FBI Minutemen 11.22.21

Robert Skvarla, Jr. filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1510574-000

Due Feb. 4, 2022
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Robert Skvarla, Jr.

To Whom It May Concern:

You are receiving this correspondence as a request under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. subsection 552. I am requesting the following:

All bureau files covering investigations into the Minutemen organization in the following cities: Chicago (105-11643), Los Angeles (62-5101), Miami (105-4921), Phoenix (105-1226), and San Diego (100-12461). The Minutemen were a right-wing paramilitary group founded in June 1960 by businessman Robert Bolivar DePugh and operated in some capacity in cities throughout the United States between 1960 and 1969. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has already made public files on Robert Bolivar DePugh and Minutemen operations in cities like New York City, so I am asking the FBI provide copies of files on these additional cities so the public may have a greater understanding of this organization and its place within the social unrest of the sixties.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records.

I am a member of the news media, and I am asking you waive any fees associated with this request. I have written for Philly Voice and Atlas Obscura. Please take note of the Office of Management and Budget guidelines published March 27, 1987 (52 FR 10012) that include electronic publications and other nontraditional publishers as representatives of the news media.

This request is not being made for commercial purposes. All documents will be provided to the general public without charge.

In the event that there are fees, I am willing to pay up to $250. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as the statute requires. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Sincerely,

Robert Skvarla, Jr.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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From: Robert Skvarla, Jr.

To Whom It May Concern:

I do not wish to reduce the scope of requests 1510574-000, 1510698-000, 1510699-000, 1510701-000, and 1510700-000. Please search for all documents responsive to these requests.

From: Robert Skvarla, Jr.

To Initial Processing Operations Unit:

I do not wish to reduce the scope of requests 1510574-000, 1510698-000, 1510699-000, 1510701-000, and 1510700-000. Please search for all documents responsive to these requests.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
FBI - Information Management Division
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