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Postal Service is running a 'covert operations program' that monitors Americans' social media posts

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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.

 

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Manwon Lender
18 minutes ago, aztek said:

It's actually nothing new, the NSA was doing it since the mass shootings started in 2017. The program uses an algorithm that searches for a specified number of key words if the program is triggered by a site, then an operator go's and looks at what the program has identified. The data is then reviewed and a determination of the threat posed is made. Depending upon that determination one of two things will occur. They will go knock on the individuals door and copy the person hard drive or they just put the person on a list and continue to monitor them. I have mentioned this here because of some of the posts people make, but they did listen maybe now they will wake up and smell the coffe. Looks like the NSA handed the mission off to the post office..

Great thread. 

 

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susieice

Nobody does anything these days where you aren't monitored, sold, and on camera.

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OverSword
1 hour ago, Manwon Lender said:

It's actually nothing new, the NSA was doing it since the mass shootings started in 2017. The program uses an algorithm that searches for a specified number of key words if the program is triggered by a site, then an operator go's and looks at what the program has identified. The data is then reviewed and a determination of the threat posed is made. Depending upon that determination one of two things will occur. They will go knock on the individuals door and copy the person hard drive or they just put the person on a list and continue to monitor them. I have mentioned this here because of some of the posts people make, but they did listen maybe now they will wake up and smell the coffe. Looks like the NSA handed the mission off to the post office..

Great thread. 

 

Tracking that kind of thing perhaps falls under the purview of the NSA.  The post office can't stay within their own budget and then wastes time spying on the citizenry?  No way this is okay.  Our government has some serious issues and our citizens don't have the knowledge or the will to reign them in yet.  Yet.

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Manwon Lender
Just now, OverSword said:

Tracking that kind of thing perhaps falls under the purview of the NSA.  The post office can't stay within their own budget and then wastes time spying on the citizenry?  No way this is okay.  Our government has some serious issues and our citizens don't have the knowledge or the will to reign them in yet.  Yet.

Well it did fall under the NSA, I have known about it since 2017, but according the OP it appears it was handed off to the post office. Our governments has had some serious issues for years, and as time go's by it has only become more noticeable. But your right our Nations citizens don't know how to reign them back in, and the main reason why is because in almost all cases they can't even see what's going on, sadly.

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OverSword
1 minute ago, Manwon Lender said:

Well it did fall under the NSA, I have known about it since 2017, but according the OP it appears it was handed off to the post office. Our governments has had some serious issues for years, and as time go's by it has only become more noticeable. But your right our Nations citizens don't know how to reign them back in, and the main reason why is because in almost all cases they can't even see what's going on, sadly.

Also, so many people worship government authority that they forget our leaders were never meant to be our rulers, they were meant to be our representatives.

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ouija ouija

'rein' them in . . . . as in reining in a horse. :P

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OverSword
4 minutes ago, ouija ouija said:

'rein' them in . . . . as in reining in a horse. :P

That is where the expression comes from ;)

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ouija ouija
2 minutes ago, OverSword said:

That is where the expression comes from ;)

It certainly is :D

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jmccr8
3 hours ago, aztek said:

It has been known for years that the gov't uses what ever tools they may to their advantage. Back home more than 30 yrs ago they built a geodesic dome to monitor phone calls for key words used in criminal activities and would scan 100,000 calls a minute. The mailman, meter reader or inspectors are also used to gather information of criminal activity so not sure why anyone would be surprised that social media is monitored. This forum is my social media I don't use apps like twitter, facebook or other venues so not likely there is much to observe on my part.

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Eldorado

If you guys all e-mailed a copy of the Constitution to each other the NSA and USPS might get to read it!

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OverSword
55 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

If you guys all e-mailed a copy of the Constitution to each other the NSA and USPS might get to read it!

That is a brilliant idea.  I bet anyone emailing pdf's of the constitution would end up on a watchlist. :gun:

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