E. Howard Hunt (Central Intelligence Agency)

Emma Best filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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F-2016-00604

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Awaiting Appeal

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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 Everette Howard Hunt, Jr. (October 9, 1918 – January 23, 2007), who served in the OSS, CIA, and President's Special Investigations Unit. His death was widely reported by outlets such as the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/24/obituaries/24hunt.html?pagewanted=all .

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 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,

Michael Best

From: Central Intelligence Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Emma Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search, including but not limited to CIA's decision to search "Howard" as its own search term, per the initial page of the release that lists search terms as "Howard Hunt", "Hunt", and "Howard". Searching for "Howard" in isolation is virtually guaranteed to produce false hits that are irrelevant to the request.

I am further appealing the integrity of the production, as no responsive documents were actually provided - simply a list of materials that might be responsive.

Relative to both of the above, the Agency asserted that "FOIA does not require agencies to conduct research to determine if documents are responsive to a request," however this does not exclude reviewing the documents or actually looking at them. FOIA does, in fact, require that - but the Agency explicitly failed to attempt to do so.

From: Beryl Lipton

I am appealing the integrity of the search, including but not limited to CIA's decision to search "Howard" as its own search term, per the initial page of the release that lists search terms as "Howard Hunt", "Hunt", and "Howard". Searching for "Howard" in isolation is virtually guaranteed to produce false hits that are irrelevant to the request.

I am further appealing the integrity of the production, as no responsive documents were actually provided - simply a list of materials that might be responsive.

Relative to both of the above, the Agency asserted that "FOIA does not require agencies to conduct research to determine if documents are responsive to a request," however this does not exclude reviewing the documents or actually looking at them. FOIA does, in fact, require that - but the Agency explicitly failed to attempt to do so.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Emma Best

Sending the same letter again, with highlighting added, does not adequately respond to my FOIA appeal, by any practical, conventional or legal standard. Please process the appeal. If you like, I can file separate requests that are new and force you to produce ~5,000 pages at a time without duplication or search fees... or you can process the appeal properly.

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