Ahmed Wali Karzai (USCIS)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America .
Tracking #

DHS/OS/PRIV 11-1107 / USCIS COW2011000613

Est. Completion None
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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.

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.


Jason Smathers

From: United States Customs and Immigration Services

From: Department of Homeland Security

From: Lashawn Schmidt

Mr. Smathers:

We inadvertently received your request from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in which you seek all records on, about, mentioning, or concerning Ahmed Wali Karzai. Unfortunately, DHS Privacy Office does not maintain a central index of records about individuals. Our office has attempted to contact you on several occasions to clarify the scope of your request and as of the date of this email we still have not heard from you. If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call 703-235-0790 and refer to DHS/OS/PRIV 11-1107.

Thank you,

Lashawn Schmidt
FOIA Program Specialist
DHS Privacy Office

From: Jason Smathers

Lashawn Schmidt,

It is not clear to me as to why USCIS transferred this FOIA case to DHS. I am seeking all records that would typically be held by USCIS on about, concerning, or mentioning Ahmed Wali Karzai. Including, but not limited to his A-file.

If USCIS has transferred all their responsive records to DHS, please provide those records to me.

Please let me know if I can clarify this request in any further way. Email is the best way to contact me.

Thank you!

Jason Smathers


From: Department of Homeland Security

From: Jason Smathers

Can you please explain why Karzai's A-file (and other USCIS records) would be under the purview of DHS rather than USCIS?

From: Elliot Viker

Good morning Mr. Smathers:

We received your communiqué dated September 13, 2011.

In your response to your query:
Could you please explain why Karzai's A-file (and other USCIS records) would be under the purview of DHS rather than USCIS?

Your original FOIA request sought access to the following:
" All record on, about, mentioning, or concerning Ahmed Wali Karzai."

USCIS has issued a determination on this FOIA request under control COW2011000762; this determination was issued on September 9, 2011.

I apologize for any confusion on this matter.

Thank you for your consideration on this matter.


Elliot Viker
Paralegal Specialist/Detailed FOIA Operations
DHS/USCIS/Enterprise Services Directorate/NRC
(816) 350 5500 ext. 5207

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