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House Oversight Committee leaders on Tuesday asked the independent inspector of the postal service to examine what they called violations of Americans’ First Amendment rights through a covert surveillance program.


In a letter written by Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, Democrat of New York, and ranking member James Comer, Republican of Kentucky, the leaders expressed concern to Tammy L.

Whitcomb, the U.S. Postal Service inspector general, about reports the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is using the internet Covert Operations Program, the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, to perform intelligence operations on First Amendment activity.

Yahoo News reported on March 16 that the Postal Inspection Service is running a stealth program, iCOP, which surveils Americans’ social media content and searches for anything on a person’s or group page considered “inflammatory.” From there, the information about the page will be sent along to other government agencies.

“These activities raise serious questions about the scope of the program, the extent of sharing of information among law enforcement agencies, and whether USPIS has the authority to conduct such an operation,” wrote Maloney and Comer. “We understand that USPIS has a critical law enforcement responsibility to protect the people and facilities of the Postal Service. We also appreciate that since reports of iCOP being used in connection with First Amendment activity have become public, USPIS has put certain safeguards in place and is reviewing additional ways to protect First Amendment activities. Nevertheless, significant questions about iCOP remain.”

Maloney and Comer asked Whitcomb several questions, including why the decision was made to expand iCOP beyond its original focus on drug interdiction, as well as when the decision was made and who approved the decision.

Additionally, the leaders asked, “What authority does USPIS have to conduct online intelligence operations on people in the United States, including those engaging in First Amendment activity?”


They also inquired what vendor USPIS uses to search publicly available information as well as what information the vendor is storing about searches and results, and how that information is secured.

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CHELSEA are under new ownership for the first time in two decades.

Roman Abramovich's reign at Stamford Bridge was a popular one with supporters, but was brought to an end by UK Government sanctions following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

2Todd Boehly and wife Katie applauding the team after watching their first match as Chelsea ownersCredit: PA

And the beneficiary of that situation was US billionaire Todd Boehly, whose consortium purchased the Blues for £4.25bn at the end of May.

Upon buying Chelsea, Boehly promised to take a hands-on role in running the club, in contrast to fellow Americans the Glazer family and Man Utd and the Kroenke family at Arsenal.

A statement from Boehly read: “We are honoured to become the new custodians of Chelsea Football Club.

"We’re all in – 100% -- every minute of every match. Our vision as owners is clear: we want to make the fans proud.

2Todd Boehly and wife Katie at Stamford Bridge before kick-off against TottenhamCredit: PA

"Along with our commitment to developing the youth squad and acquiring the best talent, our plan of action is to invest in the Club for the long-term and build on Chelsea’s remarkable history of success.

"I personally want to thank ministers and officials in the British government, and the Premier League, for all their work in making this happen.”

And in his first match at Stamford Bridge as owner, Boehly looked very invested in proceedings as he attended with his wife Katie.

But what do we know about his wife?


Who is Todd Boehly's wife Katie?

Katie Boehly was born Katherine Terrell Garrett.

Not a lot is known about her compared to her husband, but the couple married n September 6, 1998, at Evelynton Plantation in Virginia.

Prior to that, she graduated from William & Mary College in Virginia in 1995 with a BA in History.

She is a member of the university's Society of 1918, which says it is dedicated to growing the engagement, leadership and philanthropy of W&M women.

After graduating from university, she joined Automatic Data Processing, Inc., covering Richmond, Virginia, and became a nationwide top sales associate before moving to New York to lead the Court Express sales team nationwide.

In 2001, she transitioned to becoming a full time mother.

Katie and Todd currently have three sons - Nick, Zach, and Clay.

She has also served on the board of FACES (Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) since 2017.

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