CryptoYouCryptoMe

Martin Peck filed this request with the Department of Justice of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-124, CRM-300519042
Est. Completion None
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Martin Peck

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any reports, records, talking points, complaints, or other responsive materials regarding the Internet website "cryptome.org", including secondary indexes and mentions of same, or any other responsive record associated with "cryptome.org". Thank you!

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, DVD-R, or BD-R 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,

Martin Peck

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Sir/Madam,

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA031816-3.

Thank you,

MRU FOIA

From: Martin Peck

Thank you for the prompt request for clarification of my request as needed to satisfy it.

Please search the following for records responsive to this request regarding "cryptome.org" as primary or secondary (mention) reference:
- Antitrust Division records
- Associate Attorney General records
- Attorney General records
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives records
- Civil Division records
- Civil Rights Division records
- Community Relations Service records
- Criminal Division records
- Deputy Attorney General records
- Drug Enforcement Administration records
- Environment and Natural Resources Division records
- Executive Office for Immigration Review records
- United States Attorney records
- United States Trustees records
- Federal Bureau of Investigation records
- Federal Bureau of Prisons records
- Foreign Claims Settlement Commission records
- INTERPOL-United States National Central Bureau records
- Justice Management Division records
- National Security Division records
- Office of Community Oriented Policing Services records
- Office of Information Policy records
- Office of the Inspector General records
- Office of Justice Programs records
- Office of Legal Counsel records
- Office of Legal Policy records
- Office of Legislative Affairs records
- Office of the Pardon Attorney records
- Office of Professional Responsibility records
- Office of Public Affairs records
- Office of the Solicitor General records
- Office on Violence Against Women records
- Professional Responsibility Advisory Office records
- Tax Division records
- United States Marshals Service records
- United States Parole Commission records

Recognize that FOIA case law establishes the extent to which agencies MUST search all records system reasonably believed to contain responsive documents, even if it means contacting former employees. Truitt v. Department of State, 897 F.2d 540, 542 (D.C. Cir. 1990) makes it explicitly clear that it is the obligation of the Department to “conduct a search reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant documents.” In addition, the Justice Department’s May 2004 FOIA Guide states that an agency “cannot limit its search to only one record system if there are others that are likely to turn up the information requested.” Thank you!

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Sir/Madam,

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA032116-8.

Thank you,

MRU FOIA

From: Lu, Sarah (ENRD)

Mr. Peck,

We have received your FOIA request below from the main Department of Justice FOIA office. Please note that our files are not organized in a way that we can search an email address or domain name, but rather are organized by case.

We are happy to discuss alternate ways for us to search for documents you are interested in via phone or email; please contact me at the information in my signature block. If we do not hear from you in 15 calendar days, we will administratively close out your request. Please note that you are free to file a new FOIA request at any time.
Regards,

Sarah Lu
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
sarah.lu@usdoj.gov<mailto:kelly.yamashita@usdoj.gov>

From: Department of Justice

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Info FCSC (JMD)

Dear Mr. Peck:

Please accept this in response to your email dated March 18, 2016, received by the Commission on March 25, 2016, stating a request under the Freedom of Information Act for “[a]ny reports, records, talking points, complaints, or other responsive materials regarding the Internet website ‘cryptome.org’, including secondary indexes and mentions of same, or any other responsive record associated with ‘cryptome.org’.”

Please be advised that the Commission has conducted a thorough search of its records. However, we have been unable to locate any documents which are responsive to your request.

Sincerely,

Jeremy R. LaFrancois
Chief Administrative Counsel
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
US Department of Justice
600 E Street, N.W., Suite 6002
Washington, D.C. 20579
Phone (202) 616-6975
Fax (202) 616-6993

From: Meth, Randi (USTP)

Dear Mr. Peck,

Please see attached.

Sincerely-
Randi Meth

From: OGC

Dear Mr. Peck
Please see attached acknowledgment of your request for records.

From: Department of Justice

A no responsive documents response.

From: Department of Justice

A no responsive documents response.

From: Department of Justice

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Eason, Chaun E (COPS)

Dear Mr. Peck,

Please find attached the COPS Office’s final response letter in response to your FOIA request.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks,

Chaun Eason
COPS FOIA Officer

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280be86d3)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002226
* Requester Name: Martin Peck
* Date Submitted: 03/25/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: records pertaining to the Internet website "cryptome.org"

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280be89ea)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002227
* Requester Name: Martin Peck
* Date Submitted: 03/25/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: records pertaining to the Internet website "cryptome.org"

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280be8a1d)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002229
* Requester Name: Martin Peck
* Date Submitted: 03/31/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: records pertaining to the Internet website "cryptome.org"

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280be8a22)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002230
* Requester Name: Martin Peck
* Date Submitted: 03/25/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: records pertaining to the Internet website "cryptome.org"

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280be8a64)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002231
* Requester Name: Martin Peck
* Date Submitted: 03/25/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: records pertaining to the Internet website "cryptome.org"

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280be8a6b)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002232
* Requester Name: Martin Peck
* Date Submitted: 03/25/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: records pertaining to the Internet website "cryptome.org"

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280be8ac5)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002233
* Requester Name: Martin Peck
* Date Submitted: 03/25/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: records pertaining to the Internet website "cryptome.org"

From: OPR NO-REPLY

Attached is OPR's response to FOIA request F16-00055.

_______________________________________________________________
This email is sent from an unmonitored mailbox that does not accept incoming mail.
Please do not reply or send email to this address.

From: Laskowski, Edward (OJP)

Re: OJP FOIA No. 16-00236

Dear Mr. Peck:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act request that you sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ Justice Management Division/Logistics Management Services, Mail Referral Unit, forwarded your request, dated March 18, 2016, to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of the General Counsel, which was received in this office on March 25, 2016. A copy of your request is enclosed for your convenience.

The records you seek require a search in another OJP office and so your request falls within "unusual circumstances." See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii). Because of these unusual circumstances, we are extending the time limit to respond to your request beyond the ten additional days provided by the statute. We have not yet completed a search to determine whether there are records within the scope of your request. The time needed to process your request will necessarily depend on the complexity of our records search and on the volume and complexity of any records located. For your information, this Office assigns incoming requests to one of three tracks: simple, complex, or expedited. Each request is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to other requests in the same track. Simple requests usually receive a response in approximately one month, whereas complex requests necessarily take longer. At this time, your request has been assigned to the complex track. You may wish to narrow the scope of your request to limit the number of potentially responsive records or agree to an alternative time frame for processing, should records be located; or you may wish to await the completion of our records search to discuss either of these options.

Your request is assigned to Monica Potter-Johnson, Government Information Specialist, for processing. If you have any questions or wish to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, or you may contact Mrs. Johnson by telephone at (202) 307-6235, via e-mail at FOIAOJP@usdoj.gov<mailto:FOIAOJP@usdoj.gov>, you may write to this office at FOIAOJP, 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20531. Please include the above-referenced OJP FOIA number. Lastly, you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison at the above telephone number to discuss any aspect of your request.

Enclosure(s)

From: Gavin, Jacqueline

From: Department of Justice

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Justice

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

From: Department of Justice

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Woodard, Theresa (CRT)

Attached please find the acknowledgement letter for your Civil Rights Division Freedom of Information Act request.

Request Number: 16-10188-F

From: CRM FOIA

Please see the attached, which is this Office's response to your request. If you have any

questions, please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at 202-616-0307[X] for further assistance.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit

Criminal Division

U.S. Department of Justice

  • 300519042 Peck (Acknowledgment Letter - Routed Request - Final)

From: Willis, Billie (TAX)

Mr. Martin Peck
MuckRock
Dept. MR 24579
411 A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
April 7, 2016

Dear Mr. Peck:

This responds to your Freedom of Information Act request dated March 25, 2016. The Tax Division's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Unit received your request on March 25, 2016. We require clarification of the scope of your request.

1) If a communication, for example, attaches a document that happens to cite to or mention Cryptome.org, but the communication (such as an e-mail) is between two Tax Division attorneys (or attorneys and other Division personnel) and it is about a court case or subject that is wholly unrelated to Cryptome.org, did you intend such communication and/or attachment to be responsive to the request?

2) Most communications (with attachments) between attorneys, and between attorneys and other personnel about legal matter being handled by the Tax Division are likely to be exempt from disclosure under the attorney work product doctrine with section 552(b)(5) of the FOIA (Exemption 5). Please note that, assuming your answer to # 1 is that such type of records are responsive to your request, such documents are likely to be withheld in full from disclosure based on at least Exemption 5, and possibly based upon Exemption 3 with section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, which protects the identity of taxpayers and other return information (such as the potential liability of a taxpayer)

If we do not receive clarification to your request by April 21, 2016, we will deem your request to be withdrawn and will close our file.

Thanks.
Billie Willis
Government Information Specialist and FOIA/PA Public Liaison
U.S. Department of Justice
Tax Division
CTS-Eastern
JCB, Room 6823
Telephone: 202-307-0462
Facsimile: 202-514-6866
FOIA/PA E-mail: TaxDiv.FOIAPA@usdoj.gov
If you are not the intended recipient of this message,
please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or telephone
and delete the original message.

From: Gleaves, Lani (NSD)

Martin Peck
MuckRock
DEPT MR 24579
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144

Re: FOIA/PA # 16-124

Dear Mr. Peck:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your email dated March 18, 2016, to the Department of Justice, Mail Referral Unit seeking, "Any reports, records, talking points, complaints, or other responsive materials regarding the Internet website "cryptome.org", including secondary indexes and mentions of same, or any other responsive record associated with "cryptome.org." Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information request on March 25, 2016.
Our policy is to process FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out basis. Consistent with this policy, every effort will be made to respond to your request as quickly as possible. The actual processing time will depend upon the complexity of the request, whether it involves sensitive or voluminous records, and whether consultations with other agencies or agency components are appropriate.

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

From: OIGFOIA (OIG)

Hello:

Attached is the OIG's acknowledgement to your routed FOIA request.

Thanks.

From: Department of Justice

A no responsive documents response.

From: Department of Justice

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Moore, Debra (OIP)

Dear Mr. Peck:

Please see the attached correspondence pertaining to your FOIA request.

Thank you.
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Initial Request Staff
Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice

202-514-3642 (Main Line)
202-514-1009 (Fax)

From: Willis, Billie (TAX)

Sent by E-Mail: requests@muckrock.com

Mr. Martin Peck
MuckRock
Dept MR 24579
411 A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Mr. Peck:

We require clarification of the scope of your request.

1) If a communication, for example, attaches a document that happens to cite to or mention Cryptome.org, but the communication (such as an e-mail) is between two Tax Division attorneys (or attorneys and other Division personnel) and it is about a court case or subject that is wholly unrelated to Cryptome.org, did you intend such communication and/or attachment to be responsive to the request?

2) Most communications (with attachments) between attorneys, and between attorneys and other personnel about legal matter being handled by the Tax Division are likely to be exempt from disclosure under the attorney work product doctrine with section 552(b)(5) of the FOIA (Exemption 5). Please note that, assuming your answer to # 1 is that such type of records are responsive to your request, such documents are likely to be withheld in full from disclosure based on at least Exemption 5, and possibly based upon Exemption 3 with section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, which protects the identity of taxpayers and other return information (such as the potential liability of a taxpayer).

If we do not receive clarification to your request by May 5, 2016, we will deem your request to be withdrawn and will close our file.

Thanks.
Billie Willis
Government Information Specialist and FOIA/PA Public Liaison
U.S. Department of Justice
Tax Division
CTS-Eastern
JCB, Room 6823
Telephone: 202-307-0462
Facsimile: 202-514-6866
FOIA/PA E-mail: TaxDiv.FOIAPA@usdoj.gov
If you are not the intended recipient of this message,
please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or telephone
and delete the original message.

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Peck:

Attached, please find the acknowledgement letter for your FOIA request that was assigned tracking number FY16-067.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

From: Kho, Irene (CRS)

Good Morning:

Attached is CRS response to your FOIA request. Thank you.

Irene Kho

FOIA Officer

Community Relations Service

Department of Justice

600 E Street, NW, Suite 6000

Washington, DC 20530

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On March 18, 2016:
Sir/Madam,

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA031816-3.

Thank you,

MRU FOIA

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On March 18, 2016:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any reports, records, talking points, complaints, or other responsive materials regarding the Internet website "cryptome.org", including secondary indexes and mentions of same, or any other responsive record associated with "cryptome.org". Thank you!

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, DVD-R, or BD-R 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,

Martin Peck

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MuckRock
DEPT MR 24579
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

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From: OIP-NoReply

Please see the attached.

From: OIP-NoReply

Dear Mr. Peck:

Attached please find a response to the above referenced Freedom of Information Act request.

Thank you,

Initial Request Staff
Office of information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Hermilla, Nelson (CRT)

Mr. Martin Peck
MuckRock
DEPT MR 24579
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Mr. Peck:

The records you have requested are not located in one easily searchable database. There is no "report" that the Division can run from a central computer system that will provide the information on each entity for each and every Civil Rights Division employee that worked for the Division for the unspecified number of years that your request seeks. The number of hours necessary to fulfill a thorough review of even a one year volume of the Division's records of over 800 employees will require a significant expenditure of the Division's resources.

In addition to the current number of Division staff, there have been numerous employees that have left by attrition during the relevant time period. Aside from numerous other types of files, in order to search for solely the email for the employees that no longer work for the Department, the Division would have to retrieve and convert the records systems to a workable format. It takes one full day to convert the records for six employees. Calculating a search for each group of six employees, the transformation into a searchable format will require two months for 1-2 individuals working full-time on your project. As a conservative projection, the time necessary to fulfill a thorough search of all Division personnel will require at least 300 to 500 hours of time to construct a database prior to being able to conduct a search. The result of that search as well as a broader search for responsive records among all other Division employees could be that the search may not locate any responsive records yet the Division will have to accrue the expenses necessary to conduct the search as you have formulated it. Since your project would have to be worked into hundreds of other projects on which the technicians are assigned, the time needed to conduct a search that is this extensive, the search will take a substantial number of weeks to complete.

As you are also likely aware, the Freedom of Information Act [5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)] provides for the assessment of fees. In accordance with 28 C.F.R. § 16.11, the Civil Rights Division may assess fees for duplication and searches.

The searches necessary for the records responsive to your request will require the assistance of the Division's managerial personnel. Search fees may be assessed at the cost of $10.00 per quarter hour for search time that must be completed by professional level information technology personnel. The first two hours search time is free in accordance with Department regulations and has been expended already with respect to your request.

The estimated time to construct a database to locate one year of potential emails or letters for the requested subject matter:

Profession staff: 300 hours

Managerial search: $40.00 per hour X 298 hours (300 hours - 2 free hours)
= $ 11, 920.00

Please note that this is an estimate only and the actual cost may total substantially more in the final calculation.

Please send a check or money order payable to the United States Treasury for $11,920.00 to the address below and this office will begin processing your request.

Sincerely,

Nelson D. Hermilla, Chief
Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts Branch
Civil Rights Division
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., BICN Room 3219
Washington, D. C. 20530

From: OIGFOIA (OIG)

Hello:

Attached is the OIG's response to your FOIA request.

Thanks.

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Peck:

Attached, please find the response to your FOIA request that was assigned tracking number FY16-067.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

From: Department of Justice

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Potter-Johnson, Monica L. (OJP)

See the attached. Thank You

From: US Pardon Attorney (imailagent)

November 28, 2016

Mr. Martin Peck

411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request Number: 2016-200

Dear Mr. Peck:

This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) request dated and received in the Office of the Pardon
Attorney (OPA) on March 18, 2016. I apologize for the delay in
responding to you but our office is dealing with a backlog of FOIA
requests. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C.
§ 552 et seq., you requested any and all documents that reference or
relate to internet website cryptome.org.

In response to your correspondence, I searched the official files of
this office and determined that we do not have any documents related to
that organization. As a result, we have no documents to produce and
there has been no fee assessed for the search of our records.

Please be aware that Congress excluded three discrete categories of law
enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the
FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c). This response is limited to those
records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a
standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should
not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not,
exist.

If you are not satisfied with my response to your request, you may
administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of
Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite
11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may
submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account
at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home
<https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home> . Your
appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 60 days
of the date of this response. If you submit your appeal by mail, both
the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of
Information Act Appeal."


Sincerely,


William N. Taylor II


Executive Officer


Office of the Pardon Attorney

From:

Request number 2016-03476
Good afternoon,
Please see the Federal Bureau of Prisons response to your request for information.  We've attached your request for reference.
K. Blow

From: Tennant, Sara (OIP)

Dear Mr. Peck:

Please see the attached.

Sara B. Tennant
Senior Government Information Specialist
Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 11050
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Ph: (202) 514-7868
Sara.Tennant@usdoj.gov<mailto:Sara.Tennant@usdoj.gov>

From: Department of Justice

Dear Mr. Peck,

Please see the attached, which is this Office's response to your request. If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at 202-616-0307 for further assistance.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

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