FBI files on Occupy Iowa/Occupy Des Moines

David Goodner filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Tracking # 1180602-000
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From: David Goodner

David Goodner
1317 8th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
515.991.6357

Jan 12, 2012

David M. Hardy, Chief
Record/Information Dissemination Section
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Department of Justice
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843

FOIA REQUEST
Expedited processing requested

Dear FOIA Officer:

Pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. � 552, I request access to and copies of any and all correspondence, documents, emails, files, letters, memos, tapes, cds, audio, video, electronic, and/or other records detailing the extent and nature of alleged FBI surveillance, monitoring, and investigation on subjects "Occupy Iowa"; "Occupy Des Moines"; "Occupy Iowa Caucus"; "Occupy Caucus"; "Anonymous Des Moines"; "Anonymous Iowa" from October 9, 2011 - January 3, 2012.

I also ask that all searches for this FOIA request include main, cross-indexed, and see files at your regional offices in Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa.

According to a November 7, 2011 front page article in the Des Moines Register regarding Occupy Des Moines planned civil disobedience protests at presidential campaign headquarters prior to the Jan 3 Iowa Caucus, the "FBI" is "closely monitoring the situation" alongside the "Iowa Intelligence Fusion Center" and that "federal authorities...will now be working with state and local officials".

http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/11/07/officials-vow-to-protect-caucuses/.

As a representative of the news media organization Muckrock.com I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages.

Through this request, I am gathering information on alleged federal and state law enforcement surveillance of nonviolent domestic dissident groups that is of current interest to the public because national, state, and local media reports have alleged FBI involvement in the active monitoring and repression of grassroots Occupy Wall Street protests across the country.

Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the public interest because it will contribute significantly to public understanding of government operations and activities. 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.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency. As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information about FBI surveillance and monitoring of nonviolent domestic dissident groups because there is an urgent need for the public to address serious allegations of governmental wrongdoing in a timely manner and because there is an impending presidential election in November 2012 to which informed members of the public might contribute through lobbying or other contacts with public officials and in these instances delay would simply rob the public of its ability to make known its views in a timely manner.

I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,
David Goodner

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Goodner,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit or a Single Station Disclosure Team for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA 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 FOI/PA 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/. Upon receipt of an FOI/PA Request Number, you can check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and by clicking on the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the (Records Available Now) section. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

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

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Goodner,

The above FOIA request #1180602-000 has been assigned to an analyst who is searching for, retrieving and reviewing potentially responsive records. Correspondence will be forthcoming regarding your request.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

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

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Goodner,

Your request is presently assigned to Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Due to voluminous requests that the FBI receives on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis a specific time frame for completion cannot be provided. You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Goodner,

Your request is presently assigned to Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Due to voluminous requests that the FBI receives on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis a specific time frame for completion cannot be provided. You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Goodner,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the [Records Available Now] section under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Goodner,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the [Records Available Now] section under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Goodner,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the [Records Available Now] section under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Goodner,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. A review of your request has determined the following.

Your request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back to further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional 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 me.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: David Goodner

UPDATED FOIA REQUEST
Expedited processing requested for reference number #1180602-000.

Dear Chief Hardy:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request reference number #1180602-000 originally submitted on Jan. 12, 2012 and copied below for your convenience.

Recent mainstream media news revelations released by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund show that the FBI and the Domestic Security Alliance Council orchestrated a massive surveillance operation against Occupy Wall Street chapters across the country, including right here in Des Moines, Iowa.

The original source documents are available here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/549518-fbi-ows-documents.html

Page 85-89 include information responsive to my original FOIA request, but are clearly just the beginning of documents held by your agency related to this matter.

Therefore, I demand expedited review of my original request #1180602-000 and the broadest possible scope of information responsive to my request released to my attention immediately.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Goodner,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. A review of your request has determined the following.

The request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click on the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional information regarding the FOI/PA is available at http://www.fbi.gov/. If you require further assistance please contact me.

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