Directed Energy Research/Informed Consent

Ramola Dharmaraj filed this request with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA of the United States of America.
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From: Ramola Dharmaraj

To Whom It May Concern:

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

For all currently ongoing Department of Defense or DARPA Directed Energy Bio-Behavioral Research (DEBR) contracts or any other Directed Energy human subject research contracts in the United States of America--as of today's date--using Directed-Energy Weapons (DEWs), Non-Lethal Weapons (NLWs), or any kind of Electronic Warfare or Combat Systems Testing/Training involving the use of radiation weaponry of any kind whatsoever on “human subjects,” being conducted by any sector or joint operation of the DARPA or DOD, whether Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Command, or any other, whether to determine the “human effects” or “bio-effects” of such radiation, or for any other purpose, please provide:
1) The full contract with each contract-awardee or winning offeror company, and the full Statement of Work included with each contract;
2) Complete Documentation of Informed Consent from all human subjects targeted by this contract's Bio-Behavioral Research or Weapons Testing and Training program, including:
a) The FWA (Federal Wide Assurance) signed off by the Office of Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services;
b) Detailed Informed Consent documents including lists of consenting human subjects, specific information provided to human subjects, and signed documents from human subjects attesting to Informed Consent;
c) Any additional internal DOD document assuring compliance with the Common Rule signed off by the Institutional Review Board involved;
d) All affirmations of Compliance Oversight from the Office of Human Subject Research Protections; &
e) All Waivers of Consent from the Secretary of Defense, if and as applicable, and full reasons for these waivers.
3) Complete Documentation with precise details on Location and Field of Operation where these Directed-Energy weapons are being trained "wittingly" or "unwittingly," overtly or covertly, on human subjects--namely, American civilians and others in the USA.

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,

Ramola Dharmaraj

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Ramola Dharmaraj

Hello--

I am writing to follow up on my original FOIA request to your agency dated 12/05/2014 which has not received an acknowledgement yet.

Kindly let me know when I may expect a response or if you should like clarification or further specification of my request.

Thanks very much.
Ramola D/Dharmaraj

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Ramola Dharmaraj

Hello--

It's been almost exactly a year since the date of my FOIA request copied below, which is still "Awaiting Acknowledgment" by your agency. May I know what the delay is about?

Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Ramola D/Dharmaraj
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To Whom It May Concern:

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

For all currently ongoing Department of Defense or DARPA Directed Energy Bio-Behavioral Research (DEBR) contracts or any other Directed Energy human subject research contracts in the United States of America--as of today's date--using Directed-Energy Weapons (DEWs), Non-Lethal Weapons (NLWs), or any kind of Electronic Warfare or Combat Systems Testing/Training involving the use of radiation weaponry of any kind whatsoever on “human subjects,” being conducted by any sector or joint operation of the DARPA or DOD, whether Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Command, or any other, whether to determine the “human effects” or “bio-effects” of such radiation, or for any other purpose, please provide:
1) The full contract with each contract-awardee or winning offeror company, and the full Statement of Work included with each contract;
2) Complete Documentation of Informed Consent from all human subjects targeted by this contract's Bio-Behavioral Research or Weapons Testing and Training program, including:
a) The FWA (Federal Wide Assurance) signed off by the Office of Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services;
b) Detailed Informed Consent documents including lists of consenting human subjects, specific information provided to human subjects, and signed documents from human subjects attesting to Informed Consent;
c) Any additional internal DOD document assuring compliance with the Common Rule signed off by the Institutional Review Board involved;
d) All affirmations of Compliance Oversight from the Office of Human Subject Research Protections; &
e) All Waivers of Consent from the Secretary of Defense, if and as applicable, and full reasons for these waivers.
3) Complete Documentation with precise details on Location and Field of Operation where these Directed-Energy weapons are being trained "wittingly" or "unwittingly," overtly or covertly, on human subjects--namely, American civilians and others in the USA.

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,

Ramola Dharmaraj

From: Sikandar, Nusheen CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Dharmaraj,

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, attached. We received your request on October 17, 2016, and assigned it case number 17-F-0078. We ask that you use this number when referring to your request.

Although we have already begun processing your request, we will not be able to respond within the FOIA's 20-day statutory time period as there are unusual circumstances which impact our ability to quickly process your request. The FOIA defines unusual circumstances as (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. At least one, if not more of these scenarios applies or would likely apply to your request. While this office handles FOIA requests for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff (JS) and other component offices, we do not actually hold their records and our office is not geographically located with these organizations. As we do not hold the records, un
til the required records searches are complete, we are unable to estimate the potential volume of records or the number of consultations that will be required to make a release determination.

Your request has been placed in our complex processing queue and is being worked based on the order in which the request was received. Our current administrative workload is approximately 2100 open requests.

In some instances, we have found that requesters who narrow the scope of their requests experience a reduction in the time needed to process their requests. If you have any questions or wish to discuss the reformulation of your request or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, you may contact Ms. Nusheen Sikandar, the Action Officer assigned to case number 17-F-0078, at nusheen.sikandar.civ@mail.mil or 571-372-0437.

The OSD/JS FOIA Public Liaison, Jim Hogan, is available at 571-372-0462 or by email at OSD.FOIALiaison@mail.mil to answer any concerns about the foregoing. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
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College Park, MD 20740
E-mail: ogis@nara.gov
Telephone: 202-741-5770
Fax: 202-741-5769
Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

Thank you,

Nusheen Sikandar
On behalf of Brandon J. Gaylord for
Stephanie L. Carr, Chief, Office of Freedom of Information

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

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