Directed Energy Weapons Tested Or Used On United States Citizens

Xenos Sophocles filed this request with the U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Xenos Sophocles

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any documents which pertain to directed energy weapons (DEW) being tested or used on United States citizens.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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.


Ninan Duvall


Dear Ms. Duvall,

This is in response to the below Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request you submitted to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The request was assigned USSOCOM FOIA 2018-259.

Attached is the final response letter and a copy of the original FOIA request.

We are closing your request with no further action required by this office.
Best Regards,

From: Xenos Sophocles

I appeal this response based upon transparent, clear, and public evidence. Under the umbrella agency name and objectives USSOCOM does test and use Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), based upon their own acknowledgement. The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOCAF), under the umbrella agency USSOCOM, heavily engages in the testing and usage of such weapons. A simple Google search of "USSOCOM Directed Energy Weapons", "USSOCOM DEW", "Air Force Special Operations Command Directed Energy Weapons", and/or "AFSOCAF Directed Energy Weapons" provides ample evidence directly from USSOCOM and AFSOCAF articles and webpages. The FOIA Request that was filed would definitively be under the mission/objectives of USSOCOM and AFSOCAF, and therefore would be "under the purview" of USSOCOM. An example is attached of a public PDF document from USSOCOM, which discusses the use of Directed Energy Weapons and their potential applications.


A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.


Mr. Duvall,

Please see attached final response for FOIA appeal 19-AC-0001.

Thank you,

Danaeka Spear
Senior FOIA Appeals Analysis