Electoral College NGIA

Emma Best filed this request with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # NGA-2017-FOI-00021
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:

Materials relating to or discussing the Electoral College, members of the Electoral College, or "faithless electors," as well as materials relating to the briefing request from Electoral College members. According to the letter sent by the Electoral College "Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College. The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States." This has been widely discussed by the media. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/electoral-college-intelligence-briefing-russia-election_us_584ee466e4b0e05aded4da1b?

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open publishing arrangement with all three outlets. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. The requested documents will be made freely available to the general public through the non-profit Internet Archive, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Good Morning Mr. Best,

Please see your attached acknowledgement letter.

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3118 (fax)

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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

From:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Good Morning Mr. Best,

Please, disregard the last emailed acknowledgement letter. See your new attached acknowledgement letter.

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist Office of Security, NGA FOIA Service Center National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3118 (fax)

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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

From:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Good Morning Mr. Best,

In response to your FOIA Request # 2017-FOI-00021, our subject matter experts have informed me that the information you're looking for is not a NGA mission or function that NGA supports. I am sorry we could not be of more assistance to you at this time. Please see the attached document.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me 571-557-4141. Thank you for your time and patience.

1 Enclosure

1. NGA Final Response Letter (1 page)

Respectfully,

Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Officer / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3117 (fax)

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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the incorrect determination that I am an "all other" requester - I am a member of the news media. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category.

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