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John Kirsch filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: John Kirsch

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Information and records of contacts between the FBI and three living individuals:

Douglas P. Horne, who served in the U.S. Navy and worked with the staff of the Assassination Records Review Board (the board established to oversee the release of records related to the assassination of President Kennedy);

David S. Lifton, author of "Best Evidence," a 1981 best-seller about the assassination of President Kennedy;

and Oliver D. Curme, a Massachusetts-based businessman and founder of the Mary Ferrell Foundation. (Curme's Social Security number is 077-46-6751.)

I am the author of a blog, devoted to researching people and organizations that research the Kennedy assassination.

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, 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.


John Kirsch

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Kirsch,

Before the FBI is able to proceed with your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request pertaining to another individual(s), we require that you submit either proof of death or the U. S. Department of Justice CERTIFICATION OF IDENTITY (Authorization to Release Information to Another Person)-Form DOJ-361, from the subject(s) of your request. The form is available at<>/, by accessing the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy link or at<> or Note-please provide the following information on the OPTIONAL: Authorization to Release Information to Another Person line: Your name, title/business (if applicable) and a complete and current mailing address.

Acceptable forms of proof of death include; obituaries, death certificates, recognized sources that can be documented, written media, Who’s Who in America, FBI file that indicates person is deceased or the Social Security Death Index. A waiver or proof of death is not required if date of birth is 100 years ago or greater. Note-a web link in itself does not satisfy proof of death.

Without proof of death or the privacy release, the disclosure of third-party information contained in law enforcement records, should they exist, is considered both a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy pursuant to Exemption (b)(6), U. S. C. § 552, and an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, pursuant to Exemption (b)(7)(C), 5 U.S.C. § 552.

The information may be mailed to the address below or faxed to: (540) 868-4391/4997. A scanned copy is acceptable if sent by electronic means but the FBI does not accept electronic signatures.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

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