FBI File of Scientology Private Investigator Richard Bast

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

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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:

Any documents concerning the late private investigator Richard Lee Bast (18 Oct 1932 - 21 Mar 2001, SSN 578-40-9899, proof of death: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JBWR-L3N ), which also mentions "Scientology" or refers to either of the following public officials who were widely known to be targeted by the Church of Scientology:

1) 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 )

2) 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 )

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 Mr. Bast's 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 was widely reported as shown on the following links. These documents will be informative in regards to providing a better understanding of how the government responds to a vexatious litigant that attempts to discredit their adversaries in the legal system. For more information, please 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

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Ms. 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.

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Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Ofc: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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