|Submitted||Aug. 31, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all Texas DPS Media and Communications Office records referring to "Douglas Lucas" or the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" or both (including any variant spellings, i.e. different capitalization), for the months of June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, and September 2014. As I am Douglas Lucas and the owner of that email address, you are not violating my privacy. You may phone me at 817-343-7174 to obtain my Driver's License number, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, or other information if you wish to confirm my identity further. Please advise as to how I should prove myself to be Douglas Lucas if necessary.
I also request that fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. Provided copies of the information will primarily benefit the general public because I am a journalist, published by Salon.com, Vice, The Daily Dot, and other venues, who is reporting on the Texas Department of Public Safety, and who intends to make provided copies of the information available to the general public. My recent article involving the Texas DPS, which may be found here - http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/07/16/exclusive-the-counterinsurgency-war-on-and-inside-our-borders/ - titled "Exclusive: The Counterinsurgency War On--And Inside--Our Borders" - was shared more than 2000 times on Facebook, indicating a large public interest in my reporting on the Texas DPS.
MuckRock.com is a public information service through which I, a representative of the news media/press, am processing my FOIA requests; I ultimately intend to make the provided information publicly available at MuckRock.com not for commercial purpose.
All of this is being done in the service of news-gathering.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 business days, as the statute requires.
Please see attached.
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
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