Drone complaints (Department of State)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # 201100943
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Complaints received from foreign government agencies concerning the CIA's use of drones in Pakistan including but not limited to the use of the RQ-1 Predator.

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 MuckRock.com, 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.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers
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From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Smathers: We have received your February 7, 2011 letter submitting your request for access to complaints received from foreign governments concerning the CIA’s use of drones in Pakistan. In order to move your request forward, we require one more piece of information. I would appreciate it if you could reply to me via e-mail and provide the timeframe for this request at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Regards,

Mary Casto
U.S. Department of State
Office of Information Programs & Services
Room 3085, SA-2
Telephone: 202/261-8345
Fax: 202/261-8585
castomt@state.gov

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Smathers: Please see my original e-mail to you below regarding the FOIA request you submitted to the Department of State on February 7, 2011. Please be advised that if we do not receive a response from you regarding the timeframe of your request by Friday, February 18th, your request will be considered to be invalid and will be closed in our system. I would appreciate it if you would reply to me via e-mail ASAP, providing the timeframe for your request. Thank you.

Regards,

Mary Casto
U.S. Department of State
Office of Information Programs & Services
Room 3085, SA-2
Telephone: 202/261-8345
Fax: 202/261-8585
castomt@state.gov

From: Jason Smathers

You can limit my request to records created from 1/20/2009 through the date the request is processed.

From: Department of State

From: Muckrock

Please advise as to the status of this request.

From: Jason Smathers

Please advise as to the status of this request.

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smather' due to the number of requests received from your organization, a case number is needed to provide you with a status update.

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: Jason Smathers

Hello,

As listed in the previous e-mail, the request in question was assigned the tracking number F201100943.

Thank you.

From: FOIA Status

Your request for a status update has been forwarded to the appropriate office.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Jason Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated January 29, 2014, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Please accept an apology for the delay in responding to your e-mail. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the appropriate office for a reply. Information will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Your request for a status inquiry has been forwarded to the appropriate office for action. Regards,

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate office for action.
Best,

Jennine A. Daniels
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated July 23, 2014, inquiring about the status of your request. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information regarding the status will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Jennine A. Daniels
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jason Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated August 22, 2014. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information regarding the status will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jason Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated September 24, 2014, inquiring about the status of your request. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information regarding the status will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,
Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I have contacted the Case Analyst again and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and the Branch Chief and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I have contacted the Case Analyst again and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Jason Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated April 2, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Jason Smathers,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated May 11, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding the status of this request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Jason Smathers–A copy of your email has been forwarded to the case Analyst and the Branch Chief that is working on your case.
Regards,

Katrina

FOIA Requester Service Center

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jason Smathers–A copy of your email has been forwarded to the Branch Chief for a status check. As soon as the information becomes available I will then follow-up with you with an status.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

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

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and the Branch Chief and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

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 Feb. 7, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F201100943.

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

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Smathers,

Given the high volume of FOIA requests, in addition to a backlog which the Department is working diligently to reduce, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA requests.

The Department’s electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The new estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: December 2015

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are “strictly” estimates and not intended to be used as “actual” dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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