Just when you think things can't get more ridiculous in the government surveillance space...
Apparently the Post Office police maintain their own secret spy budget. Fox News' Denver affiliate reports on what happened after a customer at a Denver post office noticed a strange looking utility box, and the journalists looked into it:
The FBI's network for sharing so-called 'suspicious activity' information within the Bureau and with the Department of Defense is called Guardian. FBI maintains a separate system for state and local law enforcement suspicious activity reports called eGuardian.
Apparently the Drug Enforcement Administration operates a 'Central Tracking System' through which "all DEA assets and investigative targets" are monitored in real time and historically.
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