CIA-Interior Liaisons 1970s (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Emma Best filed this request with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States of America.
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FWS-2019-00140

Multi Request CIA-Interior Liaisons 1970s
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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records mentioning or generated as a result of liaisons and contacts between CIA officials and the following Dept. of Interior personnel:

BAUSCH, Robert - Department of the Interior, Chief, Financial Operations Division, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife
POSCH, Don - contact in 1973 re incentive awards positions
HURST, Georgia - contact in 1973 re incentive awards positions

For the purposes of this request, the words "contacts" and "liaisons" are being used in the way CIA used them in CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9 (dated 1975), which officially disclosed these relationships. A copy of the file can be found at https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9.pdf. This request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of 1979.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, AND Magazine, Unicorn Riot, and more. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and and the journalist non-profit, MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross- section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media.

Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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,

Emma Best

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dear Emma Best,

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Headquarters FOIA Office
received your request dated October 18, 2019. We have assigned your
request FOIA number FWS-2019-00140; please refer to this number when
inquiring about your request. The response to your request will be
coordinated by our HQ's FOIA office.

If you have any questions or concerns; please contact Pamela Mozina at
703-358-2698 or pamela_mozina@fws.gov.

Respectfully,

United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Headquarters Freedom of Information Act Office
MS: IRTM
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

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Date: Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 5:52 PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Freedom of Information Act Request: CIA-Interior
Liaisons 1970s (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
To: <fwhq_foia@fws.gov>

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
FOIA Office
MS:IRTM
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

October 18, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records mentioning or generated as a result of liaisons and contacts
between CIA officials and the following Dept. of Interior personnel:

BAUSCH, Robert - Department of the Interior, Chief, Financial Operations
Division, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife
POSCH, Don - contact in 1973 re incentive awards positions
HURST, Georgia - contact in 1973 re incentive awards positions

For the purposes of this request, the words "contacts" and "liaisons" are
being used in the way CIA used them in CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9
(dated 1975), which officially disclosed these relationships. A copy of the
file can be found at
https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9.pdf.
This request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of
1979.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have
previously written about the government and its activities, with some
reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as MuckRock, Motherboard,
Property of the People, AND Magazine, Unicorn Riot, and more. As such, as I
have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing
skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the
files online and make them available through non-profits such as the
library Internet Archive and and the journalist non-profit, MuckRock,
disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to
this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and
attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to
demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the
released information to a broad cross- section of the public is not
required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126
(D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15
(2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also
had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning
United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria,
as well, I qualify as a member of the news media.

Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the
nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the
request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. §
552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a
representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is
in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the
details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the
appropriate fee category.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting
on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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,

Emma Best

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Headquarters Freedom of Information Act Office
MS: IRTM
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dear Ms. Best:

In regards to your FOIA request, please see the attached response letter.

Thank You.

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