(AP File Photo)
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Is your neighborhood letter carrier helping Uncle Sam snoop? A new report finds the Postal Service is playing a larger role than thought in surveillance.

Fox News Radio's Jared Halpern has more from the White House:

An audit of the Postal Service finds an extensive surveillance program with 50,000 requests a year to secretly monitor Americans' mail for use in criminal and national security investigations.

But an Inspector General's report also warns of potential abuse of the decades-old program and an investigation by the New York Times cites examples of requests that were approved without adequately describing the reason for the surveillance.

A statement to FOX News from the Postal Service says program has been used for decades under limited circumstances by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in support of law enforcement investigations.

At the White House, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

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