FBI/DOJ FOIA consult (Indiana State Police)

Emma Best filed this request with the Indiana State Police of Indiana.
Multi Request FBI/DOJ FOIA consult
Est. Completion None
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Fix Required

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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any emails, letters, memos or other records of consultations regarding public records requests (FOI/FOIL/FOIA etc.) with either the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency components.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Indiana State Police

Ms. Best,

Your request is not reasonably particular as required by Ind. Code 5-14-3-3(a)(1). You regularly submit requests to ISP that do not meet the outlined statutory criteria. Your request needs to specify the particular record sought, such as citation issued to Jane Doe on 1/1/2000. Your present requests, does not specify a timeframe, sender or receiver or a specific topic other than FOIA, which is extremely broad. Please revise your request to meet the outlined criteria so that ISP may search for the requested record. Please also ensure that this is done on all future requests. Thank you.

Cynthia Forbes, Legal Counsel
Indiana State Police - Legal Office
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 340
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: 317-234-4217
Fax: 317-234-7638

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