The U.S. Postal Service is running a covert operation called Internet Covert Operations Program (iCop,) which tracks and collects social media posts.
Using Clearview AI’s facial recognition database and Zignal Labs’ real-time keyword search software, investigators look for what documents describe as “inflammatory” postings. Then that information is shared with other government agencies.
“Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service Internet Covert Operations Program monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,” reads a March 16 government bulletin, marked as “law enforcement sensitive” and distributed through the Department of Homeland Security. “Locations and times have been identified for these protests, which are being distributed online across multiple social media platforms, to include right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts.”
It begins with the USPS’ “Informed Delivery.” The app allows you to see what has been delivered to your mailbox by photographing the envelopes and packages, then sending them via text to your device.
By consenting to the use of this benign-looking app, it can, with an algorithm, alert inspectors to whatever “threat” they are searching.
Say you receive a mailer from the National Rifle Association (NRA.) You will be flagged and subjected to a warrantless search because you “consented” to using the “Informed Delivery” app.
The NRA is used here for demonstration purposes only because federal documents do not mention left-leaning organizations like Antifa or Black Lives Matter.