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[–] TheKillerRabbit 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

The overall program, called mail covers, allows postal employees working on behalf of law enforcement agencies to record names, return addresses and other information from the outside of letters and packages before they are delivered to the home of a person suspected of criminal activity

I thought the federal law against reading mail already covered doing things like this. If it doesn't, we need to change the law.

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[–] philomath [S] 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I don't see that happening...

I was wondering if we'd start seeing things like this. With the proliferation of online monitoring, it was inevitable that people would revert to other modes of communication. If that means standard mail, then that's where the snooping will follow. All in the name of our security, of course.

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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

If I remember correctly from my short time with the USPS, no. Laws cover any opening (accidental, incidental, or otherwise) and reading or any attempts to peak through the envelope but the information on the outside of the envelope is public. Similar to how a cop is not supposed to be able to just make you open your home to a search if they just want to see if you have pot growing in the house but if you have a pot plant in your window they can notice it and use that information to get a warrant for the search.

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[–] Broda 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

im fairly sure they wouldnt need a warrant if they saw pot growing in your house. Cant they let themselves into a private residence if they see a felony being committed?