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Thursday, August 29, 2013

FOIA


I have received three out of four of my freedom of information act requests back, from the CIA, DIA and FBI. I sent a passel out, just for the heck of it, not that any past behavior on my part would warrant my inclusion in any government list or database. The responses all say pretty much the same thing, not much. Here is the text from my letter from the Central Intelligence Agency:
Dear Mr. Sommers,
This is a final response to your 6 July 2013 Privacy Act request, received in the office of the Information and Privacy Coordinator on 12 July 2013 for records pertaining to yourself. We processed your request in accordance with the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. §552 as amended, and the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. §552a. Our processing included a search for records that would reveal an openly acknowledged Agency affiliation existing up to and including the date the Agency started its search and did not locate any responsive records.
With respect to responsive records that would reveal a classified connection the the CIA, in accordance with section 3.6(a) of Executive Order 13526, as amended, the CIA can neither confirm of deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to your request.  The fact of the existence or nonexistence of requested records is currently and properly classified and relates to intelligence sources and methods information that is protected from disclosure by section 6 of the CIA Act of 1949, as amended and section 102A (i)(1) of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended. Therefore you may consider this portion of the response a denial of your request pursuant to FOIA exemptions (b)(1) and (b)(3) and PA exemptions (j)(1) and (k)(1). I have enclosed an explanation of these exemptions for your reference and retention.
Although our searches were thorough and diligent, and it is highly unlikely that repeating those searches would change the result, you nonetheless have the legal right to appeal the decisions above. As the CIA Information and Privacy Coordinator, I am the official responsible for this determination. You have the right to appeal this response within 45 days of the date of this letter. You may address your appeal to the agency release panel, in my care. Please explain the basis of your appeal.
Sincerely,
M.M. Information and Privacy Coordinator - Central Intelligence
I must admit, I am a little bit bummed. John Lennon gets 15,000 pages and I can't rate a paragraph? Life simply ain't fair.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

you have the right to.....PARTY!!!

Anonymous said...

Oohhh, poor mr. unimportant. now call your mother you unloving prick

Sanoguy said...

#2 anonymous sounds a little grumpy!

grumpy said...

wasn't me, swear to God...