Securely Send Snail Mail the CIA Way

gummed-kraft-sealing-tapeMatt Novak has published an interesting article at https://goo.gl/VzJc9d describing how the CIA always sends old-fashioned snail mail through the postal system. It seems the CIA sends out letters that are secured with a specific type of tamper-proof tape.

The “gummed Kraft sealing tape” the agency uses makes sure the letter or package you receive has not been surreptitiously opened along the way. There’s no way to open the envelope without making it clear someone has been messing with it. The tape cannot be steamed off and has laminated glass fibers embedded in the tape to resist cutting.

Using this tape on your letters will help protect your privacy by making sure no one messes with your letter or steams open the envelope to steal the check you sent inside.

In the article, Matt Novak describe the tape as being listed in a GSA catalog. However, for those of us who do not have convenient access to GSA ordering, I found the same thing available from Amazon at https://goo.gl/Xdc0MZ.

Yes, I ordered a roll of gummed Kraft sealing tape this morning.

2 thoughts on “Securely Send Snail Mail the CIA Way

  1. Using this tape on your letters will help protect your privacy by making sure no one messes with your letter or steams open the envelope to steal the check you sent inside.

    If someone wants to mess with your letter or steal the check/cheque, they can still get into the envelope in exact the same way as the final receiver does, so it won’t protect your privacy or protect you from theft.

    However you will (probably) know if it has been opened. Only “probably” because if “they” repackage it in a new similar envelope, how would you know? It is as if the NSA could decrypt your email and then send on the original to you.

    Should we ask all senders to “endorse” the outside of all envelopes with something not easily forged (inky fingerprint?), so that we know it is the original envelope?

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    • —> If someone wants to mess with your letter or steal the check/cheque, they can still get into the envelope in exact the same way as the final receiver does, so it won’t protect your privacy or protect you from theft.

      Agreed. But that is not the purpose of the tape. As stated in the article, “The “gummed Kraft sealing tape” the agency uses makes sure the letter or package you receive has not been surreptitiously opened along the way.”

      If anyone does open the letter, the damage to the envelope will be obvious when you receive it so you know it has not been “SURREPTITIOUSLY opened along the way.”

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