Friday, December 19, 2008

Going Postal (Clandestinely)


The very real possibility that us law-abiding folks will soon be pushed into behavior that the new administration will make criminal has caused some Three Percenters to consider, at least as an intellectual exercise, how we may improvise, adapt and overcome the difficulties posed thereby.

Below I present some thought recently presented to me by a fellow thoroughly briefed on the workings of the United States Postal Service. For your edification and amusement only, of course.

Here ya go . . .

I have been trying to give some forethought (I know, I am awfully late coming to the party) on keeping communications anonymous (from the ah-thoritays, anyway). I am a postal employee, and some coworkers and I were discussing (purely on a theoretical basis you understand) ways to get a PO box without revealing out your true home address.

To rent a box you need two forms of ID. The list of acceptable ID includes a passport and lease. Your passport does not have an address on it and dead cheap legal software (or even freeware) will allow you to print up an official looking lease with whatever address you want on it.

Another option if you are actually moving is to rent a box by showing your passport and your old DL with your old address on it. Tell the clerk that you are in the process of moving (staying with friends, in a residence inn, whatever) and once you get your local address you will come in to update your information. 99.9% of clerks will happily process your application and never give it another thought. For the 0.1% who are anal-retentive enough to follow up, a simple fake lease with a local address on it will suffice.

Couple this ghost box with cheap flash memory cards and a decent steganography program along with some pre-arranged parameters (for example: the first number mentioned in the accompanying letter is the picture number to decode, the first letter of the first word of the first five sentences is the key) and you have yourself a moderately secure comm-net.

Naturally this is all purely an intellectual enterprise and I would never actually reccomend that anyone violate any federal, state or local laws, bureaucratic regulations or edicts.

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