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u.s. now reading your snail mail

Discussion in 'News' started by richard_vagina, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. richard_vagina

    richard_vagina 12oz Member

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    u.s. now reading your snail mail

    Discussion started by richard_vagina - Jan 10, 2006

    U.S. opening some private mail in terror fight
    Customs: Letters from abroad subject to screening

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006; Posted: 1:59 a.m. EST (06:59 GMT)


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. officials are opening personal mail that arrives from abroad when they deem it necessary to protect the country from terrorism, a Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman said Monday.

    News of the little-known practice follows revelations that the government approved eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without judicial oversight after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which sparked concern from civil liberties advocates and some lawmakers, who called for congressional hearings.

    "Customs and Border Protection is charged with making sure that terrorists and terrorists' weapons don't enter the country," said Suzanne Trevino, a spokeswoman for the customs agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

    "One of our areas of responsibility is to inspect international mail coming into our country," she said. "We respect privacy and always keep that at the forefront, but at the same time we need to make sure we do our job in keeping U.S. citizens safe."

    Customs and Border Protection's Web site notes that "all mail originating outside United States Customs territory that is to be delivered inside U.S. Customs territory is subject to Customs examination."

    Grant Goodman, an 81-year-old retired history professor, drew attention to the policy after a letter he received from a colleague in the Philippines was opened and resealed by Customs and Border Protection, and only then sent on to him.

    He said he was shocked and amazed that the letter -- which he received last month from another retired history professor with whom he has corresponded for 50 years -- had been screened.

    "It was a big surprise," Goodman, who taught at the University of Kansas, told Reuters. "The public should know that this is being done. Nobody whom I know had any idea that this was going on. And as far as I know, it's never been announced. It's never been revealed that this is being done."

    Trevino said she could not comment specifically on Goodman's case because she had not seen the letter and was not sure if it had been examined as he said. She did not say how often officials open mail for security reasons.

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/09/terrorism...reut/index.html?
     
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  2. Harvey Wallbanger

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    America is fucking awesome. Land of the free!
     
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    !@#$% - Replied Jan 10, 2006

    shit.
    i mailed some highly unmailable shit from europe last year and it made it with no problem

    still fucked though.
    i'm not too thrilled about where we've gone in the past few years.
     
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  4. richard_vagina

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    richard_vagina - Replied Jan 10, 2006

    we're losing more freedoms by the day.
     
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  5. John Birch

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    John Birch - Replied Jan 10, 2006

    so I hope no one sends me bombing flix from Europe now...
     
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