Danny Casolaro

Joseph Lloyd filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

NARA-NGC-2018-000428, RD 56688

NARA-NGC-2018-000428

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Joseph Lloyd

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all records relating to or mentioning journalist Joseph Daniel Casolaro aka Danny Casolaro (16 June 1947 - 10 August 1991). Who died while investigating the INSLAW/PROMIS case.

The requested material 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 requested documents sent electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or sent via CD-ROM if not.

As you know, the Act, in § 552(aX6), grants your office no more than twenty working days in which to respond to this request. See also Oglesby v. U.S. Dep of Army, 920 F.2d 57, 65 (D.C:. Cir. 1990) ("Congress adopted the time limit provision in the FOIA in order to 'contribute to the fuller and faster release of information. which is the basic objective of the Act." (quoting H.R. Rep. No. 93-876, March 5, 1974., reprinted (1974) U.S. Code Cong. & Ad. News 6267 at 6271)). Agencies therefore "should make it a priority to respond in a timely manner.

"Timely disclosure of information is an essential component of transparency." Attorney General's Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies Concerning the Freedom of Info. Act, at 3 (Mar. 19, 2009).

If for any reason any portion of this request is denied, please provide written notice of the records that were withheld, and the specific legal justification for the denial. Please also provide the name and address of the officer(s) or body to which my appeal should be directed.

I also hereby request a waiver of both search and duplication fees pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §§ 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(1l) and (a)(4XA)(iii). MuckRock is entitled to a waiver of search fees under 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(11) because MuckRock is a member of the news media. cf. National Security Archive v. Department of Defense, 880 F.2d 1381, 1387 (D.C. Cir. 1989) (defining news media within FOIA context).

MuckRock is a registered non-profit, collaborative news site that has recognized as been recognized by the Sunlight Foundation, The Freedom of the Press Foundation,the Global Investigative Journalism Network (all of which employ FOIA in their reporting).

MuckRock via it's website (muckrock.com) regularly obtains and publishes information about the operations and activities of government through FOIA and uses its editorial staff and contributors to turn this information into distinct works, and publishes and disseminates these works to the public. As it intends to do likewise with the records it receives in response to this inquest.

MuckRock also is entitled to a complete waiver of both search fees and duplication fees pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). Under this provision:

Records shall be furnished without any charge or at a charge reduced below the fees established under clause (ii) if disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4XAXiii).

In addition, if records are not produced within twenty (20) business days. Muckrock is entitled to a complete waiver of search and duplication fees under Section 6(b) of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, which amended FOR at 5 U.S.C. § (a)(4)(A)(viii).

MuckRock is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, educational organization, and, by definition, it has no commercial purpose. MuckRock exists to educate the public about the operations and activities of government, as well as to increase public understanding about the importance of ethics and the rule of law in government.

The particular records requested herein are sought as part of MuckRock's ongoing efforts to document the operations and activities of of government agencies and to educate the public about these operations and activities. Once MuckRock obtains the requested records, it intends to analyze them and disseminate the results of its analysis.

There is a clear public interest case in having these files released therefore I request fees be waived for the following reasons:

1) The questions raised about the government's motivations, integrity and judgment on this issue.

2) Any wrongdoing by the subject(s) in question, the government and/or other federal officials the materials may expose.

3) The subject is of "widespread and exceptional media interest" the widespread public interest and reporting on this case.

4) As a journalist and member of muckrock.com, I am engaged in reporting and disseminating information to the public, free of charge.

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.

Sincerely,

Joseph Lloyd

  • https___www_washingtonpost_com_archive_lifestyle_1991_08_31_what-killed-danny-casolaro_ea110460-.pdf

From: National Archives and Records Administration

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=090004d28187c11d)
* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2018-000428
* Requester Name: Joseph Lloyd
* Date Submitted: 03/26/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Any and all records relating to or mentioning journalist Joseph Daniel Casolaro aka Danny Casolaro (16 June 1947 - 10 August 1991). Who died while investigating the INSLAW/PROMIS case. The requested material 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 requested documents sent electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or sent via CD-ROM if not. As you know, the Act, in § 552(aX6), grants your office no more than twenty working days in which to respond to this request. See also Oglesby v. U.S. Dep of Army, 920 F.2d 57, 65 (D.C:. Cir. 1990) ("Congress adopted the time limit provision in the FOIA in order to 'contribute to the fuller and faster release of information. which is the basic objective of the Act." (quoting H.R. Rep. No. 93-876, March 5, 1974., reprinted (1974) U.S. Code Cong. & Ad. News 6267 at 6271)). Agencies therefore "should make it a priority to respond in a timely manner. "Timely disclosure of information is an essential component of transparency." Attorney General's Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies Concerning the Freedom of Info. Act, at 3 (Mar. 19, 2009). If for any reason any portion of this request is denied, please provide written notice of the records that were withheld, and the specific legal justification for the denial. Please also provide the name and address of the officer(s) or body to which my appeal should be directed.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Lloyd,

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
request to the National Archives and Records Administration, via the
*FOIAonline* website.

Because you have requested access to historically permanent federal
records, we have forwarded your FOIA request, received in our office March
27, 2018, to our Office of Research Services, Special Access and FOIA
staff, for further review and handling. As a result, your request has been
removed from the *FOIAonline* website and you will be assigned a tracking
number by that office.

If you would like to follow up with that office directly, please contact
them at the address below, or electronically via email.

Special Access and FOIA Staff (RD-F)

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By phone: 301-837-3190

By fax: 301-837-1864

By email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

Thank you for contacting the National Archives and please visit our website
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resources we offer the public.

Sincerely,

Jodi L. Foor

Deputy Freedom of Information Act Officer/Archivist

National Archives and Records Administration

Office of General Counsel

College Park, MD

301-837-2099

Jodi.Foor@nara.gov

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: foia@regulations.gov <foia@regulations.gov>
Date: Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 8:50 AM
Subject: FOIA Request Export: NARA-NGC-2018-000428
To: "jodi.foor@nara.gov" <jodi.foor@nara.gov>

Below is an export of the submitted request information for the FOIA
request NARA-NGC-2018-000428.

- *Name and Address*
- First Name: Joseph
- Middle Initial:
- Last Name: Lloyd
- Organization:
- Mailing Address Location: United States/U.S. Territories
- Address Line 1: MuckRock News, 411A Highland Ave
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave&entry=gmail&source=g>
- Address Line 2: DEPT MR 48434
- City: Somerville
- State/Province: MA
- Zip/Postal Code: 02144
- *Contact Information*
- E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
- Phone Number:
- Fax Number:
- *Agency and Fee Information*
- Assigned Agency: NGC - Office of General Counsel
- Will Pay Up To: $25.00
- *Description*
- Any and all records relating to or mentioning journalist Joseph
Daniel Casolaro aka Danny Casolaro (16 June 1947 - 10 August 1991). Who
died while investigating the INSLAW/PROMIS case. The requested material
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 requested documents sent
electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or sent via CD-ROM if
not. As you know, the Act, in § 552(aX6), grants your office no more than
twenty working days in which to respond to this request. See also Oglesby
v. U.S. Dep of Army, 920 F.2d 57, 65 (D.C:. Cir. 1990) ("Congress adopted
the time limit provision in the FOIA in order to 'contribute to
the fuller
and faster release of information. which is the basic objective of the
Act." (quoting H.R. Rep. No. 93-876, March 5, 1974., reprinted
(1974) U.S.
Code Cong. & Ad. News 6267 at 6271)). Agencies therefore "should
make it a
priority to respond in a timely manner. "Timely disclosure of information
is an essential component of transparency." Attorney General's Memorandum
for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies Concerning the Freedom of
Info. Act, at 3 (Mar. 19, 2009). If for any reason any portion of this
request is denied, please provide written notice of the records that were
withheld, and the specific legal justification for the denial.
Please also
provide the name and address of the officer(s) or body to which my appeal
should be directed.
- *Fee Waiver*
- Fee Waiver Requested: Yes
- Fee Waiver Reason: I also hereby request a waiver of both search
and duplication fees pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §§ 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(1l) and
(a)(4XA)(iii). MuckRock is entitled to a waiver of search fees under 5
U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(11) because MuckRock is a member of the news
media. cf. National Security Archive v. Department of Defense, 880 F.2d
1381, 1387 (D.C. Cir. 1989) (defining news media within FOIA context).
- *Expedited Processing*
- Expedited Processing Requested: No
- Expedited Processing Reason:

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Lloyd,

This is in response to your March 27, 2018, Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request, which was received in our office on March 27, 2018. We have
assigned case number RD 56688 to your request.

You requested access to records relating to Daniel Casolaro. We have
located responsive records to your request within the Records Relating to
Inslaw, 1991-1994. These files are part of Record Group 60, General Records
of the Department of Justice. Below is some further information about each
file.

*Box 1 *

Redwell: '[Dwyer, John C.] Casolaro (Joseph "Danny" Daniel)"
-DOJ Report on J. Daniel Casolaro
-Inslaw Report

Redwell:" [Dwyer, John C.] Casolaro Investigation #1
-Notes
-Dr. Tony Casolaro
-RUA (and staff)
-Miscellaneous
-Press Releases
-Martinsburg P. D. Notes

*Box 2 *

Redwell: [Dwyer, John C.] Casolaro Investigation #2"
-Ann Klenk
-Dr. Louis Petrillo
-Michael Riconisciuto
-Richard Stavin
-Robert Booth Nichols
-William Turner
-Charles Hayes
-Peter Videnieks
-Courtney West
-Herb Karlitz
-Melanie Ray/Elizabeth Mackey

Redwell: "[Dwyer, John C.] Casolaro Investigation #3"
Loose papers, no individual folders

*Box 3 *

Redwell: "[Dwyer, John C.] Casolaro Investigation #4"
Redwell: "[Dwyer, John C.] Casolaro Investigation #5"

*Box 13 *

-[Dwyer, John C.] Inslaw: Casolaro (Joseph "Danny" Daniel)
-[Dwyer, John C.] Inslaw: Casolaro (House)
-[Dwyer, John C.] Inslaw: Casolaro Note -
-[Dwyer, John C.] Inslaw: Casolaro Interviews

A number of these files have been reviewed in response to previous
requests. I will send you a letter through the mail with our findings
during the review of this material. Please feel free to contact me by email
at thomas.haughton@nara.gov <marykay.schmidt@nara.gov> or by telephone at
301-837-1797 to discuss your request further. I will be taking leave
shortly, so if I have not responded within 48 hours please e-mail
specialaccess_FOIA@nara.gov for assistance.

Sincerely,

THOMAS HAUGHTON
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Staff
National Archives and Records Administration

From: National Archives and Records Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Joseph Lloyd

Hello,

I'd very be interested in seeing all of that material.

- Joe

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Hi,
Thank you for your email. To ensure you are given the most correct
information, I would like to discuss your case with the archivist, who is
currently on leave. I will discuss this matter with him when he returns,
and be in touch later this week.

Thank you!
Jessie

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Hi,
I am writing in response to your request for a status update to FOIA
request relating to Danny Casolaro. This request was processed under RD
56688 and responded to on or about April 24, 2018. Additional questions
can be directed to Thomas Haughton at Thomas.Haughton@nara.gov or
301.837.1797.

Thank you!
Jessie
--
Jessie Hartman
Government Information Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Branch
National Archives at College Park
301.837.1905

From:

Jessie
Hi,
I will be out of the office July 23-30.  If you need immediate assistance, please contact Thank you! specialaccess_foia@nara.gov or 301-837-3190.  Otherwise, I will respond to your email when I return on July 31. (mailto:specialaccess_foia@nara.gov)
--
Jessie Hartman
Government Information Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Branch
National Archives at College Park 301.837.1905

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Hi,

Thank you for your email. FOIA request RD 56688 was received in this
office March 28, 2018 and assigned FOIA case tracking number RD 56688.
Thomas Haughton responded to your request on or about April 24, 2018, and
your case was subsequently closed.

If you have any additional questions, please let us know!

Thank you!
Jessie
--
Jessie Hartman
Government Information Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Branch
National Archives at College Park
301.837.1905

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