Seeking Records of Correspondence and Contracts Between Massachusetts Fusion Centers and Richard Dinsmore, Elizabeth Dinsmore at 170 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, notifications, and agreements to participate in “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 the home-owners and tenants at 170 Pine Street, Richard Dinsmore and Elizabeth Dinsmore, or any company representing them, in regards to use of the property, and operation of equipment on the property--house or grounds or in their parked vehicle/s--on any kind of basis, whether by themselves or anyone else, 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 their driveway (between 170 Pine Street and the next house at the corner of Pine and Granger Street) for short or extended periods of time including overnight; as well as parking on the street daytime or overnight directly in front of 170 Pine Street;

2) DHS/Fusion Center agency/including Military operatives to use any portion of the premises of 170 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 170 Pine Street, and use and operate this or any other pre-existing equipment (such as roof-installed antennas) from this location at any hour of the day or night;

4) Third-party or DHS/Fusion Center agency-sanctioned contractor services at 170 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 above. I understand from previous correspondence that you are responding for MA State Police in the capacity of leadership for the Massachusetts Fusion Center, the agency I am querying in this Freedom of Information Act and Massachusetts Public Records Law request--kindly correct me if I am wrong.

I would indeed like to provide more information, but it is not clear from your response why I am receiving a blanket response to 16 recent records requests, many of them quite different from the others and each quite specific. I would greatly appreciate your addressing this point.

I am trying to understand your response currently. To clarify: (1) you have determined that my request for information on all these requests falls into the category of public records, but that no public records exist in any of these cases; (2) you have noted that on the basis of the (highly specific) information I have provided, no records such as I request can be located.

Could you kindly clarify whether other-than-public records exist then, regarding my (16) requests? Could you kindly clarify whether the information I ask for is being subject to exemptions of any kind and is being withheld for any particular reason?

To summarize my 16 requests, although varied and each specific: In brief, my requests for information--for correspondence and contracts--sought insight into community-surveillance and community-policing and community-participating research programs quite visible in their execution on Pine Street, and in evidence since November 2013 to the present date, the street of my residence--and asked for DHS/Fusion Center/Military contracts and correspondence with 1) residents on Pine Street, permitting frequent externally-originating vehicular speeding, parking in driveways; permitting leasing of private residential property space; permitting non-residential vehicle operators and others to operate special equipment from vehicles or from inside property grounds; permitting storage of special equipment on property space; permitting or requiring community participation in surveillance or policing activities; permitting National Grid to park vehicles overnight in resident driveways; and 2) National Grid, regarding its operations in the city of Quincy.

The additional information I wish to provide is actually contained in all my requests, and noted above: There has been and continues to be obvious and continuous (24/7) and diurnal/nocturnal vehicular, parking, and surveillance activity including National Grid overnight/driveway parking activity on Pine Street in Quincy, at the locations noted, for the duration of time noted (2 years), and ongoing; I would imagine this activity is well-known to your fusion center, and to agencies thereof (I am sure your satellite/drone/video surveillance imagery will confirm this information--I also have electronic documentation via photographs and videos), and if not known, should be a matter of concern, I would imagine, both to your Fusion Center and to State Police--for if the parties engaging in these activities are not known to the DHS/local Fusion Center, may they be concluded to be private criminals or mercenaries then? Information on Governmental community-policing or surveillance activities in neighborhoods should be disclosed to the public, I am sure you will agree. And if these activities are not Fusion-Center/Government-related--but criminal or mercenary in origin, I hope this information will help in your efforts to rout the criminals and provide for the safety of all residents in Massachusetts, including on Pine Street, and including myself and my family.

As you may note, these FOIA-requests are being made in the public interest, to encourage full disclosure of community-policing programs to all residents on Pine Street, very much in the interests of public safety and security. I hope this additional information will assist in location of records responsive to my request, and will also help with peace-abiding State Police efforts to maintain law and order in Quincy.

I look forward to your response. Please contact me should you need additional information.

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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