|Submitted||March 17, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
I request any and all reports produced by the CIA between January 1st 2013 and March 15th 2014 concerning the proliferation of "Grupos de Autodefensa" or self defence forces in the Mexican state of Michoacán. Please include any analysis produced by the CIA concerning the phenomena, as well as any reports provided by US personnel and or informants or analysts.
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. 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.
The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.