Give me moorer

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1350127-000, DOJ-AP-2016-003983
Due May 13, 2016
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Thomas Hinman Moorer (February 9, 1912 – February 5, 2004), who was an admiral and naval aviator in the United States Navy who served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1967 to 1970, and as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1970 to 1974. Proof of death is not required, as his death has been widely and extensively reported.

In addition to providing contracts, memorandum of understanding and communications with the Eclipse Group, 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.

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.”

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.


Michael Best

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

Dear Mr. Best,

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.

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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
Ofc: (540) 868-4593
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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search. I specifically requested 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." The previously processed files do not satisfy these criteria.

Thank you.


07/06/2016 03:28 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2016-003978


DOJ-AP-2016-003978 has been processed with the following final disposition: Completely reversed/remanded.

From: Emma Best


As far as reducing the scope of this request, I think I might well be able to this time! If you can let me know what file types are included, I may be exclude several right away.

In the meantime, I can clarify that my core interest revolves around the Moorer-Radford affair which is summarized at and Since this overlaps somewhat with Watergate, anything related to that should be included as well as anything that happens to mention Henry Kissinger. I am also interested in any materials relating to his views of the attack on the USS Liberty as well as any interviews (or documents summarizing interviews) with the Admiral himself.

Assuming that the file includes any additional background checks on the Admiral, I am somewhat interested in these but depending on their length and their date, I may be able to exclude them.

Again, I may be interested in other items in his file depending on the file type. There's a good chance that I'll be able to exclude several of them outright, though. For instance, if there are 196 files in there and it turns out the Admiral may have been a possible victim of ordinary fraud, I would be happy to exclude those matters.

Beyond that, I'm also open to any other suggestions you might see on how to reduce the scope. I hope that's helpful.

Thanks for all of your help with these!