FBI file for Abu Bilal
|Submitted||Sept. 22, 2014|
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From: Runa A. Sandvik
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request all records, briefs, emails, reports, and any other documents on, about, mentioning, or concerning an individual known as Abu Bilal.
This individual went by the name Abu Bilal in a propaganda video created for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). Norwegian media first reported on the video in August 2012. Bilal, a former student with the University of Oslo and spokesman for the Muslim Student Union, was born in Tajikistan, but became a Norwegian citizen in 2000. According to a news report, Bilal was killed in Pakistan in August 2012, by a missile or missiles fired from one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - commonly referred to as "drones" - operated by a U.S. agency.
See the following Norwegian news reports for information about the video and the drone strike:
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. I am a published independent reporter and a current contributor to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/runasandvik/). I have also had my journalism published on domestic and international blogs.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.
Runa A. Sandvik
From: Sobonya, David P.
Dear Runa Sandvik,
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.
Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.
Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.
David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI
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