OSS Weapons: Special Weapons and Devices

JPat Brown filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Due Nov. 1, 2017
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From: JPat Brown

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of "United States Office of Strategic Services' (OSS) 1944 edition of 'Special Weapons and Devices.'"
This manual was referenced in the CIA promotion videos "OSS Weapons Ingenuity" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA-ycKvDnOQ

I am journalist who writes extensively about FBI files - https://www.muckrock.com/project/subjects-matter-fbi-files-10/, which have received national and international attention - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3219376/Undercover-FBI-agents-spy-annual-Burning-Man-festival-light-ongoing-war-terrorism-use-test-new-intelligence-collection-technology.html

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,

JPat Brown

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear JPat Brown,

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
request to the National Archives and Records Administration, via
FOIA@nara.gov.

Because you have requested access to historically permanent federal
records, we have forwarded your FOIA request, received in our office,
December 4, 2017, to our *Office of Research Services, Special Access and
FOIA* staff, for further review and handling. As a result, you will be
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National Archives and Records Administration
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From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 5:04 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #F-2017-02567
To: foia@nara.gov

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November 27, 2017

This is a follow up to request number F-2017-02567:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 21, 2017. 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-2017-02567.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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Somerville, MA 02144
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-2516

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On Oct. 27, 2017:
A fix is required to perfect the request.
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On Sept. 21, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of "United States Office of Strategic Services' (OSS) 1944 edition
of 'Special Weapons and Devices.'"
This manual was referenced in the CIA promotion videos "OSS Weapons
Ingenuity" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA-ycKvDnOQ

I am journalist who writes extensively about FBI files -
https://www.muckrock.com/project/subjects-matter-fbi-files-10/, which have
received national and international attention - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
news/article-3219376/Undercover-FBI-agents-spy-annual-Burning-Man-festival-
light-ongoing-war-terrorism-use-test-new-intelligence-
collection-technology.html

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,

JPat Brown

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/
national-archives-and-records-administration-129/oss-
weapons-special-weapons-and-devices-43770/?email=foia%40nara.gov&uuid-login=
ff04bd19-b6b1-4414-b87a-4e5d6ecfc61d#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 43770
411A Highland Ave
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave+Somerville,+MA+02144&entry=gmail&source=g>
Somerville, MA 02144
<https://maps.google.com/?q=411A+Highland+Ave+Somerville,+MA+02144&entry=gmail&source=g>
-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note
that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than
"MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as
undeliverable.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

December 5, 2017

JPat Brown

requests@muckrock.com

Dear JPat Brown,

I am writing as a follow up to your email of November 27, 2017 to
foia@nara.gov asking for status update to request #F-2017-02567 originally
submitted September 21, 2017.

Unfortunately, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has
no record of this request and the FOIA case tracking number you cite is not
a number we generate or use. I am not sure who you made this request to,
but you will have to contact that agency directly for a status update.

If you believe NARA has custody of the records you seek, you can submit
your request to our reference department (archives2reference@nara.gov) for
a search or submit a FOIA request to specialaccess_foia@nara.gov.

Sincerely,

Jessie Hartman

Government Information Specialist

Special Access and FOIA Staff

From: JPat Brown

Ms. Hartman, hello!
Apologies for the confusion - that tracking number was left over from when I originally filed this request with the CIA, who then directed me to NARA. If it's easiest for you, I'd be happy to consider this a new request.
Thanks again,
JPat

From: National Archives and Records Administration

This is an automated reply to inform you that National Archives and Records Administration received your e-mail.

If this is a reference request regarding records in the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection, you must contact our Textual Records Reference Division at archives2reference@nara.gov.

If this is a FOIA request, we are currently assessing your FOIA to determine which organization within NARA can best respond. Once your FOIA is properly routed, our goal is to provide you with a reply within 20 working days* that will either resolve your request or inform you of your FOIA case number and the current status. We will contact you at this e-mail address if we require more information in order to proceed.

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