Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#DHS Censoring Your Mail?

Note to constituents.

If you mail a letter to your Congressperson or to your senator in Washington, DC, allow two to three weeks [or up to six months] for delivery.

As we were aware, US Postal Service [USPS] mail to this esteemed group of luminaries is screened for toxins, lest the politicians be eradicated like weeds or vermin by "evil-doers".

However, we were not aware of the loss of privacy, nor of the excessive amount of time consumed in processing our mail.

But, here's how the process works now:

1) Your local post office sends your letter to Capitol Hill in DC.

2) Your letter then gets routed to the screening center.

Why, there's a giant turd in this bag!
3) The screening center then sends it to Buzzards Point in DC, where thousands of gnomes reportedly feed your letter through scanners and little vacuum cleaners to sniff out any poisons [e.g., anthrax, ricin, stamp glue, human perspiration, lice, or buffalo feces].

4) Your letter is then opened and "screened" to see if you used spell-check, or if your ink was poisoned, or, if your paper came from China.

Lightly censored mail to a senator

5) After the screeners have a good laugh over the contents of your letter, they decide if it actually needs to go to your political representative, or if it should go into the dumpster.

6) If they deem your letter worthy of actually forwarding, it is then scanned and digitized to be forwarded at some future time to your political representative.

7)  The scanning process apparently leaves much of your letter and attachments illegible as the text and images all come out extremely dark. When that is the case, your politician's staff will ask you to resend all your material to the local office rather than the US Capitol.

8) Your attachments may or may not be included; and, your letter may undergo some censorship.

9) Your letter, with or without attachments, in digitized form, may or may not be read by the politician's office since they receive the screened correspondence in bulk, and the staffers are not inclined to hunt through a pile of hundreds of accumulated digitized letters.

So, you may wish to hand deliver your correspondence to your politician's regional office since the USPS offers no guarantees on timely delivery [or even delivery at all] once DHS gets hold of it.

Aren't you glad the DHS is protecting you and your politician so well?

[If you find this "protection" process a bit invasive, and unconstitutional, to "protect" our politicians, voice your concern directly to your elected politician; but, we recommend you communicate via other than USPS.