Correspondence by J Edgard Hoover on Privacy

Matt Stoller filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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13-00560-F

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Matt Stoller

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am looking for correspondence by J Edgar Hoover on Chairman Cornelius Gallagher of the Committee on Government Operations' Special Subcommittee Investigating Invasion of Privacy, with a specific focus on Gallagher's personal life.

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 MuckRock.com, 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.

Sincerely,

Matt Stoller

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

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.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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From: Matt Stoller

The clear public interest here is as follows. Congressman Gallagher made allegations on the floor of the House of Representatives in the early 1970s about the FBI's use of wiretaps - at Hoover's request - to invade his personal life and destroy his personal reputation. These include allegations that J. Edgar Hoover attempted to blackmail him regarding his wife's romantic affections and his own financial and personal dealings. These allegations have been detailed in a host of books, as well as various public ethics investigations. Congressman Gallagher's asserts that these incidences occurred because of his work doing oversight of the FBI's computer files in the 1960s. He also asserts that allegations from the FBI, as leaked to Life Magazine, were false.

There is a clear and obvious public interest in understanding J. Edgar Hoover's understanding of Gallagher's personal life and Hoover's strategies for mediating with a Congressman in a position of authority over the FBI. No one less significant than Congressman Gallagher - whose privacy is at stake - asserted as much when he repeatedly asked the public to understand Hoover's intentions. That Gallagher has asserted the FBI's allegations were false suggests that there is no privacy question for Gallagher at issue here, but a clear public interest in the blackmail of a politician. The confirmation or or disproof of such accusations is obviously significant to the public interest.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOI/PA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

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 June 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1217943-000.

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 June 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1217943-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

The above FOIPA request was closed on 8-7-13 because you did not provide the required documentation.

Please contact me If you require further assistance.

From: Matt Stoller

Hello,

No correspondence was received following the 2013-07-02 communication providing clarification of the public interest of this request. Please advise why this request was closed without notification or response to that follow-up communication.

Thank you.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

If you are not satisfied with the results of your request you may file an appeal with the Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice. Please follow the instructions below when submitting your appeal to OIP.

Please note: Do not submit your appeal to the FBI.

Appeals should be directed in writing to the following:

Director,
Office of Information Policy (OIP)
U. S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Avenue, N. W., Suite 11050
Washington, D, C. 20530-0001.

Your appeal must be received by OIP within sixty (60) days from the date of your letter in order to be considered timely. The envelope and the letter should be clearly marked, “Freedom of Information Appeal.” Please cite the FOIPA Request Number assigned to your request so that it may be indentified easily.

From: Matt Stoller

Hello,

It is impossible to appeal the determination because no determination communication was ever received. If nothing else, please provide the closing letter and/or the response to the clarification submitted above.

Thank you.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

A copy of our June 17, 2013 letter has been placed in the mail. Although additional correspondence was received the requester did not provide the required information and thus the request was closed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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