|Submitted||Feb. 10, 2021|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
- all documents mentioning the band Anti-Flag
Please conduct ECF searches, searches of SAC safes, and searches of ELSUR, MISUR, FISUR, and TESUR records/indices. I additionally request all cross-referenced records be provided. If any responsive or cross-referenced records have been destroyed, please provide all records related/pursuant to their destruction. This includes but is not limited to:
- Confirmation of destruction and destruction slips
- File Numbers or other forms of ID of the aforementioned destroyed records
- Documents/records with any references to the destruction of the aforementioned destroyed records. Please conduct an ECF search when doing this.
I want all records identifiable with my request, even though reports based on those records may have been sent to department headquarters or other department offices, and even though there may be duplication between sets of files. Please produce all records with their administrative markings intact, and all reports, memos, and documents to include any and all administrative pages.
**I ask that you understand that I am requesting any and all records concerning the subject in any way, including but not limited to those listed in the General Index and any and all other indexes.**
Anti-Flag is an American punk rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The band is well known for its politically charged lyrics and activism, focusing on human rights and various left-wing causes. The line-up includes singer/guitarist Justin Sane and drummer Pat Thetic, who founded the band together; later members are guitarist Chris Head, and singer/bassist Chris Barker who replaced Jamie "Cock" Towns, who had replaced original bassist Andy Flag in 1997 following his departure one year prior. Anti-Flag is known also for their advocacy of progressive political action groups such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Most recently, the band has declared solidarity with the global Occupy Together movement.
Anti-Flag has released 12 Studio albums:
- Die for the Government (1996)
- A New Kind of Army (1999)
- Underground Network (2001)
- Mobilize (2002)
- The Terror State (2003)
- For Blood and Empire (2006)
- The Bright Lights of America (2008)
- The People or the Gun (2009)
- The General Strike (2012)
- American Spring (2015)
- American Fall (2017)
- 20/20 Vision (2020)
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.
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
I'm appealing over the integrity of the search conducted - Anti-Flag as a band is very vocal about it's support of the organizations Greenpeace, PETA and Amnesty International, protests for animal rights/various animal rights organizations, anti-fracking organizations and protests, along side being in support of various Occupy movements (and having performed at Occupy Wall Street on October 8, 2011). Anti-Flag's music is very overtly political and anti-war with song titles like "Die for your Government", "The W.T.O Kills Farmers", "Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L)", and "Mumia's Song" (a song written about Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political activist and journalist who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1982 for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner). All of this information provides me reason to believe the Bureau maintains records mentioning the band "Anti-Flag", and that the search was improperly conducted/not sufficient.