ABSTRACT

Domestic CIA and FBI Mail Opening Programs   [open pdf - 446KB]

"The CIA conducted four mail opening programs within the United States, the longest of which lasted for twenty years. These programs resulted in the opening and photographing of nearly a quarter of a million items of correspondence, the vast majority of which were to or from American residents. While the programs were ostensibly conducted for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, one former high-ranking CIA official characterized the Agency's use of this technique as a 'shotgun' approach to intelligence collection; neither Congressmen, journalists, nor businessmen were immune from mail interception. With cooperation from the FBI, domestic 'dissidents' were directly targeted in one of the programs."

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1976-04
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Public Domain
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ICDC: http://www.icdc.com/
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pdf
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Source:
Supplementary Detailed Staff Reports on Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans - Book III (1976)
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