Hello, my name is Liberty! I’m from London, England. I love music (Ariana Grande, Kpop, arctic monkeys), Books, Tv shows and Films. My interests are Reading,Writing, Singing, Travelling, Exploring and anything Japanese. I absolutely adore nature! I speak English and French and I’m currently learning Italian, Korean and Japanese. I would really like to write using snail mail and sometimes send packages. I’m looking to write to someone between 13 and 19.
If you’re in Michigan or up for a day-trip, I want to see you here! I’m hosting a letter-writing workshop in the afternoon and a breakfast-for-dinner gathering that evening and it’s going to be a blast!
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.
The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, offers one of the first detailed looks at the scope of the program, which has played an important role in the nation’s vast surveillance effort since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The audit, which was reported on earlier by Politico, found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual’s mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization.
In addition to raising privacy concerns, the audit questioned the efficiency and accuracy of the Postal Service in handling the requests. Many requests were not processed in time, the audit said, and computer errors caused the same tracking number to be assigned to different surveillance requests.
“Insufficient controls could hinder the Postal Inspection Service’s ability to conduct effective investigations, lead to public concerns over privacy of mail and harm the Postal Service’s brand,” the audit concluded.
The audit was posted in May without public announcement on the website of the Postal Service inspector general and got almost no attention.
The surveillance program, officially called mail covers, is more than a century old, but is still considered a powerful investigative tool. At the request of state or federal law enforcement agencies or the Postal Inspection Service, postal workers record names, return addresses and any other information from the outside of letters and packages before they are delivered to a person’s home.
Jeep Creep prototype, 1959, Several test versions were built, including this US Mail rig and an aircraft tug. They were powered by a Jeep 134ci flathead four, rear-mounted above the axle, and featured automatic transmission
So, as promised. Here are 30 useful websites to change your life. There is so dang much websites that had made my life useful over the years! Here are all my favorites. (I decided to make a part 2 to the fun websites and this cuz I find A LOT more websites as I kept on researching rip)
When Chris opened a letter from the Indiana Election Division, he was curious why in the world there would be a small Styrofoam cube inside the envelope. Luckily for everyone involved, there was an explanation.
Written on a strip of paper packed with the letter was the following declaration:
“The Styrofoam cube enclosed in this envelope is being included by the sender to meet a United States Postal Service regulation. This regulation requires a first class letter or flat using the Delivery or Signature Confirmation service to become a parcel and that it “is in a box or, if not in a box, is more than ¾ of an inch thick at its thickest point.” The cube has no other purpose and may be disposed of upon opening this correspondence.“
If you’re ever really lost on a road trip across America, and I’m talking really lost (let’s say the battery on your smartphone just died along with that ompass application you downloaded for situations just like this), perhaps you might be lucky enough to find yourself next to one of
the giant 70 foot concrete arrows that point your way across the
country, left behind by a forgotten age of US mail delivery.
Certainly a peculiar site to come across in the middle of nowhere, 50 foot, possibly 70 foot long, with weeds crawling through its concrete
cracks, abandoned long ago by whoever put it there. This arrow may point
your way out of the desert but it’s also pointing to the past.