Congressional Legislative and Investigation Activity Re: Post WWII Attacks on US Navy Ships

Joe Meadors filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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NARA-NGC-2021-001337

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From: Joe Meadors

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am a survivor of the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and serve my shipmates as Director of Operations of the USS Liberty Veterans Association.

A copy of all legislation related to the Congressional investigations as well as a copy of the Congressional investigations themselves of the attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Liberty, USS Stark, USS Cole and the 1983 Bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut.

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,

Joe Meadors

From: National Archives and Records Administration

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* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2021-001337
* Requester Name: Joe Meadors
* Date Submitted: 08/31/2021
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am a survivor of the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and serve my shipmates as Director of Operations of the USS Liberty Veterans Association.

A copy of all legislation related to the Congressional investigations as well as a copy of the Congressional investigations themselves of the attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Liberty, USS Stark, USS Cole and the 1983 Bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut.

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,

Joe Meadors

Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Meadors:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to
the National Archives and Records Administration via *FOIAonline*. We
received your request on August 31, 2021. Your request asks for
copies of legislation
related to the Congressional investigations, as well as a copy of the
Congressional investigations themselves, of the attacks on the USS Pueblo,
USS Liberty, USS Stark, USS Cole and the 1983 Bombing of the Marine
Barracks in Beirut.

Our office uses *FOIAonline* for FOIA and Privacy Act requests for the
National Archives and Records Administration's operational records (records
created by this agency). Since your request is about records of the
legislative branch, which are not subject to FOIA, it is being referred as
a reference request to the Center for Legislative Archives located at our
Washington, DC facility. Since the Center does not process requests
through *FOIAOnline*, we removed your request from the *FOIAonline *website.
Center staff will assign your request a new tracking number, and respond
directly to you. If you need to contact the Center in the future, you may
do so by mail or email to the addresses below (email is preferred):

National Archives and Records Administration Center for Legislative Archives
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legislative.archives@nara.gov <legislative.archives@nara.gov>
Website: https://www.archives.gov/legislative/cla

For your reference, a copy of your request is below.

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Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
susan.gillett@nara.gov

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Below is an export of the submitted request information for the FOIA
request NARA-NGC-2021-001337.

- *Name and Address*
- First Name: Joe
- Middle Initial:
- Last Name: Meadors
- Organization:
- Mailing Address Location: United States/U.S. Territories
- Address Line 1: MuckRock News DEPT MR 118634
- Address Line 2: 411A Highland Ave
- City: Somerville
- State/Province: MA
- Zip/Postal Code: 02144-2516
- *Contact Information*
- E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
- Phone Number:
- Fax Number:
- *Agency and Fee Information*
- Assigned Agency: NGC - Office of General Counsel
- Will Pay Up To: $0.00
- *Description*
- To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am a survivor of the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the USS
Liberty and serve my shipmates as Director of Operations of the
USS Liberty
Veterans Association.

A copy of all legislation related to the Congressional investigations
as well as a copy of the Congressional investigations themselves of the
attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Liberty, USS Stark, USS Cole and the 1983
Bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut.

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,

Joe Meadors

Upload documents directly:
https://www.muckrock.com/
- *Fee Waiver*
- Fee Waiver Requested: No
- Fee Waiver Reason:
- *Expedited Processing*
- Expedited Processing Requested: No
- Expedited Processing Reason:

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Meadors,

Your request was forwarded to us at the Center for Legislative Archives. I
am writing in further response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request of September 2, 2021, for records in the custody of the National
Archives and Records Administration. The records you have requested are not
subject to the FOIA. Pursuant to 36 CFR 1250.6 (c) FOIA applies only to the
records of the executive branch of the Federal government; therefore it is
not applicable to the records of Congress and the legislative branch.

I have been unable to identify any files in the records of House and Senate
committees related to an investigation of the 1967 USS Liberty incident.
As far as I can tell, the investigation held by the Naval Board of Inquiry
seems to be the primary government investigation into the incident. For
more information on modern Navy Records please contact our College Park
facility at archives2reference@nara.gov

I have found two reports from House and Senate committees related to the
USS Pueblo and attached them to this email. I have been unable to identify
any investigations conducted by House or Senate committees into the USS
Stark or USS Cole attacks - if you have any information regarding specific
reports, committees, or investigations I will be happy to look into it
further.

I have also attached a report of the activities of the House Intelligence
Committee for the 98th Congress - page 7 of the report includes a reference
to an investigation by the committee into the bombing of the Marine
Barracks in Beirut. However, I was unable to locate any committee records
related to the investigation.

This completes the processing of your request. If you have any questions,
you may reach me at 202-357-6823 or adam.berenbak@nara.gov

Because these records are not subject to the FOIA, we do not consider this
a denial. However, if you are not satisfied with our action on this
request, your options for appeal or dispute resolution are outlined on the
attached enclosure.

Sincerely,

Adam Berenbak

- *Name and Address*
- First Name: Joe
- Middle Initial:
- Last Name: Meadors
- Organization:
- Mailing Address Location: United States/U.S. Territories
- Address Line 1: MuckRock News DEPT MR 118634
- Address Line 2: 411A Highland Ave
- City: Somerville
- State/Province: MA
- Zip/Postal Code: 02144-2516
- *Contact Information*
- E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
- Phone Number:
- Fax Number:
- *Agency and Fee Information*
- Assigned Agency: NGC - Office of General Counsel
- Will Pay Up To: $0.00
- *Description*
- To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am a survivor of the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the USS
Liberty and serve my shipmates as Director of Operations of the
USS Liberty
Veterans Association.

A copy of all legislation related to the Congressional investigations
as well as a copy of the Congressional investigations themselves of the
attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Liberty, USS Stark, USS Cole and the 1983
Bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut.

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,

Joe Meadors

Upload documents directly:
https://www.muckrock.com/
- *Fee Waiver*
- Fee Waiver Requested: No
- Fee Waiver Reason:
- *Expedited Processing*
- Expedited Processing Requested: No
- Expedited Processing Reason:

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Adam Berenbak
Archivist - Center for Legislative Archives
National Archives and Records Administration
202-357-6823
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