Ahmed Wali Karzai (Department of State)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2011-06089
Status
Completed

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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records on, about, mentioning, or concerning Ahmed Wali Karzai (Pashto: احمد ولي کرزی, Aḥmad Walī Karzay, 1961 – 12 July 2011) . Proof of death is attached.

Responsive records should include, but not be limited to:
* All cables to and from Afghanistan mentioning the individual in question.
* All records concerning Visa applications made by the individual in question either in Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States, or any US port of entry.

You may limit your search to records created on or after January 1, 1980.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers

From: Department of State

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hooju Choi

Dear Mr. Smathers,

This is in regard to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request you submitted to the State Department on July 18, 2011. A copy of your letter is attached for your reference. A preliminary search for the information you requested has yielded over 120 documents and 400 pages. As you are a member of the media, you are exempt from search and review fees, but not from duplication costs. After our review of the documents, the first 100 pages that would be released to you are free of charge, but duplication costs are $.15 per page after that. If you would like us to continue processing your request in its current form, we would require a promise to pay for the projected duplication costs of your released documents. While it’s unlikely that all of these documents will be releasable in full or part, we must have a payment guarantee for at least a portion of the documents. As an example, duplication costs for up to 300 pages would run about $45.

Alternatively, you may narrow or focus your search criteria in order to eliminate unnecessary documents and reduce your costs.

A word about documents in electronic format – each government agency has different processes by which they are able to produce the documents that they release. Unfortunately, in the State Dept., although all material gets initially scanned into our system for processing and review, once they are in the system, there is no easy way to get them back out in electronic format. We use custom-built software that only produces results that can be printed as hard copy. If you desire all of your documents in electronic format, we can accommodate you, but once the documents are ready for release, they must be printed first and someone has to physically re-scan all of those documents back into the computer so they can be turned into PDFs. You would be charged an hourly labor rate of $38 for this service and I’m not sure that would be cheaper in the long run than the hard copies.
About fee waivers – we typically would not make a final decision on whether you qualify for a fee waiver until we know for certain that there are billable costs, basically after all the material is ready for release. However, considering your situation and the subject matter of your request, it is likely that we would not find that disclosure of this information "is in the Public Interest Because it is Likely to Contribute Significantly to Public Understanding of the Operations or Activities of the Government" as defined by the law, and you would not qualify for the fee waiver.
Please advise on how you would like us to proceed.


Sincerely,


Hooju Choi
Program Analyst
Department of State
A/GIS/IPS/CR/EAN
SA-2, Room 7011


SBU
This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: Jason Smathers

I appeal the duplication fees based on the 2007 amendment to FOIA which now prohibits billing of duplication fees to news media requesters after a statutory time limit has lapsed. The statatory time limit is 20 days, with a 10 day extension being available. This response is past both the 20 and 30 day limits.

While you are considering my fee appeal, please provide the first 150 pages of responsive records. I agree to the $7.50 duplication fee for 50 pages if my appeal fails and judicial remedies are not sought or also fail.

Thank you.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112.

Thank you for your help.

From: "Choi, Hooju" <ChoiH@state.gov>

I will be on a TDY assignment from December 26 - January 27 and back in the office on Monday, January 30th. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Terry Gordon or Xiomara George. Thank you.

From: "Choi, Hooju" <ChoiH@state.gov>

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Apologies for the late reply, but I was away from the office for the month of January. There was also some confusion with regards to your e-mail because your original request was split up into two cases (see attached) because the nature of your two requests are handled by completely different departments. The case that I originally contacted you about is 201106089. You cited case #201106112 below. Case #201106089 is about the cables. Case #201106112 deals with the visa inquiry.

Regarding your case #201106089, we are in the final stages of the review of the cables and you should expect to receive some results within the next month.

Sincerely,

Hooju Choi
Program Analyst
Department of State
A/GIS/IPS/CR/EAN
SA-2, Room 7011

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of State

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112.

Thank you for your help.

From: Michael Stieg

Mr. Smathers,

I am writing in reference to your Freedom of Information Act request dated July 18, 2011 requesting records concerning Ahmed Wali Karzai. A package was returned to us as undeliverable; the address we used was:

Jason Smathers
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somverville, MA 02143

If your address has changed or you are no longer interested in receiving materials regarding this case, please let me know by responding directly to this email. Thank you,

Regards,

Michael Stieg
A/GIS/IPS/CR/EAN | SA-2 Room 7022
Statutory Compliance and Research Division
US Department of State
Washington, DC 20522-6001

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Apologies -- the MuckRock address has changed. Please send the documents to:

MuckRock News
Dept MR694
PO Box 5819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Thank you.

From: Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: M.G. Jones

For Jason Smathers --

I’ve tried to reach you at the phone number you mentioned on your request, but no luck.

We have located several lengthy documents in response to your request – in each of which there is a paragraph of relevant information, out of about 200 paragraphs in all. I would like to inquire whether you would agree to our not reviewing/clearing ALL the non-relevant information, in order to expedite the release of the material which you specified. In any case, I’d appreciate hearing from you at your early convenience.

Thanks.

M.G. Jones, reviewer
Tel (571) 345-7944

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: Jason Smathers

Mr. Jones,

I agree to limit my request to only the relevant paragraphs so long as the rest of the content of the responsive documents are unrelated.

Thank you.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

Thank you for your help.

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 July 18, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #201106112 ; F-2011-06089.

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

From: U.S. Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: U.S. Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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