Gary Webb

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-00528-F, DOJ-AP-2017-000327
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to, mentioning or describing Gary Stephen Webb (August 31, 1955 – December 10, 2004) was an American investigative reporter, best known for his "Dark Alliance" series, which appeared in the Mercury News in 1996. The series claimed that members of the anti-government Contra rebels in Nicaragua had played a major role in creating the crack-cocaine trade, using cocaine profits to support their struggle. It also suggested that the Contras may have acted with the knowledge and protection of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The series provoked outrage and led to four major investigations of its charges. Proof of death is not required as his death has been widely and extensively reported. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/13/obituaries/gary-webb-49-journalist-who-wrote-disputed-articles-is-dead.html

FOIA case law establishes the extent to which agencies MUST search all records system reasonably believed to contain responsive documents, even if it means contacting former employees. Truitt v. Department of State, 897 F.2d 540, 542 (D.C. Cir. 1990) makes it explicitly clear that it is the obligation of the Department to “conduct a search reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant documents.” In addition, the Justice Department’s May 2004 FOIA Guide states that an agency “cannot limit its search to only one record system if there are others that are likely to turn up the information requested.”

Please search all of the following DOJ components:

Office of the Attorney General
Office of the Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Associate Attorney General
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Criminal Division
Drug Enforcement Administration
Executive Office for United States Attorneys
Federal Bureau of Investigation*
INTERPOL-United States National Central Bureau
National Security Division
Office of the Inspector General

*Please conduct a search of the FBI's 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.

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: MRUFOIA Requests

Sir/Madam,

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA041716-2.

Thank you,

MRU FOIA

From: Department of Justice

A no responsive documents response.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280c4264c)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002652
* Requester Name: Michael Best
* Date Submitted: 04/19/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: FOIA request - Gary Webb

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280c4249c)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002653
* Requester Name: Michael Best
* Date Submitted: 04/19/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: FOIA request - Gary Webb

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280c42676)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002654
* Requester Name: Michael Best
* Date Submitted: 04/19/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: FOIA request - Gary Webb

From: Gleaves, Lani (NSD)

Michael Best
MuckRock
DEPT MR 25080
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

Re: FOIA/PA #16-142

Dear Mr. Best:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your email dated April 17, 2016, to the Mail Referral Unit (MRUFOIA) requesting "Records relating to, mentioning or describing Gary Stephen Webb (August 31, 1955 - December 10, 2004)." Your Freedom of Information Act request was received in the FOIA office on April 19, 2016.

Our policy is to process FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out basis. Consistent with this policy, every effort will be made to respond to your request as quickly as possible. The actual processing time will depend upon the complexity of the request, whether it involves sensitive or voluminous records, and whether consultations with other agencies or agency components are appropriate.

If you have any questions concerning your request, feel free to contact me on (202) 233-0754. Your continued patience is appreciated. Please continue to use the file number indicated above in all future correspondence with this office.

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory
Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

From: Department of Justice

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Justice

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Department of Justice

A no responsive documents response.

From: OIGFOIA (OIG)

Hello:

Attached is the acknowledgement to your routed FOIA request.

Thanks.

From: Department of Justice

A no responsive documents response.

From: CRM FOIA

Please see the attached, which is this Office's response to your request. If you have any
questions, please contact the FOIA/PA Unit at 202-616-0307 for further assistance.

Thank you,

FOIA/PA Unit
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

From: Michael Best

For the EOUSA - Offices in California, specifically in and around San Jose, Los Angeles and Carmichael, California.

For the Criminal Division - please consider the request withdrawn. Upon reflection, I believe the records I seek will be attached to different individuals. I will file a separate request on the matter.

Thank you!
Michael Best

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

Please see the attached document which pertains to your above-referenced FOIA Request.

From: OIGFOIA (OIG)

Hello:

Attached is the OIG’s response to your FOIA request.

Thanks.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the OIG's decision not to provide the documents I requested in request 16-0IG-171. A link is not satisfactory, the Agency must provide copies of the actual documents - not merely links to them.

The CIA uses this basis for restricting what can be accepted as obituary pages. As that is the standard legal practice, it also applies to releasing documents; a link is not responsive - documents are.

Thank you!

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

10/21/2016 02:49 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-000327

From:

Good morning,

Please see the attached documents pertaining to the response of the FOIA request submitted.

**Please do not respond and/or send any documents to this email address. Any and all correspondences pertaining to your request MUST be sent to the secure server email address of foiamail@atf.gov in order to receive any updates and /or acknowledgements****

Thanks,

Farrah Monroe-Cook
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant III
Disclosure Division
Office of Public & Governmental Affairs
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) U.S. Department of Justice
99 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20226
foiamail@atf.gov

From:

Good morning,

Please see the attached documents pertaining to the response of the FOIA request submitted.

**Please do not respond and/or send any documents to this email address. Any and all correspondences pertaining to your request MUST be sent to the secure server email address of foiamail@atf.gov<mailto:foiamail@atf.gov> in order to receive any updates and /or acknowledgements****

Thanks,

Farrah Monroe-Cook
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant III
Disclosure Division
Office of Public & Governmental Affairs
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) U.S. Department of Justice
99 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20226
foiamail@atf.gov<mailto:foiamail@atf.gov>

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-000327 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- Improper request for other reasons.

From:

Good afternoon,

Please see the attached documents pertaining to the response of the FOIA request submitted.

**Please do not respond and/or send any documents to this email address. Any and all correspondences pertaining to your request MUST be sent to the secure server email address of foiamail@atf.gov in order to receive any updates and /or acknowledgements****

Thanks,

Farrah Monroe-Cook
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant III
Disclosure Division
Office of Public & Governmental Affairs
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) U.S. Department of Justice
99 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20226
foiamail@atf.gov

From:

Good afternoon,

Please see the attached documents pertaining to the response of the FOIA request submitted.

**Please do not respond and/or send any documents to this email address. Any and all correspondences pertaining to your request MUST be sent to the secure server email address of foiamail@atf.gov in order to receive any updates and /or acknowledgements****

Thanks,

Farrah Monroe-Cook
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant III
Disclosure Division
Office of Public & Governmental Affairs
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) U.S. Department of Justice
99 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20226
foiamail@atf.gov

From:

Monroe-Cook, Farrah Y. would like to recall the message, "Your FOIA request 2016-1121".

From:

Monroe-Cook, Farrah Y. would like to recall the message, "Your FOIA request 2016-1121".

From:

Good afternoon,

Please see the attached documents pertaining to the response of the FOIA request submitted.

**Please do not respond and/or send any documents to this email address. Any and all correspondences pertaining to your request MUST be sent to the secure server email address of foiamail@atf.gov<mailto:foiamail@atf.gov> in order to receive any updates and /or acknowledgements****

Thanks,

Farrah Monroe-Cook
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant III
Disclosure Division
Office of Public & Governmental Affairs
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) U.S. Department of Justice
99 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20226
foiamail@atf.gov<mailto:foiamail@atf.gov>

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