Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights: FBI File

Tito Broz filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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1396248-000

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From: Tito Broz

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
From 1960 to the present:
Documents sufficient to show investigations into the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights
Documents sufficient to show surveillance, including but not limited to informants, agents, or other FBI personnel carrying out operations pertaining to, including, or targetting the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights
Documents sufficient to show searches of files, property, or premises belonging to or in use by the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.

This request is being made for an organization and not any particular individual, so a privacy waiver should not be necessary.

We are also requesting a “cross-referenced” search relevant to the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.
We are also requesting a search of “ELSUR” (Electronic Surveillance) records. These include the names of all people and/or locations for which the agency sought a court order for electronic surveillance.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. This

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,

Sanjin Ibrahimovic

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Tito Broz

Hi,

I'd like to follow up on this FOIA request. The FOIPA reference number is 1396248-000. It has been over a month and I have yet to hear bank. I am eagerly awaiting your reply.

Thank you,

Sanjin Ibrahimovic

From: Tito Broz

Hi,

I'd like to follow up on this FOIA request. The FOIPA reference number is 1396248-000. It has been over a month and I have yet to hear bank. I am eagerly awaiting your reply.

Thank you,

Sanjin Ibrahimovic

From: Tito Broz

Hi,

I have yet to hear back for over two months almost pertaining to the status of this FOIA Request 1396248-000. What are the updates?

Sanjin

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Tito Broz

Hi,

It has been over 4 months with no response for these records. Please provide me with the records or at least a deadline. These are way past the time period allowed by law.

Thanks,

Sanjin Ibrahimovic

From: Tito Broz

Hello,

It has been nearly 5 months. Is there any timeline for this request?

Thank you,

Sanjin Ibrahimovic

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Mr. Ibrahimovic,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of July
10, 2018 for records in the custody of the National Archives and Records
Administration. Your request was received in this office on July 23, 2018
and assigned FOIA case number *57836*.

You requested access to case file numbers *100-SA-9647*, *100-HQ-433419*,
*100-BT-8337*, and *100-BA-22755*, and identified by the FBI as potentially
responsive to your request for records relating to the Chicago Committee to
Defend the Bill of Rights. My initial assessment confirms that the Chicago
Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights is in fact the subject of these
files.

Case file 100-SA-9647 has been previously reviewed. This file was redacted
to protect the identities of confidential sources per 5 USC 552 (b)(7)(D).
I reanalyzed the redactions that were previously applied and determined
that the redactions are still pertinent. A summary of this review is
provided below:

FBI file *100-SA-9647*: 20 total pages; 18 pages released in full and 2
pages released in redacted form.

For you convenience, or your convenience, I have attached a courtesy copy
of the sanitized version of the file to this email.

Case file *100-HQ-433419* has an estimated 4,000 pages, compiled as part of
an internal security investigation conducted between June 1960 and July
1976.

Case file *100-BT-8337* has an estimated 30 pages, compiled as part of an
internal security investigation conducted between April 1962 and August
1962.

Case file *100-BA-22755* has an estimated 21 pages, compiled as part of an
internal security investigation conducted April 1962.

Case files 100-HQ-433419, 100-BT-8337, and 100-BA-22755 still require
screening for categories of information exempted from disclosure under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act, prior to public release. In
particular, there are documents that may be redacted to protect the
identities of confidential sources, including FBI informant codes and
informant file numbers.

Requests for FBI case files that exceed 500 pages are assigned to our
second-tier processing queue. To give you an indication of our existing
backlog, we are currently processing requests received in December 2012.

You may be able to reduce your estimated wait time by narrowing the scope
of your request to 500 pages or less*. *You could narrow your request to
case files 100-BT-8337 and 100-BA-22755, and to just Sections 1 and 2 of
case file 100-HQ-433419, which have an estimated 500 pages dating from June
1960 to November 1961. Your request would then be assigned to our
first-tier processing queue. Taking into consideration our existing
backlog, the estimated time required to complete the processing of a
first-tier request is approximately 24 months from the date of this
correspondence.

To notify this office of a change in your contact information or to track
the status of your request, please telephone 301-837-3190 or e-mail
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov. If you have specific questions regarding the
subject of your request, please contact me directly at john.perosio@nara.gov
or 301-837-0617.

If you are not satisfied with my 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 Freedom of Information Act and present the deciding agency
with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider its decision. If
you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be addressed to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly marked “FOIA
Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by e-mail, please send it to
foia@nara.gov, addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA
Appeal” in the subject line. If you exercise your right to appeal, please
explain why you believe this response does not meet the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act. All communications concerning this request
should reference FOIA tracking number *57836*.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss my response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

Acting FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone: 301-837-3190

E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your dispute through our Public Liaison, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is the federal FOIA
ombudsman. OGIS offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between
FOIA requesters and federal agencies. You may contact OGIS at the following
address:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2510

College Park, MD 20740-6001

ogis@nara.gov

202-741-5770

1-877-684-6448

Sincerely,

*John Perosio*
Archivist, Special Access/FOIA Staff
National Archives & Records Administration

Tel: 301-837-0617 <(301)%20837-1932>
Email: john.perosio@nara.gov <heather.macrae@nara.gov>
Main Office Tel: 301-837-3190 <(301)%20837-3190>
Main Office Email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov
National Archives Website: www.archives.gov
Special Access/FOIA Website: www.archives.gov/research/foia/

From: Tito Broz

Please narrow the request to case files 100-BT-8337 and 100-BA-22755, and to just Sections 1 and 2 of
case file 100-HQ-433419, which have an estimated 500 pages dating from June
1960 to November 1961.

I do have one question-
If I submit other FOIA requests concurrently to this one for <500 page blocks of 100-HQ-433-419 will all the requests be in the first tier processing?

Thank you,
Sanjin Ibrahimovic

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Sanjin Ibrahimovic,

I am writing in further response to your Freedom of Information Act request
of July 10, 2018 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request was received in this office on July
23, 2018 and assigned FOIA case number *57836*.

You requested access to case file numbers *100-SA-9647*, *100-BT-8337*,
*100-BA-22755*, and *100-HQ-433419*, identified by the FBI as potentially
responsive to your request for records relating to the Chicago Committee to
Defend the Bill of Rights. My initial assessment confirms that the Chicago
Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights is in fact the subject of these
files.

As I said in my August 9, 2018 email, case file 100-SA-9647 had been
previously reviewed and I attached a courtesy copy to my last email.

I have now also completed a line-by-line review of FBI file *100-BT-8337*
and released information to the greatest extent possible This file was
redacted to protect the identities of confidential sources per 5 USC 552
(b)(7)(D). I reanalyzed the redactions that were previously applied and
determined that the redactions are still pertinent. A summary of this
review is provided below:

FBI file *100-BT-8337*: 23 total pages; 21 pages released in full and 2
pages released in redacted form.

In addition, I have completed a line-by-line review of FBI file
*100-BA-22755* and released information to the greatest extent possible. This
file was redacted to protect the identities of confidential sources per 5
USC 552 (b)(7)(D). I reanalyzed the redactions that were previously applied
and determined that the redactions are still pertinent. A summary of this
review is provided below:

FBI file *100-BA-22755*: 31 total pages; 23 pages released in full and 8
pages released in redacted form.

You or your designated representative may view the sanitized copy of these
files in Room 4000, the reading room operated by the Motion Pictures Branch
at our College Park facility. Please contact Jessica Hartman (
Jessica.Hartman@nara.gov or 301-837-3190) at least one week in advance of
your visit to arrange to see the file.

If you cannot schedule a visit to our College Park facility, the standard
rate for reproduction orders is $0.80 per page, regardless of format.
Please contact Jessica Hartman if you would like to place an order.

Please be aware that the materials in these 3 reviewed case files are
largely duplicative.

Case file number *100-HQ-433419 *still requires screening for categories of
information exempted from disclosure under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act, prior to public release. In particular, there are
documents that may be redacted to protect the identities of confidential
sources, including FBI informant codes and informant file numbers. The file
is arranged in 9 sections and has an estimated 4,000 pages, compiled as
part of an internal security investigation conducted between June 1960 and
July 1976. Based on our initial consultation, you have agreed to limit the
scope of your request to sections 1 and 2 of this case file, which consist
of an estimated 500 pages. This portion of the file covers the period from
June 1960 to November 1961.

Requests for FBI case files that do not exceed 500 pages are assigned to
our first-tier processing queue. This case will now be added to our
first-tier processing queue. Taking into consideration our existing
backlog, the estimated time required to complete the processing of your
request is approximately 24 months from the date of this letter.

In answer to your question about whether if you were to concurrently file
500-page block requests for case file 100-HQ-433419 would these requests be
placed in our first-tier processing queue, no, they would not. All these
requests would be treated as a single second-tier request. So that we can
equitably administer our backlog, we limit first-tier requests to 500 pages
or less per requester per subject. I am sorry.

If you have specific questions regarding your request, please contact me
directly at john.perosio@nara.gov or 301-837-0617.

To notify this office of a change in your contact information or to track
the status of your request, please telephone 301-837-3190 or e-mail
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov.

If you are not satisfied with my 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 Freedom of Information Act and present the deciding agency
with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider its decision. If
you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be addressed to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly marked “FOIA
Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by e-mail, please send it to
foia@nara.gov, addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA
Appeal” in the subject line. If you exercise your right to appeal, please
explain why you believe this response does not meet the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act. All communications concerning this request
should reference FOIA tracking number *57836*.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss my response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

Acting FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone: 301-837-3190

E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your dispute through our Public Liaison, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is the federal FOIA
ombudsman. OGIS offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between
FOIA requesters and federal agencies. You may contact OGIS at the following
address:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2510

College Park, MD 20740-6001

ogis@nara.gov

202-741-5770

1-877-684-6448

Sincerely,

*John Perosio*
Archivist, Special Access/FOIA Staff
National Archives & Records Administration

Tel: 301-837-0617 <(301)%20837-1932>
Email: john.perosio@nara.gov <heather.macrae@nara.gov>
Main Office Tel: 301-837-3190 <(301)%20837-3190>
Main Office Email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov
National Archives Website: www.archives.gov
Special Access/FOIA Website: www.archives.gov/research/foia/

From: Tito Broz

Hi John,

I'm part of a journalism organization. If more people file requests and we split up this request into 500 page blocks for 100-HQ-433419 per requester, would this be treated as different requests, since you mentioned that it is a per requestor fairness policy? If so, I can arrange my team to break up the larger file into 500 page blocks and file more requests under different requestors.

Thank you again for your time,

Sanjin Ibrahimovic

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of
August 8, 2018 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request was received in this office on August
9th and assigned FOIA case number 58045.

You requested access to the following case file numbers:

100-BT-8337

100-BA-22755

100-SA-9647

100-HQ-433419

This is a duplicate of the request you made on July 10, 2018 for the same
records. Archivist John Perosio responded to you on August 9th under FOIA
case number *RD 57836*. I have spoken with Mr. Perosio and he informs me
that he is currently working with you to get you the records you desire.
Accordingly, we are closing this new request as a duplicate of your
original request.

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have questions,
please contact me directly at christopher.abraham@nara.gov or 301-837-2958.
If you have any questions concerning the content of the original request,
please direct them to Mr. Perosio with reference to FOIA case number *RD
57836*

If you are not satisfied with my 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 Freedom of Information Act and present the deciding agency
with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider its decision. If
you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be addressed to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly marked “FOIA
Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by e-mail, please send it to
foia@nara.gov, addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA
Appeal” in the subject line. If you exercise your right to appeal, please
explain why you believe this response does not meet the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act. All communications concerning this request
should reference FOIA tracking number 58045.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss my response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

Acting FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone: 301-837-3270

E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your dispute through our Public Liaison, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is the federal FOIA
ombudsman. OGIS offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between
FOIA requesters and federal agencies. You may contact OGIS at the following
address:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2510

College Park, MD 20740-6001

ogis@nara.gov

202-741-5770

1-877-684-6448

Sincerely,

*Chris Abraham*
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Branch (RD-F)
301.837.2958
www.archives.gov/research/foia/

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Sanjin Ibrahimovic,

Your request has been added to our first-tier processing queue. In answer
to your question, any further requests from you for other parts of case
file 100-HQ-433419 would merely be considered duplicative to the one you
already placed. We would still have to limit the request to Section 1 and
2 of that file in order to keep it in our first-tier processing queue. We
would could switch that request back to our second-tier processing queue if
you were to want access to more than Sections 1 and 2 of that file..
Best,

John

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