Defense lawyers say the secrecy concerning the surveillance makes it hard to track abuses in the program because most people are not aware they are being monitored. But there have been a few cases in which the program appears to have been abused by law enforcement officials.
In Arizona in 2011, Mary Rose Wilcox, a Maricopa County supervisor, discovered that her mail was being monitored by the county’s sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Ms. Wilcox had been a frequent critic of Mr. Arpaio, objecting to what she considered the targeting of Hispanics in his immigration sweeps.
The Postal Service had granted an earlier request from Mr. Arpaio and Andrew Thomas, who was then the county attorney, to track Ms. Wilcox’s personal and business mail.
Using information gleaned from letters and packages sent to Ms. Wilcox and her husband, Mr. Arpaio and Mr. Thomas obtained warrants for banking and other information about two restaurants the couple owned. The sheriff’s office also raided a company that hired Ms. Wilcox to provide concessions at the local airport.
“We lost the contract we had for the concession at the airport, and the investigation into our business scared people away from our restaurants,” Ms. Wilcox said in an interview. “I don’t blame the Postal Service, but you shouldn’t be able to just use these mail covers to go on a fishing expedition. There needs to be more control.”
She sued the county, was awarded nearly $1 million in a settlement in 2011 and received the money this June when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. Mr. Thomas, the former county attorney, was disbarred for his role in investigations into the business dealings of Ms. Wilcox and other officials and for other unprofessional conduct. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on Mr. Arpaio’s use of mail covers in the investigation of Ms. Wilcox.
In another instance, Cynthia Orr, a defense lawyer in San Antonio, recalled that while working on a pornography case in the early 2000s, federal prosecutors used mail covers to track communications between her team of lawyers and a client who was facing obscenity and tax evasion charges. Ms. Orr complained to prosecutors but never learned if the tracking stopped. Her team lost the case.
“The troubling part is that they don’t have to report the use of this tool to anyone,” Ms. Orr said in an interview. The Postal Service declined to comment on the case.
Frank Askin, a law professor at the Rutgers Constitutional Rights Clinic, who as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union successfully sued the F.B.I. nearly 40 years ago after the agency monitored the mail of a 15-year-old New Jersey student, said he was concerned about the oversight of the current program.
“Postal Service employees are not judicial officers schooled in the meaning of the First Amendment,” Mr. Askin said.
Correction: October 29, 2014
An article on Tuesday about a mass surveillance program by the United States Postal Service omitted credit for a media organization that earlier reported the existence of an audit of the Postal Inspection Service. Although the article said that the audit, which found that the Postal Service approved nearly 50,000 requests last year to monitor the mail of Americans, was “little-noticed,” Politico reported
about the audit in June.
On April 18th, 2014 I attempted to file a complaint with the San Pablo Police for being Gangstalked in their city. When the Officer showed up, instead of taking my complaint he decided to violate my civil rights by subjecting me to an unjust and unnecessary civil commitment (5150 WIC). I was released in less than three hours because I obviously did not meet the requirements of being gravely disabled, neither a threat to myself nor the public, when evaluated by psychiatrists. This Officer smirked as he questioned me about my mental health history, as if he had just won the lottery. I suppose if your police department actively engages in Gang Stalking, then having a victim of Gang Stalking thrown into the looney bin and hopefully discredited is a huge victory of sorts for you. Well, I guess a tiny Podunk police agency infected with traitors probably wouldn’t be aware that most of the nation (and the world at large) is catching onto the treasonous crime of Gang Stalking. They probably think they still have the trust and good will of the people too. I suppose that is why they didn’t hesitate to do something so blatently obvious by trashing my Constitutional Rights in an attempt to hide their Gang Stalking complicity. They should think again.
More and more people know what Gang Stalking, Organized Stalking, Mobbing and COINTELPRO are all about. A critical mass of people on their way down to the gutter are waking up to the fact that they are nothing more than slaves and have a big, government boot on their necks. Edward Snowden wasn’t the first to alert us of the tyranny, but thank God he was the loudest. People are beginning to understand that we are not free and that we desperately need to do something about it. My complaint about Gang Stalking coupled with the subsequent complaint of my Civil Rights being trampled upon is just the start of what I hope to be a very loud and noisy contest. We have to do more than wake up people, we need to act. Not in the future nor even now but RIGHT NOW, this very instant.
Front page of claim I filed against the City Of San Pablo.
Back page of claim I filed against the City Of San Pablo.
Finally, the Gangstalking complaint that I originally tried to file. As I nice little bonus, a Civil Rights violation complaint to go with it!
Last page of my letter to SPPD Chief Lisa Rosales. To see her swearing in click here
Proof of Delivery of the letter.
I sent the Notice and complaints Certified, Return Receipt because the last time I went to the Police Station I got wrongly committed and imprisoned. Seven ($7) of unnecessary expense.
All this for something that every citizen has a Constitutional right to expect, the due process of law. Instead, I was obstructed and denied those rights by the San Pablo Police Department.
I received the United States Postal Service’s green colored “Return Receipt” that the Chief of Police Lisa Rosales was supposed to sign but did not. I paid extra for this “service” and was sent back a Return Receipt without any signature nor indication that the certified letter had even been delivered. When I called the USPS to find out what had happened, the customer service rep told me that someone had initialed the Post Office’s own internal form but not my Return Receipt. Had it not been for a tracking number on the certified form, I would have no proof that Chief Lisa Rosales had received my letter at all. When you send a letter Certified with a Return receipt and check the box labeled “Restricted Delivery”, you pay extra. The Postal Delivery Person is supposed to first tear the green Return Receipt off of the back of the Certified letter and present it to the person FIRST, before handing over the letter. The addressee is to sign the green Return Receipt after having been identified as the correct recipient and only then be given the letter. If that could not be accomplished, the letter is to be taken back to the local post office to hold for an additional attempt at proper delivery the next day. That is what I paid for. Their policy is to attempt proper delivery three times before marking the letter as undeliverable and notifying you to come pick it up or pay additional to try again. What they are not supposed to do is to just hand over the letter without establishing the correct identity of the recipient, nor obtaining the Return receipt signature. The Mail Person got their required signature on their own internal log sheet, but to hell away with the customer who paid extra. Postal workers are Gang Stalkers just the same as Police Officers are and this is what happens when your government agencies get captured by Gang Stalking criminals. Organized crime bent on screwing you out of your civil rights and liberties. Were I to take this defective Return Receipt into court, It would not constitute proof.
When I got the return reciept back, it had absolutely no signature nor acknowledgment that it had been recieved by Police Chief Lisa Rosales. Upon calling the USPS, I was told that their forms contained a signature, it was an “R”. The postman must have colluded with the San Pablo Police to do this, to deny me any proof that I filed a complaint. SPPD is still trying to deny me due process of law, with the help of a complicit postal employee (the Mail Delivery Person). A postal inspector case has been opened and I should be hearing from them shortly. 10-27-14
It should not be this difficult to file a complaint with the Police,
nor should it be this difficult to send a letter to the Chief Of Police (Lisa Rosales, San Pablo, CA) who is literally right across the street! Look at all the crap I’m having to go through just to do that, isn’t this ridiculous? Something is very, very, very wrong here. When an ordinary citizen can’t even write to a public official due to Gang Stalking corruption within the United States Post Office, The San Pablo Police Department itself, and other Gang Stalker corrupted people, agencies and institutions, are we not a dictatorship lorded over by despots? Just look at all of this and judge for yourself. I STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN MY COMPLAINT IN TO POLICE CHIEF LISA ROSALES, BUT I HAVE BEEN INVOLUNTARILY COMMITTED FOR TRYING TO DO SO.
In order for me to walk over to the San Pablo Police Department to file any criminal complaint, I have to be accompanied by one or more people just to ensure that they don’t falsely arrest me again, OR WORSE.
America is dead.
2nd copy of Gang Stalking complaint letter being prepared to replace the first defectively delivered complaint letter.
Address the 2nd Return Receipt is to be delivered to. The first one came back unsigned (defective).
Receipt of first defective mailing beside the receipt of the second attempt.
First Cert. is defective as the postal worker stamped it before I paid, I only showed it to him as an example, it was not mailed from his office. The bottom Cert is also defective as it contained no red stamp. Napkin on side has tracking and complaint #.
This is the person who actually signed for the defectively delivered first letter. Because the postal worker neglected to charge me at the counter for Restricted Delivery, the postal worker had no instructions to deliver as such. CHECK EVERYTHING AT THE POST OFFICE COUNTER BEFORE YOU WALK AWAY. IF THEY FORGET TO CHARGE YOU FOR SOMETHING, IT WILL NOT BE PERFORMED EVEN IF YOU MARK IT ON THE DOCUMENTS.
This was the handwritten referral given to me by the San Pablo Post Office, for “Lupe”, manager of the El Sobrante post office where I mailed the letter from. El Sobrante passes the letter to the San Pablo Post Office which is near the addressee.
Over the counter referral given to me by El Sobrante Post Office Supervisor “Abby”, for her manager “Lupe”.
POS payment machine at the San Pablo Post Office, where I received the erroneous stamp on the second letter’s Cert, even though I had not paid yet. This is also the same office that attempted to confiscate my initial defective Cert.
Charges that I never paid at the San Pablo Post Office. I had gone in to complain that delivery was defective because customer assistance told me to go to this particular office, only to be told I needed to go to El Sobrante where I had originally mailed from. Both office tried to get me to pay again for their defective delivery.
I brought in a second complete letter in hopes that they would just re-mail it without charging me all over again for what I had already paid. More confusion and defective documents, stolen documents and bad info ensued. I had to return to both offices twice to retrieve my documents that they confiscated in all the confusion. They were both stealing my documents, all evidence of their wrongdoing.
This is the way the 2nd letter looked after it was ready for mailing. The postal worker at the El Sobrante office stamped “Restricted Delivery” all over it just to make sure it was delivered properly this time. I had to pay an additional $5.70 for Restricted Delivery. Manager “Lupe” also confiscated my original defective Return Receipt and then asked if she could keep my payment receipt. I said no to her keeping the payment receipt, didn’t know that she still had the original defective Return Receipt and walked away. I had to come back on Monday to retrieve it. Both office’s employees were trying to steal all of my original documents. Flim Flammery slight of hand and trickery at it’s worst. AND THIS FROM OUR UNITED STATES POST OFFICE!
As of November 4th, the 2nd letter has been attempted twice in one day, once during lunch hour and once after business hours. I went to the USPS website and ordered a reschedule (confusing and laborious process). I then called the next day and USPS Customer Service showed no record of my web based reschedule for delivery. She then scheduled me and gave me a confirmation number, something the USPS website did not provide. She said that without this number, I would have no proof. Way to go USPS!
As most Targeted Individuals know, a primary recruiting ground for Gangstalkers is the United States Postal Service.
The Gangstalkers use them to read, divert and steal your mail.
UPDATE: September 9, 2016
allstaractivist note: Aparently I’ve also been put on some kind of watch list by the USPS as well, I ordered a pair of footie pajamas and this is how the package arrived. It had been opened and the contents inspected by the US Postal Inspector, the law enforcement branch of the US Post Office. Why in the world they would they would want to inspect two pairs of men’s footie pajamas, or any other article of clothing for that matter, beats the hell out of me. I can only surmise that I have once again been targeted.
Package of Men’s “footie” pajamas ripped open, inspected and resealed by the US Postal Inspector. Oooh, DANGEROUS FOOTIE PAJAMAS! Thanks so much for keeping us safe, Postal Inspector!
USPS tracking record of my inspected “dangerous” footie pajamas… Your tax dollars hard at work, keeping America safe from evil footie pajamas! Next they’ll be throwing Martha Stewart in prison.
I can’t tell you how many times that I have been Gangstalked in Post Offices either by Postal employees themselves or, by “customers” inside. I have also been harassed by Postal Carriers on the street too. Just listen to what she says in the video below and my accusations will be confirmed.
What I have observed is that Gangstalking originated from the military and law enforcement. It’s heavy emphasis on surveillance is something that these agencies and branches value highly in their daily operations, rights and ethics be damned. Most Postal Workers are ex military veterans and have the job because of it’s “Veterans Preference” requirements for employment. Unfortunately these veterans adapt very naturally to becoming Gangstalkers.
Some residents in Borough Park in New York City are irate with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) because their service has been halted due to their low-set mail slots, according to the New York Daily News.
The postal service claims the slots are dangerous for their carriers and, as a result, the residents have to stand in lines an hour long at the 51st St. post office, many of them trying to pick up badly-needed medicines or their Social Security checks.
The residents of 46th Street were alerted to the change in their service by a letter from a postal service customer service manager arriving on August 21. The manager wrote, “My carrier has brought to my attention of his safety and I can’t afford for him to get injured. We are not trying to cause any unnecessary expense but we need this corrected.”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park) was furious, calling the halt in service “insane.” Hikind asked, “Whatever happened to the post office delivering your mail in snow, sleet, hurricane?” He joined other elected officials to urge the USPS to resume its normal activities.
One 35-year resident of the neighborhood, Necha Altman, said she never had a problem getting her mail before through the slot at the bottom of her door. Once she got the letter warning of a change in service, she put new mailboxes on the wall, but the mail carrier balked because the new location required him to walk up nine steps. Altman said, “He’s not thinking of us. He’s thinking of himself.”
Dr. Hemlata Parmar joined her neighbors to discuss the issue with their postal carrier, but the carrier was apparently quite upset. Parnar said, “He started screaming and yelling at me.”
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