National Policy Institute
|Submitted||Nov. 23, 2016|
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From: Michael Best
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Records relating to the National Policy Institute (NPI), an alt-right, white supremacist organization. NPI was founded in 2005 by William Regnery II. Marilyn Mayo, the co-director of Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, says that the group was "founded to be kind of a white supremacist think tank." Louis R. Andrews was the chairman until 2010. Andrews said that he had voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election because "I want to see the Republican Party destroyed, so it can be reborn as a party representing the interests of white people, and not entrenched corporate elites." The group was based in Augusta, Georgia at its founding, but by 2013 had relocated to Montana. In some reports, the group is listed as being based in Arlington, Virginia. Its president as of 2016 is Richard B. Spencer, a founder of the blog Alternative Right.
Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, 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, agencies, organizations and companies including but not limited to those cited in the obituaries and biographies cited in the previous paragraph.
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the Bureau for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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.
Dear Mr. Best,
The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.
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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation
A no responsive documents response.
From: Michael Best
I am appealing the integrity of the search, including but NOT limited to their failure to perform a search of each the indices I specified as well as a cross-reference searches for the leads I provided.
01/09/2017 12:19 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-001442
DOJ-AP-2017-001442 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- No records.