Postal Censorship

Paul Galante filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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During World War II, the scope of the FBI’s intelligence duties expanded dramatically. Under newly granted war powers, the Bureau worked alongside military and postal officials in controlling American communications and investigate espionage, antiwar statements, and leaks.

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From: Paul Galante

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of file 62-HQ-67236 (including all sub files), titled "Postal Censorship".

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.


Paul Galante

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

  • E3af782edfe00b9881b1d73e33aa9c5c7325e445f_Q38994_D2117233

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good afternoon Mr. Galante,

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request #1412777-000 for FBI records concerning File 062-HQ-62736, Postal Censorship. The FBI has located approximately 83,000 pages that are potentially responsive to your request. Once requests go over a certain size, usually in the 50-100 page range, they become increasingly complex, greatly slowing down the time required for processing. Generally the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may be a very long time before you would begin to receive material from this request.

Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium, large, and extra-large sub-tracks based upon request size. Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process. Currently, simple track cases average approximately 134 days from the date of receipt for processing. Our complex requests in the medium processing track are currently averaging 523 days, large processing track are currently averaging approximately 1,335 days, and extra-large processing track are currently averaging 1,875 days for processing.

Your request is currently in the complex request large processing track, and the estimated date of completion for your request is June 2025. If your request is considered a complex track, considering reducing the scope of your request may accelerate the process as it could potentially place your request in a quicker processing track. This may also reduce any search and duplication costs, if applicable, and allow for a more timely receipt of your information. If you wish to discuss reducing the scope of your request, please respond to this email. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.


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FOIA Support Unit
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Federal Bureau of Investigation
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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good afternoon Mr. Galante,

I'm following up to the email sent out last week to you with regards to your FOIA # 1412777-000 on File 062-HQ-62736. The previous email goes into more detail for our contact with you. If you are interested in narrowing the scope of your request, please respond either by email or phone.

Thank you for your time and attention to this inquiry.