Far too ordinary rendition

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

1364490-000, DOJ-AP-2017-002394



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 or mentioning any of the following aircraft and their associated companies, owners or operators:

Cessna 208, registration N1016 - Now in use in Canada. Previously registered to Pro-Air Leasing, Wilmington, Delaware and Crowell Aviation Technologies.
Beech B200C, registration N157A - Aviation Specialties Inc, Washington DC. Uses Johnston County airfield, NC.
Raytheon Hawker 800XP, registration N168BF - Wells Fargo North West Trust, Salt Lake City
CN-235-300, registration N168D - Devon Holding & Leasing Inc, Lexington, NC
Beech B300, registration N173S - Stevens Express Leasing, Tennessee
CN-235, registration N187D - Devon Holding & Leasing Inc, Lexington, NC
CN-235, registration N196D - Devon Holding & Leasing Inc, Lexington, NC
Gulfstream V, registration N1HC - Operated from 3 June 2006 to 25 August 2007 by the United States Aviation Company, and from 25 August 2007 by Hardesty-Gulfstream LLC.
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules (C-130), registration N2189M - Previously registered to Tepper Aviation and Rapid Air Transport.
CN-235, registration N219D - Devon Holding & Leasing Inc, Lexington, NC
Learjet 35, registration N221SG - Path Corporation, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Gulfstream IV, registration N227SV - Assembly Point Aviation Inc, Glens Falls, NY. Operated by Richmor Aviation
Beech B200C, registration N312ME - Aviation Specialties Washington, DC
Boeing 737, registered as N313P, then N4476S - Operated as N4476S by Keeler & Tate Management and as N313P by Premier Executive Transport Services.
Gulfstream IV, previously registered as N325RC, N331P and N134BR - Previously registered as N331P to Imperial Air and as N134BR to GSCP (NJ) Inc.
Boeing 737, previously registered as N368CE - Previously registered to Premier Aircraft Management, Las Vegas, Nevada and Vision Airlines
Gulfstream V, registered as N379P, N8068V and N44982 - Previously registered as N126CH to N126CH LLC and then Wilmington Trust Company, as N44982 to Bayard Foreign Marketing LLC, as N8068V to Premier Premier Executive Transport Services, and as N379P to Premier Executive Transport Services.
Raytheon B300C/350C, registration N4009L - Stevens Express Leasing Inc (Cordova TN)
Gulfstream IV, registration N404AC - Cottonwood Aviation, Houston, Texas. Previous owner was Apache Aviation Inc (Houston TX)
Raytheon B200C, registration N4456A - Aviation Specialties Inc, Washington, DC
Raytheon B300C/350C, registration N4466A - Aviation Specialities Inc (Beltsville MD). Previously registered to Stevens Leasing
Raytheon B200C, registration N4489A - Aviation Specialties Inc, Washington DC
Lockheed 382G-44K-30, registered as N4557C and now N3796B - Northcap LLC. Previously registered as N44557C to Rapid Air Transport Inc
Gulfstream IV, registration N475LC - L-3/Braxton, Great Falls, Montana. Operator is Centurion.
Gulfstream IV, registration N478GS - L-3/Braxton, Great Falls, Montana Operator is Centurion
Gulfstream G-1159A, registration N50BH - Crystal Jet Aviation Inc Albany, NY. Operated by Richmond Aviation
De Havilland DHC-8-315, registration N505L - Path Corporation of Rehoboth Beach, DE
Raytheon B200C, registration N5139A - Aviation Specialties Inc, Washington DC
Raytheon B200C, registration N5155A - Aviation Specialties Inc, Washington, DC
Learjet 35, registration N541PA - Phoenix Air Group Inc, Cartersville, GA
Learjet 35, registration N547PA - Phoenix Air Group Inc, Cartersville, GA
Learjet 35A, registration N549PA - CFF Air Inc, 824 Market St Mall Ste 1000 Wilmington, DE
Beech 200C, registration N58AS - Previously registered to Stevens Leasing.
DC-10-30, registration N600GC - Gemini Leasing Inc, Dulles, Virginia
De Havilland DHC-6-300, registration N6161Q - Aviation Specialties Inc, Washington DC
Lockheed 382G-44K-30, registered as N8183J and N2679C - Q2P LLC. Previously registered to Rapid Air Transport and operated by Tepper Aviation, Inc.
Lockheed L100-30, registration N8213G - H S L Company, Great Falls, Montana
Gulfstream G-1159A, registered as N259SK and previously as N829MG - N259SK registered to S & K Aviation, Tampa, FL. Previously registered as N829MG
Boeing 757-23A registered as N226G - L-3 Capital LLC, Helena, MT. Operated by Comco.
Gulfstream IV, registered as N227SV and N85VM - N227SV registered to Assembly Point Aviation Inc, Glens Falls, NY and was operated by Richmor Aviation. Previously registered as N85VM.
LearJet 36, registered as N71PG - Phoenix Air Group Inc, Cartersville, GA
LearJet 35, registered as N54PA - VPC Planes LLC (Wilmington DE). Operated by Phoenix Air Group
Cessna TR182, registered as N1018H - Tepper Aviation
Fairchild SA227-AT, registered as N120JM - Path Corporation, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Cessna 208B, registered as N212CP - Path Corporation, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Bell 412, registered as N219MG - Eastern Shore Holdings Inc, Rehohoth Beach, DE
Super Puma AS322L1, registered as N486AE - Eastern Shore Holdings Inc, Rehohoth Beach, DE
Super Puma AS322L1, registered as N588AE - Eastern Shore Holdings Inc, Rehohoth Beach, DE
Bell 412, registered as N719GB - Eastern Shore Holdings Inc, Rehohoth Beach, DE
VS M1-8-MTV-1, registered as N8062Z - Eastern Shore Holdings Inc, Rehohoth Beach, DE
Bell B407, registered as N837DR - Eastern Shore Holdings Inc, Rehohoth Beach, DE
DC3, registered as N845S - Stevens Express Leasing, Inc. Cordova, TN
Casa C-212-DF, registered as N964BW, and now N6369C - Aviation Worldwide Services, Moycock, NC
Casa C-212-DF, registered as N965BW - Aviation Worldwide Services, Moycock, NC
Casa 212-200, registered as N966BW - Aviation Worldwide Services, Moycock, NC
Casa C-212-CD, registered as N967BW - Aviation Worldwide Services, Moycock, NC
Casa C-212-CD, registered as N968BW and now N2357G - Aviation Worldwide Services, Moycock, NC
Gulfstream V, registered as N44982 - Bayard Foreign Marketing LLC
Gulfstream IV, registered as N476LC
Gulfstream G-1159A, registered as N163PA - N163PA LLC 824 Market St Mall Ste 1000 Wilmington DE
Gulfstream G-1159A, registered as N173PA - N173PA LLC 824 Market St Mall Ste 1000 Wilmington, DE
Gulfstream IV, registered as N970SJ - New World Aircraft Giv-1146 LLC, Allentown, PA. Operated by New World Aviation
Boeing 737, registered as N129QS - Wells Fargo Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah
Learjet L35A, registered as N35NK - Aircraft Guaranty Corporation, 515 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Suite 305, Houston, Texas
Gulfstream IV, registered as N510MG - Wachovia Financial Services, Cleveland, OK
Gulfstream II, registered as N5117H - Now owned by an individual in Indiana
Boeing 727, registered as N521DB
Gulfstream III, registered as N982RK - Operated by Richmor Aviation.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. 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. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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 for all relevant names, agencies, organizations, companies and events. If previously released records are available, then I request a rolling release consisting of those records while additional records are located and processed for release.

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.


Michael Best

From: FOIPARequest

Good morning 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.

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Thank you,

Leanna Ramsey
Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Records Management Division
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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the decision to search only the CRS, as this search is not reasonably and carefully calculated to locate the requested records.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

02/17/2017 04:29 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-002394

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-002394 has been processed with the following final disposition: Closed for other reasons -- Other -- Moot.