AC-130 recordings from Kunduz strike 10/3/15

George LeVines filed this request with the Army - United States Department of the Army of the United States of America.
Tracking # FA-16-0026 ; 16-0100
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From: George LeVines

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All audio and video recordings from the AC-130 aircraft responsible for the strike on a civilian hospital in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3, 2015 on or about 0208h local time. Please limit the search to recordings captured from 0000h to 0600h on the date of the strike.

This incident was widely reported in the news media:

http://www.defenseone.com/news/2015/10/pentagon-afghans-called-deadly-strike-hospital/122533/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/10/afghan-hospital-attack-s-secret-tapes.html

The existence of such recordings has already been acknowledged by the Pentagon. Both Gen. Campbell and the White House have repeatedly promised a full and transparent investigation.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. This request is being made in the process of news gathering. As digital editor at DefenseOne.com I am a member of the news media:

http://www.defenseone.com/about/staff/

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.

In the event that portions of the requested material are classified or otherwise exempt from the FOIA, please release all segregable portions as the FOIA requires.

Please expedite this request as it is relevant to events that are currently unfolding and is in the public's interest to remain continually informed on these matters.

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,

George LeVines

From: Garris, Barbara A CIV USARMY (US)

Dear Mr. LeVines:

Please see the attached letter pertaining to your Freedom of Information Act request.

V/r,

Barbara Garris
Program Analyst
U.S. Army Freedom of
Information Act Office (ATTN: AAHS-RDF)
7701 Telegraph Road, Suite 150
Alexandria, VA 22315-3905

From: Russell, Carol A CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. George LeVines
MuckRock
Dept MR 21835
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. LeVines:

This responds to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request dated 15 October 2015. You are requesting all audio and video recordings from the AC-130 aircraft responsible for the strike on a civilian hospital in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan on 3 October 2015 on or about 0208hrs local time. We should limit the search to recordings captured from 0001hrs to 0600hrs on the date of the strike.

I received your request on 2 December 2015 and assigned tracking number: FA-16-0026 for your reference. Please refer to this number should you contact this office regarding your request.

Your request has been tasked to the appropriate subject matter expert to provide a response. Unfortunately we have an excessive amount of requests in our backlog but will make every effort to process your request in a timely manner. (You are currently #76 in our queue)

V/R
Carol A. Russell
ARCENT, FOIA-Admin Asst
(803) 885-8693
DSN: (312) 889-8693

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

From: Russell, Carol A CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

Mr. LeVines,

Please contact the personnel in the cc line, I am no longer at ARCENT-FOIA. Thank you & have a wonderful day!

V/R
Carol A. Russell
ASG-KU Cmd Grp Admin Asst
DSN: 318-430-2342/2192

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 15, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FA-16-0026 ; 16-0100.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Jackson, Lenore M CIV USARMY USARCENT (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

Greetings,

We are conducting a search for documents responsive to FOIA FA-16-0026. Thank you in advance.

V/R

Lenore M. Jackson, GS-12
Sr. FOIA Analyst (G6)
803-885-8739

From: Jackson, Lenore M CIV USARMY USARCENT (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

Greetings Mr George LeVines,

This is in response to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated 8 October 2015. You requested all audio and video recordings from the AC-130 aircraft responsible for the strike on a civilian hospital in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan 3 October 2015.

In response to your FOIA request, our agency conducted an extensive search for records. No records were found in search of the information being requested. No fees have been assessed for this action.

If you are not satisfied with this action, you may petition the Appellate Authority, the Director of Administration, Office of the Secretary of Defense, by writing directly to the Freedom of Information Division, ATTN: Appeals Office, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301-1155; you may also submit your appeal electronically at the following link: http://pal.whs.mil/palMain.aspx. Your appeal should be postmarked within 60 calendar days of the date of this mail, should cite case number FA-16-0026 and should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

For any further assistance, please contact the USARCENT FOIA/PA Office at (803) 885-8739/8620 or email usarmy.shaw.usarcent.mbx.foiateam@mail.mil.

Respectfully,

Lenore M. Jackson, GS-12, DAC, USA
Sr. Freedom of Information Act Analyst
United States Army Central
1 Gabreski Drive
Shaw AFB, SC 29152
803-885-8739
lenore.m.jackson2.civ@mail.mil
http://www.army.mil/usarcent/foia

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

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