|Jan. 6, 2014
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request a mandatory classification review of all redactions in the July 1963 KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation (KUBARK) manual.
KUBARK was itself declassified and released to the Baltimore Sun, subsequent to their FOIA request, in 1996. Please reference the January 27, 1997 article in the Sun by Gary Cohn, Ginger Thompson, and Mark Matthews, URL:
KUBARK has been the subject of numerous analyses, and it has been posted online by various parties. See, for example, National Security Archive's post at URL: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB122/#kubark (where the document is posted in three sections). KUBARK was the subject of a full chapter written by Steven M. Kleinman in the book, "Educing Information", published by the Intelligence Science Board and released publicly. See Chapter 5, URL: http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/educing.pdf
Despite its 1996 declassification, there were many redactions throughout the text, and I ask for a mandatory declassification review of all redactions, and request a more complete version of the document be released. There have been many subsequent revelations and declassifications by the U.S. government on the subject of interrogations. These include the release of the Aug. 2002 OLC memos by John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the May 2005 OLC memos by Steven Bradbury, and the 2004 CIA Inspector General report on the "enhanced interrogation program," all of which describe interrogation techniques used by the CIA in some detail.
It seems likely that at least some of the redactions in the original KUBARK document concern methods of psychological or coercive interrogation that have subsequently made public. In addition, some of the redactions concerned bibliographical references, and these should be unredacted as well insofar as the reasons for any of the original redactions are not currently creditable.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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 fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. If there are portions of this document that can be newly declassified, and portions that cannot be declassified according to this new review, I ask that the portions that can be declassified be released. My preference would be a total release of the new document containing the results of the mandatory declassification review in its text. 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.
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To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 6, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-00569.
Thank you for your help.
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