JSOC 2007 Mission: "Objective Twins" (Erbil, Iraq)

David Scantling filed this request with the U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM of the United States of America.


From: David Scantling

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents, reports, files, and electronic-mail messages related to the Joint Special Operations Command's "Objective Twins" mission on January 11, 2007, in Erbil, Iraq; limited to the following constraints:

1. The inclusive dates of December 15, 2006, to February 15, 2007;
2. Excluding any records containing the agency’s deliberative material or recommendations;
3. Excluding any records classified Top Secret (“TS”), Sensitive Compartmented Information (“SCI”), and/or Special Access Program (“SAP”); however,
4. Including all of the agency’s responsive records classified below the TS, SCI and/or SAP levels; for example, any documents marked: Unclassified ("U"), Sensitive But Unclassified ("SBU"), For Official Use Only ("FOUO"), Confidential ("C"), Law Enforcement Sensitive ("LES"), and/or Secret ("S").

Although FOIA has always presumed that government records are open to public inspection, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, Pub. L. 114-185, prohibits agencies from withholding records unless (1) “disclosure is prohibited by law” or (2) “the agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by” one of FOIA’s exemptions. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(8)(A). Thus, in addition to FOIA favoring disclosure and requiring its exemptions to be narrowly construed, Section 552(a)(8)(A) prohibits agencies from using their discretion to broadly withhold records merely because they believe an exemption could technically apply.

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.


David Scantling


Dear Mr. Scantling,

We have received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and have assigned it USSOCOM FOIA 2017-111. Please refer to this number should you have any questions concerning your request.

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We have placed you in the "all others" category for fee purposes, which means you are obligated to pay for all search time beyond two hours and duplication costs after the first 100 pages.

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Dear Mr. Scantling,

This is in response to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request you submitted to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which was assigned USSOCOM FOIA 2017-111.

The USSOCOM FOIA office continues to work FOIA requests based on their complexity and on a first-in, first out basis. Please be assured that your request is being processed as expeditiously as possible. We currently estimate completion to be approximately 9-12 months, it could be more or less. Thank you.



Dear Mr. Scantling,

This is in response to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request you submitted to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which was assigned USSOCOM FOIA 2017-111.

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