Operation Themis: US gov response to 2020 protests (National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA)

Christopher Bing filed this request with the National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA of the United States of America.
Tracking #

J-20-0117, FA-20-0012, FA-20-0008, FA-20-0002, FP-20-022092, FA-20-0005, F20-0132

J-20-0117, FA-20-0012, FA-20-0008, FA-20-0002, FP-20-022092, FA-20-0005

J-20-0117, FA-20-0012, FA-20-0008, FA-20-0002, FP-20-022092

J-20-0117, FA-20-0012, FA-20-0008, FA-20-0002

J-20-0117, FA-20-0012, FA-20-0008

J-20-0117, FA-20-0012

J-20-0117

Multi Request Operation Themis: US gov response to 2020 protests
Est. Completion July 6, 2020
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Christopher Bing


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Seeking documents, memos, emails, powerpoint presentations and other notes that contain the phrase or discuss "Operation Themis," a name used internally in government to describe the federal response to 2020 domestic protests. Themis was an overarching term used between Defense Department agencies and the executives branch, among others, to discuss how the government was coordinating a mission to quell/control/calm domestic unrest following the 2020 police killing of George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody in Minneapolis. This FOIA is specifically requesting materials about the US government's coordination, enforcement and implementation efforts, which included the wide deployment of national guard units across the country in major urban areas. At the time, the National Guard was activated across roughly half of the U.S. The guard was deployed in numerous states, including Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin (as well as the District of Columbia).

The term/codename/title would have been used at the executive level of agencies in communications with colleagues across government. It is vital the public understand how its military was deployed in 2020 amid nationwide protests.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Bing

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Good morning,

Please see the attached regarding FOIA request J-20-0117.

V/R

SSgt Jerido
FOIA Specialist

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

See attached.

Very Respectfully

M J Lanni
Florida Army National Guard
G6 Administrative Services Supervisor
FLNG FOIA Officer

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Bing,

This email is to acknowledge receipt of your FOIA request dated June 2, 2020 for a copy of any documents, memos, emails, power point presentations and other notes that contain the phrase or discuss "Operation Themis." A portion of your request was referred to our office from National Guard Bureau. Your request was received in our office on June 18, 2020 and assigned case number F20-0132.

Normal processing times are between 10-20 business days. Please be aware there may be unavoidable delays in response due to COVID-19. However, we will make every effort to provide responsive records as soon as possible.

All communications concerning this request should be identified with the above reference number and addressed to the email address shown above.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at this email address.

Sincerely,

Sarah E. Alexander
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Open Records
Texas Military Department
Office of the General Counsel
Office: 512.782.5443
Fax: 512.782.6988
P.O. Box 5218
Austin, TX 78763

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Bing,

Please find the attached response to your FOIA Request.

v/r

CW4 Janet L. Blain
FOIA and PA Manager
Ohio Army National Guard

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

ALL:

Please see attached this office's acknowledgment of receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request.

Very Respectfully,

JAMES SNYDER
Freedom of Information Act Officer
Washington Army National Guard
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
(253) 512-8353

If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, please delete it and
notify the sender. If this email is marked FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) or
contains Attorney Work Product or Attorney/Client Privileged communications,
it may be exempt from mandatory disclosure under the FOIA, DoD 5400.7R, DoD
Freedom of Information Act Program; DoD Directive 5230.9, Clearance of DoD
Information for Public Release; and DoD Instruction 5230.29, Security and
Policy Review of DoD Information for Public Release.

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Bing,

Attached is the acknowledgment letter from the Wisconsin National Guard FOIA office. Please feel free to reach out to our office if you have any additional questions.

v/r,
A. Jordan Marcellino
CPT, FOIA/Privacy Act Manager
JFHQ WIARNG

  • 20200622 Acknowledgement Letter to Requester FP-20-022092

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr.Bing,

Attached is the FOIA memo, for your request Utah received from NGB, for your records. Thank you.

Respectfully,

Carrie E. Alefi
Chief of Admin Svcs

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Bing,

Attached is the closeout memo for your request. Thank you.

Respectfully,

Carrie E. Alefi
Chief of Admin Svcs

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

ALL:

Our organization was unable to locate any records responsive to your request. Please see attached.

Very Respectfully,

JAMES SNYDER
Freedom of Information Act Officer
Washington Army National Guard
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
(253) 512-8353

If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, please delete it and
notify the sender. If this email is marked FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) or
contains Attorney Work Product or Attorney/Client Privileged communications,
it may be exempt from mandatory disclosure under the FOIA, DoD 5400.7R, DoD
Freedom of Information Act Program; DoD Directive 5230.9, Clearance of DoD
Information for Public Release; and DoD Instruction 5230.29, Security and
Policy Review of DoD Information for Public Release.

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. Bing-

Please find attached the acknowledgement of your FOIA request and the
Indiana National Guard's Response.

Respectfully,

Ken L. Morris
1LT, QM
J6 Admin Services Branch Chief
JFHQ, Bldg. 3, Rm 1602
Office 317-247-3300 x73125
kenneth.l.morris.mil@mail.mil

D Co. (-) MI 776th BEB
Executive Officer

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Bing,

Please see the attached regarding your FOIA request for the WIARNG.

Respectfully,
A. Jordan Marcellino
Chaplain
105th Cavalry Regiment
cell: 608-373-4789

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Bing,

Please see the attached memorandum regarding your recent FOIA request.

V/r,
SGT Victoria A. McCormick
Office of General Counsel, MIARNG
JAG Paralegal/State FOIA Manager
Joint Force Headquarters
(517) 481-8100

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Christopher Bing
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 94242
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Via Email: requests@muckrock.com

Mr. Bing,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act request dated June 2, 2020 for a copy of any documents, memos, emails, power point presentations and other notes that contain the phrase or discuss "Operation Themis." A portion of your request was referred to our office from National Guard Bureau. Your request was received in our office on June 18, 2020 and assigned case number F20-0132.

A search by our Records Department failed to locate any documents that would be responsive to your request.

This concludes the processing of your request.

For any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request, you have the right to contact the Army FOIA Public Liaison Officer, Ms. Alecia Bolling, by e-mail at usarmy.belvoir.hqda-oaa-ahs.mbx.rmda-foia-public-liaison@mail.mil or by phone at (703) 428-6462. If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to appeal to the Secretary of the Army by writing to Office of Information and Privacy (NGB/JA-OIP), 111 South George Mason Drive, AH2 Suite 319B, Arlington, VA 22204-1373, or by e-mail, NGB.FOIA@mail.mil. Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of this response. Your appeal should include copies of your original request and this response, as well as a discussion of the reasons supporting your appeal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at this email address or (512) 782-5443.

Very Respectfully,

Sarah E. Alexander
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Open Records
Texas Military Department
Office of the General Counsel
Office: 512.782.5443
Fax: 512.782.6988
P.O. Box 5218
Austin, TX 78763

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

A no responsive documents response.

From: Christopher Bing

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Christopher Bing

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

A no responsive documents response.

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Christopher Bing,

Please see attached.

V/R,

Mary Dixon

Mary L. Dixon
Chief, Administrative Services Branch
Illinois Army National Guard
W 217.761.1746
C 217.473.9720
mary.l.dixon.mil@mail.mil

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

With Original Request.

V/R,

Mary Dixon

Mary L. Dixon
Chief, Administrative Services Branch
Illinois Army National Guard
W 217.761.1746
C 217.473.9720
mary.l.dixon.mil@mail.mil

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Christopher Bing,

Please see attached response to your FOIA Request.

V/R,

Mary Dixon

Mary L. Dixon
Chief, Administrative Services Branch
Illinois Army National Guard
W 217.761.1746
C 217.473.9720
mary.l.dixon.mil@mail.mil<mailto:mary.l.dixon.mil@mail.mil>

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

Mr. Bing,

Please see the attached FOIA reponse.

Very Respectfully,

SGT Conrad Ippolito
J.D. Candidate 2020
720-250-1032
conrad.a.ippolito.mil@mail.mil

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

A no responsive documents response.

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