DOD documents regarding Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdul Latif Nasser (ISN 244)

Latif Nasser filed this request with the SOUTHCOM - US Southern Command of the United States of America.
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SC19-026-S

Due March 12, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Latif Nasser

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Intelligence Information Reports that were cited in the declassified factual returns for Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdul Latif Nasser (ISN 244): IIR 6 034 0436 02 / IIR 6 034 0917 03 / IIR 6 034 0950 03 / IIR 6 034 1084 03 / IIR 6 034 1094 03 / IIR 6 034 1245 03 / IIR 6 034 1301 03 / IIR 6 034 1362 03 / IIR 6 034 1419 03.

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.

For fee categorization purposes, I am a representative of the news media. Through this request, I am gathering information for my journalistic work with New York Public Radio. non-profit public radio news station. Accordingly, I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II); id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iv)(II).

Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is not primarily in my commercial interest and will contribute significantly to public understanding of government operations and activities. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). This information is in the public interest because it will shed light on the treatment of this particular Guantanamo detainee, as well as on our government's grounds for holding him which costs taxpayers millions of dollars per year.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency. As a public radio journalist and podcaster, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information about the case of Guantanamo detainee Abdul Latif Nasser ISN 244 because he remains in detention despite being unanimously cleared for transfer two and a half years ago. The fact that the government has withheld Nasser for seemingly no reason - at a cost to taxpayers of approximately $11M/year (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nationworld/world/americas/guantanamo/article2163210.html) - undermines any sense of due process, our standing among our allies, and yes, public confidence. As a major public radio outlet, we are doing a series dedicated entirely to his case which will considerably raise the profile of the story of this man who is being held back despite a promise of release, and without these files, will certainly add to public mistrust of the government. I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

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,

Latif Nasser

From:

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From:

Mr. Nasser,

Our agency is diligently working on your FOIA request.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From: SOUTHCOM - US Southern Command

Mr. Nasser,

We're working on your FOIA request along with many other actions ahead of yours.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From: SOUTHCOM - US Southern Command

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. Nasser,

Our office is still pending response from a tasked office. Thank you for your patience.

v/r
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From: SOUTHCOM - US Southern Command

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. Nasser,

Our office is still pending response from an outside agency.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

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