CIA PISAP records on Dearborn

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America .


From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records held by or created by the CIA's Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program which mention Dearborn, Michigan.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.


Jason Smathers
Filed via
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Daytime: (857) 488- 3081

From: Central Intelligence Agency

From: Jason Smathers

I requested "All records held by or created by the CIA's Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program which mention Dearborn, Michigan."

In a letter dated 12 January 2011 signed by Susan Viscuso my request was denied citing the following reason: "Because of the breadth and lack of specificity of your request, and the way in which our records systems are configured, the Agency cannot conduct a reasonable search for information responsive to your-request."

I appeal.

This request is very specific. I am requesting a search of PISAP records for Dearborn as I stated in the initial request.

Ms. Viscuso also cites the configuration of CIA record systems as a reason not to conduct a search. This is inappropriate as the method the CIA chooses to organize their files has no bearing on the applicability of FOIA to those records. I have provided ample information for the CIA FOIA officer to initiate a search.

Please initiate a search for the records requested in the initial request letter.

From: Central Intelligence Agency