Notifications of Investigation or Non-Consenting Program Enrollment (Central Intelligence Agency)

Ramola Dharmaraj filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # P-2015-00337
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From: Ramola Dharmaraj

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Please provide all notifications of ongoing investigation, whether categorized as intelligence, counter-terrorism, criminal, civil, or otherwise, under National Security labels or otherwise, and/or all notifications of enrollment into covert community policing/crime prevention/neurological or psychological behavior modification programs, naming me--Ramola D/Ramola Grace Dharmaraj-- personally as the person under scrutiny, investigation, or study, or as the person enrolled into any classified or unclassified programs of the kind detailed above, issued to any and all community members in Quincy, MA, Milton, MA, Weymouth, MA, and Briantree, MA, particularly those associated with Adams Montessori School, Thomas Crane Library, Milton Library, Joan's Olympic Gym, Milton Art Center, Wollaston Hill Montessori PreSchool, Barnes & Noble, Good Health Store, Stop n' Shop, Star Market, Punjab Dhaba, other local businesses and restaurants, and including residents on Pine Street, Quincy, MA, and in the Wollaston, Quincy neighborhood, and all reasons for these notifications, from the time period 1 Nov 2013 to the present date, 17 November 2014, along with specific information contained in the notifications, including the manner of labeling and characterizing of my person, the specific reason for the investigation/s/program enrollments, the duration of the investigation/program, the manner in which the investigation/program is being conducted, and the authorizing body or bodies permitting the investigation; if your agency would like to state that such notifications do not exist, or that no such ongoing investigation or program exists or has been initiated, please provide a clear and truthful statement to this effect.

(This FOIA request, while specific to my name and person, addresses the current general public concern regarding illegitimate investigations and surveillance targeted at all law-abiding citizens and residents, including myself, and will provide particular information of general public interest, to all members of the media and the public.)

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,

Ramola Dharmaraj

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 Nov. 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejectedby the agency.

From: Ramola Dharmaraj

Dear Mr.Giuffrida:

This is in reference to my recent FOIA request titled "Notifications of Investigation or Non-Consenting Program Enrollment." You had assigned it reference number P-2015-00148.

Thank you very much for your response. I will indeed also direct my enquiries to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as you suggest.

I would like to note however that given the current climate of sharing of information and actions across agencies in the Intelligence Community, both domestic and foreign; and given the published practice of the NSA in procuring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or Patriot Act warrants and court orders for endless surveillance "for foreign intelligence purposes" from a secret FISA court for vast numbers of US citizens, on the false basis of allegations or suspicions of involvement in foreign intelligence/espionage/terrorism activities, and thence using National Security Letters in covert community actions against said citizens; and given also the activities of intelligence collection and covert action engaged in by the National Clandestine Service, a directorate of the CIA; given also the exception to Executive Order 12333 you note; and given that I do travel internationally and communicate with friends and family in foreign countries; this FOIA request is not out of place.

While I make this request as a concerned citizen and law-abiding member of my community, in the interests of informing my community and society at large--via the process of public enquiry on a public website--I also make this request as a writer, an independent journalist, and a concerned citizen blogger on current issues, especially pertaining to government oversight. My FOIA request, while arising out of distinct concern for my own standing in my community, a very justifiable concern given recent activities in my community, hopes also to address the legitimate concerns of others today--particularly peace/justice/environmental activists, writers, and independent journalists like myself-- in my community and in society at large, regarding fraudulent targeting, surveillance, and investigations by Intelligence agencies under bogus and fraudulent charges of wrongdoing/”extremism”/”potential terrorism”/”potential violence”/”potential crime,” etc., fraudulent character assassination, and fraudulent co-opting of communities into surveillance and harassment activities against scapegoated individuals through fraudulent mention or use of community "crime-prevention", "behavior-modification", and "neurological-modification" programs.

I am addressing similar FOIA requests to other Intelligence agencies, in efforts to understand the background to this situation. It would help enormously to know how your agency is involved, or not involved, information which might accrue, should this FOIA request be processed as normal, rather than being rejected without investigation. All information obtained through this FOIA request is intended for public disclosure, analysis, and distribution, both via Muckrock and via the means and media described above; I am a writer being wrongfully targeted, and as a writer, journalist, and activist with a keen interest in transparency and accountability of government, I aim to make public all aspects of this matter.

In cognizance of your response, I would like to amend my FOIA request to your agency as follows:

Please provide all notifications of ongoing investigation, whether categorized as intelligence, counter-terrorism, counter-Intelligence, criminal, civil, or otherwise, under National Security labels or otherwise, and/or all notifications of enrollment into covert community policing/crime prevention/neurological or psychological behavior modification programs, naming me--Ramola D/Ramola Grace Dharmaraj-- personally as the person under scrutiny, investigation, or study, or as the person enrolled into any classified or unclassified programs of the kind detailed above, issued:

1), Locally, to any and all businesses, schools, churches, temples, libraries, stores, fitness centers, restaurants in the Boston metro area, particularly Quincy, MA, Milton, MA, Weymouth, MA, and Braintree, MA; and

2), Internationally, to airport and airline staff, businesses, restaurants, stores, etc. in Boston, Dubai, Bengaluru and Chennai, India;

and all reasons for these notifications, from the time period 1 Nov 2013 to the present date, 2/5/2015, along with specific information contained in the notifications, including the manner of labeling and characterizing of my person, the specific reason for the investigation/s/program enrollments, the duration of the investigation/program, the manner in which the investigation/program is being conducted, and the authorizing body or bodies permitting the investigation; if your agency would like to state that such notifications do not exist, or that no such ongoing investigation or program exists or has been initiated/followed by your agency, please provide a clear and truthful statement to this effect.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,
Ramola D/Dharmaraj

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 Nov. 24, 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 #P-2015-00148.

Thank you for your help.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Ramola Dharmaraj

Dear Mr. Lavergne,

In response to your letter of March 12, which was brought to my attention today, March 24, here is the information you seek:

Yes, I am a naturalized US citizen; my "Alien Registration Number" prior was A072194315, and I was admitted to citizenship at Fairfax, Virginia on October 22, 2008.

Kindly let me know should you need further information.

I look forward to hearing more.

Sincerely,
Ramola D/Dharmaraj

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A no responsive documents response.

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 Nov. 24, 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 #P-2015-00337.

Thank you for your help.

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