Elijah Muhammad in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Jefferson Morley filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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1405061-000

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From: Jefferson Morley

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

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

Any cables, memoranda, reports, letters, or tape recordings related to or mentioning Elijah Muhammad, his family, and their residence in Cuernavaca, Mexico in the period 1965-1980. Family members include wife Tynnetta Muhammad, son Rasul Muhammad and his siblings, Ishmael, Ahmad and Madeeah Muhammad.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records of both HQ and all field offices for all relevant names, agencies, organizations, companies and events

As Washington correspondent for AlterNet.org, I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the CIA and its activities for the Washington Post, Slate, Salon, the New Republic, and the Nation. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication. 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. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the released files available to the public. I therefore request that fees be waived.

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,
Jeff Morley

As Washington correspondent for AlterNet.org, I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the CIA and its activities for the Washington Post, Slate, Salon, the New Republic, and the Nation. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication. 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. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the released files available to the public. I therefore request that fees be waived.

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,
Jeff Morley

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,

Jefferson Morley

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