Many of you heard me say how the NSA told all of us that the phones have been bugged since the beginning of time, ect. BUT there is something I forgot to mention –
I had a friend in a high security position at the regional mail sort center in Minneapolis Minnesota. Since I had a decent clearance, I got to see the guts of the place with him, he took me through. AND what I saw was SHOCKING
Remember 20 years ago, when those bar codes started appearing on the bottom of the mail envelopes, even when the address was hand written? WELL, I have a story about that which really needs to be told.
I got shown the mail sort machine, and it had a camera on it that could read ALMOST ALL the mail going through, EVEN BAD HAND WRITING, and put that barcode on the bottom. Cool, right? Well, wait a minute, maybe not!
The machine could be programmed to look for an address going to a political dissenter. IF there was someone out there who was disenfranchised with the government, that machine, when it read even a poorly handwritten address either to or from a dissenter, could be programmed to kick that mail out and send it up a chute, where there were people opening the mails and reading them. All types of envelopes were available, so the mail could be re-packaged without a trace, with a printer printing the exact same writing back on the new envelope.
The machine could not always read the address, it read most but not all. When it could not read the address it hit another chute where there were people downstairs who manually typed it in, and it got sent along as usual, unless, of course, the address came up as belonging to an undesirable.