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Postal Service suspends shipments from Yemen

By Ed O'Keefe

The U.S. Postal Service is temporarily suspending acceptance of inbound mail from Yemen in response to potential terror threats from the country.

The suspension took effective Saturday, USPS said in a statement. The mail agency is also asking postal workers to be vigilant and extra observant for potential threats. It is also working to ensure its security screening of international mail and packages remains consistent.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which handles mail-related crimes, is monitoring the situation in cooperation with federal agencies. Further international mail adjustments are possible, depending on recommendations from the Inspection Service and federal law enforcement agencies, USPS said.

The Postal Service is not experiencing service disruptions, a spokesman said Friday. It uses UPS, FedEx and other private carriers to ship overseas mail and cargo, but a spokesman declined to name the carrier it uses to send and receive mail from Yemen.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 30, 2010; 7:38 PM ET
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If we are finding it necessary in the public safety to bar mail from dangerous Islamic countries - I don't see the right to travel or immigrate to the US as a "higher right" than sending mail here.

Barring ALL travel and immigration is impractical and likely not in our best interest - but in the name of all rational thinking - WHAT is the logic of whisking in primitive Yemenis and their unschooled mail order fundie brides? Or 150,000 Islamist Somalis?

In the Cold War, we were not in the habit of waving in hardcore Chinese or Soviet Communists or settling failed African communist Revolutionaries in Minnesota as "noble refugees".

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | October 31, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

A good start but let's get serious.
After four decades of these savages terrorizing the world when is the United States going to get the undivided attention of these placating governments?
Cut off all aid to these nations-period.
Why is the flat broke United States subsidizing these pseudo terrorist holes anyway?

Posted by: menopausequeen | October 31, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

US Postal Service is already the worst ever entity along with the British Royal Mail. Given the circumstances USP and FED EX would be wise to suspend all business with not only Yemen but rather with Pakistan and some of these other troubled spots. That is if they are to effectively contain safety and protect their business and property.

Posted by: winemaster2 | October 31, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

The terrorists were really dumb in the first place to send bombs from Yemen to synagogues. We're cleverly forcing them to send bombs from other places.

If the next bomb comes from Germany or the UK then what? UPS, FEDEX and USPS won't accept packages from the UK and Germany?

Amazing how a small group of really dumb [but violent] people can disrupt the world.

Posted by: James10 | October 31, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

If the next bomb comes from Germany or the UK then what? UPS, FEDEX and USPS won't accept packages from the UK and Germany?

Amazing how a small group of really dumb [but violent] people can disrupt the world.

Posted by: James10
The obvious answer, James10, is that mail and trade may have to be curtailed unless the UK and Germany adress their internal Muslim extremist threat - in that situation.

Short of war, if sanctions and "rule of law!" don't correct the Islamoids - quarantining them like lepers and the areas they operate in can be quite effective.

There is no "right" to freely travel, send cargo, send mail to any country. And isolating and quarantining a nation because the "vastly peaceful majority" cannot contain and end the actions of an "tiny, insignificant extremist minority" offers an excellent inducement for the "vastly peaceful minority" to do what they have to do to remove themselves from Leper Nation status.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | October 31, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

arab/muslims manage to locate their lunatic brothers after the fact. suggest civilization hires dog the bounty hunter to find these scum,then hook em,book em,try em and fry em.

Posted by: pofinpa | October 31, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Careful people, We don't want to be accused of "profiling". We should just sit back and wait until a few thousand americans get blown away. THEN maybe our government officials will do something. We would hate to be accused of discrimination!!!

Posted by: fedup100 | November 1, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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