by Dave Jolly
Many Americans have been outraged to learn that the National Security Agency has been spying on their phone calls, email and internet use. Eric Snowden literally sacrificed his life, as he knew it, to let Americans know the extent of the government spying. His information was proven correct when a family found themselves under government scrutiny because the father Googled ‘backpack’ and the mother later Googled ‘pressure cooker.’
A lot of people have opted to not use the internet and email to do things like pay bills and shop because of the government spying and threat of hackers stealing their information. Except for the rare postal worker who hoards 30,000 pieces of mail in their garage, most people feel the mail is much safer than the internet and from the prying eyes of the NSA or other government agencies.
That sense of security with using the Postal Service may be nothing than a false sense of security. In processing your mail, the Post Office photographs the front of every piece of mail they handle. Supposedly, the photographing is used in the sorting process to help ensure accurate delivery. Their software uses the photo to generate the barcode you see on most of your mail. The barcode is then used by other equipment to sort your mail and helping it get to the right carrier to bring to your mailbox.
However, the photographs are kept for a week to up to a month and according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahue, the photographs are also made available to government agencies upon request.
With all of the articles I’ve written against Barack Obama, the White House and the Democrats, I’m certain that I’ve been flagged to be watched. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the government is monitoring my emails, phone calls and internet use along with everything I write and post. Now, they may even be looking at photographs of all the mail I receive in my mailbox every day.
So what is a safe way to communicate with others or carry out your personal business? It seems the only safe way would be to do it face-to-face. In many cases, that is not physically possible because of distances. But keep in mind if you live in some of the larger cities like Oakland that they are spying on the residents with cameras, license plate capturing equipment and microphones mounted throughout the city. Perhaps face-to-face isn’t safe from government spying either. It seems that there is no aspect of our life that is safe from government prying and spying.