L. Fletcher Prouty (FBI)

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1358147-000
Due March 9, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Leroy Fletcher Prouty (January 24, 1917 – June 5, 2001) served as Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President John F. Kennedy. A former colonel in the United States Air Force, he retired from military service to become a bank executive, and subsequently became a critic of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the covert activities of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) about which he had considerable inside knowledge. Prouty was the inspiration for the character "Mr. X" in Oliver Stone's film JFK.

Proof of death is not required as his death has been widely and reliably reported. http://www.theguardian.com/news/2001/jun/22/guardianobituaries

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.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. 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: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

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 http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or 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
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An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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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
Direct: (540) 868-4854
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Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

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The FBI’s FOIPA Program is searching the FBI’s indices for potentially responsive documents.

You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

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
Direct: (540) 868-4854
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 https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/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.

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A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good afternoon Mr. Best,

My name is Leslie Wilson and I'm with the FOIA section of the FBI's RIDS/RMD. I have been assigned your FOIA # 1358147-0 for the subject "Communist Influence in Racial Matters". Please contact me via phone at 540-868-4894 so we can discuss the processing of your request. Material found responsive to your subject has been previously reviewed and released as well as material currently in processing. This may help streamline your request.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

Leslie Wilson
540-868-4894
GIS Analyst/FOIA Section
RIDS/RMD
Federal Bureau of Investigation

From: Michael Best

Thanks for reaching out, unfortunately I only communicate about these matters by email. If nothing else, it prevents confusion and misremembering what was said.

Thanks!

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Mr. Best,

Good morning and thank you for getting back to me.

The file for the subject of your request is 100-HQ-442529. It is currently in processing for another requester with a timeframe of 1964-1967, sections 1-130. To date, 13 releases have been made consisting of approximately 5,800 pages. We can provide this material to you as a preprocessed item. This other FOIA has potentially responsive pages set at 33,000. Please note not all sections were able to be located. If you are interested in the material from this other FOIA request, after receipt of the current released material, please consider reopening your request over time to pick up newly released materials. It may be a more efficient way to receive preprocessed material at intervals of 6 months or a year. Please let me know if this approach is acceptable to you.

Otherwise, if you want to pick up additional file sections following the 1967 timeframe, I’ve estimated approximately 5,731 pages. This page count would still be in the large track queue, which currently has an estimated completion date of 33 months. If we limit the size to move into the medium track (estimated 8 months for processing(), we could move forward with your request addressing sections 131, 134, 136 serial 2588, and section 137. These sections are reflective of activity in 1968.

Please let me know how you would like to process.

Respectfully,

Leslie Wilson

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good afternoon Mr. Best,

My apologies, I just realized I was using the wrong FOIA # for your case. The correct FOIA # is 1358147-000 for your subject on Communist Influence in Racial Matters. Please excuse any confusion that may have stemmed from this. Also I stated the extra large case track of 33 months instead of 22 months for processing of large cases in the queue. Your request narrowed down is estimated at 5,731 pages and would be placed into the large track queue. Thank you for your understanding for my misquoting here.

Leslie Wilson

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Mr. Best,

I will be moving your FOIA request concerning Communist Influence in Racial Matters. Though your request indicated all materials on this subject and you have not indicated if receiving the processed material is acceptable or indicated selecting later sections of File 100-HQ-442529 to have processed, I will move your case forward for the preprocessed material of about 5,700 pages to be sent out to you. Once materials are received, you can reopen this request for additional materials to be processed for this subject.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Respectfully,

Leslie Wilson
540-868-4894
Government Information Specialist
Negotiation/RIDS/RMD
Federal Bureau of Investigation

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Hello again Mr. Best,

Well I certainly overlooked the fact that your request came in as an appeal. In the email I sent this morning, the last sentence referencing closing case upon completion of receipt of the preprocessed material should not have been added. To clarify, your case will remain open and move forward with all responsive documents to be processed. The preprocessed material should be made available to you. Your request will be linked to the other FOIA case for the remaining material to be reviewed in that case. In addition, there are sections to the 100 file that will need to be also added to your request for review.
I do apologize for informing you that the case would be closed, I was in error.
Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Leslie Wilson
540-868-4894

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