Congressional Communication on Drones (CIA)

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 communication to or from any member of the US Congress or their representatives where the communication is on, about, mentioning or concerning unmanned aircraft (aka drones). Search all records since 1/1/2001.

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

From: Central Intelligence Agency

From: Jason Smathers

I appeal.

The existence or nonexistence of communication from Congress concerning drones is not properly classified. The existence of the drone program is public knowledge and widely reported on by the news media. Members of congress are aware of the drone program via public (not classified) channels. A member of congress writing to the CIA concerning the program therefore has no logical basis to be classified in an of itself. If any classified information if in the correspondence, it should be redacted. But the existence of the communication is not properly classified.

Please conduct a search for responsive documents and provide all releasable records or portions thereof to me.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

From: Central Intelligence Agency