[Politech] U.S. Postal Service doesn't like anonymous physical mail [fs][priv]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Tue Oct 28 2003 - 06:29:12 PST

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    From: Majstoll@private
    Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 23:11:14 EST
    Subject: US Post Office Publishes Draft Regulation to Require ID to Send Mail
    To: declan@private
    For Posting:  In apparent disregard for US traditions and the 
    Constitutional protections of anonymous free speech as upheld in The 
    Tattered Cover Bookstore v. The City of Thornton, Buckley v. American 
    Constitutional Law Foundation, McIntyre v. Ohio, Talley v. California, and 
    Buckley v. Valeo, the US Post Office is moving forward with a "first step" 
    regulation to eventually require the identification and tracking of senders 
    of all mail.  Public comments are being accepted through 20 NOV 2003.  I'm 
    sure glad that those Federalist Papers already got mailed out before this 
    regulation takes effect, whew!
    -Mike Stollenwerk
    "Post office proposes requiring ID on mail: Regulation offered in response 
    to anthrax scare, CNN.com, 26 October 2003
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Postal Service is taking a first step toward 
    requiring all senders of mail to identify themselves, a move prompted by 
    the anthrax scare two years ago this month.
    Five people died of anthrax infection and 13 others became sick when an 
    unknown person or persons sent several U.S. senators and media 
    organizations envelopes containing the deadly toxin.
    As a first step, the Postal Service has proposed a regulation that would 
    require sender identification of discount-rate mail.
    That includes first-class mail, periodicals, standard mail or 
    package-services mailing eligible for any discounted postage rate.
    Printed in the Federal Register on October 21, the revision of the Domestic 
    Mail Manual is open for public comment until November 20.
    "Sender identification of all discount mailings would serve as a tool in 
    identifying the senders of a large portion of the mailstream. It could also 
    facilitate investigations into the origin of suspicious mail," the proposal 
    The Postal Service said two congressional committees urged it to "explore 
    the concept of sender identification, including the feasibility of using 
    unique, traceable identifiers" -- something likely to draw criticism from 
    privacy advocates.
    The President's Commission on the U.S. Postal Service also recommended the 
    use of sender identification recently "for every piece of mail."
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