CIA-JCS Liaisons 1970s (Joint Chiefs of Staff)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America.
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From: Emma North-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 JCS personnel:

AVERY, Marguerite - contact re briefing personnel at CIA HQ
BRYAN. Lt. Col. Delano R. (USAF) - Support Operations Division, Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-3

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 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.


Emma Best

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OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dear Emma Best,

Case Number 19-F-0666 has been assigned to the request you submitted. In all future correspondence regarding this request please reference case number 19-F-0666.
OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Good Morning Ms. Best,

Attached please find a copy of our interim response letter with regard to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated Jan. 25, 2019 , which is also attached for your reference. Your request was assigned case #19-F-0666.

Kris Zadrovitz |FOIA Analyst
OSD/JS Freedom of Information Division
O: (571) 372-0465

From: Joint Chiefs of Staff

Good Afternoon Ms. Best,

Attached please find a copy of our final response with regard to your FOIA request with the OSD/JS.


Kris Zadrovitz |FOIA Analyst
Freedom of Information Division
OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center
(571) 372-0465