A previously unreported and secret program being run by the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service, called Internet Covert Operations Program (ICOP) has been monitoring Americans social media posts for "inflammatory" language in order to report said accounts and comments to other federal agencies.
The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.
The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as “inflammatory” postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.
Not a huge surprise that yet another federal agency, this one supposedly "independent" is being used for surveilling U.S. Citizens, but the level of surveillance, along with the secrecy of said program, and allowing some random stranger to determine what is or is not inflammatory, is yet another step toward being under the boot of tyranny.
Who determines what is and what is not inflammatory?
Recently it was reported that social media company "Nextdoor," has taken to informing users that posting the phrases "All Lives Matter," or Blue Lives Matter," can be "hurtful to people of color," then asking the user to "consider editing before you publish."
The reason this is being used as an example is because racist, like inflammatory, is in the eye of the beholder these days, where everything is being called racist, or any opinion other than what these proponents of tyranny believe is automatically considered wrong-speak and wrong-think.
Another aspect to consider is why the Postal Service, one of the least reliable agencies, to surveill Americans?
“This seems a little bizarre,” agreed Rachel Levinson-Waldman, deputy director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security program. “Based on the very minimal information that’s available online, it appears that [iCOP] is meant to root out misuse of the postal system by online actors, which doesn’t seem to encompass what’s going on here. It’s not at all clear why their mandate would include monitoring of social media that’s unrelated to use of the postal system.”
Levinson-Waldman also questioned the legal authority of the Postal Service to monitor social media activity. “If the individuals they’re monitoring are carrying out or planning criminal activity, that should be the purview of the FBI,” she said. “If they’re simply engaging in lawfully protected speech, even if it’s odious or objectionable, then monitoring them on that basis raises serious constitutional concerns.”
This level of "big brother" and the boot on the neck of Americans, follows a pattern of attempting to demonize and criminalize thoughts and statements made online that do not conform to the tyrants in question opinion of right or wrong.
Below is the 2-page document uploaded by Yahoo News.
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Another example of the thought police, comes from big tech, who also often works with federal agencies to help criminalize those with conservative opinions.
As of the latest notification for Google Adsense, ANP has had a dozen and a half pages, so far, listed as "dangerous or derogatory content, including the Alternative news page, which are only linked headlines!
Portion of one page of Google notifications
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Talk about gun confiscation proposals actively reported by the news, but taking it from the Second Amendment angle rather than the liberal "gun control" angle, and that is considered "dangerous or derogatory."
Highlight BLM and Antifa violence? "Dangerous or derogatory."
Call out the liberal media bias, or fake news? "Dangerous or derogatory."
The point here is highlight anything that does not toe the preferred narrative line and they disable ads by claiming it is "dangerous or derogatory."
In the name of fairness, I do submit for a review and periodically (rarely), they will notify me that after review the page was found to be "compliant." The next day or week, that same page is listed again and ads disabled.
It is a never ending merry-go-round.
The point here is that everything is inflammatory to some people. The way men sit, masculinity, Christianity, conservative opinion, etc...etc....etc.....
Just as liberals/media/democrats see racism in everything around them.
Something is always going to offend someone, but that does not mean it really is inflammatory or dangerous, or derogatory.
Now big brother includes the U.S. Postal Service, which claims that spying on Americans for federal ABC agencies, "assesses threats to Postal Service employees and its infrastructure by monitoring publicly available open source information."
What a load of bull.....errrrr..... manure.
Their goal is to make sure no one can speak freely without fear of being targeted by a bunch of tyrants.
Within a few days, this article will probably be labeled "dangerous and derogatory," as well.
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