April 5th, 2013

Now Obama Targets Your FedEx, UPS Packages


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This article was originally published at WND.com

The Obama administration is demanding the nation’s two biggest shipping companies police the contents of Americans’ sealed packages, and a FedEx spokesman is warning that the move “has the potential to threaten the privacy of all customers that send or receive packages.”

FedEx and UPS are in the Justice Department’s cross-hairs for not flagging shipments of illegally prescribed drugs the companies say they had no way of knowing were in their possession.

Criminal charges could be coming against the carriers, even though the government has not alleged any deliberate wrongdoing by the companies.

FedEx spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald said his company has a 40-year history of actively assisting the government crackdown on any criminal conduct, but he told WND this probe was very different from the start.

“What is unusual and really disturbing is it became clear to us along the way that FedEx was being targeted for some level criminal activity as it relates to these medicines that are being shipped from pharmacies, and we find it to be completely absurd because it’s really not our role,” Fitzgerald said. “We have no way of knowing what is legal and not within the packages that we’re picking up and delivering in this situation.”

“At the heart of the investigation are sealed packages that are being sent by, as far as we can tell, licensed pharmacies. These are medicines with legal prescriptions written by licensed physicians. So it’s difficult for us to understand where we would have some role in this. We are a transportation company that picks up and delivers close to 10 million packages every day. They are sealed packages, so we have no way of knowing specifically what’s inside and we have no interest in violating the privacy rights of our customers,” Fitzgerald said.

In addition to the unrealistic expectation that the federal government seems to have for the companies to know what’s in every package, Fitzgerald said protecting the rights of customers is paramount and the issues go hand-in-hand.

“They clearly are attempting to put some responsibility for the legality of the contents of these packages. That’s why for us it goes far beyond even just the online pharmacy situation. This really has a chilling effect. It has the potential to threaten the privacy of all customers that send or receive packages via FedEx because the government is assigning a role on us as law enforcement or taking on their role in a way that is not appropriate,” Fitzgerald said.

FedEx sought to diffuse the standoff by offering to stop doing business with any pharmacies that the government suspected to be involved in illegal activities. The Justice Department declined, citing the potential for the pharmacies to sue over a lack of due process.

“If the government were to come to us and give us the name of a customer that’s engaged in some level of illegal activity, we can immediately stop shipping for that customer. We will not tolerate any illegal activity within our networks,” Fitzgerald said. “What we want here is a solution that will apply for the entire industry and serve the public’s interest. That’s why we find it completely absurd and, to a large degree, stunning that the government is not working with us on that solution as they have with other problems in the past. As long as they’re not doing that, there’s really no solution even if they were to pursue an investigation or criminal charges against a specific company. There needs to be an industry-wide solution that will put a stop to this problem.”

That leaves FedEx and UPS with the task of stopping illegal shipments from sources the government will not divulge.

“The comparison that we’ve made is a no-fly list. It’s as if the government were to go to major commercial airlines and accuse them of some level of criminal activity if they were to allow somebody on the no-fly list onto one of their planes without providing them a no-fly list,” Fitzgerald said. “What we want here is the no-fly list for online pharmacies. If they are aware of some level of illegal activity by some number of pharmacies, simply provide us that list and we will stop providing service. It’s a very simple solution.”

Fitzgerald said no other private carriers are being targeted by the Justice Department, and he has no evidence to suggest this probe is designed to boost the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service at the expense of private competitors.

UPS is currently negotiating a settlement with the government, but FedEx is fighting this all the way.

“Settlement is not an option for us when there’s no illegal activity on our part,” Fitzgerald said.




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9 Responses to “Now Obama Targets Your FedEx, UPS Packages”

  1. 1
    Patrick C. Says:

    This action is so ridiculous it would be laughable, if we didn’t suspect the Justice Department actually thought this would work. Instead, it’s tragic that this is where our government thinks we are as a society – this how little they think of us, that companies providing an alternative to their service, even large ones with the most to lose, will simply roll over…and worse yet, I can honestly see how they would think that. Everyone rolls over to them.

    What’s truly amazing about this article, and you might say “inspiring” is that there is actually someone within the private company actually standing his ground and calling this blatant power grab what it is – absurd.

  2. 2
    Elias Alias Says:

    I noticed the other day that UPS agreed to pay a settlement – quite hefty one at that.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323501004578390623687298836.html

    UPS to Settle Web Pharmacy Case

    “…agreed to forfeit $40 million to settle a probe into its shipments on behalf of illicit online pharmacies, federal prosecutors said Friday. The deal was the latest move in the U.S. government’s expanding crackdown on illegal sales of prescription painkillers… Under the agreement between UPS and the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco, the company won’t be prosecuted. The Justice Department said UPS cooperated with investigators and has already made changes “to ensure that illegal Internet pharmacies can no longer use its services to ship drugs.”

    UPS spokesman Bill Tanner said: “We believe we have an obligation and responsibility to help curb the sale and shipment of drugs sold through illegal Internet pharmacies.” In addition to paying $40 million to the government, the company “has agreed to enhance its compliance policies with respect to Internet pharmacy shippers,” he said.

    -end quoted passages from above-linked article-

    Fascism, anyone?

    Assault on the Internet, anyone?

    If someone was doing something wrong, why is no one going to jail?

    If someone was not doing something wrong, why bow down to a drunk Caesar’s demand for unwarranted tribute?

    This is the same stink we find like an invisible plume hovering over the money laundering blight of recent times -

    HSBC to Pay $1.92 Billion to Settle Charges of Money Laundering

    http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/hsbc-said-to-near-1-9-billion-settlement-over-money-laundering/

    State and federal authorities decided against indicting HSBC in a money-laundering case over concerns that criminal charges could jeopardize one of the world’s largest banks and ultimately destabilize the global financial system.

    Instead, HSBC announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to a record $1.92 billion settlement with authorities. The bank, which is based in Britain, faces accusations that it transferred billions of dollars for nations like Iran and enabled Mexican drug cartels to move money illegally through its American subsidiaries.

    While the settlement with HSBC is a major victory for the government, the case raises questions about whether certain financial institutions, having grown so large and interconnected, are too big to indict. Four years after the failure of Lehman Brothers nearly toppled the financial system, regulators are still wary that a single institution could undermine the recovery of the industry and the economy.

    -end quoted passages from above link-

    What’s going on here, eh? ;)

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor

  3. 3
    Linda Says:

    Hi Elias,

    Well, the phrase “bow(ing) down to a drunk Caesar’s demand for an unwarranted tribute” more than amply covers “what is going on” from one perspective. The real question, from my perspective, is why in the world we would bow. He bowed to a Saudi Prince in one episode of,’As Obama turns’; perhaps it is logical to him that we bow to him. So, the hierarchy is: World Banks, The UN, The Saudi Princes, Obama and then another (X) number of layers before they get to ‘we the slaves of the Globalists’?

    Why do we bow? What the heck?

    All my best,

    Linda

  4. 4
    Johnny Rollins Says:

    What some don’t seem to see is that this started just when DHS started to stockpile Ammo. Is our government interested in private online ammo purchases or is this about drugs. Just food for thought.

  5. 5
    Darin Bowers Says:

    johnny, thats exactly what im thinking too. Track and register anyone buying guns,ammo and gun parts online. Just like the National Background Check is illegal to be used as a national registry,, but try to have a back-ground check done and then buy a dif gun…… Nope. Must have a separate check done for EACH gun.

    Treason by any other name is still Treason.

    -Darin

  6. 6
    Joe Berry Says:

    This is not to check for drugs he could care less unless he is building his own stash.Obama is trying to find out how many are still buying ammo.

  7. 7
    Big Al Says:

    Just another “milking scheme” by the crooks at the helm.

  8. 8
    Darin Bowers Says:

    Personally i dont care what lists they have me on. Im gonna buy MORE ammo every chance i get. ill buy whatever the xxxx i want to ! Im already on the lists, i already KNOW how my rights are being violated and how sick they are and who they serve. I will do exactly the OPPOSITE of what they want me to do and i will mock them and laugh at their delusional power trips.

    I DONT CARE what these pencil neck, cowardly, punkass, nwo robots think they can do in the shadows and behind our backs. The lights are about to be turned on FULL BLAST to expose ALL these slimy cockroaches, while they all scurry for cover from the blinding light of TRUTH about what they’ve been doing to us and why.

    Evil is ALWAYS done in darkness, thats why Christ called it the light of truth, the sword of truth, because it cuts the legs out from under evil and renders it helpless.

    THEY should be ashamed. They WILL BE ASHAMED.
    And then prosecuted for their Treason.

    Theres a big difference between honestly trying to protect a population by creating useful legislation for that purpose V/S attempting (and sometime succeeding) in legislating a treasonous agenda against the United States. Big difference.
    The latter carries the penalty of Death.

    -Darin

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    mattw Says:

    This smells to me like Big Pharma at work. Lots of these online pharmacies are in India (probably just 1 or 2 under several different names) and are selling all kinds of drugs (not just pain killers)at a fraction of the cost that we can get them for here in the US. It’s about money, as usual. The next time your doctor prescribes you something, have them give you an actual paper prescription, not call it in to your usual pharmacy that uses your usual health insurance. Now get online and see what it will cost. Believe it or not, sometimes you can buy it online and have it shipped from India for less than what your pharmacutical co-pay would be (and waayyyy cheaper than if you have to pay for it yourself). Be sure to look for the generic equivalent of the actual drug, not the name brand that your doctor will likely prescribe. If it’s a drug that you must have immediately, life or death type of thing, obviously you might not want to wait but if it’s something that you use regularly, order early and keep some of your money out of the hands of Big Pharma.

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