Details regarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's vacuum cleaner designs

Derek Mead filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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From: Derek Mead

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I request access to and copies of records regarding the vacuum cleaner designed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed while detained by the Central Intelligence Agency, including any plans, sketches, or personal documents of Mohammed's related to the vacuum cleaner.

Mohammed's detention by the CIA has been confirmed by the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program, and the existence of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's vacuum cleaner designs was confirmed by a former CIA official to the Associated Press, and the detention during which Mohammed produced those designs was also confirmed by multiple officials to the AP. (See:

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, and is not being made 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.


Derek Mead


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 19, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.