Is craiglist a front for U.S. government surveillance?

Neil Gillespie filed this request with the Department of Justice, National Security Division of the United States of America.


From: Neil Gillespie

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Is craiglist a front for U.S. government surveillance?

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.


Neil Gillespie

From: Gleaves, Lani (NSD)

Neil Gillespie <javascript:openrecord('7011680')>
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144

Re: FOIA/PA #15-216

Dear Mr. Gillespie:

This to acknowledge receipt of your request dated January 27, 2016, "requesting the following records: Is craiglist a front for U.S. government surveillance?" We received your Freedom of Information request on January 28, 2016.

The Department of Justice regulations require that requests, must describe the records that you seek in enough detail to enable Department personnel to locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. And, whenever possible, your request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter of the record.[28 CFR 16.3 (b)]. Further, the Department of Justice FOIA guide states, "When determining the scope of a FOIA request, courts have generally held that agencies are not required to answer questions posed as FOIA requests."

We are unable to process your request as submitted and with this letter, it is closed administratively.

If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may submit an administrative appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's eFOIA portal at Please note that OIP is in the process of transitioning from its current eFOIA portal to the portal on FOIAonline. Please visit the link above for instructions for submitting an appeal electronically. Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 60 days of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

Arnetta Mallory
Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

From: Neil Gillespie

Please provide a PDF letter response. Thank you. Neil J. Gillespie


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