Parallel Construction Records (Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys)

Avinash Samarth filed this request with the Department of Justice, National Security Division of the United States of America.
Tracking # FOIA-2014-01808
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From: Avinash Samarth

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. Regarding policies, procedures, and practices followed in order to share intelligence-community information between the NSA and the DEA's Special Operations Division. According to a report by Reuters, the DEA's Special Operations Division has a longstanding practice of obtaining intelligence-community information from the NSA for use in domestic law enforcement efforts. See http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805. Some versions of this practice are called "parallel construction." Id.

2. Regarding any violations of these policies, procedures, and practices by NSA or DEA agents.

3. The case name, docket number, and court of all criminal prosecutions, current or past, that involved a 'tip' from the DEA's Special Operations Division deriving from NSA surveillance. See id.

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I request that you please search the following EOUSA Staffs: Office of the Director, Counsel to the Director, Attorney General Advisory Committee, Legal Programs, and General Counsel. In formulating this list, I relied on the staff descriptions available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/orgchart.html. In addition, I request that you search the United States Attorneys' Offices in the following locations: California, District of Columbia, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, Florida, New York, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Nevada. For each state listed above, please search all United States Attorneys' Offices within the 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,

Avinash Samarth

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I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 4, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 4, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 4, 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: Avinash Samarth

To Whom It May Concern:

I filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on April 4, 2014. The FOIA mandates that your agency determine whether you will comply with a FOIA request within 20 business days after receipt. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A)(i). The FOIA also mandates that this time limit may only be extended "by written notice" and under "unusual circumstances." 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i).

It has been well over 100 business days since I sent my request and you have not sent any written notice regarding the existence of any unusual circumstances that could justify this violation of the FOIA time limits. Please respond as promptly as possible.

Sincerely,
Avinash Samarth

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I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 4, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 4, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 4, 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: MuckRock.com

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I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 4, 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: 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 April 4, 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: 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 April 4, 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: 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 April 4, 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: 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 April 4, 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: 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 April 4, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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

From: Executive Office for United States Attorneys

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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From: MuckRock

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The attached FOIA request has been forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be appreciated.

Thank you.

From: Gleaves, Lani (NSD)

Avinash Samarth
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 11165
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Ms. Samarth:

This is in reference to your email dated November 23, 2015, pertaining to "1. Regarding policies, procedures, and practices followed in order to share intelligence-community information between the NSA and the DEA's Special Operations Division. According to a report by Reuters, the DEA's Special Operations Division has a longstanding practice of obtaining intelligence-community information from the NSA for use in domestic law enforcement efforts. See http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805. Some versions of this practice are called "parallel construction." Id; 2. Regarding any violations of these policies, procedures, and practices by NSA or DEA agents; 3. The case name, docket number, and court of all criminal prosecutions, current or past, that involved a 'tip' from the DEA's Special Operations Division deriving from NSA surveillance.” Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information request on November 23, 2015.
Created by the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act in March 2006, the National Security Division (NSD) formally began operations on October 2, 2006. The NSD consolidated the national security components of the Department of Justice under a new Assistant Attorney General (the AAG for National Security). These components included the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (now the Office of Intelligence) and the Criminal Division's Counterterrorism and Counterespionage Sections. The NSD also includes a new Law and Policy office responsible for providing legal assistance and for formulating legislative initiatives on matters related to national security law and policy. These organizational changes reinforce the Department’s efforts to prevent terrorism and other threats to national security. In addition, the AAG for National Security acts as the Department's liaison with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and other intelligence community agencies in order to improve coordination against terrorism and other threats to national security.

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV (2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.

We regret to inform you that we cannot comply to your request. NSD did not receive your request dated April 4, 2014. We do not use FOIA numbers beginning with FOIA-2014-01808. Therefore, your file is hereby administratively closed in the National Security Division.

If you are not satisfied with my response to your request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy, United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's eFOIA portal at http://www.justice.gov/oip/efoia-portal.html. Your appeal must be postmarked or transmitted electronically within sixty days from the date of this letter. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

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