1972 Soviet Efforts to Influence U.S. Elites (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1421625-000, DOJ-AP-2019-002527, DOJ-AP-2020-000039

1421625-000, DOJ-AP-2019-002527

1421625-000

Multi Request 1972 Soviet Efforts to Influence U.S. Elites
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to, mentioning or resulting from investigations of or attempts to monitor Soviet Efforts to influence U.S. leaders and elites as described in LOC-HAK-452-4-1-4.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

  • E968e52c55544cdd66b53a91e2fba757df737bba4_Q45402_R342428_D2195341

  • E968e52c55544cdd66b53a91e2fba757df737bba4_Q45402_R342428_D2195010

From: Emma Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search, as no search was performed. I am further appealing the integrity of all redactions, as they plainly include materials already officially acknowledged by the U.S. Government, per LOC-HAK-452-4-1-4 (cited in the original request) and other documents.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:
* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2019-002527
* Request Tracking Number: 1421625
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 02/15/2019
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description: FBI Appeal

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

DOJ-AP-2019-002527 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partially Affirmed & Partially Reversed/Remanded

  • Other-20190917155356-Best, Emma, DOJ-AP-2019-002527, FBI, Response letter, Remand search, affirm 1, 6, 7C, search

From: Emma Best

Attn: Department of Justice's Department Review Committee

Under Executive Order No. 13,526, I am appealing the classification of records responsive to 1421625-000, DOJ-AP-2019-002527 and requesting a declassification review.

  • Other-20190917155356-Best, Emma, DOJ-AP-2019-002527, FBI, Response letter, Remand search, affirm 1, 6, 7C, search

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:

* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2020-000039
* Request Tracking Number: 1421625
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 10/02/2019
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description:
DRC for Appeal No. DOJ-AP-2019-00252

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  • E968e52c55544cdd66b53a91e2fba757df737bba4_Q45402_R342428_D2195010

  • E968e52c55544cdd66b53a91e2fba757df737bba4_Q45402_R342428_D2195341

  • E968e52c55544cdd66b53a91e2fba757df737bba4_Q45402_R342428_D2195010

  • E968e52c55544cdd66b53a91e2fba757df737bba4_Q45402_R342428_D2195010

  • E968e52c55544cdd66b53a91e2fba757df737bba4_Q45402_R342428_D2195341

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  • Other-20190917155356-Best, Emma, DOJ-AP-2019-002527, FBI, Response letter, Remand search, affirm 1, 6, 7C, search

  • Other-20190917155356-Best, Emma, DOJ-AP-2019-002527, FBI, Response letter, Remand search, affirm 1, 6, 7C, search