(Patriot Insider) – Nothing is what it seems under the Biden regime. Most Americans think the IRS is just an agency dedicated to handling tax dollars but in reality the IRS has been stockpiling guns and ammunition for years and now the Biden regime has massively expanded its ranks with funding to add 87,000 new agents.
The FBI is supposed to be dedicated to nonpartisan law enforcement in the US but has become the politically-motivated strong-arm of the Biden regime, targeting conservatives and anyone who bucks against the regime’s agenda.
Most Americans think the United States Postal Service is just dedicated to shipping and delivery mail and packages. As it turns out, USPS inspectors have been busy monitoring gun owners and conservatives, according to heavily redacted reports obtained by the Cato Institute.
It appears that the Biden regime has managed to weaponize all federal agencies against Americans who don’t support the regime.
The records were obtained by senior Cato Institute fellow Patrick Eddington through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and detail the postal inspectors’ spying on law-abiding US citizens from September 2020 through April 2021.
The spying efforts included a covert social media surveillance operation called the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP). The inspectors used technology to track the actions of gun rights activists and several conservative groups.
“The Post Office has no business devoting a cent of taxpayer money to monitoring groups involved in the political process. Those officials who authorized or otherwise participated in this iCOP program who are still on the federal payroll should be fired and the program terminated,” Eddington stated in an interview with AmmoLand News.
One of the files obtained by Eddington showed that the US Postal Inspection Service tracked “peaceful armed protests” by Virginians demonstrating at a Second Amendment rally for “Lobby Day” in Richmond on Jan. 18, 2021.
This file stated that “The gathering lasted approximately two hours, with members identifying themselves as affiliates of the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Bois and Last Sons of Liberty. Counter-protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement also attended. With heavy law enforcement presence, the demonstrations stayed peaceful in nature.”
“This smacks of a politically-based anti-gun agenda. If that’s not the case, then the Postal Service is pretty inept if they think a VCDL rally needs to be monitored for any reason,” VCDL president, Philip Van Cleave, commented to AmmoLand News.
“If they had done even the tiniest amount of research, they would have realized that VCDL had a rally with over 50,000 people the year before with zero problems, and we left Richmond cleaner than it was before our rally. In fact, VCDL has always coordinated its rallies with the police to ensure that the gun-control crowd doesn’t start any trouble. In what alternate universe would VCDL in any way be a threat to the postal service or its employees?” Van Cleave remarked.
Other gun rights activist leaders were also alarmed by this revelation. Erich Pratt, Senior Vice President of Gun Owners of America said, “Prior to the Virginia lobby day in 2021, the U.S. Postal Service was tracking gun owners who, we now know, were 100 percent law-abiding and committed no crimes at the event. This just shows the anti-gun animus at USPS. After all, did the agency track the Antifa rioters who tore apart city after city during 2020-21? Or did the Postmaster General track the thugs who burnt St. John’s Church, when the Secret Service had to whisk away the President to safety? Ignoring the real criminal element just shows that anti-gun leftist bureaucrats are ignoring the ‘elephant in the room’ in order to persecute and harass their political opponents.”
Other files revealed that the USPS had tracked and monitored conservative activists in regards to the “Million MAGA March” on November 14, 2020, and had assessed and noted that the deplatforming of the Parler app weakened conservatives’ ability to plan and coordinate protests planned for Biden’s Inauguration Day with several postal inspectors comparing these protests to Jan. 6.
When asked about their surveillance, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service released a statement, “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.”
It’s hard to fathom how conservatives could possibly pose a threat to the USPS or their employees when they have historically been peaceful and law-abiding during protests or other constitutionally-protected activities. It’s clear this surveillance was politically motivated.
The Inspector General for the Postal Service declared that the postal inspectors’ surveillance overstepped law enforcement authority and may not have had legal approval.
“We determined that certain proactive searches iCOP conducted using an open-source intelligence tool from February to April 2021 exceeded the Postal Inspection Service’s law enforcement authority. Furthermore, we could not corroborate whether other work analysts completed from October 2018 through June 2021 was legally authorized.”
It’s clear that the USPS is not the only federal agency watching conservatives for political reasons. The Biden regime has made it clear that it has no tolerance for political dissidence.
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