Martin Gardner FBI File

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.
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1471030-000

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From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to or mentioning Martin Gardner, a famous author and skeptic known for debunking various myths and false claims related to pseudoscience and new age philosophy . He was born on October 21, 1914 and his death on May 22, 2010 was widely reported: https://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/us/24gardner.html

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the ELSUR Records System, 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 for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies. If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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,

R. M. Seibert

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to or mentioning Martin Gardner, a famous author and skeptic known for debunking various myths and false claims related to pseudoscience and new age philosophy . He was born on October 21, 1914 and his death on May 22, 2010 was widely reported: https://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/us/24gardner.html

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the ELSUR Records System, 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 for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies. If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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,

R. M. Seibert

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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear R.M. Seibert,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request for records in the
custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. Due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to process FOIA requests according to
our normal procedures. We have assigned your request the temporary tracking
number *RF-235. *When we resume normal operations, we will log requests
into our system in the order they were received. At that time, we will
provide you with a new FOIA tracking number and a more substantive
response. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding and patience.

Sincerely,
Brigitte Flynn
Special Access & FOIA Staff

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear R.M. Seibert:

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
of August 24, 2020, for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request was received in this office on August
24, 2020, and assigned FOIA tracking number 64565, interim tracking number
RF-235.

You requested FBI case files related to Martin Gardner. We conducted a
search of all available indexes transferred to the National Archives for
Martin Gardner and were unable to identify any FBI case files responsive to
your request in our holdings.

Because we were unable to identify any case files pertinent to your subject
of interest, we are closing your request administratively. This concludes
the processing of your request.

If you have not done so already, you may wish to submit a FOIA request to
the FBI for a search of their indexes for files relating to your subject.
Information about how to submit a FOIA request with the FBI is available on
their website at:
https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foipa/requesting-fbi-records
.

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If you have additional questions, please contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Coon
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)

National Archives and Records Administration

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College Park, MD 20740-6001

stephanie.coon@nara.gov

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