FBI material witness warrant lists

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of any lists, databases, or reports that detail the number of material witness warrants used by the Federal Bureau of Investigations since Jan. 1, 2013. This should include any internal database or other mechanism that the FBI uses to keep track of its warrants. If a database, report, or other document containing responsive information regarding the number of material witness warrants exists, please also provide me with all other information included in that document(s) or database.

When conducting a search for responsive records, please do not limit the search only to the Central Records System. Please also search for cross reference files, ELSUR files, and any other records systems likely to contain responsive documents.

I also ask that all fees be waived for this request, as I am a journalist employed by the Boston Globe and MuckRock and I intend to use the requested information to educate the public on federal law enforcement practices. I am an individual requester, a member of the news media acting in the public interest, and I have no commercial interest in the requested documents, nor any way to profit off of them.

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.


Todd Feathers

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Feathers,

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.

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
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected by the agency.