Sunday, June 09, 2013
Luddites not left out—report that US Postal Service tracks your mail too
by Larry Geller
How was the source of the ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg found so quickly? Sit down, you’re not going to like this.
FBI agents were able to track the letters using a Postal Service program called "Mail Isolation Control and Tracking" that "photographs and captures an image of every mail piece that is processed" through the USPS. Using those images, investigators were able to determine that the letters were sent from the New Boston, TX area (where the couple lives) before being transported to Shreveport, LA for processing.
So if this article is accurate, then somewhere in the gargantuan government data cloud can be found not only your Gmail and your email but your snail mail as well. At least, the “meta-data” of that snail mail, to use a word that has suddenly entered the popular parlance.