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Martin Peck filed this request with the Department of Justice, National Security Division of the United States of America.
Tracking #

20-087

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No Responsive Documents

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From: Martin Peck


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Emails to the mailing list cypherpunks@toad.com, aka "Cypherpunks", for any of the years spanning 1994, 1995, and 1996.

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,

Martin Peck

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

**Below is a copy of the letter that was mailed on 12/19/19 in regards to your request.**

Martin Peck
DEPT 83672
MuckRock
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Re: FOIA/PA #20-087

Dear Mr. Peck:

This is to acknowledge your letter dated November 23, 2019 for information pertaining to Emails to the mailing list cypherpunks@toad.com, aka "Cypherpunks", for any of the years spanning 1994, 1995, and 1996. Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information Act request on November 23, 2019.

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. ยง 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV (2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.

The Department of Justice regulations require that requests, must describe the records that you seek in enough detail to enable Department personnel to locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. And, whenever possible, your request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter of the record.[28 CFR 16.3 (b)]. Further, the Department of Justice FOIA guide states, "When determining the scope of a FOIA request, courts have generally held that agencies are not required to answer questions posed as FOIA requests."

We are unable to process your request. The National Security Division was not created until March 2006. Your request has been administratively closed within NSD.

If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, 441 G Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20530, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account on the following web site: https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/home. Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

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