JSOC–Task Force 17 (TF 17) Operations in Iraq (JWICS): Q1, 2007 (FOIA)

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

It is a clone of this request.

Due Feb. 8, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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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 Joint Special Operations Command–Task Force 17 (JSOC–TF 17) documents, reports, files, and electronic-mail messages related to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Quds Force (IRGC-QF) operations in Iraq during Q1, 2007; limited to the following FOIA search constraints:

1. Date Range: January 1, 2007 to March 31, 2007;
2. Network: Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS); including US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and/or JSOC applications, databases, electronic-mail servers, and file servers—including any back-up media—that were connected to JWICS;
3. Search Terms: Iran, IRGC, IRGC-QF, Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, Hezbollah, Special Groups, Counter Iranian Influence (CII), Iraq Threat Finance Cell (ITFC), Muqtada al Sadr, Qais Khazali, Laith Khazali, Ali Musa Daqduq, Akram al‐Kabi, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), Imam al‐Hadi Brigade, and Imam al‐Ali Brigade.

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.

Sincerely,

David Scantling

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Dear Mr. Scantling,

We have received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which is copied below. It has been assigned USSOCOM FOIA 2017-087. Please refer to this number should you have any questions concerning your request.

Your request is being processed in accordance with procedural requirements promulgated in Department of Defense (DoD) Regulation 5400.7-R which is available on the internet at: http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/foi. The actual processing time will depend upon its complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We have placed you in the "all others" fee category, which means you are obligated to pay for all search time beyond two hours and duplication costs after the first 100 pages. It will be necessary for you to submit a fee agreement stating the costs you are willing to incur in accordance with procedural requirements promulgated in DoD Regulation 5400.7-R.

The USSOCOM FOIA Office has a substantial number of pending FOIA cases, therefore, we process requests in a multi-track processing system based on the date of receipt and the amount of work and time involved in processing each request. We estimate the time for completion to be approximately 9 - 12 months; it could be more or less.

Please submit your fee agreement by January 27, 2017, in order for us to continue processing your request; otherwise, we will consider your request withdrawn and closed. If you wish to discuss this or have any other questions or concerns, please contact this office at FOIA@socom.mil.
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

From: David Scantling

Dear USSOCOM FOIA Team:

I am willing to pay fees for this request, USSOCOM FOIA 2017-087, up to a maximum of $350.00 USD. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform me before processing my request.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or require additional information.

Regards,

Dave

David Scantling
330-696-1039 mobile

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