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  •  Im not of those totally outraged over the NSA... (6+ / 0-)

    but this actually seems worse to me. Why? Because of this:

    “It’s a treasure trove of information,” said James J. Wedick, a former F.B.I. agent ....

    But, he said: “It can be easily abused because it’s so easy to use and you don’t have to go through a judge to get the information. You just fill out a form.”

    For mail cover requests, law enforcement agencies simply submit a letter to the Postal Service, which can grant or deny a request without judicial review. Law enforcement officials say the Postal Service rarely denies a request. In other government surveillance program, such as wiretaps, a federal judge must sign off on the requests.

    And
    In May 2012, Mary Rose Wilcox, a Maricopa County supervisor, was awarded nearly $1 million by a federal judge after winning a lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his immigration raids in Arizona, who, among other things, obtained mail covers from the Postal Service to track her mail.
    If this program is going to exist, there need to be safeguards against abuse.

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