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Why is the Department of Homeland Security opening this Canadian's mail?

It should have been a routine delivery: Canada Post was tasked with sending an envelope, express, from The Globe and Mail office in Toronto to my home address in London. But it arrived here with a surprise: tape indicating it had been opened by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Why would Homeland Security – which surely has its hands full making sure the, uh, U.S. homeland is secure – have an interest in a flat envelope sent from a Canadian newspaper to its correspondent based in the United Kingdom? We’re all friends, and believers in media freedoms, aren’t we?