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Birnbaum v. United States
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The CIA and the FBI covertly opened mail addressed to the Plaintiffs. The latter brought an action against the Defendant for intrusion pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act. In pleadings, the Plaintiffs alleged and the Defendant admitted that it opened and copied the Plaintiffs’ mail that was sent to and from the U.S.S.R. during a 20-year period. The Defendant argued that there is no right to privacy under New York law. In a court trial, the judge found for the Plaintiffs and granted damages of $1,000.00 each.
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