Department of Interior requests for CBP drone overflights

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of the Interior of the United States of America.
Tracking # OS-2015-00409
Status
Completed

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All Aviation/Marine Support Requests (ASR/MSR) submitted by the Department of Interior to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from 2010 to the date this request is processed.

Per the MOU between DOI and CBP (see http://www.doi.gov/aviation/library/upload/IB_2013-02.pdf) and related procedures, DOI components must submit a ASR/MSR form in order to receive CBP Predator data.

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered CBP extensively, I request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Here is a selection of my published articles on MuckRock to substantiate my claim that I should be categorized as a media (as opposed to "commercial" or "non-commercial" requester) for the purpose of fees:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

I have also been published in a number of other national media outlets on topics pertaining to national security, law enforcement and homeland security processes:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

As the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and pertains to a matter of considerable public interest, I further request a full waiver of all fees.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: OS, OS FOIA

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Please see attached the Acknowledgement Letter for OS-2015-00409 for the
following:

All Aviation/Marine Support Requests (ASR/MSR) submitted by the Department
of Interior to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from 2010
to the date this request is processed.
Thanks,

Nick

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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: OS, OS FOIA

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Please see attached a copy of your final response letter for OS-2015-00409
for the following:

All Aviation/Marine Support Requests (ASR/MSR) submitted by the Department
of Interior to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from 2010
to the date this request is processed.
Thanks,
Cindy

--
Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

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