Cornerstone training presentations for private-sector partners

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014FOIA16084
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all slideshows or other training materials used by HSI/Cornerstone special agents since Jan. 1, 2014 to to train and inform private partners, such as banks, investment funds and casinos. The existence of these presentations is directly referenced in a Cornerstone Outreach Initiative memo recently released to MuckRock. The memo states that "HSI special agents have conducted more than 13,370 Cornerstone outreach and training presentations to 291,000 participants nationwide."

The memo can be viewed here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/training-materials-for-operation-cornerstone-10609/#1104820-responsive-documents

I also request that all fees be waived as I am a journalist -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information I receive as a result of this request to educate the public.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been rejected.

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

I am writing to appeal your decision to classify me as a commercial requester for the purpose of FOIA request 2014FOIA16084.

You write in your April 28 letter denying my request for a fee waiver that I have not presented convincing arguments to warrant a blanket fee waiver for MuckRock News.

It is becoming exceedingly frustrating that every time I file a FOIA request with your agency I must correct your errors.

As I have stated in previous letters, I am not requesting a blanket flee waiver for MuckRock. I made it very clear in my original request that I was asking only that I, as an individual journalist, receive a fee waiver.

I have provided your agency with evidence of my work as a journalist a dozen times, but once again, here are links to some of my recent articles:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/02/12/former-executive-red-light-camera-company-says-bribed-officials-win-contracts/X0qN0Z6dEs8mPxcrEqhS2M/story.html

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/apr/22/operation-cornerstone-training-slides/

I have no commercial interest in obtaining HSI's training presentations. In fact, I'm not sure how anyone could profit from such documents.

There is, however, a large public interest in learning how federal agents interact with the third-parties they are charged with investigating.

Please reclassify me as a media requester for this and all future requests.

Todd.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014FOIA16084.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014FOIA16084.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014FOIA16084.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014FOIA16084.

Thank you for your help.

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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