DOJ meetings re: privacy of third parties in criminal investigations

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # EMRUFOIA040615-2 ; AG/15-02852 (F) ; DAG/15-02853 (F) ; ASG/15-02854 (F)
Est. Completion Dec. 8, 2015
Status
No Responsive Documents

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

-The agenda, materials distributed and notes taken at all meetings between Justice Department leadership and law enforcement agencies regarding privacy and safety of third parties in criminal investigations.
-Any transcripts or recordings from the above meetings.
-Any report(s) produced from the above meetings.

In a January 2015 article for BuzzFeed (see http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrishamby/justice-department-settles-lawsuit-over-fake-facebook-page#.jrm8ZNpdN), Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush was quoted as saying that “department leadership has already met with law enforcement agencies to make clear the necessity of protecting the privacy and safety of third parties in every aspect of our criminal investigations.”

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered the Department of Justice and law enforcement extensively, I request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Here is a selection of my published articles on social media and law enforcement:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/apr/06/round-rock-facebook/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/feb/18/dhs-vancouver-olympics-social-media/

I have also been published in a number of national media outlets on topics including technology used by law enforcement agencies:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/12/fbi-and-justice-department-cant-find-drone-privacy/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

As the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and pertains to a matter of considerable public interest, I further request a full waiver of all fees.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Mr. Musgrave,

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA040615-2.
Thanks

MRU FOIA

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Per the attached, this request has been forwarded to DOJ OIP. Please confirm receipt.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Thank you for acknowledging this request. Please confirm that I have been classified as a media requester.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
Investigative reporter, MuckRock

From: Butler, Christina M. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

Attached is our acknowledgement letter to your above-referenced Freedom of Information Act request.

Christina M. Butler
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
Tel: (202) 616-5476

  • Acknowledgment Letter_Musgrave_AG 15-02852_DAG 15-02853_ASG 15-02854

From: Butler, Christina M. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

In response to your inquiry regarding your classification as a media requester, in accordance with Department of Justice regulation 28 C.F.R. § 16.10 (b)(6) (2015), a representative of the news media is any person or entity organized and operated to publish or broadcast news to the public that actively gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw materials into a distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience. The term ‘‘news’’ means information that is about current events or that would be of current interest to the public. Given your past publication record and as you are currently a staff reporter for MuckRock, individually you have been granted media status. As a “representative of the news media,” you will not be charged search fees.

Christina M. Butler
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
Tel: (202) 616-5476

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 April 8, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #EMRUFOIA040615-2 ; AG/15-02852 (F) ; DAG/15-02853 (F) ; ASG/15-02854 (F).

Thank you for your help.

From: Butler, Christina M. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

Please be advised that we are still searching for responsive records. We estimate that it will take about two months to process your FOIA requests. This is a preliminary estimate at this time that will likely be modified as our searching is completed, and the volume and complexity of the material is evaluated. We will be able to provide a more accurate estimate once our searches have been completed and we have conducted an initial review of the responsive material.

We appreciate your patience.
Regards,

Christina M. Butler
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
Tel: (202) 616-5476

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 April 8, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #EMRUFOIA040615-2 ; AG/15-02852 (F) ; DAG/15-02853 (F) ; ASG/15-02854 (F).

Thank you for your help.

From: Butler, Christina M. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

Attached is an interim response letter to your above-referenced Freedom of Information Act requests.

Additionally, we advised in June 2015 that we estimated two months for processing and responding; however, we must extend that estimate by approximately three to four months. This is an estimate and will likely be modified as we complete our search and review on behalf of the Offices of the Attorney General and Deputy General. Please be assured we will continue to respond to your status inquiries and provide interim responses, when appropriate.
Regards,

Christina M. Butler
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
Tel: (202) 616-5476

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 April 8, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #EMRUFOIA040615-2 ; AG/15-02852 (F) ; DAG/15-02853 (F) ; ASG/15-02854 (F).

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

From: Butler, Christina M. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

We provided you with an interim response for the Office of the Associate Attorney General on July 30, 2015. We also advised that we must extend our initial estimate by approximately three to four months. This is an estimate and will likely be modified as we complete our search and review on behalf of the Offices of the Attorney General and Deputy General. Please be assured we will continue to respond to your status inquiries and provide interim responses, when appropriate.
Regards,

Christina M. Butler
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
Tel: (202) 616-5476

From: Tomasiak, Lisa (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

Attached please find a response to your above referenced Freedom of Information Act request. Thank you.

Kind regards,

Lisa M. Tomasiak
Attorney Advisor
Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
(202) 514-3642 (Main)

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