August 1976 CIA Mail Opening

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Justice, Criminal Division of the United States of America.
Tracking # CRM-300560333
Due Oct. 27, 2016
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the report described regarding the CIA mail opening program. The report was described by the Justice Department in "Report of the Department of Justice Concerning Its Investigation and Prosecutorial Decisions with Respect to Central Intelligence Agency Mail Opening Activities in the United States."

The report was described on page 2 "In August 1976 the Criminal Division submitted to the Attorney General a report summarizing the evidence it had acquired, and analyzing the legal questions that potential prosecutions would present. The report concluded that it was highly unlikely that· prosecutions would end in criminal convictions and recommended that no indictments be sought. For your convenience, a copy of the report that references the document I'm seeing may be found at

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the Bureau, CIA and other government agencies for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Best


Dear Mr. Best:

Please see the attached, which acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act and/or Privacy Act request. If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at
202-616-0307 for further assistance.

Thank you,

Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice