FBI: List of JTTF members

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1237692-000, DOJ-AP-2016-002260
Est. Completion June 1, 2016
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A roster or list of all agencies participating in Joint Terrorism Task Force partnerships with the FBI, including the National Joint Terrorism Task Force as well as state-, region-, county- and municipality-based JTTF partnerships.

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.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1237692-0.

Thank you for your help.

From: Minor, Jessica L.

Please check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov (Freedom of information Act link), http://www.fbi.gov/foia or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request
If your FOIPA Number is 11195846-0 please enter 11195846-000 into the system. If your FOIPA number is 11195846-1 please enter 11195846-001 into the system.
Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on December 18, 2013
Please enter the whole FOI/PA number- Example: 1234567-000
FOIPA:
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
FOIPA
1234567-000
Case Type
FOIPA
Process Description (will display the current progress of request)
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 online, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online status database. Status information is updated weekly. At this time, closed requests are not available.
Thank you,

Jessica L. Minor
Legal Administrative Specialist / Public Information Officer
FBI-Record Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843

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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1237692-0.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1237692-0.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1237692-0.

Thank you for your help.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP),
U.S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Ave., NW, Suite 11050
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

April 17, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal of the blanket denial of FOIA 1237692-0. The attached denial letter fails to substantiate the rejection of this FOIA request save by invoking three exemptions.

Two invoked exemptions have little to no relevance to the present request for listings of JTTF partnerships: the (b)(6) and (b)(7)(C) exemptions pertain to potential privacy implications of releasing the requested records. As this request pertains solely to records regarding agencies, rather than individuals. these two exemptions have no bearing as to whether the requested records are releasable.

As has been found recently in the Occupy Houston lawsuit, the FBI also invokes the (b)(7)(E) exemption in a talismanic way without any substantiation as to how the requested records could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law. The requested records pertain to basic partnership information which in many cases is already public at the individual JTTF level, thus a blanket denial such as this is exceptionally inappropriate. Even if particular information might be legitimately redacted, the withholding of all records flies in the face of transparency and the FBI's obligations to disclosure under the FOIA.

For this and any other reasons deemed relevant by the appeals authority, I appeal this rejection.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: OIP-NoReply

THIS MESSAGE IS SENT FROM AN UNATTENDED ID. DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE

From: OIP-NoReply

THIS MESSAGE IS SENT FROM AN UNATTENDED ID. DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Attached please find the letter from OIP remanding this request back to the FBI for further processing. Please confirm receipt and provide an estimated date of completion.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

The OIP appeal remand letter was received by the FBI on 3-3-15 and the request reopened on 3-4-15. The search for records responsive to your request is ongoing. When a request for an estimated date of completion is received while the search for records is not yet complete, estimated dates of completion are based on the median processing time of large queue requests. Accordingly, the estimated date on which the FBI will complete action on your request is 515 days from the date of your request (3-4-2015). Please reference AP1237692-000 in future correspondence.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

Note: Once the search has been completed and if responsive records exist the request is forwarded to the backlog where it awaits assignment to a Government Information Specialist (GIS). The GIS reviews the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section § 552 and 552a. If no records are located, the requester is also notified.

David P. Sobonya
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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and 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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AP1237692-000.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AP1237692-000.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AP1237692-000.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AP1237692-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Your case was backlogged 3-11-2015, and is currently awaiting assignment to a disclosure analyst.

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

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AP1237692-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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 http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON August 5, 2015

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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,

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

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

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 Nov. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AP1237692-000.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Good morning,

We have received your request for an estimated date of completion. The search for records is ongoing or, the search has yielded responsive records and those records have been forwarded to the backlog, where it awaits assignment to a Government Information Specialist (GIS).
Estimated dates of completion are based on the median processing time of large requests. Accordingly, the estimated date on which the FBI will complete action on your request is 475 days from the date of your request.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

Kimberly L. Deutsch
Management and Program Analyst/ Public Information Officer
Records/Information Dissemination Section Front Office
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
170 Marcel Drive Winchester, VA 22602
Personal Desk: (540) 868-4595
Public Information Desk: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON OCTOBER 14, 2015

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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,

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

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON November 18, 2015

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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,

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>
The FBI has launched eFOIA! You can now make a FOIA request using this link https://efoiapub.tmbc.me/#home

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

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON DECEMBER 16, 2015

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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,

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>
The FBI has launched eFOIA! You can now make a FOIA request using this link https://efoiapub.tmbc.me/#home

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

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON January 20, 2016

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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,

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

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON February 17, 2016

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

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
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

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

It has been nearly a year since this request was remanded to the FBI for a good faith search and provision of responsive records. Please provide a substantive update, or I will have no choice but to file a second appeal for constructive denial. This ought to be an incredibly simple request to fulfill.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

The estimated date of completion which the FBI will complete action on the request is May 2016

Please contact foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov> if you require further assistance.

NOTE: Interim releases are generally made for complex requests

Thank you,

Holly Early
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

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP),
U.S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Ave., NW, Suite 11050
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a further appeal of the denial of FOIA 1237692-0 by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. This is now the second time that the FBI has attempted to withhold lists of JTTF members without substantiating its invocation of exemptions.

Foremost, allow me to lodge my protest of the FBI's undue delay in processing this request. I submitted this incredibly simple FOIA request for a list of all agencies that participate in Joint Terrorism Task Force partnerships in November 2013. After the FBI first rejected my request in full in April 2014, I successfully appealed to the Office of Information Policy. Now, more than two years after I first submitted my request, the FBI has returned a virtually identical response as in April 2014. This is contrary to the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act, as well as reasonable expectations given that there are only 84 pages in question.

I'll repeat the appeal on which I prevailed in 2014: The two invoked exemptions have little to no relevance to the present request for listings of JTTF partnerships: the b(6) and b(7)(C) exemptions pertain to potential privacy implications of releasing the requested records. As this request pertains solely to records regarding agencies, rather than individuals, these two exemptions have no bearing as to whether the requested records are releasable. Again, the FBI has no justification whatsoever for invoking b(6) or b(7)(C) for this request, nor has their response even attempted to substantiate how these exemptions do apply.

The FBI also invokes the (b)(7)(E) exemption in a talismanic way without any substantiation as to how the requested records could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law. The requested records pertain to basic partnership information which in many cases is already public at the individual JTTF level, thus a blanket denial such as this is exceptionally inappropriate.

For one of innumerable examples where the federal government has already identified JTTF members, I point to a press release issued by the FBI itself (see https://www.fbi.gov/boston/press-releases/2009/bs102109a.htm): "The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) members: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs Border Protection, Massachusetts State Police and the Lowell Police Department, in addition to other members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The JTTF includes officers and agents from a number of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies."

Even if particular information might be legitimately redacted under b(7)(E), the government's own releases preclude withholding of all the requested records. Furthermore, the FBI cannot simply withhold all 84 pages without explaining in detail the justification for invoking the exemption

The FBI's processing of this request — from the delay to the absurd invocation of exemptions without even a fig leaf of justification — flies in the face of transparency and the FBI's obligations to disclosure under the FOIA. For this and any other reasons deemed relevant by the appeals authority, I once again appeal this rejection and insist that the FBI provide the responsive records.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave

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