- Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale briefed lawmakers on the Oversight Committee Wednesday
- He admitted to the USPS legal arm is spying on Americans’ social media posts
- A government bulletin says the Internet Covert Operations Program analyzes social media for ‘inflammatory’ posts like messages about planned protests
- The bulletin includes screenshots of posts, with identifying information, from Facebook, Parler, Telegram and other social media sites about protests
The U.S. Postal Service admitted during a Wednesday meeting to spying on citizens with its law enforcement arm, claiming it worked with other agencies to track Americans’ social media posts.
Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale briefed lawmakers on the Oversight Committee regarding the program known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, but could not provide a date for when it was initiated.
‘The Chief Postal Inspector was wildly unprepared for this briefing,’ GOP Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina told DailyMail.com following the meeting with Barksdale.
The inspector was called for a briefing after iCOP was first made public in a report last week.