FBI vexsome filer list (2017)

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 1370440-000, DOJ-AP-2017-004201
Est. Completion None
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of the "vexsome filer list" which may also be known as a "serial filer list" or a "nuisance filer list." Include any other list of FOIA requesters used by your agency which lists FOIA requesters because of the quantity or type of FOIA requests they have submit or any other FOIA related behavior. Additionally, please include all records which mention when or how to add or remove a person from any of these lists or how being on such a list affects processing requests from listed requesters. Last year's list was produced in February, so it seems likely that the list has already been updated this year.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

Michael Best

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search as the Bureau is well aware that a CRS search would not locate these records, they are FOIA records and not part of a "main file." Moreover, the Bureau has released multiple copies of this list and thus has no basis for claiming that the records do not exist.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

05/19/2017 12:40 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-004201

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-004201 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- No records.

  • Best, Michael, AP-2017-004201, FBI - Affirm Search No Records

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