U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement


WASHINGTON — Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home.

“Show all mail to supv” — supervisor — “for copying prior to going out on the street,” read the card. It included Mr. Pickering’s name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word “confidential” was highlighted in green.

“It was a bit of a shock to see it,” said Mr. Pickering, who owns a small bookstore in Buffalo.

Read more: U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement – NYTimes.com.

  • LawAbiding

    …and this is news, why? Anyone who works in a station knows this…we also work with counties to track down deadbeat parents!! You can run but you can’t hide!

  • maillady

    That is what happens when you complain about your mail being delivered to the wrong address several times. The carriers has to take to his supervisor so they can check the number of pieces each day. If the customer calls in the supervisor can tell them how many pieces they received that day and what kind of mail letters, parcels ect. That way they can tell if the Carrier is delivering the mail to that address correctly.

    • postalnews

      This is actually a completely different situation- if you read the Times article, what they’re talking about is a mail cover, which is requested by law enforcement, not the customer. Mail delivered to the individual’s address is copied and the information given to the law enforcement agency that requested it.

  • Irene

    Your Mail person doesn’t need to read your mail, they all ready know what is going on in your home