CBP records Frank P. Cali

T. McElwee filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
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Due Oct. 11, 2019
Est. Completion None
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From: T. McElwee

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all DHS/CBP records regarding Frank Paul Cali, an ex-con with a Wikipedia listed date of birth of March 26, 1965. Cali also used the name "Francesco Cali" and "Franky Boy Cali." Cali had the US Bureau of Prisons Registration Number 75768-053. Cali is widely reported to have died in March 2019 in New York City (see attached article from the NY Times). Records concerning Cali as a subject should thus be assumed free from FOIA Exemption 6, 7(C) and the Privacy Act.

In particular I request records of Cali in relation to an investigation or ongoing surveillance, as well as any records of personal travel including (not exclusively) any crossing of a border.

In addition, I request all DHS/CBP records for two known entities related to Cali, BONTEL USA CORP (also rendered as BONTEL U.S.A. CORP, dba. "Bontel") and GRUPPO PTGC OLEIFICIO USA CORPORATION (dba. GRUPPO FOODING), both known to be involved in international import/export business and subject to screening by CBP.

Please conduct a search of all systems of records for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, agencies and companies. Particular systems of records of interest include (not exclusively):

• DHS/ALL-041 External Biometric Records (EBR)
• DHS/CBP-001 Import Information System (IIS)
• DHS/CBP-002 Global Enrollment System (GES)
• DHS/CBP-003 Credit/Debit Card Data System
• DHS/CBP-005 Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)
• DHS/CBP-006 Automated Targeting System (ATS)
• DHS/CBP-007 Border Crossing Information (BCI)
• DHS/CBP-008 Non-Federal Entity Data Systems (NEDS)
• DHS/CBP-009 Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
• DHS/CBP-010 Persons Engaged in International Trade in Customs and Border Protection Licensed/Regulated Activities
• DHS/CBP-011 U.S. Customs and Border Protection TECS
• DHS/CBP-012 Closed Circuit Television System
• DHS/CBP-013 Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)
• DHS/CBP-016 Nonimmigrant Information System (NIIS)
• DHS/CBP-017 Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI)
• DHS/CBP-019 Air and Marine Operations Surveillance System (AMOSS)
• DHS/CBP-021 Arrival and Departure Information System (ADIS)
• DHS/CBP-023 Border Patrol Enforcement Records (BPER)
• DHS/CBP-024 Intelligence Records System (CIRS)
• DHS/USCIS/ICE/CBP-001 Alien File, Index, and National File Tracking System of Records.

If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that CBP has no other copies of said records.

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.


T. McElwee

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* Tracking Number: CBP-2019-085165
* Requester Name: T. McElwee
* Date Submitted: 09/16/2019
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
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T. McElwee
MuckRock News, DEPT MR 80360
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02144
Dear T. McElwee:
This notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 09/16/2019.     Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2019-085165 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)
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CBP-2019-085165 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial.
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From: T. McElwee

I am appealing several 7e redactions to the document returned as "2019-085165_Redacted.pdf." These redactions obliterate whole sections of an IO95 form, including the field names. The IO95 form is a routine investigative tool whose fields are not, in themselves, privileged.

Further, I wish to challenge the redactions in full, because I do not believe there is a logical law enforcement rationale for withholding information on a referral for a dead person's secondary screening over 8 years ago. It is also reasonable to assert that this referral was likely a routine matter, which is not covered by 7E law enforcement method exemption.

Thank you for your previous timely responses and I await the result of this appeal.


From: United States Customs and Border Protection

- CBP-AP-2020-013655 has been supplemented with additional supporting files. Additional details for this item are as follows:

* Tracking Number: CBP-AP-2020-013655
* Requester: T. McElwee
* Submitted Date: 11/19/2019
* Description:
I am appealing several 7e redactions

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

- CBP-AP-2020-013655 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:

* Tracking Number: CBP-AP-2020-013655
* Requester: T. McElwee
* Submitted Date: 11/19/2019
* Description:
I am appealing several 7e redactions

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