EATSCO

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1343248-002

A-2021-01783

20-FP-0232

1343248-001, R-2020-00065

1343248-001

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

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 the Egyptian-American Transport and Services Corporation or EATSCO, which was connected to former CIA personnel Edwin Wilson and Thomas Clines and plead guilty in 1984 to overcharging the Pentagon by $8 million for delivering arms to Egypt.

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: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON March 23, 2016

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

The FBI’s FOIPA Program is searching the FBI’s indices for potentially responsive documents.

You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: MuckRock.com


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $205.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON April 27, 2016

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

The FBI’s FOIPA Program is searching the FBI’s indices for potentially responsive documents.

You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please accept this message as confirmation that the $205 fee for FOIA request 1343248-000 will be provided.

Thank you.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Michael Best

Please explain why the search process must be repeated, since I agreed to fees for pages already located, and why this additional search and delay is necessary.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: M Best

You have thrice notified me that I can reduce the scope of the request before it has been assigned to an analyst. Is it your meaning that the scope needs reducing and that this has been determined before assigning it to an analyst? Is it your contention that the request is unusually complex? I'm confused why the notice appears to have been sent three times, though I appreciate your dedication.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning Ms. Best,

This is in reference to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request # 1343248-1-000 for FBI records concerning the Egyptian American Transport Services Corporation. We are reaching out to you to determine if you are still interested in these records, or, if at this time, you would consider reducing the size of your request from 6,858 pages to under 950 pages, which will move the request to the medium track. Reducing the size of your request may accelerate the processing and allow for a more timely receipt of the information you seek, as it could potentially place your request into a smaller, faster processing track. This may also reduce duplication costs, if applicable. Currently, there is a significant time involved in processing large track cases.

Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system, and the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Requests are divided into two primary tracks -simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium (51-949 pages), (large 950-8000 pages), and extra-large (over 8,000 pages) sub-tracks are based upon request size.

Please contact me with regards to this inquiry to let me know if you are still interested in receiving records for this request either in full (the remaining records), or reducing the request to the medium track (not to exceed 949 pages). If you reduce the size, you can request the additional records with a new FOIA request upon completion of this one.

Thank you for your time and patience. We hope to hear from you over the next few days so we can discuss these options.

Best regards,

FOIA Negotiation Team
FBI Information Management Division
540-868-1695

Need a status check? Contact FOIPA Questions (foipaquestions@fbi.gov).

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning Ms. Best,

We hadn't heard back from you and just wanted to follow up.

Best regards,

FOIA Negotiation Team
FBI Information Management Division
540-868-1695

Need a status check? Contact FOIPA Questions (foipaquestions@fbi.gov).

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Emma North-Best

HOW BLOODY DARE YOU. I have responded numerous times yet you have continuously delayed the request, you never responded with a negotiator as I have already and repeatedly agreed to pay fees.

Process the whole bloody request, you annoying, disingenuous, bad-faith-acting people.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning Ms. Best,

Our records indicate that negotiation was offered in 2016, and you declined at that time. We were merely re-contacting you to see if you were still interested in receiving the material. As you have indicated that you are, processing will continue.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work diligently to process your request.
Best regards,

FOIA Negotiation Team
FBI Information Management Division
540-868-1695

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A first set of responsive documents from the agency, with more to be sent at a specified date.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Best:

Attached please find the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's response to a FOIA referral received from the FBI on a request you filed with them.

Respectfully,

Michael D. Caramelo
Division Chief
DS/MGT/FOIA-PA<https://intranet.ds.state.sbu/DS/EX/MGT/Pages/FOIA-PA.aspx>
Freedom of Information Act and
Privacy Act Division
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Department of State
SA-20, Room 14B27
Tel: 571-345-2712 FAX: 571-345-2721
This email is unclassified based on the definitions provided in E.O. 13526, as amended
DS/EX is committed to customer service. Let us know how we're doing<https://intranet.ds.state.sbu/sites/mgt/css/Lists/Management%20Services%20Satisfaction/NewForm.aspx?Source=https://intranet.ds.state.sbu/DS/EX/MGT/About.aspx>.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Best:

Attached please find the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's response to a FOIA referral received from the FBI concerning Egyptian-American Transport and Services Corporation (EATSCO).

Respectfully,

Michael D. Caramelo
Division Chief
DS/MGT/FOIA-PA<https://intranet.ds.state.sbu/DS/EX/MGT/Pages/FOIA-PA.aspx>
Freedom of Information Act and
Privacy Act Division
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Department of State
SA-20, Room 14B27
Tel: 571-345-2712 FAX: 571-345-2721
This email is unclassified based on the definitions provided in E.O. 13526, as amended
DS/EX is committed to customer service. Let us know how we're doing<https://intranet.ds.state.sbu/sites/mgt/css/Lists/Management%20Services%20Satisfaction/NewForm.aspx?Source=https://intranet.ds.state.sbu/DS/EX/MGT/About.aspx>.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning,

This email is being sent in reference to the FOIA request (1343248-001) you submitted to the FBI for records pertaining to Egyptian American Transport and Services Corporation. Can you please confirm receipt of the two releases made for this request.

Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
FBI - Information Management Division
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
O: (540) 868-4593
F: (540) 868-4391
E: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

Note: This is a non-emergency email address. If this is an emergency, please call 911 directly. If you need to report a tip for immediate action, please contact FBI Tips at http://tips.fbi.gov/ or reach out to your local field office.

From: Emma North-Best

One interim release was received from FBI.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Greetings,

We received a referral from the Office of Diplomatic Security regarding records related to the Egyptian American Transport and Services. The record that was referred is a passport record. If you would like this record, please submit a notarized letter, valid identification and proof of death of the individual.

Thank you,

Teresa Williams
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Department of State | Bureau of Consular Affairs | Passport Services | Office of Law Enforcement and Liaison
* 202.485.6588 | * WilliamstTL4@state.gov<mailto:WilliamstTL4@state.gov>

From: Emma North-Best

Dearest Teresa Williams,

There is no requirement in FOIA for "notarized letters" to prove the death of an individual, and your insistence upon it is improper to say the least. Further, you demand proof of death for an unnamed individual, making it impossible to comply. Finally, you've made no effort to segregate the information or refer to public records (as you are required to) or the agency referring the FOIA (as you are required to).

I ask that you kindly do each of these things and drop your extralegal demand for notarized letter and personal identification of the requestor and process the request as you are required to do.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Greetings,
Please see below the requirements for requesting passport records.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/have-passport/passport-records.html

Teresa Williams
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Department of State | Bureau of Consular Affairs | Passport Services | Office of Law Enforcement and Liaison
* 202.485.6588 | * WilliamstTL4@state.gov<mailto:WilliamstTL4@state.gov>

From: Emma North-Best

You won't tell me the name of the person, when they're born, or any other information. You're deliberately making it impossible for me to provide you the information you requested.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Greetings,

This is regarding a request you submitted to Diplomatic Security. During their search, they located passport documents. Surely, you can understand By law, I cannot release personal information regarding another individual without their consent or proof of death. If you didn't request passport documents in a certain person's name, the referred documents may have been sent to my office in error. I reviewed your request again and only saw that you are requesting documents pertaining to the Egyptian American Transport and Services. There is no particular name listed. As a courtesy, I wanted to check with you to ensure I wasn't missing anything. My office will hold this referral for 10 business days. If the required documentation is not received within 10 business days, the referral will be filed without action.

Thank you,

Teresa Williams
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Department of State | Bureau of Consular Affairs | Passport Services | Office of Law Enforcement and Liaison
* 202.485.6588 | * WilliamstTL4@state.gov<mailto:WilliamstTL4@state.gov>

From: Emma North-Best

Your office has access to the SSA death indices, as well as obituaries. Case law establishes you are duty bound to consult those sources available to you while fulfilling a FOIA, and that this does not constitute performing research, answering questions or generating new documents.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Afternoon Ms. Best,

I'm reaching out to you as we need some information on your request, 20-FP-0232. Please respond to this email so that we may confirm we are speaking with the correct person. I would prefer to obtain a phone number to better be able to contact you and discuss.

V/R,

Torrey Dixon

FOIA Analyst

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0409

Comments: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card <https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562> &sp=125562

FOIA requests for OSD/JS records may be sent by email

whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.osd-js-foia-requester-service-center@mail.mil <mailto:whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.osd-js-foia-requester-service-center@mail.mil>

From: Emma North-Best

What information do you need?

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Emma North-Best

As I previously explained on many FOIA requests, you are legally prohibited from charging me duplication for this request fees due to my news media status and your failure to respond within the time limit (you are several years past due).

From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the decision to close the request and threaten all my other FOIA requests due to nonpayment as you are legally prohibited from charging duplication fees due to the size being less than 5,000 pages, my news media status and the Bureau's failure to respond within the time allowed by law.

I will be HAPPY to pursue this matter in court, as I have done before.

From: Emma North-Best

I apologize, the last message was sent in error. A check for far more than you have charged was actually sent on April 01, 2016. (You've had the money for five years, see https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/eatsco-23306/#comm-235610). Please process the request properly.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Morning Ms. Best,

I am the Action Officer assigned FOIA request 20-FP-0232, attached. I am working to get you an update regarding this matter per your request.

Respectfully,

Raymond Hartwick
Government Information Specialist
For Stephen Fisher, on behalf of
Stephanie L. Carr
Chief, Office of Freedom of Information
OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

(571) 372-0432
Raymond.j.hartwick.civ@mail.mil
Let us know how we are doing: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning,

Our office is in receipt of your correspondence, dated January 22, 2021, with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff (OSD/JS) regarding FOIPA request number 20-FP-0232. Within this communication you also mention FBI FOIA Request 1343248-000/1343248-001 (Egyptian American Transport and Services Corporation).

In this letter, you state that "a check for far more than you have charged was actually sent on April 01, 2016." Please provide payment confirmation for the check that is referenced.

This may be provided via email (foipaquestions@fbi.gov) or you can mail proof to: Work Process Unit; Record/Information Dissemination Section; Information Management Division; Federal Bureau of Investigation; 170 Marcel Drive; Winchester, VA 22602.

Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
FBI - Information Management Division
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
O: (540) 868-4593
E: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

Note: This is a non-emergency email address. If this is an emergency, please call 911 directly. If you need to report a tip for immediate action, please contact FBI Tips at http://tips.fbi.gov/ or reach out to your local field office.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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