In fact we all are. Can't say I am shocked, I am long past my capacity to be surprised and have lost any faith in the United States government respecting my civil rights. But now we know that the government takes a picture of and logs every single piece of mail in the entire system. Read the story here in today's New York Times. It is written by Ron Nixon and titled U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement.
“It’s a treasure trove of information,” said James J. Wedick, a former F.B.I. agent who spent 34 years at the agency and who said he used mail covers in a number of investigations, including one that led to the prosecution of several elected officials in California on corruption charges. “Looking at just the outside of letters and other mail, I can see who you bank with, who you communicate with — all kinds of useful information that gives investigators leads that they can then follow up on with a subpoena.” But, he said: “It can be easily abused because it’s so easy to use and you don’t have to go through a judge to get the information. You just fill out a form.” For mail cover requests, law enforcement agencies simply submit a letter to the Postal Service, which can grant or deny a request without judicial review. Law enforcement officials say the Postal Service rarely denies a request.