Guantanamo Periodic Review Board representatives (Department of Homeland Security)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033
Due Feb. 27, 2014
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

-The name and job title of your agency's representative on the Periodic Review Board, which is charged with assessing the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The existence of this Board, as well as your agency's involvement, has been widely reported. The most recent example is here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/28/public-look-guantanamo-detainee-review-board-obama

-All Talking Points memos generated within, or shared with, your agency regarding the Periodic Review Board from January 1, 2011 to the date this request is processed.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Todd Feathers

From: Day, Mia

Good Afternoon,
Attached is our acknowledgment to your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our
FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

From: Todd Feathers

Ms. Day,

I would like to correct your decision to categorize me as a commericial requester and therefore deny my request for a fee waiver for request 2014-HQFO-00306. In your letter acknowledging the request and denying the fee waiver, you wrote:

"I have determined that your fee waiver request is deficient because the magnitude of any
identified commercial interest to the requestor is sufficiently large in comparison with the public interest in disclosure, that disclosure is primarily in the commercial interest of the requestor."

I am a member of the news media and intend to disseminate any information disclosed through media organizations. I have no commercial interest in the information i have requested and I find it difficult to imagine how i could profit by disseminating the name of your agency's representative on the Periodic Review Board.

Here are links to articles i have written for various publications proving that i am a member of the news media:

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/10/08/plymouth/uMY0GTpeAZswRS5cZcKQHI/story.html
http://www.gulf-times.com/opinion/189/details/359169/unfazed-by-the-weight-of-charges
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/jan/23/nsa-releases-guest-list-utah-data-center/

In your letter you also say that I "have not presented a convincing argument that MuckRock News is entitled to a blanket waiver of applicable fees." But I have not requested that MuckRock News be granted such a blanket waiver. I am only asking that I, personally, be granted such a waiver.

I am one individual filing a FOIA request through the platform that Muckrock.com provides, and my request should not be treated any differently than another request submitted through a different method.

Thank you very much for your consideration,
Todd Feathers

From: Lasko, Linda

Mr. Feathers,

Attached, please find an acknowledgment of your appeal of FOIA 2014-HQFO-00306.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-343-1743 (Main FOIA Number)
202-343-4011 (Fax)

Visit our FOIA website

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lasko, Linda

Mr. Feathers,

An appeal decision regarding your requester fee category (FOIA request #2014-HQFO-00306) is expect within a couple of weeks and quite possibly as early as the end of next week.

Sincerely,


U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-343-1743 (Main FOIA Number)
202-343-4011 (Fax)

Visit our FOIA website

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: Meus, Lauren M CIV

Mr. Feathers:

Please find attached the FOIA Appeal decision in the above matter.

Thank you,

Lauren Meus
Hearing Docket Clerk
U.S. Coast Guard

From: Price, Chaquonna

Mr. Feathers,

We request clarification on the intended use of the records sought for this FOIA request. We would like this additional information as it was not provided by you in your original request (attached) as we further review your fee category. Per § 5.11 of the DHS Regulations, DHS "shall provide the requester a reasonable opportunity to submit further clarification" to "determine, whenever reasonably possible, the use to which a requester will put the requested records."

Thank You,
Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: Todd Feathers

To Whom it May Concern,

In your April 3 response to my requests (#2014-HQFO-00306) you ask for further clarification of my intended use for the requested documents in order to "further review your fee category."

My fee category was already established, however, in the attached April 2 appeal decision from the United States Coast Guard Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge.

Here is a copy of that appeal decision: https://muckrock.s3.amazonaws.com/foia_files/2014-HQAP-00033.pdf

I had appealed your original decision to classify me as a commercial requester. In that appeal, I provided several examples of my work as a journalist and stated that I am currently employed, as a journalist, by several media outlets.

The appeal judge declined to grant me classification as a member of the media, but did overrule your decision to classify me as a commercial requester.

"You will be charged fees for search time and duplication, but not review time, in accordance with the 'all other requesters' category," the appeal decision states.

As such, no further review of my fee status is necessary or allowed. The appeal judge's decision is final and binding and my request should be processed and charged in the "all other requesters" category.

Now that the fee category has been unequivocally established, DHS has no interest in knowing my intended use for the requested documents.

Regards,
Todd Feathers
MuckRock News
608-698-5806

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good Day Mr. Feathers,

In response to your email, we are still searching for records pertaining to your request. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lasko, Linda

Mr. Feathers,

You may check the status of your request at the following link: https://www.dhs.gov/check-status-your-foia-request

Sincerely,

Linda Lasko
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-343-1743 (Main FOIA Number)
202-343-4011 (Fax)

Visit our FOIA website

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lasko, Linda

Mr. Feathers,

You may check the status of your request at the following link: https://www.dhs.gov/check-status-your-foia-request

Sincerely,

Linda Lasko
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-343-1743 (Main FOIA Number)
202-343-4011 (Fax)

Visit our FOIA website

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lasko, Linda

Mr. Feathers,

You may check the status of your request at the following link: https://www.dhs.gov/check-status-your-foia-request.

Sincerely,

Linda Lasko
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-343-1743 (Main FOIA Number)
202-343-4011 (Fax)

Visit our FOIA website

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lasko, Linda

Mr. Feathers,

We are continuing to process 2014-HQFO-0306.

Sincerely,

Linda Lasko
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-343-1743 (Main FOIA Number)
202-343-4011 (Fax)
202-343-1757 (Direct)
Visit our FOIA website

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lasko, Linda

Mr. Feathers,
You may check the status of your request at the following link: https://www.dhs.gov//foia-status#<https://www.dhs.gov/foia-status#>

Sincerely,

Linda Lasko
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-343-1743 (Main FOIA Number)
202-343-4011 (Fax)

Visit our FOIA website

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00306 ; 2014-HQAP-00033.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

Using your portal I see that this request was categorized as "Closed" on 4/20/2016. I find that interesting, considering I've received no responsive documents or other communications of any substance from your agency in over a year. Please advise.

Todd Feathers

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