PATRIOT Act (Bush 43)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the George W Bush (43) Presidential Library of the United States of America.
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records concerning the PATRIOT Act including, but not limited to, records of cooperation with congress in the drafting and passing of the PATRIOT Act.

I prefer records provided in electronic format, by email is possible and by CD if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,
Jason Smathers

From: Paul H. Santa Cruz

Dear Mr. Smathers,

With respect to your FOIA request on records related to the PATRIOT
Act--are you interested in correspondence received by the White House?

Many thanks for the clarification.

Cordially,

--Paul H. Santa Cruz
Archivist, George W. Bush Presidential Library
Dallas, Texas

From: Jill Zawacki

Mr. Smathers,

My name is Jill Zawacki, and I am an archivist at the George W. Bush
Presidential Library. I'm working on the initial search for your FOIA
request on records related to the PATRIOT Act. To ensure that we provide
you with all of the information that you requested, I have a few follow-up
questions.

Are you interested in publicly-available materials, such as press releases,
news clips, or public mail?

I noticed that you phrased your request as "not limited to" records on the
drafting and passage of the Act. Are you only interested in records dated
to October 26, 2001 (when the Act was signed)? If there is a date range
that you are specifically interested in, please let me know.

If you have any questions related to this request, feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

*Jill N. Zawacki,*Archivist
George W. Bush Presidential Library
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 346-1561

From: Jason Smathers

Paul H. Santa Cruz,

Yes. I presume there is communication and meeting minutes and/or recordings of meetings with members of congress that were created between 9/11/01 and the time the PATRIOT Act was passed.

To help with tracking, can you please use the email addresses that each request was sent from for communication?

Thank you very much.

Best Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: Jason Smathers

Jill N. Zawacki,

You may limit the search to records created prior to the time the president signed the bill, as you suggested. You may also exclude records that are already in the public domain such as news paper clippings. My primary interest is in the development of the bill and the considerations made in drafting it and negotiations made with congress to get it passed. Further, I suspect the president had meetings with advisers about the bill or perhaps it was the subject of cabinet meetings, or briefings were possibly written about the bill and provided to the president. These are examples of what I am looking for.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for contacting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and
Museum. Please see the attached letter concerning your FOIA request.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Lewis
FOIA Coordinator

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 Jan. 20, 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: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for contacting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and
Museum. Please see the attached letter concerning your FOIA request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Lewis
FOIA Coordinator

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

We have recently had an opening of Presidential records that were processed
systematically. Please see the attached information concerning records from
this opening that may potentially be responsive to your FOIA request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Malisa Lewis

FOIA Coordinator

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

We have recently had another opening of Presidential records that were
processed systematically. Please see the attached information concerning
records from this opening that may potentially be responsive to your FOIA
request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Culpepper
FOIA Coordinator

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