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Post Office Wants To ID All Mail Senders

by Liberty Tree Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003 at 10:42 AM

Another sign of creeping fascism/totalitarianism. "We just need to know who is sending this - it's for your own good. Now shut up and show me your State Approved I.D. Papers."

Post Office Wants To ID All Mail Senders

Ken Adachi

© 2003 Educate-Yourself

The Freedom of Knowledge, The Power of Thought

10-28-3

Editor's Note: I've already had a first hand experience with this latest dictum from Big Brother Bush and his Illuminati pals. We have a post office distribution center in Santa Ana, California which allows you to send out mail up to10PM in the evening. You can't get your package weighed and stamped by a counter person, but they have stamp machines there which vend stamps. I've been going there to send packages in the evening for the past four years or so. About two months ago, I was told by one particularly obedient postal worker that anyone attempting to send packages with just stamps must first show ID before they will accept the package. I asked who said that and he said that some inspector from the FAA came there and laid this requirement on them (911 terrorists, don't you know). I asked him since when did the FAA have the authority to dictate policy to the US Postal Service-and more importantly, to US citizens. He didn't have an answer other than to say that the FAA controls the planes that fly the packages and they said that packages with stamps require an ID from the sender. I told him I wasn't going to show him any ID or give up any other constitutional liberty because some nameless federal bureaucrat said I had to and I left.

 

Since then, I've been content to send my packages during normal daytime hours, but now I see they are pulling the net tighter-as they always do. The process is always the same: a slow, steady erosion of liberties, step-by-step, so no one gets too excited or angry enough to organize themselves into an effective opposition. They start with the commercial bulk senders first knowing they are the least likely group to rebel. They gradually work their way towards the ordinary citizen, claiming that it's been policy for blah blah months with all the commercial postal mailers, etc. You're suppose to accept the logic that since commercial people have been subjected to this fascist control scheme for a few months, then it's OK (or it's expected) for you to knuckle under too. That's the nature of passive acquiescence to tyranny. It's easier and far less stressful to just cave in and show your ID than to take a stand and fight them-and that's what they're depending on. They always come out of the box saying that you 'must' comply with their fascist dictums, but when enough citizens refuse to comply-as was

 

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/smallpoxvaccineplandeceased16oct03.shtml

the recent case with the smallpox vaccine dictum-they back down. And they will back down from this dictum if enough people refuse to comply. The heart of these tyrannical control manuevers lay in the 'authority' granted for Fatherland Security by The Traitor's Act passed in October 2001 by our Congressional Cowards. The head of the dragon is the Traitor's Act-

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/repealTraitorsAct24oct03.shtml

which must be repealed if you are harboring any forlorn hopes of America remaining the Land of the Free...Ken Adachi

 

 

Stamps Are Next In War On Terrorism

By Audrey Hudson

The Washington Times

10-27-3

 

Sending an anonymous love letter or an angry note to your congressman? The U.S. Postal Service will soon know who you are. Beginning with bulk or commercial mail, the Postal Service will require "enhanced sender identification" for all discount-rate mailings, according to the notice published in the Oct. 21 Federal Register. The purpose of identifying senders is to provide a more efficient tracking system, but more importantly, to "facilitate investigations into the origin of suspicious mail." The Postal Service began to look into updating mailing procedures after the anthrax scares in October 2001 when an unknown person or persons sent several U.S. senators and news organizations envelopes filled with the deadly toxin. Two post office workers died from handling envelopes laced with anthrax.

 

"This is a first step to make the mail more secure," said Joel Walker, customer service support analyst for the mailing-standards office. But what has privacy advocates concerned is a report by a presidential commission that recommends the post office develop technology to identify all individual senders, which is directly referenced in the Federal Register notice. The proposed regulations are open for public comment through Nov. 20 to the Postal Service. "The President's Commission on the United States Postal Service recently recommended the use of sender identification for every piece of mail," the Federal Register stated. "Requiring sender-identification for discount-rate mail is an initial step on the road to intelligent mail."

 

Also cited in the notice are two congressional committee recommendations urging the Postal Service to explore the concept of sender identification, including the "feasibility of using unique, traceable identifiers applied by the creator of the mailpiece." "We're not ready to go there yet, but we are trying to make an initial step to make all mail, including discount mail, easily identified as to who the sender is," Mr. Walker said. "Smart stamps" or personalized stamps with an embedded digital code would identify the sender, destination and class. In October 2001, a letter was sent to then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, from a bogus New Jersey address. In theory, smart stamps would allow authorities to better identify would-be assailants. "

 

The postal notice itself says this is the first step to identify all senders, so this is not a matter of paranoia, this is reality. "The post office is moving towards identification requirements for everyone," said Chris Hoofnagle, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Mr. Hoofnagle scoffed at the notion identification could prevent crimes such as the anthrax attacks on members of Congress and news media two years ago. "Anyone resourceful enough to obtain anthrax can get a stamp" without going through the new channels, Mr. Hoofnagle said. A Treasury Department report from the Mailing Industry Task Force also recommended that "the industry promote development of the 'intelligent' mail piece by collaborating with the Postal Service to implement standards and systems to make every mail piece "including packages" unique and trackable." "What happens if I buy stamps and you need one, is it legal for me to give it to you?"

 

Mr. Hoofnagle said. Ari Schwartz, associate director for the Center for Democracy and Technology, said intelligent mail can play an important role and improve the mail system. However, privacy issues must be seriously addressed, and moving forward with the rules on bulk mail could alleviate some concerns, he said. "There is a right to anonymity in the mail. If you look back in the history of this country, the mail has played an important role in free expression and political speech and anonymous mail has provided that," Mr. Schwartz said. Capitol Hill staffers dismissed the potential for abuse by politicians who might use the system to track anonymous critics. "A petty staff member, maybe, but I doubt a member of Congress would do that," said one Senate aide. Added a senior House staffer: "A politician getting even with someone? Nah, it just saves us the trouble of having to reply to the letter."

 

Forward courtesy of "Gale"

 

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/postofficeIDsenders27oct03.shtml

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