Director comms FRTetc (Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis)

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-IAFO-00163
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Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Correspondence (emails, memos, letters, notes, etc.) to or from the Director's office in which any of the following terms appear in the subject or header:

Flynn
Trump
Russia
Russian
Hacking
Hacked
Election
DNC
RNC
Clinton
Page
Manafort
Putin
FSB
Guccifer

Please search communications sent, received or draft since January 1, 2016.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Best

From: I&AFOIA

Good morning,

Please find attached the final response to your DHS I&A FOIA request 2017-IAFO-00163.

V/r,

FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.gov
(202) 447-3783

From: I&AFOIA

Dear Mr. Best:

We are currently processing the records returned from searches concerning your request.

Brendan Henry
Deputy Privacy Officer/FOIA Officer
Office of Intelligence & Analysis
Department of Homeland Security
(202) 447-3783
Brendan.henry@hq.dhs.gov

From: I&AFOIA

Good morning,

Please find attached the acknowledgement of your DHS I&A FOIA request 2017-IAFO-00163.

V/r,

FOIA Officer
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
Unclass: (202) 447-3783
Unclass: I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.gov>

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