U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement – NYTimes.com.
“Bush and Obama administrations, in fact, have used the mail-cover court rulings to justify the N.S.A.’s surveillance programs, saying the electronic monitoring amounts to the same thing as a mail cover. Congress briefly conducted hearings on mail cover programs in 1976, but has not revisited the issue.”
Since the pattern seems to be that the government’s default position is “if it exists, surveil it,” my next question is about credit card tracking: Does metadata about all of my purchases get sent to Uncle Sam on a regular basis?