JTF-Guantanamo Bay Media Ground Rules

Muira McCammon filed this request with the SOUTHCOM - US Southern Command of the United States of America.
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From: Muira McCammon

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All versions of the JTF-Guantanamo Bay Media Ground Rules that were released between 2001 and 2017.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about GiTMO, the U.S. government, and information access at U.S. naval facilities for Slate, How We Get to Next, the Massachusetts Review, and others. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 50,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. Additionally, I wrote my M.A. thesis on the Guantanamo Bay Detainee Library and continue to expand on that research in a series of longform pieces. I also traveled to GiTMO in June 2017 and signed a copy of the 2017 JTF-Guantnaamo Bay Media Ground Rules documents in my capacity as a reporter.

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,

Muira McCammon

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Ms. McCammon,

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated Saturday, June 17, 2017. Your request has been assigned FOIA case number SC 17-119-S, and we ask that you use that number when referring to your request.

We will be unable to respond to your request within the FOIA's 20 day statutory time period as there are unusual circumstances which impact on our ability to quickly process your request. The unusual circumstances are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records.

At this time we are unable to provide you with an estimated completion date as the offices/components who will conduct record searches have not yet had time to evaluate the time needed to search and review records. We are also not able to estimate how much time will be required for inter/intra agency review until the actual records have been located.

If you would like to discuss how to limit your request in order to speed the processing time, we would be pleased to discuss how you might modify your request.

Finally, we interpreted that the time frame of your request is from 2001 thru 2017.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108 < tel:305-437-1108 >
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320 < tel:305-437-1320 >
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil < Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil >
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil < Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil >
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov < Caution-mailto:marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

Ms. McCammon,

Your FOIA request is still pending response from the office(s) tasked. We may be able to provide you with a final response within the next 2 months or earlier if possible.

v/r

Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

Ms. McCammon,

Our Agency is validating the response to your FOIA request. Upon completion we'll draft the final response and initiate the coordination of the legal review.

v/r

Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From:

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Ms. McCammon,

We're currently working on some correction, them after your case will be rerouted for a final legal review.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Ms. McCammon,

Your FOIA request is currently at DoD going thru the final review coordination.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Ms. McCammon,

Your FOIA request is at OGC going thru the final review coordination.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Ms. McCammon,

Your FOIA request is still at OGC going thru the final review coordination.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

Ms. McCammon,

Your FOIA request (SC 17-119-S) is still at OGC going thru the final review coordination.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

Ms. McCammon,

Your FOIA request (SC 17-119-S) is still at OGC going thru the final review coordination.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

Ms. McCammon,

Your FOIA request is still at OGC going thru the final review coordination.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

Ms. McCammon,

Please see attached final response. Thank you for your patience.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

Please see attached final response. Thank you for your patience.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

From:

Dear requester,

In several occasions, our agency has informed you that this action was closed. Please do not send anymore status reports as we will not respond.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

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