DHS field office reports re: cell site simulator deployments (USSS)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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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 field office annual reports reflecting the total number of times a cell-site simulator is deployed in the jurisdiction; the number of deployments at the request of other agencies, including state or local law enforcement; and the number of times the technology is deployed in emergency circumstances.

Per the amended policy on cell site simulators, "POLICY DIRECTIVE 047-02: Department Policy Regarding the Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology" (available at https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Department%20Policy%20Regarding%20the%20Use%20of%20Cell-Site%20Simulator%20Technology.pdf): "Each field office shall report to its Component headquarters annual records reflecting the
total number of times a cell-site simulator is deployed in the jurisdiction; the number of deployments at the request of other agencies, including state or local law enforcement; and the number of times the technology is deployed in emergency circumstances."

As I am submitting this FOIA request in my capacity as a journalist who has covered extensively the deployment of cell site simulators by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, I assert that I am appropriately categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. As this request concerns a matter of intense public interest and responsive documents will be posted online for the public to review free of charge, I further request a waiver of any applicable fees.

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,

Shawn Musgrave
New England Center for Investigative Reporting

From: DHS

Good Afternoon, Attached is our final response to your request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743. Regards, DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program
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  • Department of Homeland Security FOIA 2016-HQFO-00373 Final Response - retrieved

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From: MuckRock

Hello -

Thank you for acknowledging my request. I hereby reassert that I am appropriately categorized as a media requester.

I am a working reporter for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. I have have covered cell site simulators and other law enforcement/national security technologies extensively for several years. My work has been featured in several publications, including the Boston Globe, VICE, Motherboard, Harper's, The Marshall Project, and MuckRock.

In light of my extensive publication history, I am clearly appropriately categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees, rather than "all other." Please make this change immediately, and confirm when you have done so.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

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