|Submitted||Feb. 26, 2020|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Army Intelligence file ID no.: 263956, or the complete Army Intelligence file compiled by the agency on General Gordon Baker Jr. Baker, who was born of Sept. 6, 1941 in Detroit, MI. His obituary can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/9406/general_gordon_baker_jr_a_home-grown_revolutionary_is_dead_at_72
A copy of the Detroit branch FBI that lists and documents his army intelligence file, as well as its number, is attached with this document.
Baker was a member of the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM), the League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW), the Communist League (CL), the Communist Labor Party (CLP), as well as the Black Radical Congress (BRC).
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.
David A. Goldberg
A no responsive documents response.
My apologies for any confusion. The file number listed previously represents General Baker's Detroit Police Department Special Investigation Bureau's (SIB)Investigation ID number for Baker. It's relevance to you, however, is that it clearly indicates that that they are drawing upon and/or sharing the material they're collecting with Army Intelligence. Thus, it is pretty clear — based on the document I shared prior — that the Army has an intelligence file on Baker.
There are a number of reasons why the Army was interested in General Baker. While I think the reasons the Army were interested in him are immaterial to a FOIA request, I will nonetheless provide a few to help with your search: 1) General Baker organized the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement at two Chrysler plants that both had been, and could have been, used for military production during the Vietnam war and the Army feared shut downs (which he helped conduct) and/or sabotage; 2) Baker was deemed a threat to national security and had been placed on the national security index; 3) He was drafted into the Army, planned a large-scale protest around the induction center, and was ultimately denied (his Selective Service Number is as follows: 20-100-41-374) after he had made inflammatory statements about U.S. militarism and imperialism; 4) He was seen as a direct threat during the 1967 Riot and was preemptively arrested at a time when the 102nd Airborne was engaged in Detroit.
Also, I contacted your office because it is responsible for handling FOIA requests pertaining to Army intelligence and security matters.
I have re-attached the document I submitted before here.
Finally, Baker was born Sept. 6, 1941. He died May 18, 2014.
The request has been rejected by the agency.