Bernard Lewis file

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America .
Tracking #

NARA-NGC-2020-000446, RD 64051

NARA-NGC-2020-000446

Due Sept. 22, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Matthew Hoppock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to Bernard Lewis, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on May 21, 2018 under the headline "Bernard Lewis, Influential Scholar of Islam, Is Dead at 101". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/obituaries/bernard-lewis-islam-scholar-dies.html.

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.

Sincerely,

Matthew Hoppock

From: National Archives and Records Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=NARA-NGC-2020-000446&type=request)

* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2020-000446
* Requester Name: Matthew Hoppock
* Date Submitted: 03/16/2020
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to Bernard Lewis, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on May 21, 2018 under the headline "Bernard Lewis, Influential Scholar of Islam, Is Dead at 101". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/obituaries/bernard-lewis-islam-scholar-dies.html.

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.

Sincerely,

Matthew Hoppock

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Hoppock:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), via the
*FOIAOnline* website. We received your request on March 16, 2020. You
request
concerns the late Islamist scholar and academic, Bernard Lewis. His NY
Times obituary that you linked to states he provided briefings for
President George W. Bush and Vice-President Richard Cheney, and Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Our office uses the *FOIAonline* portal for FOIA and Privacy Act requests
for the National Archives and Records Administration's *operational* records
(records created by this agency). Your *FOIAOnline *request is for records
that may be *archival* records (records created by or originated in a
different agency but that may have been transferred to the legal custody of
NARA). The part of your request concerning any FBI files for Bernard Lewis
is being forwarded it to our *Office of Research Services, Special Access
and FOIA* (RF) staff who handle FOIA requests for such archival records.
With regard to any records of Vice-President Richard Cheney, that part of
your request is being forwarded to our Office of Presidential Materials at
our Washington, D. C facility. The part concerning any records of
President George W. Bush, is being forwarded to the George W. Bush
Presidential Library in Dallas, TX.
To the extent that there may be any federal agency archival records other
than FBI records that might be responsive, we are also forwarding your
request to our Textual Reference Branch (RR2R)at our College Park, MD
facility for them to review your request and the obituary.

Since none of these components process FOIA requests through *FOIAOnline*,
we removed your request from the *FOIAOnline* website. Each component will
assign you a new tracking number, and respond directly to you. In the
future, if you need to follow up with any component directly, please
contact them at the addresses below, or electronically via email.

The National Archives and Records Administration
Special Access and FOIA Staff (RF)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740
By phone: 301-837-3190
By fax: 301-837-1864
By email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

The National Archives and Records Administration
Office of Presidential Materials (LA)
700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001
By email: presidential.materials@nara.gov
<presidential.materials@nara.gov>

George W. Bush Presidential Library
2943 SMU Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205
By phone: 214-346-1650
By fax: 214-346-1699
By email: gwbush.library@nara.gov
<gwbush.library@nara.gov?subject=Request%20for%20Archival%20Records>

National Archives and Records Administration
Research Services, Textual Reference Branch (RR2R)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2400
College Park, MD 20740
By phone: 301-837-3091
By fax: 301-837-1752
By email: archives2reference@nara.gov

For your reference, a copy of your request with Mr. Lewis's obituary is
below.

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for further information
about submitting a FOIA request to NARA. On our main website,
www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources we offer to the
public, and you can access our online catalog.

Thank you for contacting the National Archives.

Sincerely,

Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-3409
susan.gillett@nara.gov

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From: <admin@foiaonline.gov>
Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 10:57 AM
Subject: FOIA Request Deletion: NARA-NGC-2020-000446
To: <susan.gillett@nara.gov>

Below is an export of the submitted request information for the FOIA
request NARA-NGC-2020-000446.

- *Name and Address*
- First Name: Matthew
- Middle Initial:
- Last Name: Hoppock
- Organization:
- Mailing Address Location: United States/U.S. Territories
- Address Line 1: MuckRock News DEPT MR 90637
- Address Line 2: 411A Highland Ave
- City: Somerville
- State/Province: MA
- Zip/Postal Code: 02144
- *Contact Information*
- E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
- Phone Number:
- Fax Number:
- *Agency and Fee Information*
- Assigned Agency: NGC - Office of General Counsel
- Will Pay Up To: $0.00
- *Description*
- To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the
following records:

1. A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to Bernard Lewis,
an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on May 21, 2018
under the headline "Bernard Lewis, Influential Scholar of Islam,
Is Dead at
101". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be
found at
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/obituaries/bernard-lewis-islam-scholar-dies.html
.

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.

Sincerely,

Matthew Hoppock

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://
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- *Fee Waiver*
- Fee Waiver Requested: No
- Fee Waiver Reason:
- *Expedited Processing*
- Expedited Processing Requested: No
- Expedited Processing Reason:

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Hoppock,

Your FOIA request has been received by the George W. Bush Presidential
Library and Museum. We are currently still searching for potentially
responsive records and you will hear back from us when it is complete.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Culpepper
FOIA Coordinator

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Hoppock,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated
March 16, 2020 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA). You requested access to all documents or
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) case files pertaining to Bernard
Lewis. Your request was received in this office on March 16, 2020 and
assigned reference number *RD 64051*.

Please note that the majority of NARA's records are not searchable by
name. The only records that this office (Special Access and FOIA) can
search by name are the FBI case files. The Textual Reference Branch at
Archives II (RR2R) may have access to other records that they can search by
name. As such, a copy of your request was also sent to that branch. They
will respond to you in a separate correspondence.

We searched the FBI index for records regarding Bernard Lewis and we
located one file that appears to be responsive. It is FBI case file
105-HQ-27562. The subject of the file is Bernard Lewis who was born on May
3, 1916. The file consists of 32 pages within 1 section and was compiled
between May 1954 and July 1978.

The file required screening for categories of information exempted from
disclosure under the FOIA and as such we have completed a line-by-line
review of the file and released information to the greatest extent
possible. The file has been redacted to protect classified national
security information per 5 USC 552 (b)(1) and information exempted from
disclosure by statute per 5 USC 552 (b)(3). The relevant statue in support
of the (b)(3) withholding is 50 USC 3024 (i)(1), which protects sensitive
intelligence sources and methods. We have attached a copy of the file to
this correspondence for your convenience. A summary of the results of this
review is provided below:

• FBI case file 105-HQ-27562: 32 total pages, 11 page released in full, 19
pages withheld in full and 2 pages released in redacted form.

This concludes the processing of your request in this office. If you have
additional questions concerning our review of this file, please contact me
directly via email at jennifer.namsiriwan@nara.gov.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request, you have the
right to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days
from the date of this letter. Appeals must be in writing and may be
delivered by regular U.S. mail or by e-mail. By filing an appeal, you
preserve your rights under the FOIA and give the agency a chance to review
and reconsider your request and the agency’s decision. If you submit your
appeal in writing, please address it to the Deputy Archivist of the United
States (ND), National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi
Road, College Park, Maryland 20740. Both the letter and the envelope
should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” If you
submit your appeal by email, please send it to FOIA@nara.gov, also
addressed to the Deputy Archivist of the United States, with the words
“FOIA Appeal” in the subject line. Please be sure to explain why you
believe this response does not meet the requirements of the FOIA. All
correspondence should reference your internal case tracking number *RD
64051*.

If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to
attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals process,
you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance at:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area
FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190
Acting FOIA Public Liaison: Lynn Goodsell (acting)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 301-837-3190
Email: DC.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through our FOIA Public
Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal
FOIA Ombudsman’s office, offers mediation services to help resolve disputes
between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. The contact information for
OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road – OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Email: ogis@nara.gov
ogis.archives.gov
Telephone: 202-741-5770
Toll Free: 1-877-684-6448

Sincerely,

Jennifer Namsiriwan Crabb
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)
National Archives and Records Administration
https://www.archives.gov/research/foia

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Attachment: 105-HQ-27562.pdf

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Hoppock,

This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request dated March 16, 2020 for access to Cheney Vice Presidential records
pertaining to Bernard Lewis. Your request was received by the Archival
Operations Division (formerly the Presidential Materials Division) on March
16, 2020. FOIA requests for Cheney Vice Presidential records are processed
and reviewed for access under provisions of the 1978 Presidential Records
Act, as amended (PRA) (44 U.S.C. §§ 2201-2209), which incorporates the
Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) in substantial part.

We are still performing searches of our collection for Vice Presidential
records related to your request and will provide you with an update on the
status of your request shortly.

If you have any questions regarding your FOIA request, please contact our
staff at 202-357-5200 or presidential.materials@nara.gov. Your case log
number is 2020-0030-F. Please have this number accessible for reference
during any future contact concerning this FOIA request.

Sincerely,

Whitney Ross
Archivist
Archival Operations Division
National Archives and Records Administration

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Matthew Hoppock, requests@muckrock.com

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of March 16,
2020, regarding locating the investigative case file for *Bernard Lewis*,
in the records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Record Group 65).

The records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, Record Group
65) are in the custody of this unit in College Park, Maryland. However, our
FBI case file records are arranged by *investigative case file number* *and
we do not have the index*. The FBI records office has the index to our
records. You can go online to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request with the FBI records office to acquire the investigative case file
number for the file located in our records in College Park, Maryland. Once
you have that information, email me directly and I will search for that
file for you. You do not need to file a FOIA with the National Archives in
order for me to search those records for you. You can file a FOIA online
with FBI at:

*https://www.fbi.gov/services/information-management/foipa/requesting-fbi-records*
<https://www.fbi.gov/services/information-management/foipa/requesting-fbi-records>

Please note that if the file is available I will provide you with the
citation for the file for access, as well as an order form if you wish to
obtain a copy of the file. If the file classified or is in need of review,
I will provide you with the contact information for the National Archives
FOIA unit so you can request a declassification/review of the file(s).

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have any questions,
you may reach me at *(301)837-1473 <%28301%29837-1473>* or via email
at: *thomas.mcanear@nara.gov
<thomas.mcanear@nara.gov>*

We do not consider this a denial of your FOIA request. However, if you are
not satisfied with our action on this request, your options for appeal and
dispute resolution are outlined in the attached enclosure. Please see
attachment for appeal.

You asked for a waiver of the fees normally charged for providing
researchers with copies of archival records. The fee and fee waiver
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), however, do not apply
to archival records. The FOIA fee section states that "Nothing in this
subparagraph shall supersede fees chargeable under a statute specifically
providing for setting the level of fees for particular types of records."
[5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(vi)]. Accordingly, the NARA fee statute, 44 U.S.C.
2116(c), and implementing regulations at 36 C.F.R. Part 1258,, apply
exclusively to your request, under which the National Archives does not
waive reproduction charges for individual requesters. Our inability to
grant you the requested fee waiver does not constitute a denial for the
purposes of the FOIA.

This concludes the processing of your request.

Tom McAnear

Archivist, National Archives and Records Administration
*(301)837-1473* <%28301%29837-1473>
*thomas.mcanear@nara.gov <thomas.mcanear@nara.gov>*

Matthew Hoppock Reference Letter #20-30879

ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS:
EMAIL: requests@muckrock.com
DUE DATE: 4/1/2020
APPEAL LANGUAGE: yes
FEE WAIVER DENIAL: no
EXPEDITED PROCESSING DENIAL: no

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From: Susan Gillett <susan.gillett@nara.gov>
Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 1:29 PM
Subject: Fwd: FOIA Request Deletion: NARA-NGC-2020-000446
To: <requests@muckrock.com>
Cc: Special Access and FOIA e-mail <specialaccess_FOIA@nara.gov>,
Presidential Materials Division <Presidential.Materials@nara.gov>, <
gwbush.library@nara.gov>, Textual Reference Archives II Branch <
archives2reference@nara.gov>

Dear Mr. Hoppock:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), via the
*FOIAOnline* website. We received your request on March 16, 2020. You
request
concerns the late Islamist scholar and academic, Bernard Lewis. His NY
Times obituary that you linked to states he provided briefings for
President George W. Bush and Vice-President Richard Cheney, and Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Our office uses the *FOIAonline* portal for FOIA and Privacy Act requests
for the National Archives and Records Administration's *operational* records
(records created by this agency). Your *FOIAOnline *request is for records
that may be *archival* records (records created by or originated in a
different agency but that may have been transferred to the legal custody of
NARA). The part of your request concerning any FBI files for Bernard Lewis
is being forwarded it to our *Office of Research Services, Special Access
and FOIA* (RF) staff who handle FOIA requests for such archival records.
With regard to any records of Vice-President Richard Cheney, that part of
your request is being forwarded to our Office of Presidential Materials at
our Washington, D. C facility. The part concerning any records of
President George W. Bush, is being forwarded to the George W. Bush
Presidential Library in Dallas, TX.
To the extent that there may be any federal agency archival records other
than FBI records that might be responsive, we are also forwarding your
request to our Textual Reference Branch (RR2R)at our College Park, MD
facility for them to review your request and the obituary.

Since none of these components process FOIA requests through *FOIAOnline*,
we removed your request from the *FOIAOnline* website. Each component will
assign you a new tracking number, and respond directly to you. In the
future, if you need to follow up with any component directly, please
contact them at the addresses below, or electronically via email.

The National Archives and Records Administration
Special Access and FOIA Staff (RF)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740
By phone: 301-837-3190
By fax: 301-837-1864
By email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

The National Archives and Records Administration
Office of Presidential Materials (LA)
700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001
By email: presidential.materials@nara.gov
<presidential.materials@nara.gov>

George W. Bush Presidential Library
2943 SMU Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205
By phone: 214-346-1650
By fax: 214-346-1699
By email: gwbush.library@nara.gov
<gwbush.library@nara.gov?subject=Request%20for%20Archival%20Records>

National Archives and Records Administration
Research Services, Textual Reference Branch (RR2R)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2400
College Park, MD 20740
By phone: 301-837-3091
By fax: 301-837-1752
By email: archives2reference@nara.gov

For your reference, a copy of your request with Mr. Lewis's obituary is
below.

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for further information
about submitting a FOIA request to NARA. On our main website,
www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources we offer to the
public, and you can access our online catalog.

Thank you for contacting the National Archives.

Sincerely,

Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-3409
susan.gillett@nara.gov

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <admin@foiaonline.gov>
Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 10:57 AM
Subject: FOIA Request Deletion: NARA-NGC-2020-000446
To: <susan.gillett@nara.gov>

Below is an export of the submitted request information for the FOIA
request NARA-NGC-2020-000446.

- *Name and Address*
- First Name: Matthew
- Middle Initial:
- Last Name: Hoppock
- Organization:
- Mailing Address Location: United States/U.S. Territories
- Address Line 1: MuckRock News DEPT MR 90637
- Address Line 2: 411A Highland Ave
- City: Somerville
- State/Province: MA
- Zip/Postal Code: 02144
- *Contact Information*
- E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
- Phone Number:
- Fax Number:
- *Agency and Fee Information*
- Assigned Agency: NGC - Office of General Counsel
- Will Pay Up To: $0.00
- *Description*
- To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the
following records:

1. A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to Bernard Lewis,
an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on May 21, 2018
under the headline "Bernard Lewis, Influential Scholar of Islam,
Is Dead at
101". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be
found at
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/obituaries/bernard-lewis-islam-scholar-dies.html
.

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.

Sincerely,

Matthew Hoppock

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- *Fee Waiver*
- Fee Waiver Requested: No
- Fee Waiver Reason:
- *Expedited Processing*
- Expedited Processing Requested: No
- Expedited Processing Reason:

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Hoppock,

I have a quick request for clarification. You wrote that you wanted "all
documents" related to Bernard Lewis. Does this include electronic records
created by and/or sent to Vice President Cheney's staff such as emails and
photos? Please note that if you are interested in emails many times that
consists of online newspaper clippings and/or brief mentions of individuals
which may not be within the scope of what you are interested in. Please let
me know whether or not to include electronic records because this may
impact which queue your request is assigned.

Sincerely,
Jessica Owens
Archival Operations Division (LA)

From: Matthew Hoppock

Yes, we would want to include the electronic records created by and/or sent to Vice President Cheney's staff such as emails and photos. I don't really know what volume is there, but it would be helpful if they could be produced on a rolling basis so that we could start processing the ones that are available as soon as possible (even if more have to be produced at a later date).

Thank you.

Matthew Hoppock

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Hoppock,

We have been able to complete the initial search for your FOIA request. We
apologize for the delay. Please see the attached information concerning
your request. Your FOIA request has been split into two portions and
assigned two separate tracking numbers; one for the unclassified portion
and one for the classified portion.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Culpepper
FOIA Coordinator

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Hoppock:

Please see attached for our initial FOIA response letter with your queue
assignment. We will contact you regarding the availability of the records
you requested when processing and the required notification is
complete. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Jessica Owens
Archivist
Archival Operations Division

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