|Submitted||Nov. 9, 2012|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the provisions of the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Please process this request under both regulations to release the maximum amount of materials. I hereby request the following records:
I request copies of any and all reports, including social media reports, correspondence, documents, emails, files, letters, memos, tapes, cds, audio, video, electronic, and/or other records about, related to, or referencing Micaela Ward, during the time period from November 2010 to the present. I prefer to receive the requested record in the electronic format in which it was created and/or is maintained.
I, Micaela Ward, am a civil liberties activist, citizen journalist and founding member of RevolutionTruth, formerly known as "3WC World Wide Wiki Citizens," (www.revolutiontruth.org, https://www.facebook.com/revolutiontruth, https://www.facebook.com/groups/revolutiontruthcomm/, https://twitter.com/RevTruth). The all-volunteer organization initially formed in support of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and whistleblowers in general. Through this volunteer work, I have had contact with staff of the Bradley Manning Support Network, (www.bradleymanning.org) and other supporters, including John Penley, activist, formerly of NYC, and Barrett Brown, self-proclaimed spokesperson for "Anonymous," now incarcerated in Texas. I have participated in several demonstrations in NYC with supporters of Bradley Manning, the ANSWER Coalition and the anti-war movement, Occupy Wall Street and StopNDAA, as well as demonstrations at Quantico Marine Base, Lafayette Park, (across from the White House, Washington, DC) and Ft. Meade Army Base.
I have assisted in producing videoarchived live panel discussions on the subjects of WikiLeaks and cyber whistleblowing, the Occupy Movement and the Black Bloc, and on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Panelists have included former WikiLeaks staff members and military whistleblowers. The organization was in the process of producing a panel series on the Arab Spring and global revolution when the series had to be shelved due to a chilling effect on free speech in the USA under a provision in the 2012 NDAA. Confirmed panelists in the Global Spring series included activists and revolutionaries in the Middle East, including Tunisians and Egyptians, and self-proclaimed members of Anonymous who had assisted in keeping Egyptians online during the fall of the Mubarak regime.
I am assistant to Jennifer "Tangerine" Bolen, a plaintiff in and the coordinator of the NDAA lawsuit, Hedges et al v Obama et al, against the indefinite detention provisions in Sec 1021 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, (www.stopndaa.org, https://www.facebook.com/NDAALawsuit, https://twitter.com/stopNDAAnow).
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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, however I request expedited processing of my request within ten business days, if possible, due to the above mentioned lawsuit having been ordered to be expedited through the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Micaela L. Ward
Dear Micaela Ward,
The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. Before we can process your request you must complete and submit the U. S. Department of Justice (Certification of Identity) Form DOJ-361. Privacy Act requests (records about yourself); require an original and legible signature, and the “penalty of perjury statement” which is included on the form.
If you do not wish to use the Form 361, your request must be accompanied by a notarized signature or a statement signed under penalty of perjury stating that you are the person that you say you are. The statement should be above your signature and state, “I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on [date].”
The Form 361 is available by accessing the Freedom of Information Act link at http://www.fbi.gov/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip/. The form may be mailed to the address below or faxed to (540) 868-4391/4997. A scanned copy is acceptable if sent by electronic means but the FBI does not accept digitally signed signatures. You may submit an attachment listing additional information that may aid in locating responsive records. Please place your name and contact information on the attachment. For complete information on where and how to submit a request, see Requesting FBI Records under the Freedom of Information Act website listed above.
If you are requesting a copy of your criminal arrest record, commonly known as a “rap sheet” or criminal background check, please contact the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), Clarksburg, WV at (304) 625-2000 or http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks.
If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 9, 2012. The requested personal information statement/waiver was submitted on November 27. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thank you for your help.
Dear Micela Ward,
The above FOIPA was closed on 12-31-12 because you did not provide the required documentation which was mailed to you on 11-21-12. Please complete the attached U. S. Department of Justice (Certification of Identity) FORM DOJ-361, sign, date and return.
Please contact me if you require further assistance.
The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.