The "devil" wants to open your mail

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If the president doesn’t want to be mistaken for the devil, maybe he should stop acting like him. ~TD 



Shipper warns move ‘has potential to threaten privacy of all customers’

The Obama administration is demanding the nation’s two biggest shipping companies police the contents of Americans’ sealed packages, and a FedEx spokesman is warning that the move “has the potential to threaten the privacy of all customers that send or receive packages.”

Wants your complete cooperation.

Wants your complete cooperation.

FedEx and UPS are in the Justice Department’s cross-hairs for not flagging shipments of illegally prescribed drugs the companies say they had no way of knowing were in their possession.
Criminal charges could be coming against the carriers, even though the government has not alleged any deliberate wrongdoing by the companies.
FedEx spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald said his company has a 40-year history of actively assisting the government crackdown on any criminal conduct, but he told WND this probe was very different from the start.
“What is unusual and really disturbing is it became clear to us along the way that FedEx was being targeted for some level criminal activity as it relates to these medicines that are being shipped from pharmacies, and we find it to be completely absurd because it’s really not our role,” Fitzgerald said. “We have no way of knowing what is legal and not within the packages that we’re picking up and delivering in this situation.”
“At the heart of the investigation are sealed packages that are being sent by, as far as we can tell, licensed pharmacies. These are medicines with legal prescriptions written by licensed physicians. So it’s difficult for us to understand where we would have some role in this. We are a transportation company that picks up and delivers close to 10 million packages every day. They are sealed packages, so we have no way of knowing specifically what’s inside and we have no interest in violating the privacy rights of our customers,” Fitzgerald said.
In addition to the unrealistic expectation that the federal government seems to have for the companies to know what’s in every package, Fitzgerald said protecting the rights of customers is paramount and the issues go hand-in-hand.
Wants to stop illegal shipping of drugs?

Wants to stop
illegal shipping
of drugs?

“They clearly are attempting to put some responsibility for the legality of the contents of these packages. That’s why for us it goes far beyond even just the online pharmacy situation. This really has a chilling effect. It has the potential to threaten the privacy of all customers that send or receive packages via FedEx because the government is assigning a role on us as law enforcement or taking on their role in a way that is not appropriate,” Fitzgerald said.
FedEx sought to diffuse the standoff by offering to stop doing business with any pharmacies that the government suspected to be involved in illegal activities. The Justice Department declined, citing the potential for the pharmacies to sue over a lack of due process.
“If the government were to come to us and give us the name of a customer that’s engaged in some level of illegal activity, we can immediately stop shipping for that customer. We will not tolerate any illegal activity within our networks,” Fitzgerald said. “What we want here is a solution that will apply for the entire industry and serve the public’s interest. That’s why we find it completely absurd and, to a large degree, stunning that the government is not working with us on that solution as they have with other problems in the past. As long as they’re not doing that, there’s really no solution even if they were to pursue an investigation or criminal charges against a specific company. There needs to be an industry-wide solution that will put a stop to this problem.”
That leaves FedEx and UPS with the task of stopping illegal shipments from sources the government will not divulge.
“The comparison that we’ve made is a no-fly list. It’s as if the government were to go to major commercial airlines and accuse them of some level of criminal activity if they were to allow somebody on the no-fly list onto one of their planes without providing them a no-fly list,” Fitzgerald said. “What we want here is the no-fly list for online pharmacies. If they are aware of some level of illegal activity by some number of pharmacies, simply provide us that list and we will stop providing service. It’s a very simple solution.”
Elections have consequences.

Elections have consequences.

Fitzpatrick said no other private carriers are being targeted by the Justice Department, and he has no evidence to suggest this probe is designed to boost the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service at the expense of private competitors.
UPS is currently negotiating a settlement with the government, but FedEx is fighting this all the way.
“Settlement is not an option for us when there’s no illegal activity on our part,” Fitzpatrick said.

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0 responses to “The "devil" wants to open your mail

  1. TD, I think we’d just found a new nickname for the POS!
    The Secret Service’s code name for him reportedly is “Renegade.”
    The synonyms of renegade include “traitor,” “apostate,” and “rebel.” Lucifer was the lead rebel angel. Hmmm….

  2. Americans have every right to buy illegal drugs through the mail whether the devil likes it or not!

    • No, but the government is deliberately oppressing the two chief competitors to the US Postal Service. Imagine being threatened with imprisonment for failing to violate the public’s right to protection from illegal search and seizure. If you comply, you are committing a crime against the constitution; if you resist, you face a kangaroo court at the “justice department” and possible jail time.

    • joeinvt, did you mean “Legal”?
      Or ya sticking with Illegal.?

    • Aren’t most illegal drugs coming into the country via military planes coming back from Afghanistan etc anyway? It’s typical bureaucratic bs to target small things while plane-loads of the stuff are hitting the tarmac every week.

  3. It’s interesting that Fedex is fighting this and UPS is not. UPS is a union shop (Teamsters) and Fedex is non-unionized. Whenever possible, I always send my packages by Fedex.

  4. Wouldn’t it be less bzarre to lower the amount of money the Post Office is charged with for future health insurance plans, such as years and years in advance, which has stifled the Post Office, which was never meant to be a for profit enterprise, but an indispensable part of US Infrastructure, that enabled people to ship to and communicate freely. The Congrss knows that the too big to fail banks are laundering drug money, and that banks are supporting countries that are known to support “militancy” especially those militants that are drug runners etc, and we are clamping down on Fedex for drugrunning? What part of drug running is okay and what part is not? either we are arming drug cartels on the Mexican Border or we’re not, either we’re guarding the opium crops in Afganistan or we’re not.
    How come Fedex is now the target of another storm in a tea cup, what precedent is being set so that Dian Feinstein or another such anti Constitutional so called legislator, can come anotherbill that redefines our constitution? Maybe someone in Fedex won’t support the same sex marriage agenda or has voiced an unwanted opinion on sequestration or something similar? Follow the money, we will soon find out what’s up. Drugs coming from which pharmaceutical companies, here or abroad? Which countries does Fedex operate in? Cyprus? Maybe they’re shipping packags of Cypriot Savings money withdrawn from banks last week before the “heist” was announced by someone with “inside information”. It could be anything, teddy bears filled with contraband Twinkies, you name it? Seeds not mandated by Monsanto?
    These oligarchs have no real day jobs, so they have to come with something to justify their paychecks and their existences, but this sure takes the cake.

  5. Thank you Trail Dust for this interesting post. I find it noteworthy that the actor who is playing the devil in the Bible television series, looks so much like Obama. I noticed this when I looked at his face and I just gasped!

  6. This is another ploy to get everyone snooping on everyone else and for people to “police” themselves. The Stasi would be proud.
    What if people stop using airplanes, postal services etc because of all this intrusiveness? But I suppose the government are not concerned with the economy – they are driving it into the ground – they just want us to be robots.

  7. And as we all know, the repubes will be raising Hell over this any minute.
    Sure they will.
    For all we know, Bonehead and Mitch McDummass probably suggested it.
    I can’t believe how fast America is disintegrating.

  8. To the folks not aware here, as for “Afghanistan poppy fields”, “Cypriot money” etc., etc., whatever. You are SO far off the mark you’re in la-la land. It’s prescribed drugs, prescribed by a legal doctor (had you read the article you would have known that.) Do you know the gov’t already imprisons old folks coming back from a “visit” to Canada, to be able to afford the EXACT SAME DRUGS we get from Wal Mart, CVS or wherever, at a hideously killer prices? You can get them from Canada, and to a lesser extent, (I wouldn’t trust them), from Mexico for a reasonable price. Now why is that? Why are they a hundred times more expensive here in America than they are in Canada? It wouldn’t be the gov’t working hand-in-hand w/ Big Pharma, who is pushing this whole FedEx/UPS demands, would it? I’ll lay my last dollar on it! No pot, no heroin or opium involved here! These drug companies are just loving the lawmakers, cuz it’s them and Big Pharma that forced us into this corner!
    FedEx and UPS prolly have dogs that walk up and down the lines sniffing for ILLEGAL drugs, not perfectly legal ones coming from Canada, and the ILLEGAL drugs/pkgs are yanked from the line and inspected. Same if someone was shipping money – ONLY perfectly brand new money 15 minutes out from the mint doesn’t register for drugs to the dogs. (Same for every dollar or more in your pockets, no matter if you’ve EVER touched a single drug in your life. You’d light up drug dogs in a NY heartbeat!) ALL money has traces of drugs on them. Don’t know about Euro notes, but can you imagine why they wouldn’t? Has anyone watched shows on how incredibly fast those pkgs go from line-to-line-to-line, based on that barcode/square thingy – and they would they have time to open EVERY SINGLE PKG exactly when??? That’s why I’m sure they have dogs, altho they don’t show them on the TV shows. I mean, otherwise pkgs would take like 30 days to get to us!!
    I’m not aiming this at the regulars, mostly to readers like minou999 who has accused the military of guarding Afghanistan poppy fields and trucking out the drugs on military planes. They may be, but I’m not going to be believing that any time soon. And I’ll deck anyone who says that to my face unless they have unarguable proof, that I can’t figure out isn’t on someone’s “agenda”. These are our brave men and women, giving their lives for our country, someone better have God-Himself-worthy proof of any kind of drug running before *I* believe it!


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