Enigma (NSA via NARA with love)

Emma Best filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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NARA-NGC-2018-000669

Due July 18, 2018
Est. Completion None
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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of the following documents, released by the NSA to NARA in April 2011 (see attached):

Miscellaneous Papers Pertaining to the Enigma, dated December 31, 1950 Accession Number 2884
Reports on Experiments in Connection with the Enigma Machine, dated March 8, 1946 Accession number 5650
Enigma Machines to 1945, dated April 1, 1946, Accession number 6261
Instructions for Care, Cleaning and Trouble Shooting on German Enigma, dated June 19, 1944 Accession number 6269
Report of Former German Manufacturers of the Enigma Machine, dated February 3, 1948, Accession number 7414
Theoretical Research on the Enigma Type Cipher Machine, dated July 1, 1950, Accession number 7727
Enciphering Process and Details of Enigma Machines, dated August 1, 1950, Accession number 7728

As well as copies of the following documents (Item #, Box #, Accession #, Date YYYYMMDD, Title):

NR 373, CBBB52, 10870A, 19400400, INSTRUCTION BOOKS FOR ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE
NR 908, CBCB43, 8510A, 19410930, GERMAN NAVAL ENIGMA MACHINE
NR 964, CBCB55, 9024A, 19390000, TURING'S TREATISE ON THE ENIGMA
NR 1406, CBKG76, 11254A, 19450326, MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ENIGMA
NR 1538, CBKH68, 24966A, 19450518, STEPPING PATTERNS OF T-WHEELS IN ENIGMA MOTION, 1945
NR 1570, CBKI13, 3399A, 19450530, DESCRIPTION AND PHOTOS OF GERMAN CRYPTOGRAPHIC DEVICE (ENIGMA)
NR 1679, CBKJ21, 7751A, 19400800, ENIGMA GENERAL PROCEDURE
NR 2737, CBMI33, 2494A, 19430218, ENIGMA REPLICAS, PROJECT 1015
NR 3178, CBNM78, 11890A, 19450307, MACHINE ATTACK ON THE ENIGMA
NR 3814, ZEMA10, 17790A, 19450615, DECODING GERMAN ENIGMA MACHINE MESSAGES
NR 4757, ZEMA51, 41176A, 19400000, PHOTOGRAPH: EQUIPMENT - ENIGMA "E" MACHINE

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, 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 non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, 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.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I 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,

Emma Best

From: National Archives and Records Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28199c8da)
* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2018-000669
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 06/25/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Copies of the following documents, released by the NSA to NARA in April 2011 (see attached): Miscellaneous Papers Pertaining to the Enigma, dated December 31, 1950 Accession Number 2884 Reports on Experiments in Connection with the Enigma Machine, dated March 8, 1946 Accession number 5650 Enigma Machines to 1945, dated April 1, 1946, Accession number 6261 Instructions for Care, Cleaning and Trouble Shooting on German Enigma, dated June 19, 1944 Accession number 6269 Report of Former German Manufacturers of the Enigma Machine, dated February 3, 1948, Accession number 7414 Theoretical Research on the Enigma Type Cipher Machine, dated July 1, 1950, Accession number 7727 Enciphering Process and Details of Enigma Machines, dated August 1, 1950, Accession number 7728 As well as copies of the following documents (Item #, Box #, Accession #, Date YYYYMMDD, Title): NR 373, CBBB52, 10870A, 19400400, INSTRUCTION BOOKS FOR ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE NR 908, CBCB43, 8510A, 19410930, GERMAN NAVAL ENIGMA MACHINE NR 964, CBCB55, 9024A, 19390000, TURING'S TREATISE ON THE ENIGMA NR 1406, CBKG76, 11254A, 19450326, MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ENIGMA NR 1538, CBKH68, 24966A, 19450518, STEPPING PATTERNS OF T-WHEELS IN ENIGMA MOTION, 1945 NR 1570, CBKI13, 3399A, 19450530, DESCRIPTION AND PHOTOS OF GERMAN CRYPTOGRAPHIC DEVICE (ENIGMA) NR 1679, CBKJ21, 7751A, 19400800, ENIGMA GENERAL PROCEDURE NR 2737, CBMI33, 2494A, 19430218, ENIGMA REPLICAS, PROJECT 1015 NR 3178, CBNM78, 11890A, 19450307, MACHINE ATTACK ON THE ENIGMA NR 3814, ZEMA10, 17790A, 19450615, DECODING GERMAN ENIGMA MACHINE MESSAGES NR 4757, ZEMA51, 41176A, 19400000, PHOTOGRAPH: EQUIPMENT - ENIGMA "E" MACHINE

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