Readiness Exercise 1984 (Rex 84)

Joseph Lloyd filed this request with the General Services Administration of the United States of America.
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GSA-2018-001437

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From: Joseph Lloyd

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I wish to see a full copy of the Readiness Exercise 1984 (Rex 84) memo.

Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a classified scenario and drill developed by the United States federal government to detain large numbers of United States citizens deemed to be "national security threats", in the event that the President declared a "State of National Emergency". The plan was first revealed in detail in a major daily newspaper by reporter Alfonso Chardy in the July 5, 1987 edition of the Miami Herald. Possible reasons for such a roundup were reported to be widespread opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, such as if the United States were to directly invade Central America. To combat what the government perceived as "subversive activities", the plan also authorized the military to direct ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels, according to Professor Diana Reynolds.

Existence of a master military contingency plans (of which REX-84 was a part), "Garden Plot" and a similar earlier exercise, "Lantern Spike", were originally revealed by journalist Ron Ridenhour, who summarized his findings in an article in CounterSpy Magazine.

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,

Joseph Lloyd

From: General Services Administration

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* Tracking Number: GSA-2018-001437
* Requester Name: Joseph Lloyd
* Date Submitted: 07/16/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
I wish to see a full copy of the Readiness Exercise 1984 (Rex 84) memo.
Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a classified scenario and drill developed by the United States federal government to detain large numbers of United States citizens deemed to be "national security threats", in the event that the President declared a "State of National Emergency". The plan was first revealed in detail in a major daily newspaper by reporter Alfonso Chardy in the July 5, 1987 edition of the Miami Herald. Possible reasons for such a roundup were reported to be widespread opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, such as if the United States were to directly invade Central America. To combat what the government perceived as "subversive activities", the plan also authorized the military to direct ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels, according to Professor Diana Reynolds.
Existence of a master military contingency plans (of which REX-84 was a part), "Garden Plot" and a similar earlier exercise, "Lantern Spike", were originally revealed by journalist Ron Ridenhour, who summarized his findings in an article in CounterSpy Magazine.
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,
Joseph Lloyd

From: General Services Administration

The FOIA request - GSA-2018-001437 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:
* Tracking Number: GSA-2018-001437
* Requester: Joseph Lloyd
* Submitted Date: 07/16/2018
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
I wish to see a full copy of the Readiness Exercise 1984 (Rex 84) memo.
Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a classified scenario and drill developed by the United States federal government to detain large numbers of United States citizens deemed to be "national security threats", in the event that the President declared a "State of National Emergency". The plan was first revealed in detail in a major daily newspaper by reporter Alfonso Chardy in the July 5, 1987 edition of the Miami Herald. Possible reasons for such a roundup were reported to be widespread opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, such as if the United States were to directly invade Central America. To combat what the government perceived as "subversive activities", the plan also authorized the military to direct ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels, according to Professor Diana Reynolds.
Existence of a master military contingency plans (of which REX-84 was a part), "Garden Plot" and a similar earlier exercise, "Lantern Spike", were originally revealed by journalist Ron Ridenhour, who summarized his findings in an article in CounterSpy Magazine.
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,
Joseph Lloyd

From: General Services Administration

Good morning Joseph Lloyd:
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The FOIA request GSA-2018-001437 has had its Tracking Number changed to GSA-2018-001437. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: GSA-2018-001437
* New Tracking Number: GSA-2018-001437
* Requester Name: Joseph Lloyd
* Date Submitted: 07/16/2018
* Long Description: To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
I wish to see a full copy of the Readiness Exercise 1984 (Rex 84) memo.
Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a classified scenario and drill developed by the United States federal government to detain large numbers of United States citizens deemed to be "national security threats", in the event that the President declared a "State of National Emergency". The plan was first revealed in detail in a major daily newspaper by reporter Alfonso Chardy in the July 5, 1987 edition of the Miami Herald. Possible reasons for such a roundup were reported to be widespread opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, such as if the United States were to directly invade Central America. To combat what the government perceived as "subversive activities", the plan also authorized the military to direct ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels, according to Professor Diana Reynolds.
Existence of a master military contingency plans (of which REX-84 was a part), "Garden Plot" and a similar earlier exercise, "Lantern Spike", were originally revealed by journalist Ron Ridenhour, who summarized his findings in an article in CounterSpy Magazine.
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,
Joseph Lloyd

From: General Services Administration

Mr. Lloyd:

This email is in response to your U. S. General Services Administration
(GSA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request number GSA-2018-001437
submitted on July 16, 2018, in which you requested the following:

"To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I
hereby request the following records: I wish to see a full copy of the
Readiness Exercise 1984 (Rex 84) memo. Rex 84, short for Readiness
Exercise 1984, was a classified scenario and drill developed by the United
States federal government to detain large numbers of United States citizens
deemed to be "national security threats", in the event that the President
declared a "State of National Emergency". The plan was first revealed in
detail in a major daily newspaper by reporter Alfonso Chardy in the July 5,
1987 edition of the Miami Herald. Possible reasons for such a roundup were
reported to be widespread opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad,
such as if the United States were to directly invade Central America. To
combat what the government perceived as "subversive activities", the plan
also authorized the military to direct ordered movements of civilian
populations at state and regional levels, according to Professor Diana
Reynolds.

The U.S. General Services Administration does not take part in rounding up
citizens deemed to be "national security threats." The mission of GSA is
to establish policy and provide efficient management of Government
property, including the construction and operations of Federal buildings;
procurement and distribution of supplies, utilization of real and personal
property and communication management.

Recommend you submit a FOIA request to the National Archives and Records
Administration because the documents are 34 years old. Please submit a
FOIA request to NARA Freedom of Information Act Service Centers and Public
Liaisons-National Archives at the following address:

*Gary M. Stern*
General Counsel
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 3110
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-1750 (phone)
301-837-0293 (fax)
garym.stern@nara.gov

This completes our action on your FOIA request.

Respectfully,

U.S. General Services Administration

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