Due Diligence software

Emma Best filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2016-00887
Status
Rejected

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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to CIA's use of software referred to as "Due Diligence" in The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture by Ishmael Jones. The software is described as being used to describe information available about a person from public databases. Please include records relating to the development of Due Diligence as well as any associated source code and technical manuals.

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: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.

From: Michael Best

It has been well over 20 business days since I filed the following FOIA request. As you are aware, the statute requires a response from your Agency within 20 business. For your convenience, a copy of the FOIA request may be found below. I look forward to receiving your legally required reply.

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to CIA's use of software referred to as "Due Diligence" in The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture by Ishmael Jones. The software is described as being used to describe information available about a person from public databases. Please include records relating to the development of Due Diligence as well as any associated source code and technical manuals.

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: Michael Best

The National Security exception does not apply, as the software was previously disclosed by a former CIA officer, namely The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture by Ishmael Jones. Further, since the software allegedly operates using open source databases, it does not involve any classified materials.

Further, since CIA's use of open source resources and public databases is widely known and admitted, further acknowledgment of the program will not endanger CIA's sources or methods.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.

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