|Submitted||Dec. 20, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the records explained in the following paragraph.
Border Operations Sector Assessments from 2011 state on their first page: "CONTROLLED UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION" and immediately below "This document ... should be safeguarded and protected in accordance with the requirements of the above classification." The phrase "the above classification" refers to that "CONTROLLED UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION." I request any and all records that explain what "the requirements" of the Controlled Unclassified Information classification are in accordance with which the documents should be safeguarded and protected.
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.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thank you for your help.
Please see attached.
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
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