TX DPS contracts with Stratfor

Douglas Lucas filed this request with the Texas Department of Public Safety of Texas.
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From: Douglas Lucas

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

Full copies of any and all contracts between the Texas Department of Public Safety and any or all of the following companies:

Stratfor Enterprises, LLC
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.
SM/Stratfor Partners, LLC
Stratfor Global Intelligence
SM/Stratfor Partners II, LLC
Pinion Software
Pinion Software, Inc.
Stratfor Systems, Inc.
Infraworks Corporation
Infraworks, Inc.
Pinion Software Acquisition, Inc.
Bill B. Bass Singer, Inc.
Gaa Global Alliance Advisors, L.L.C.

The time frame for my request is from January 1, 1997 to the date the search is conducted.

This is a narrower request than my request PIR # 14-3703, and is made due to the cost estimate you provided for PIR # 14-3703.

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.


Douglas Lucas

From: MuckRock.com

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.

From: OGC Webmaster

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Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890

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