An investigative journalist just made a shocking discovery outside a Denver post office, and it’s terrifying.
KDVR-TV reporter Chris Halsne found a secret surveillance camera that photographed customer’s faces and license plate numbers outside the post office. It looked like it had been there for months, but just an hour after Halsne discovered it, it was disappeared. It looked as if someone ripped it from the ground.
The camera has caused many to suspect that the government is spying on us, but federal officials have categorically denied this.
“Cameras are deployed for law enforcement or security purposes, which may include the security of our facilities, the safety of our customers and employees, or for criminal investigations,” Federal Law Enforcement Agent and U.S. Postal Inspector Pamela Durkee said. “Employees of the Postal Inspection Service are sworn to uphold the United States Constitution, including protecting the privacy of the American public.”
Lee Tien, an attorney of the privacy advocate group Electronic Frontier Foundation, isn’t buying it. Tien thinks it’s horrifying that the post office is collecting this kind of data for the government.
“Part of being a responsible, constitutional government is explaining why it is doing surveillance on its citizens,” Lee says. “The government should not be collecting this kind of sensitive information. And it is sensitive! It`s about your relationships, your associations with other people, which can be friendship or political or religious. The idea that we give up that privacy simply because we use the U.S. mail is, I think, a silly idea.”
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