Mexican Soldiers, Marines trained in US/Defectors

John Dyer filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
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From: Victor Michel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

By means of the following, I request any and all reports, documents or analysis on Mexican Army soldiers and Navy Marines trained by the US that have defected to the organized crime syndicate known as Zetas. Please include any and all reports that your agency has on how many Mexican Army soldiers and Navy Marines trained in US bases or by US advisors to become GAFES (Grupos Aerotransportados de Fuerzas Especiales) and GANFES (Grupos Aeronavales de Fuerzas Especiales) deserted, as well as any communications and or reports on this subject that might be in your agencies archives.

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.

Sincerely,

Victor Michel

From: Department of Defense

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Levitan, Paul CIV WHS-ESD

Victor,

We are working on your request # 12-F-1221. The search has been tasked and we
are waiting for the responses. Once we receive the responses we will be able
to
estimate the completion date.

Thank you, Paul

PS: Please feel free to contact me with any further communication regarding
this case.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Levitan, Paul CIV WHS-ESD

Victor,

I've checked and the component tasked is still working on the request.

Thank you, Paul

PS: A new analyst has taken over this case. Her name is Yasmeen Hargis and
she is CC:d on this email. In the future please direct any inquiries to
her.

From: Hargis, Yasmeen S CIV WHS-ESD

Good afternoon Mr. Michel,

The component tasked to search requests you provide a date range for the
requested information. This will help narrow the scope of search to reduce
search time as well as keep costs down.

From: John Dyer

In regards on a specific time frame to reduce costs and time, please search all the records regarding this subject between 1999 to 2012.

Regards,
Victor

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hargis, Yasmeen S CIV WHS-ESD

Good morning Mr. Michel,

The component tasked continues to work on the case. I will be in touch once the case is completed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hargis, Yasmeen S CIV WHS-ESD

Good morning,

I apologize for the delay in response. This case continues to be worked.

From: Hargis, Yasmeen S CIV WHS-ESD

Good morning Mr. Michel,

This responds to your Freedom of Information Act request, received in this office on August 15, 2012, for information on Mexican Army soldiers and Navy Marines trained in the United States that have defected to the organized crime syndicate known as Zetas.

Mr. Fernando Rondon, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Deputy Director, Counternarcotics and Global Threats and its FOIA Initial Denial Authority (IDA), determined release of the attached document. Document 1 has information excised pursuant to Exemption 6 of the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. ยง 552(b)(6), which pertains to the protection of personal privacy of individuals.

Additional information was located which is responsive to your request but originates from the Department of State (DOS). Therefore, this information was referred to DOS. For status inquiries, you may contact DOS at:

Office of Information Programs and Services
A/GIS/IPS/RL
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20522-8100

The enclosed release of information closes your request with this office.

If you are not satisfied with this action, you may appeal to the appellate authority, the Director of Administration and Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense, by writing directly to the Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office, Attn: Mr. James Hogan, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301-1155. Your appeal should be postmarked within 60 calendar days of the date of this electronic mail, should cite case number 12-F-1221, and should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

Thank you,
Yasmeen Hargis, FOIA Analyst
For Suzanne Council, Senior Advisor on behalf of Paul J. Jacobsmeyer, Chief, Office Freedom of Information Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff FOIA Request Service Center http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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