The Postal Inspectors Are Snooping on Social Media - Is This Somehow About Better Mail Service?
The US Postal Service has been around a long time - since Benjamin Franklin in fact. My encounters with the US Mail have been quite positive through my life. This includes whether I lived in or near a big city like Miami, Houston or Tampa, or in a relatively tiny place like Salinas, Ft Hunter-Liggett, or where I live now, which is actually not on a map. I have gotten my mail, packages, orders, legal documents and - back when there were such things - actual checks, delivered right to me. Like just about everyone else.
Getting mail at all has aways been nice, and often it’s crucial. A needed package of something you’ve ordered, a legal document or something regarding insurance coverage. For the vast majority of such deliveries, they were there, you got the document or item you needed, and there were no hassles.
Sometimes there are losses, misdirections, late arrivals causing an inconvenience - or worse, but I can say my postal experiences have been far more positive than negative, and our carrier out where we live is charming as well as thorough and prompt.
So why am I writing about the Post Office? It’s not them, but an internal division - the Postal Inspectors.
Let’s look at the iCOP program. The Postal Inspection Service’s Internet Covert Operations Program surveils the internet, primarily social media but also cryptocurrency transactions and a few other targeted areas. Apparently crypto, as in its present state has no governmental direct oversight and therefore is rather squishy when it comes to tax enforcement - and we can’t have that - is being treated as another avenue for money laundering. Now money laundering and tax evasion are not the same thing, but when either is done using the internet or a private network, it can be investigated as a cybercrime.
There are some people in the upper echelons of the Treasury Department as well as other organizations in Washington that want American currency to move to some sort of digital currency, a FedCoin as the informal working name of this idea is presently. FedCoin, of course, would ban all other forms of crypto from trading or being used as currency in the United State. The government does not like competition, just consider First Class mail as well as 1 oz silver rounds that might closely resemble Treasury minted bullion coins.
-James F. Ponder