Jason Smathers filed this request with the Defense Technical Information Center of the United States of America.


From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

An electronic copy of the DODTECHIPEDIA home page and all pages located within 3 clicks of the home page.

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, 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.


Jason Smathers
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From: Defense Technical Information Center

From: Jason Smathers

Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office
Attn: Mr. James Hogan
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1155

Re: DTIC-2011-27 though 29 and case number 0203-2011.

Director of Administration and Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense:

On Feb. 7, 2011 I made four requests for information in the DODTECHPEDIA system. Three of those requests were issued FOIA log numbers DTIC-2011-27 through 29. The fourth request was for “A copy of the records responsive to a search of DODTECHIPEDIA for RQ-1 Predator.” This request is still pending. I appeal the no response as more than 20 days have passed.

The three requests which were issued FOIA log number and were responded to were denied in full. I appeal.

The denial letter states many speculative reasons as to why the content in DODTECHPEDIA should be exempt. However, placing data in DODTECHPEDIA cannot in and of itself exempt the data from disclosure.

I hereby request that searches are done for all four requests for data from DODTECHPEDIA and that data is released to me. After searching for and reviewing the records, if any exemptions apply, I request a Vaughn index of all withheld records and specific exemptions for each individual redaction or withholding of responsive records.

Furthermore, I was placed in the other category for billing purposes. I appeal. I am a member of the news media. I intend to take the responsive records, use my editorial skills to turn them into a distinct work, and distribute them to an audience. I have proven myself capable of doing so in the past. Concerning my request for DODTECHPEDIA pages concerning Jesus, I am assured of publishing the distinct work on, which I own and have demonstrated my ability to publish to a wide audience and my ability to turn raw records into a unique work using my editorial skills. Feel free to click the news link to review examples of this work. Concerning my request for DODTECHPEDIA pages concerning FOIA, I am assured of publishing the distinct work on where I have an agreement to write articles concerning FOIA and have been previously published. Concerning the request concerning DODTECHPEDIA itself and the RQ-1 Predator, I intend to write articles and submit them to a publication as a freelance writer.

Jason Smathers