Correspondence between FBI and NYPD about CCTV and the "Ring of Steel"

Ivan Greenberg filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1368470-000, DOJ-AP-2017-003599

Est. Completion None
No Responsive Documents


From: Ivan Greenberg

To Whom It May Concern:

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

FBI records on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and the "Ring of Steel," as implemented in lower Manhattan (NY, NY) since 2001. This includes correspondence between the FBI and New York City Police Department (NYPD) about CCTV and the "Ring of Steel."

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.


Ivan Greenberg, Ph.D.
author, Surveillance in America (2012)

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: Ivan Greenberg

Dear Office of Information Policy, U.S. Department of Justice:

I wish to Appeal the determination of the FBI that there are no documents for my FOIA request #1368470-000.

I had asked for all:

"FBI records on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and the 'Ring of Steel,' as implemented in lower Manhattan (NY, NY) since 2001. This includes correspondence between the FBI and New York City Police Department (NYPD) about CCTV and the "'Ring of Steel.'"

Apparently, FBI searched their Central Records System for the term Ring of Steel.

I do not know if this surveillance system of more than 3,000 CCTV cameras in New York is called something else than the Ring of Steel. The Ring of Steel is how it is called in the media and by public officials.

I do not believe that FBI has done a thorough search of their records. According to media reports, the FBI and the NYPD have a close working relationship, as in a Joint Terrorism Task Force. It seems impossible to me that there are no records on the Ring of Steel, which is a top NYC security initiative.

I wish to obtain these records for a book I am writing.

Ivan Greenberg, Ph.D.
author, Surveillance in America: A Critical Analysis of the FBI, 1920 to the Present (Lexington Books, 2012)


04/19/2017 11:07 AM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-003599


DOJ-AP-2017-003599 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- No records.

  • Greenberg, Ivan FBI 17-003599 (4-24-17)