(Patriot Insider) – According to a new report from Infowars, the United States Postal Service has been running a “covert operation program” to help monitor the social media activity of American citizens, without their consent or knowledge. And this is supported by official documents.
The documents, which were obtained by Yahoo News, talk of a program called the Internet Covert Operations Program, or iCOP. This program has never been made known to the public and it seems that the whole point of it is to spy on the activity of conservatives.
“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,” the March 16 government bulletin said. It was marked as “law enforcement sensitive.”
“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,” it continued.
Exclusive: The U.S. Postal Service is running a "covert operation program" to monitor Americans' social media posts, reports @janawinter.
It's called iCOP.
— Sharon Weinberger (@weinbergersa) April 21, 2021
While the iCOP program is sifting through all of these social media channels, it has claimed thus far that “no intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy” of any sort of violent threats made on the platforms they were investigating.
“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 goes on to say.
This revelation has caused civil rights leaders have started ringing the warning bell over this bit of spying.
University of Chicago law professor Geoffery Stone said, “It’s a mystery. I don’t understand why the government would go to the Postal Service for examining the internet for security issues.”
“That part is puzzling. There are so many other federal agencies that could do this, I don’t understand why the post office would be doing it. There is no need for the post office to do it — you’ve got FBI, Homeland Security and so on, so I don’t know why the post office is doing this,” he continued.
The postal service came out and attempted to defend it’s clearly unconstitutional surveillance program calling social media posts “open source information.”
“The Internet Covert Operations Program is a function within the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which assesses threats to Postal Service employees and its infrastructure by monitoring publicly available open source information,” the USPS said in their response.
“Additionally, the Inspection Service collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to proactively identify and assess potential threats to the Postal Service, its employees and customers, and its overall mail processing and transportation network. In order to preserve operational effectiveness, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service does not discuss its protocols, investigative methods, or tools,” the agency said.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz replied to the story, suggesting that we now know almost every government agency is somehow spying on the citizens of the United States.
Finally, an answer to the question: "Is there any federal agency that's not spying on Americans?" https://t.co/gA6KoguD4N
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 21, 2021
Here’s the full statement from the USPS:
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