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|United States Postmaster General
|• Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service
• United States Postal Inspection Service
• United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General
The United States Postal Service (USPS), as a quasi-governmental agency, it has many special privileges, including sovereign immunity, eminent domain powers, powers to negotiate postal treaties with foreign nations, and an exclusive legal right to deliver first-class and third-class mail. Indeed, in 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that the USPS was not a government-owned corporation, and therefore could not be sued under the Sherman Antitrust Act. The U.S. Supreme Court has also upheld the USPS's statutory monopoly on access to letter boxes against a First Amendment freedom of speech challenge; it thus remains illegal in the U.S. for anyone, other than the employees and agents of the USPS, to deliver mailpieces to letter boxes marked "U.S. Mail."
The United States Postal Inspection Service has been engaging in a clandestine mass surveillance programme since 2001. This was criticised in 2015 by the USPS Inspector General whose report stated that “Agencies must demonstrate a reasonable basis for requesting mail covers, send hard copies of request forms to the Criminal Investigative Service Center for processing, and treat mail covers as restricted and confidential... A mail cover should not be used as a routine investigative tool.”
An event carried out
|Mail Isolation Control and Tracking
|A US mail program to photograph of the exterior of every piece of mail that is processed in the United States.