Seeking Records of Correspondence and Contracts Between Massachusetts Fusion Centers and Chen Ying Fang, Owner at 146 Pine Street, Quincy, MA

Ramola Dharmaraj filed this request with the Commonwealth Fusion Center of Massachusetts.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Ramola Dharmaraj

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Please provide all emails, memos, records of oral/verbal, telephonic, electronic, and other correspondence, agreements, contracts, and records of invoices, payments, or compensations in kind, as well as all provided information and notifications of “community-policing” or “surveillance” of any kind or "community-based participatory research" of any kind BETWEEN Massachusetts Fusion Center/DHS agencies and operatives, including local Quincy agencies and operatives including the Quincy City Police and Quincy City Council and local Military and Intelligence operatives AND Chen Ying Fang, listed owner, any other home-owners, tenants, lease-holders, and renters at 146 Pine Street, or any company representing the owners, leasees, renters, and tenants of 146 Pine Street, Quincy, MA, in regards to use of the property, construction on the property, installation, creation, and operation of equipment on the property--house or grounds--on any kind of basis, whether a lease, partial rental, sub-lease, shared tenancy, or other form of ownership/use, permitting/procuring/arranging, on a courtesy/community or commercial basis, since the time period dating from November 2013, to the present date, January 2016, and ongoing:

1) Pulling in and parking of DHS/Fusion Center-sanctioned vehicles including National Grid/private vehicles in the driveway for short or extended periods of time including overnight; as well as parking on the street overnight directly in front of 146 Pine Street;

2) DHS/Fusion Center agency/including Military operatives to use any portion of the premises of 146 Pine Street to engage in research or close surveillance activities or whatever activities at any hour of the day or night; to use the premises for any reason whatsoever, for any period of time;

3) DHS/Fusion Center agency/including Military operatives to move in equipment of any kind, including IT and computer equipment, landscaping equipment, sensors, antennae, radar, cameras, oscillators, repeaters, magnetrons, generators, motors, transponders, or electronic surveillance equipment; or any equipment whatsoever--into any part of the property--house or grounds--of 146 Pine Street, and use and operate the equipment from this location at any hour of the day or night;

4) Third-party or DHS/Fusion Center agency-sanctioned contractor services at 146 Pine Street providing periodic or one-time services such as cleaning home, lawn-mowing and landscaping services, etc., or tickets/coupons to sporting events, concerts, airline flights, hotel stays, vacation rentals.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ramola D/Dharmaraj

From: Rooney, Glenn M (POL)

Ms. Dharmaraj,

Attached you will find the Department's response to your recent records requests. You will only be receiving the attached via email. Your attention to this matter is appreciated. Thank you.

Glenn M. Rooney, Esq.
Staff Counsel
Massachusetts State Police
General Headquarters
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel: (508) 820-2391
Fax: (508) 820-2649

From: Ramola Dharmaraj

Dear Mr. Glenn Rooney,

Thank you for your response. I understand from previous correspondence that you are responding to my (16) FOIA Requests mentioned above in your/Massachusetts State Police's capacity of leadership of the Massachusetts Fusion Center, which is the agency I am querying—kindly correct me if I am wrong.

I am at a loss to understand why 16 of my recent FOIA requests to the Massachusetts Fusion Center, several of them quite varied and different from each other, and all of them quite specific, are being answered with a single blanket response—which essentially denies public records for each and every one of them.

I would indeed like to provide more information, as you request, but I would first like to clarify your statement. Essentially, 1) you state that the information I seek does indeed fall into the category of public records, but 2) you state that there are no public records that the Department of Public Records can locate based on the information I provided.

Can you kindly let me know what you mean, then, whether 1) you are stating that other than public records hold the information that is being identified here in my requests, and 2) if there are exemptions—and what exemptions these are--that are being claimed here, if information is being withheld?

To reiterate, and to attempt to summarize my (16) varied requests, in brief: I am seeking information related to correspondence and contracts related to possible community surveillance, community policing, and community research activities on Pine Street in Quincy, Massachusetts, with 1) residents of Pine Street in the specific locations noted in the requests, permitting the highly visible, publicly noticeable, continuous, 24/7, externally-originating, non-residential vehicular speeding, parking of private/commercial vehicles of the peculiar into/out-of-the-block character noted in my requests, including National Grid vehicles, diurnal/nocturnal, both for short periods and overnight, in driveways, for a 2-year time period and ongoing, from November 2013 to the present date (I am sure your Fusion Center agencies including Quincy City Police are aware of this activity; easily confirmed, no doubt, from your own JTRIG/NRO satellite/drone/aircraft/full-spectrum video footage; I have my own electronic documentation too, in photographs and videos); permitting the lease and use of portions of or the full area of private residential property and grounds; permitting the installation, use, and operation of equipment of any kind, including radio antennas, sensors, repeaters, magnetrons, oscillators, generators, and others on their property and grounds; permitting and requiring the co-operation and participation of residents in surveillance, research, or community-policing activities with these externally-originating vehicle occupants; and providing compensation in cash or kind for these permissions, whether mortgage payments, room rental fees, house rental fees, sporting or concert or airplane tickets, etc., and 2) with National Grid in Quincy, regarding all its seemingly extra-curricular activities on Pine Street.

The additional information I would like to provide, which I should have thought would indeed be of concern and invoke a naturally concerned Massachusetts State Police response, is actually contained within the text of all my requests as noted above. If all of this peculiar activity, noted above and detailed in my requests, is related to Fusion-Center-known community-policing, community-surveillance, and community-research initiatives, I am sure you will agree this is public information which should be disclosed to the community at large, including, in particular, all residents of the particular community where these activities are taking place, including myself. If these activities are, on the contrary, not related to community-policing, community-surveillance, and community-research emanating from your various Fusion Center agencies—including the Police, Military, DHS—but relate to private criminal and mercenary action in this neighborhood, I am sure you will be interested in investigating further and ending all such semblance of criminal and harassive activity in this neighborhood. Indeed, I hope this additional and emphasized information will help you rout the criminals and ensure the safety of all families in this neighborhood, including mine.

These FOIA requests are being made specifically with public safety and security in mind. They are also, each of them, quite specific and focused in their queries. I hope you will reconsider and examine each request separately, address this additional information, and respond substantively to these concerns for public and neighborhood safety in this neighborhood.

I look forward to your response. Please contact me should you need further clarification.

Sincerely,
Ramola D/Dharmaraj
Resident, (154) Pine Street
The EveryDay Concerned Citizen
www.everydayconcerned.net

From: Rooney, Glenn M (POL)

Ms. Dharmaraj,

As you were informed in an earlier message, the Department did not locate any records responsive to any of your sixteen (16) records request. Each search was based upon the information you have provided. Your attention to this matter is appreciated.

Glenn M. Rooney, Esq.
Staff Counsel
Massachusetts State Police
General Headquarters
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel: (508) 820-2391
Fax: (508) 820-2649

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