A new report conducted by the Inspector General over the last year and a half has revealed that the United States Postal Service illegally conducted surveillance on anti-Biden groups following the 2020 Presidential election, according to documents.
The surveillance took place against groups who were planning the “Million Maga March” on January 20th, 2021, and was especially targeted at Virginia-based organizations.
Center-right think tank CATO obtained the documents after submitting a FOIA request in light of a Yahoo News report which showed facial recognition is being used to monitor Americans’ speech and movements.
The US Post Office used the ruse of monitoring how the Million MAGA March would affect traffic around the DC area to conduct the surveillance. CATO’s Senior Fellow Patrick Eddington also noted a so-called “threat” against Speaker Pelosi was purportedly uncovered by the USPS’ illegal surveillance. However, the details are redacted:
“Of particular note in the released documents, is still-redacted information on threats to the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi … If that information has not been provided to the January 6 select committee, the Committee should demand it be turned over,” Eddington said.
The report also learned that the US Postal Service conducted surveillance on right-wing groups in the state of Virginia who attended what is known as “Lobby Day” in the capital of Richmond on September 17, 2021.
Some of the groups who attended were the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys, and the Last Sons of Liberty. Other peaceful Second Amendment supporters joined as well.
Other investigations conducted by the US Postal Service included surveillance on the city of Louisville, Kentucky in the lead-up to announcements regarding charges against the officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor.
“The U.S Postal Inspection Service occasionally reviews publicly available information in order to assess potential safety or security threats to postal service employees, facilities, operations and infrastructure,” the Postal Service said in a statement to the Washington Times.
A majority of the report that was released was redacted, including the alleged threats against House Speaker Pelosi.