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gollum
 
Reply Sun 18 Aug, 2013 03:14 am
Does the U.S.P.S. record the outside of envelopes as they pass through the mail? If on a future date I am suspected of say terrorism, could the U.S. government inspect an image of the front of the envelopes that I have received in the past?
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neologist
 
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Reply Sun 18 Aug, 2013 11:40 pm
@gollum,
I mail a lot of stuff sold on eBay and pay extra for tracking. If I didn't pay for tracking, the PO wold have no record of anything. Even then, they make mistakes. Also, they recycle tracking numbers after 2 years or so and sometimes forget to delete old delivery dates.

So, my educated guess is you're safe. Of course, if you receive a package from cousin Abdul in Pakistan, you might hit the radar some other way.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sun 18 Aug, 2013 11:54 pm
@gollum,
yes, and what is worse is that it appears that the post office and not the NSA pays for the effort.
neologist
 
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Reply Sun 18 Aug, 2013 11:57 pm
@hawkeye10,
What's more likely, if its the USPS, someone in another state with a similar name could receive a package from Abdul and you would be flagged for it.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 12:09 am
@neologist,
Quote:
Mr. Pickering was targeted by a longtime surveillance system called mail covers, a forerunner of a vastly more expansive effort, the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, in which Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States — about 160 billion pieces last year. It is not known how long the government saves the images.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/monitoring-of-snail-mail.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
neologist
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 12:37 am
@hawkeye10,
Perhaps. Yet they can't find the package I sent last month to Kansas. They may have pix, but how can they collate them?
roger
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 10:28 am
@neologist,
Ask NSA, not USPS.
neologist
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 10:53 am
@roger,
Laughing Next time a buyer claims he didn't get his package, I'll report it to the NSA
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engineer
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 11:18 am
@neologist,
neologist wrote:

They may have pix, but how can they collate them?

Clearly there is some mechanism because they used the system to track the woman who sent ricin the President and tried to frame her ex. They exonerated the ex by looking at the mail records.
neologist
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 11:27 am
@engineer,
You guys are probably right. Perhaps the NSA should handle delivery
roger
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 12:17 pm
@neologist,
'Fraid it's like Roach Motel. They check it in; they don't send it anywhere.
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 12:33 pm
@neologist,
neologist wrote:
Perhaps. Yet they can't find the package I sent last month to Kansas.

Did you send it to me, neo? If so, I've moved to Arizona, and you'll need to send it again.

(Unless it's ricin, of course.)
neologist
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 01:07 pm
@Ticomaya,
Just tell me what you bought and pm your address. I'll see what I can do
You may even get a freebie.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 01:13 pm
@neologist,
you aren't the guy selling previously worn undergarments, are you?
neologist
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 03:32 pm
@Rockhead,
Rockhead wrote:
you aren't the guy selling previously worn undergarments, are you?
Heh. Heh. Actually, I tip my hand about all the cool things I sell once in a while. Look through my topics.
I have fun selling - don't really need to advertise here.
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2013 05:33 pm
@neologist,
neologist wrote:
Just tell me what you bought and pm your address.

I didn't buy anything -- including used undergarments.

I just thought you might have sent me a gift.
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