CIA-Navy Liaisons 1970s (Naval Supply Systems Command)

Emma Best filed this request with the Naval Supply Systems Command of Mechanicsburg, PA.
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Multi Request CIA-Navy Liaisons 1970s
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From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records mentioning or generated as a result of liaisons and contacts between CIA officials and the following Naval personnel (you may disregard individuals who are clearly not applicable to your office/division/command):

MILLER, Hynemann - Department of the Navy - Director, Interagency Construction Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFACENGCOM)
BORDEN, Harry H - Department of the Navy - Transportation Office, Navy Overseas Cargo Terminal, Naval Air Station Norfolk
CALDWELL, Frank R. - Department of the Navy - Deputy Chief Design Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFACENGCOM)
DOUGLAS, Walter E. - Department of the Navy - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFACENGCOM), Interagency Construction Division
ELLIS, Lt. Cmdr. Gary H. - Department of the Navy - Navy Focal Point Officer - Office of Naval Intelligence
MARKOM, Ray - Department of the Navy - Executive Assistant for Real Property Management - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFACENGCOM)
PELLANT, John F. - Department of the Navy - Chief, Transportation Branch - Naval Supply Systems Command
"Mr. Johnson" - Naval Research Laboratory
KUHNLEIN, John - Naval Security Station
WHEELIS, William - Naval Security Station
BURGESS, Barbara - Pay Policy Staff
WEBB, Edward - OCMM
BYERS, Terry - Naval Propellant Plant
DAVIS, William E. - Office of Naval Intelligence
HANSEN, Rodney - Office of Naval Intelligence
HOWARD. Robert V. - Office of Naval Intelligence
SEEGERSTEN, Peter - Office of Naval Intelligence
MITCHELL, Lt. Michael L. - Department of the Navy, Surgeon General's Office
EMERY, Captain William M. (USN), Commander, DCASR/DSA, Department of Defense
BATES, Capt. Richard
MARTEL, Lt. Cdr. Sinclair

For the purposes of this request, the words "contacts" and "liaisons" are being used in the way CIA used them in CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9 (dated 1975), which officially disclosed these relationships. A copy of the file can be found at This request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of 1979.

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 MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, AND Magazine, Unicorn Riot, and more. 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 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.

Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross- section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media.

Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Naval Supply Systems Command

Good Afternoon,

Your request has been received. We are in discussion regarding this case and will provide further information in the future.

Mariciel Swarthout
Naval Supply Systems Command, HQ
(717) 605-2285

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) - The information contained in this e-mail, and any attachments, may contain sensitive or personal information and may also be legally privileged. Any misuse or unauthorized disclosure may result in both civil or criminal penalties.

From: Naval Supply Systems Command

To Whom It May Concern:

The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) received the same request and provided a response pursuant to your request. ONI's FOIAonline tracking number is 2019-0001396.

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Mariciel Swarthout
FOIA Officer
Naval Supply Systems Command, HQ

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) - The information contained in this e-mail, and any attachments, may contain sensitive or personal information and may also be legally privileged. Any misuse or unauthorized disclosure may result in both civil or criminal penalties.


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