Wednesday, April 23, 2014
 

FOI Request

DEA policies on "parallel construction"

Requested by cjciaramella on Aug. 5, 2013 for the Drug Enforcement Administration of United States of America and fufilled on Jan. 23, 2014

Status: Completed


From CJ Ciaramella on Aug. 5, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All DEA memoranda, training materials and official policies regarding "parallel construction," the act of recreating an investigative trail to obscure the original methods used.

According to a report by Reuters, the DEA has a longstanding policy on parallel construction regarding information obtained through its Special Operations Division: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805

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,

CJ Ciaramella

 
From Drug Enforcement Administration to CJ Ciaramella on Aug. 9, 2013:

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

Acknowledgement Letter
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From MuckRock.com to Drug Enforcement Administration on Sept. 8, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 5, 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 #13-00541-F.

Thank you for your help.

 
From DEA.FOIA to CJ Ciaramella on Sept. 10, 2013:

Dear MuckRock,

This response is in reference to two (2) FOIA requests (attached) submitted to DEA. Requests 13-00541-F and 13-00542-F were submitted on the same day regarding the same subject. DEA is able to conduct a search for 13-00541-F, however; 13-00542-F for "all available documents..." is overly broad and burdensome. The Department of Justice (DOJ) rules, contained at 28 C.F.R. § 16.3(b), provide that “you must describe the records in enough detail to enable department personnel to locate them with a reasonable amount of effort” and when possible, your request should include specific information about each record sought such as the date, title or name, author, recipient and subject matter of the record. These specifics are important to determine the extent and scope of the search, and to determine the records that are responsive. DEA can make certain presumptions to overcome some of the deficiencies in your request, but not all of them. Also, under the FOIA an agency is not required to answer questions posed as FOIA requests.

Please advise if you are only interested in proceeding with FOIA request 13-00541-F. If you wish DEA to conduct a search for 13-00542-F, you will need to reformulate.

Please reply to this email. If you have further questions, please contact J. Delo on 202-307-7748.

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From CJ Ciaramella to Drug Enforcement Administration on Sept. 10, 2013:

Hi Josh,
It appears that one of those requests was filed by another Muck Rock user. Muck Rock is an online service that allows users to file FOIA requests and receive documents electronically. I believe 13-00542-F is the one filed by a different user, Brad Threatt, according to the attached document. If there's any problem separating the two requests, please don't hesitate to give me a call: 503-951-9863. Thanks,

CJ Ciaramella

 
From MuckRock.com to Drug Enforcement Administration on Oct. 10, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 5, 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 #13-00541-F.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Drug Enforcement Administration to CJ Ciaramella on Oct. 31, 2013:

An interim response, stating the request has been delayed

Interim Response
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From MuckRock.com to Drug Enforcement Administration on Nov. 30, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 5, 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 #13-00541-F.

Thank you for your help.

 
From MuckRock.com to Drug Enforcement Administration on Dec. 30, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 5, 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 #13-00541-F.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Drug Enforcement Administration to CJ Ciaramella on Jan. 2, 2014:

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

Interim Response
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From Drug Enforcement Administration to CJ Ciaramella on Jan. 23, 2014:

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

Cover Letter
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From Drug Enforcement Administration to CJ Ciaramella on Jan. 23, 2014:

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

Responsive Documents
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  • Acknowledgement Letter
  • MuckRock
  • Interim Response
  • Interim Response
  • Cover Letter
  • Responsive Documents
 
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