The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): Last year the U.S. Postal Service said it approved almost 50,000 requests from law enforcement agencies and its internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of ordinary Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. Anyone surprised by this news?
Nothing surprises me with the goverment. Sharon Pate
Postal inspectors have been doing this for years, as any violation ends in federal charges. Chris Allen
My only surprise is that it is only 50,000. With identity theft being rampant, I would have guessed many more people would be watched. Larry Kemp
Never miss a local story.
Not at all. Tyrees Allen
Nothing surprises me anymore! Wendy Whittington Cromer
“Ordinary” equals “person of interest.” That kind of unwarranted snooping has been going on since J. Edgar Hoover rested his high heels on the desk at night. It’s what they do with the information that’s troubling, or if they refuse to relent when it’s obvious there’s nothing to be gained by their continued observation. Paul Moore
Nope. Maybe one day the real story will be told. Russell Barber
Big Brother has definitely grown bigger during Obama’s reign. Oops! Bet that remark will get me on that mail monitoring list. Darlene Johnson
I’m surprised that many people get mail anymore. Tom Barry
I don’t like it. But criminal conspiracies are sometimes carried out through the U.S. mail. Tracking anthrax is a case in point. Eddie Griffin
No, not at all. Big Brother has been watching us for years. Debra Hill
I’m more dismayed than surprised that so many were approved. Wonder how many requests were denied. Terry Evans