Jack Chick

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1360645-000, DOJ-AP-2017-002412
Est. Completion None
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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 Jack Thomas Chick (April 13, 1924 - October 23, 2016) was an American publisher, writer, and comic book artist of evangelical fundamentalist Christian tracts and comic books. His death has been widely reported through his publishing outlet. https://www.facebook.com/chicktracts/photos/a.437041710057.374027.436937560057/10157595360455058/?type=1&theater

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 including but not limited to Chick Tracts.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the Bureau for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established

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: FOIPARequest

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.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at https://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, by clicking on the SERVICES link at the top of the homepage and then click on the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy picture, or the direct link is: https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia, or by accessing the U. S. Department of Justice at https://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact us at foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

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
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Michael Best

Other reports of his death include https://newrepublic.com/minutes/138111/jack-chick-soul-winner-catholic-hater-dead and https://boingboing.net/2016/10/24/rip-jack-chick-father-of-the.html

From: Michael Best

One final report of his death, from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/jack-t-chick-cartoonist-of-conspiracy-minded-attacks-dies-at-92/2016/10/25/e3b7a94c-9ac3-11e6-9980-50913d68eacb_story.html

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Michael Best

I provided an obituary from the Washington Post, this was emailed to you a week before you demanded proof of death. I am sorry for the confusion. Here is the obituary again. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/jack-t-chick-cartoonist-of-conspiracy-minded-attacks-dies-at-92/2016/10/25/e3b7a94c-9ac3-11e6-9980-50913d68eacb_story.html

From: FOIPARequest

Dear Mr. Best,

Before the FBI can process your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request you must provide the following information highlighted with an "X" Mark.

_____The FBI does not send releases and/or correspondence by electronic means unless the request has already been submitted through the eFOIPA portal. A complete mailing address is required regardless of submission method.
___XX__Proof of death is required such as: (death certificate, obituary, written media, recognized source that can be documented, Who's Who in America, FBI file that indicates subject is deceased, or the Social Security Death Index Page). Proof of death is not required if date of birth is 100 years ago or greater but a date of birth is needed

_XX____A website link in itself does not satisfy the proof of death requirement (Please provide the actual documentation and source)

_____The U. S. Department of Justice (Certification of Identity) FORM DOJ-361 and/or privacy waiver is not legible, properly sized or cannot be accessed in the submitted format. Please send the attachment or attachments independently in either a Word Document or PDF.

_____Your name or signature must appear on the "Signature" line of the U. S. Department of Justice (Certification of Identity) FORM DOJ-361.

_____Your name or signature must appear below the statement "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Name or Signature)."

_____Please amend the perjury statement to read, "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Name or Signature). Simply stating, "I declare under penalty of perjury" is not a valid abbreviated penalty of perjury statement according to 28 U.S.C. § 1746.

_____Other information as stated:

_____The attachments cannot be opened in the present format. Please resend either as a pdf or a Word Document.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, or the direct link is: http://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia, or by accessing the U. S. Department of Justice at http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact us at foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

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
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a copy of the necessary obituary for this request on Jack Chick, which can also be found online at www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/jack-t-chick-cartoonist-of-conspiracy-minded-attacks-dies-at-92/2016/10/25/e3b7a94c-9ac3-11e6-9980-50913d68eacb_story.html.

Thank you.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

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Holly Early
Government Information Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
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Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Michael Best

Please explain why this FOIA request was closed and no notification has been received as such. I responded with an enclosed copy of the obituary, not merely a link, so there is no reason to have closed it without performing the search required by law.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

The request was received on 11-01-2016 (actual date request was scanned into the FOIPA Document Processing System) and assigned FOIPA Request Number #1360567-000. The request was closed on 12-13-2016, citing failure to respond to correspondence that was mailed to your attention on 11-04-2016 within the required 30 day timeframe. In reviewing your request, it appears your additional correspondence dated December 2, 2016 did not reach the assigned analyst. I have forwarded your correspondence below and the proof of death you provided to Initial Processing so that your request can be reopened for processing.
Thank you,
Holly Early
Government Information Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search, as the search performed did not meet the standards set out in the initial FOIA request and did not include the search of ALL the specified indices or the cross-reference search specifically requested.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

02/17/2017 05:10 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-002412

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-002412 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- No records.

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