Guidance 10/07 onward

Caroline Haskins filed this request with the National Security Council, The White House of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Caroline Haskins

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records (specific White House offices/councils are subject to FOIA laws):

1) From October 7, 2023 to the time that this request is processed: A copy of official guidance provided to, or created by, this council and provided to the White House's social media time — specifically, guidance regarding public communications or posts about the Israel/Gaza conflict.
Note: These documents may be referred to as guidance documents, social media policy documents, memoranda, letters, notes from meetings, or emails.

2) From October 7, 2023 to the time that this request is processed: A copy of any guidance documents (including policy briefs, memoranda, letters, and briefing materials) that was A) created by members of this council, and B) distributed to other federal agencies, including other White House offices or councils — however, please restrict this request to documents that mention any of the following terms: “de-escalation"/"deescalation" OR "ceasefire" OR “end to violence" OR "end to bloodshed” OR “restoring calm" OR "humanitarian pause"

Note: If you need a keyword search for any of the above requests, please search for the following terms:
—"Students for Justice in Palestine"
—"Jewish Voices for Peace"

This FOI request is being filed in pursuit of a time-sensitive news story. Therefore, I ask that my request is expedited. When completing this request, please prioritize whichever records would take the least amount of time to be located and released. I would like these records in electronic format, sent via email or other digital method, and again, please release documents on a rolling basis, as they become available.

If you determine that any of the information qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, I ask you to note whether the exemption is discretionary, and if so whether it is necessary in this case to exercise your discretion to withhold the information. In any event, please provide a signed notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed.

Also, I am a member of the news media as a reporter for Business Insider, and the requested documents are in the public interest and not being made for commercial purposes. Therefore, I ask that all fees are waived in the processing of my request. If fees associated with this request will be in excess of $25, kindly notify me in advance of fulfilling this request. As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is timely, I would appreciate your communicating with me if you have questions regarding this request.

Thanks again, and if there are any questions about my request, can provide any clarification that will help expedite the processing of my request, please contact me at email address. I am also happy to hop on the phone.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires and an even more prompt reply if you can make a determination without having to review the records in question.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


From: National Security Council, The White House

Dear Ms. Haskins,

We have received your November 17, 2023 request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. §552. The National Security Council (NSC) is not an "agency" subject to FOIA. Accordingly, the NSC will not be responding to your request.

Ellen J. Knight
Senior Director for Records Access and
Information Security Management


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