WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.
The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax. . . . Read Complete Report
All of the circumstances were in place for another tragic incident when a responsible gun owner, who was carrying concealed at the time, shot the aggressor, potentially saving many lives.
In this situation, if the partygoers had been forced to wait for the police to arrive and deal with the angry young man with a rifle, how many people would be dead? Sadly, this is not considered newsworthy for that very reason – no families are mourning innocent victims today. . . . Read Complete Report
On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union released a new report on how license plate reader surveillance has become the most widespread location tracking technology in the US. Usually the trackers are mounted on cop units, bridges and light poles and most commuters are unaware that their every move is being monitored. RT’s Sam Sacks explains how the technology is being used to spy on everyone.
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