Conspiracy theories/disinfo FBI

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Files, reports, memos and monographs relating to, dealing with or describing conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists. To be clear, I am not interested in records about individual conspiracy theorists but rather conspiracy theorists as a type of person(s). I am particularly interested in the use of conspiracy theories by disinformation and propaganda tools by Foreign Intelligence Services, foreign powers and domestic dissidents.

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.


Michael Best

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

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Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO (540) 868-4593
Direct (540) 868-4286
Fax (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Michael Best

It is simple and straightforward to search for reports, memos and monographs containing the words "conspiracy theory", "conspiracy theories", "conspiracy theorist" and "conspiracy theorists".

Please perform the search that I have asked.


Dear Mr. Best,

The request was received on 04-07-2016 (actual date request was scanned into the FOIPA Document Processing System) and assigned FOIPA Request Number #NFP-55220. The request was closed on 04-15-2016. Correspondence was mailed to your attention on 04-15-2016.

Your request as described is currently too broad in scope and therefore does not enable us to conduct a reasonable search. Please consider providing specific information that could help us to locate potentially responsive records within a reasonable amount of time. Examples of such information may include a specific time frame, or specific events about which there may be conspiracy theories.

Please contact me if you require additional assistance with your request.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
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