Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Privacy of Public Knowledge

"The Post office was a primary center of the governments intelligence
operations, with it's own espionage agents and deciphering branch. It's
offices' monitored foreign diplomats, domestic dissenters, and even
own ministers, keeping the king and the governments inner
circle apprised of
intrigues and disaffection" (Starr, Pg. 95)

Britain's postal service was known to open and view mail that was being sent from person to person. When people moved across the Atlantic Ocean to a new land they didn't know what to expect. When America set up their own postal system they had decided not to read the mail, but they would read it is the letter never reached it's destination. Even though the roots of America come from Britain, the early postal system is an example of how our country developed on it's own.


At 10:54 AM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quote, but be careful to proof read your posts before publishing.

Why does Starr think it was important that the U.S. chose not to use the national post for surveillance purposes? What did this make possible? What are the political and economic consequences of postal privacy for the growing public sphere?


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