This just in from one of our subscriptions:
The US Department of Homeland Security has recently increased security measures for postal items carried on passenger airlines. As a result, mail entering the US from around the world, including the UK, which would normally be sent via passenger aircraft must now travel by other means. Typically this would result in the use of dedicated Cargo Flights or Sea Freight – the former having a capacity issue & the latter being considered too slow. This measure only applies to postal matter that exceeds 1.1lbs (500gms) unit weight – the typical weight of a Monocle issue is @ 1.4 lbs (640gms).
Did you also know that just days before the Egyptian government shut down the internet, a bill was introduced into the US Senate that would have allowed our government to shut down the internet, admittedly only in response to a cyber attack? This was reported by The Economist, which thankfully weighs less than 1.1lbs.
The problem with any power granted to any government is that one day it will be abused. Remember Richard Nixon’s statement to David Frost “When the President does it, that means it is not illegal.”
Can Egyptian style protests happen in the US? They did during the 1960s and likely will again.
ha! dangerous “postal matter” indeed…
i was fascinated by the powers of the government over the cellular providers during the egypt events — apparently governments can force messages to be sent out on cell networks? at least i know egypt forced vodaphone to send out text messages on the govt’s behalf — unattributed. pretty incredible stuff…
And of course the US government put pressure on Visa, PayPal, various banks and others to stop accepting donations or payments to Wikileaks. With which they complied.