Emerald Onion's request about USG Tor usage 20200301 (US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM)

Christopher Sheats filed this request with the US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM of the United States of America .
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21-034

Multi Request Emerald Onion's request about USG Tor usage 20200301
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From: Christopher Sheats

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of internal presentations, reports, studies, memorandum, or proposals created or received by US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM concerning software developed by The Tor Project, Inc., including but not limited to:

- Tor
- Tor Browser
- Tor bridges
- Tor onion sites (v2 or v3, sometimes called "darkweb" or "darknet" sites)
- Tor onion services (v2 or v3, sometimes called "hidden services")
- Tor bandwidth authorities or directory authorities
- Tor pluggable transports (obfs4, meek, ScrambleSuit, etc)
- Tor relays (also known as "routers" or "nodes", sometimes called "guard", "middle", or "exit" relays)

Please limit this request to documents from 2010-January-01 through the date the search for responsive records is conducted.

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,

Christopher Sheats

From: US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM

Good afternoon Christopher,

I'm acknowledging receipt of your request and have assigned it tracking
number 20-049. Please use this number when communicating with me about your
request.

Please be advised that I am a one-man office and process requests on a
first-in, first-out basis. I also have a heavy FY19 backlog and a very
large FY18 and FY19 consultation request backlog. So unfortunately, my
backlog might delay my response.

I have however sent your request to the office within the Headquarters that
I believe may be the best starting point for search. I've also conducted an
deep dive electronic search of our unclassified and classified systems, and
received less than a dozen hits. I will evaluate them soon to determine if
they are responsive and what agency owns the information. If the
information did not originate within USSTRATCOM, I will refer them to the
originator for review and direct response to you. I will notify you when
and if I do so.

If you haven't already done so, I recommend you also submit your request to
the Department of State, U.S. Cyber Command and CIA.

I will soon let you know the results of our search efforts and when you
might receive our response.

Thank you for submitting your request and I look forward to providing you
the best service I can.

Sincerely,

Kendall

Mr. Kendall Cooper

Command FOIA Manager

Command Privacy & Civil Liberties Manager

Information Paralegal

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA/PA/CL)

900 SAC BLVD, BLDG 1000, RM N3.150E.1

OFFUTT AFB NE 68113

NIPR: kendall.l.cooper.civ@mail.mil

SIPR: kendall.l.cooper.civ@mail.smil.mil

JWICS: kendall.l.cooper@coe.ic.gov

COM: (402) 912-0273

DSN: 912-0273

FAX: (402) 912-9784

From: US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM

Hi Christopher,

Your request remains in my processing queue to be worked. There are 34
request and several very large consultations ahead of your request. I
estimate a response to you no sooner than January 2021.

Sincerely,

Kendall

From: US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM

Sir, I still have a backlog of 34 requests ahead of yours. I'm sorry for
the continued delay.

v/r

Kendall

KENDALL L. COOPER

Command FOIA Manager

Command Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer

Information Paralegal

USSTRATCOM/J006

402-912-0273

From: US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM

Good morning Christopher,

I've finally made my way to your request. Our search produced only 7
documents. Three of them originated at STRATCOM. I will be referring the
remaining 4 to the responsible agencies. I will inform you when I send them
out. Because the STRATCOM documents are relatively small, I don't
anticipate it taking too long to process them. Possibly a month to get them
through the review process.

There is nonresponsive information in the documents. Do you wish for that
information to be processed, or do you agree to the nonresponsive
information being marked as "Nonresponsive" to speed up our response?
Please let me know as soon as possible your wishes.

Thank you again for your extreme patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Kendall

KENDALL L. COOPER

Command FOIA Manager

Command Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer

Information Paralegal

USSTRATCOM/J006

402-912-0273

From: US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM

Good Afternoon Mr. Sheats,

This email responds to subject FOIA request.

Please find attached letter signed by Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

v/r

Garth

Garth C.
USCYBERCOM FOIA
(301) 688-3585

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