FBI File of Scientology Dirty Tricks Private Investigator Richard Bast

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 1323792-000
Est. Completion None
Status
Withdrawn

Communications

From: R. M. Seibert

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 private investigator Richard Lee Bast (October 18, 1932 - March 21, 2001), Social Security No. 578-40-9899 and the companies he founded in the greater Washington, DC area known as Redex Corporation (1970s) and International Investigations, Inc. (1980-90s). Death record: http://death-records.mooseroots.com/l/177174407/Richard-L-Bast

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 providing investigative services used to further harassment and disinformation campaigns against public officials, politicians and federal judges that have been widely reported:

http://bit.ly/1wEZVpi
http://bit.ly/1zBeOU3

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.

Sincerely,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Seibert,

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<http://www.fbi.gov>/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/<http://www.fbi.goiv/foia/>. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form by hand - at this time electronic signatures are not accepted by the FBI*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

Regarding FOIPA No. 1323792-000

My original request provided the following URL for the subject's Social Security Death Index record:

http://death-records.mooseroots.com/l/177174407/Richard-L-Bast

Thank you for your assistance in this matter, and please let me know if I need to clarify anything else.

Sincerely,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Seibert,

Per the case notes, the analyst determined that Mooseroots.com was not a feasible website to prove proof of death.

Respectfully,

Lauren McGuinn
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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us athttp://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form by hand - at this time electronic signatures are not accepted by the FBI*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Ms. Seibert,

Just to follow up further,

I did some research myself and was able to find Mr. Bast’s information on a more reputable site (We will not accept sites that can be edited by a user – i.e- Wikipedia, mooseroots, etc.)
I found this information on familysearch.org which sites the social security index.

So, to clarify, I have taken care of this for you and your request will now be considered perfected.

Respectfully,

Lauren McGuinn
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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us athttp://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form by hand - at this time electronic signatures are not accepted by the FBI*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1323792-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Mr. Seibert,

According to the latest case note, your request is currently is searched for responsive files.
To Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request please access: http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1@@search-fdps.
Requests are updated weekly.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Liaison/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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1323792-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Mr. Seibert,

There is no change to your request status.

To Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request please access: http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1@@search-fdps.

Requests are updated weekly.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Liaison/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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been rejected.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom it may concern:

This is a followup response in regards to my pending FOIPA Request No. 132392-000, and the letter dated June 9, 2015 indicating the FBI has located approximately 10,228 pages of records potentially responsive to my request.

Your preliminary findings far exceeded my expectations on this request. So I wish to take advantage of the opportunity to limit the scope of my request to only the records mentioning the subject Richard Lee Bast, which are dated during the years 1975-1989, and also includes any one of the following search criteria:

1) Mentions the keyword "Scientology"

2) Refers to former US Federal Court Judge Charles R. Richey (16 Oct 1923 - 19 Mar 1997, SSN 286-14-4651, Proof of death: http://nyti.ms/1L5LT22 )

3) Refers to former US Federal Court Judge Isaac Benjamin Krentzman Jr. (aka Ben Krentzman, 21 Mar 1914 - 29 Mar 1998, SSN 263-50-4179, Proof of death: http://bit.ly/1cCdqwU )

4) Refers to former NY attorney John Seffern (09 Aug 1924 - 05 May 1999, SSN 398-16-1505, Proof of death: http://bit.ly/1MyRMVO )

5) Pertains to the 1978-79 lawsuit BAST v. FBI, in U.S. District Court of DC, Civil Docket# 1:78-cv-01059

6) Originates from the FBI field offices in Washington DC, Norfolk VA, Los Angeles CA, Boston MA, New York NY or Tampa FL.

Please advise at your earliest convenience if these constraints are possible, and what if any impact they have on the $310 estimated amount for duplication to CD fees.

With gratitude,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1323792-000 but the online FOIA Status Check system indicates this reference number was not found in the database.

Thank you for your help.

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear MS. Seibert,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

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The FBI’s FOIPA Program is searching the FBI’s indices for potentially responsive documents.

You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Government Information Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia.

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Roxanne Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on a Freedom of Information request that was originally submitted on March 5, 2015 and seems to have gotten lost or cancelled in error. You had assigned it reference number #1323792-000. However, the online FOIPA status check indicates this reference is not currently listed in the system. Can you please confirm if this request is still pending so that I know whether or not I should resubmit a new request for the same information?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Respectfully,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Ms. Seibert,

Your request was closed 07-10-2015 due to lack of response to a cost letter mailed to your attention 06-09-2015. The letter indicated the FBI had located approximately 10,228 pages of records potentially responsive to the subject of your request and advised that while no payment was required at the time, you were required to notify us within 30 days of the date of the letter regarding your format decision (paper or CD) and willingness to pay the estimated duplication fees. It also stated that if we did not receive your response within 30 days, your request would be closed.

Please provide a current mailing address if you wish for us to resend the correspondence.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Government Information Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia.

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

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