deliveries, is unclear.

“This seems a little bizarre,” agreed Rachel Levinson-Waldman, deputy director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security program. “Based on the very minimal information that’s available online, it appears that [iCOP] is meant to root out misuse of the postal system by online actors, which doesn’t seem to encompass what’s going on here. It’s not at all clear why their mandate would include monitoring of social media that’s unrelated to use of the postal system.”

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 3 weeks ago '20        #2
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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I don't believe it
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 3 weeks ago '20        #3
Mysticman  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x14
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It believe don't I
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 3 weeks ago '04        #4
franchise  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Whether its USPS or not also. Several branches and departments are already spying on everyone.
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 3 weeks ago '05        #5
Fauby  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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There are a bunch of private companies that already do this.

You can geo tag an area, place a key word or hashtag and pull up posts on ALL social media with it in it.
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 3 weeks ago '04        #6
ILLUSHUN 
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How does this even work? If you search a tracking number for an order they monitor you with a cookie? Or they just blatantly spying under the guise of the USPS?
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 3 weeks ago '04        #7
cledee23 
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Unfortunately I have a browser that prevents tracking
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 3 weeks ago '05        #8
4REAL  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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USPS having a social media monitoring wing is so random imo.
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 3 weeks ago '13        #9
Facts B  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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No wonder they never deliver my sh*t on time
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 3 weeks ago '14        #10
BoosieBambataa 
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 4REAL said
USPS having a social media monitoring wing is so random imo.
I’m wondering if this is a way to keep their funding up. Didn’t they have money issues or something?
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 3 weeks ago '06        #11
J_Teflon 
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USPS is why my account is on private. I once took a pic of a USPS driver sleeping in his van and added a caption “where’s my package”. My account got attacked by USPS workers. I deleted that sh*t and put my account on private. Them fools was trying to cancel me
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 3 weeks ago '07        #12
Avon_Barksdale  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x88
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 J_Teflon said
USPS is why my account is on private. I once took a pic of a USPS driver sleeping in his van and added a caption “where’s my package”. My account got attacked by USPS workers. I deleted that sh*t and put my account on private. Them fools was trying to cancel me
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 3 weeks ago '11        #13
Trolling 
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All that spying and they still did a raid on congress
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 3 weeks ago '18        #14
DUCEDUCE  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Them motherfu*kers can't even deliver packages on time but they running covert operations
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Top 10 most propped recently  3 weeks ago '04        #15
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They probably used some of USPS FY 2021allocated funding for a separate operation.
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 3 weeks ago '19        #16
MP2019 
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 DUCEDUCE said
Them motherfu*kers can't even deliver packages on time but they running covert operations
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Top 10 most propped recently  3 weeks ago '04        #17
zone3cp 
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 J_Teflon said
USPS is why my account is on private. I once took a pic of a USPS driver sleeping in his van and added a caption “where’s my package”. My account got attacked by USPS workers. I deleted that sh*t and put my account on private. Them fools was trying to cancel me
Sounds like u deserved it...You tired to cancel that man instead of waking him up by taking a pic. They human like us and it’s no telling what he’s dealing with outside of that job. U already got everybody at home these days bothering the mailman ducking up his day to day,


That’s real hoe sh*t my g. You really went Karen on bruh.


That boomerang energy when commit an action is undefeated.
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 3 weeks ago '20        #18
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 Fauby said
There are a bunch of private companies that already do this.

You can geo tag an area, place a key word or hashtag and pull up posts on ALL social media with it in it.
Is there an app for that or some sh*t I can download? I got some marketing ideas and fb ad manager just ain't cuttin it for me lately

 3 weeks ago '06        #19
J_Teflon 
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 zone3cp said
Sounds like u deserved it...You tired to cancel that man instead of waking him up by taking a pic. They human like us and it’s no telling what he’s dealing with outside of that job. U already got everybody at home these days bothering the mailman ducking up his day to day,


That’s real hoe sh*t my g. You really went Karen on bruh.


That boomerang energy when commit an action is undefeated.
It was just a joke. Dude was on his break, I wasn’t really trying to complain. Dude was sleeping with his mouth wide open. I thought it was funny
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 3 weeks ago '17        #20
Willy Boban  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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 franchise said
Whether its USPS or not also. Several branches and departments are already spying on everyone.
Why would they use USPS to spy on social media while Google runs the entire INTERNET?

Now I understand that black market sellers will ship items through USPS, UPS. FEDEX, and whatever other carriers.

But since Google runs the entire INTERNET.

Then wtf is going on. Is Google not participating or what?

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 3 weeks ago '17        #21
JacobWatch 
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Not surprised by the news I’m just wondering wtf usps is doing in charge of it

Nothing I’ve known about the post office tells me their equipped to handle social media
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 3 weeks ago '05        #22
Carpe_DM 
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Alexa tell this thread to gtfoh
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 3 weeks ago '16        #23
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 DUCEDUCE said
Them motherfu*kers can't even deliver packages on time but they running covert operations
They haven’t even discovered what alphanumeric is and instead recycle tracking numbers.

 3 weeks ago '12        #24
knowie728 
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 J_Teflon said
USPS is why my account is on private. I once took a pic of a USPS driver sleeping in his van and added a caption “where’s my package”. My account got attacked by USPS workers. I deleted that sh*t and put my account on private. Them fools was trying to cancel me
Daddy How I look ????
















I kid...i kid...you made it toooooo easy fam
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 3 weeks ago '12        #25
knowie728 
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 J_Teflon said
It was just a joke. Dude was on his break, I wasn’t really trying to complain. Dude was sleeping with his mouth wide open. I thought it was funny
I stand corrected
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