AP Interview: USPS takes photos of all mail

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Postal Service takes pictures of every piece of mail processed in the United States, and keeps them on hand for up to a month. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the photos are used mostly for the mail sorting process - but are available for law enforcement, if requested.
   
In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Donahoe said the photos have been used a couple of times by law enforcement to trace letters in criminal cases, most recently involving ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
   
Donahoe says the agency's automated tracking program was created after the deadly anthrax attacks in 2001 as a safety measure against hazardous substances.

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