Mexican Special Forces Trained in the US/Defectors

John Dyer filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2012-33627
Status
Completed

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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, diplomatic cables and or reports on this subject between the US embassy in Mexico and the Department of State.

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: 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: FOIA Request

I am forwarding this to the FOIA Status mailbox for reply.

From: Department of State

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: FOIA Request

I have forwarded this email to the correct inbox for reply.

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: 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: FOIA Status

Dear Victor Michel,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated February 14, 2013, inquiring about the status of your request. Your request has been assigned case number F-2012-336267 in our system. As explained in other e-mail responses to you regarding the status of your request, the Office of Information Programs and Services (IPS) is experiencing a backlog and a delay in responding to FOIA requests. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the appropriate office for reply.

We appreciate your continued patience.

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: FOIA Status

Mr. Michel,

The case number was incorrect. The actual case number is F-2012-33627.

I checked the electronic case notes. Your request has been assigned to the appropriate compliance research branch for action. Currently we are determining if we have sufficient information to process your search. You will be receiving a formal acknowledgement letter shortly. A timeframe cannot be provided until the assigned team has had an opportunity to fully review the request.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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. You had assigned it reference number #F-2012-33627.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Michael,

I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. Your request has been assigned to the appropriate compliance research branch for action. Currently we are determining if we have sufficient information to process your search and ensure we are able to protect personal identifiable information. You will be receiving a formal acknowledgement letter shortly. A timeframe cannot be provided until the assigned team has had an opportunity to fully review the request.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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. You had assigned it reference number #F-2012-33627.

Thank you for your help.

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. You had assigned it reference number #F-2012-33627.

Thank you for your help.

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. You had assigned it reference number #F-2012-33627.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Michel,

This is in reference to your email dated June 14, 2013 regarding case number F-2012-33627. Your request for a status inquiry has been forwarded to the appropriate office for action.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Michel,

This is in reference to your email dated August 13, 2013 case number F-2012-33627. The estimated completion date for your request is August 2014. Estimated completion dates are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates, not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion. This is due to unusual circumstances, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). However, please note, interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matters, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at

(202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: Department of State

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

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: FOIA Status

By letter dated August 27, 2013 the Department completed action of the subject request.

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