|Submitted||April 17, 2015|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
All documents on, about, mentioning, or concerning the author and freelance journalist Omar V. Garrison (June 02, 1913 - September 01, 1997), Social Security No. 547-20-5730. As well as the publishing company from Cedar City, Utah (circa late 1970s) that Mr. Garrison founded in Delaware and registered in California known as Ralston-Pilot, Inc. Proof of death: http://bit.ly/1Dwzz9Z
Please search the cross-reference and ELSUR indices, in addition to the Central Records System, when identifying responsive documents for this request.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest due to his history of being employed by the Church of Scientology for producing anti-government publications, rife with unsubstantiated claims, which are still in circulation. When Garrison's controversial Scientology books were published, they were widely promoted as investigative journalism that was produced independently. The author (aka "OVG") later corrected these claims of being unaffiliated with Scientology and admitted in court documents and to the press that he was commissioned to publish Scientology's propaganda. This admission occurred after Garrison was harassed, spied on and threatened with a lawsuit by his former employer to ensure his silence. However, his published works for hire that defines an elaborate anti-government conspiracy theory against Scientology are still cited by other authors and the organization's own journalists as being legitimate. See:
Additionally, the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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.
Ms. R. M. Seibert
Dear Mr. Siebert,
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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