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.
Yahoo obtained and published documents related to iCOP, which includes an operation where analysts page through social media sites to look for ‘inflammatory’ posts, including messages about planned protests.
Mace said Barksdale revealed the program has not led to any arrests thought it’s still unclear how long it has been operating.
‘Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,’ a March 16 government bulletin, marked as ‘law enforcement sensitive’, reads.