Records Concerning Zablon Simintov

Muira McCammon filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Due Aug. 18, 2016
Est. Completion Oct. 1, 2017
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Muira McCammon

To Whom It May Concern:

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

(1) All emails and records of communication between the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and Zablon Simintov, including all records pertaining to his assertion that one of his Torahs had been stolen by a member of the Taleban (who was taken at some juncture to GiTMO). In 2005, Zablon Simintov told a reporter of the Washington Post Foreign Service that he had been informed by the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan that the person who stole his Torah was being held in GiTMO (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39702-2005Jan26.html).

(2) More broadly, emails or cables to, from or about: Zablon Simintov or Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior between January 1, 2000 and July 1, 2016 that mention (a) his missing Torah, (b) the Taleban member thought to have taken Zablon Simintov's missing Torah, and/or (c) GiTMO.

I am an academic, currently affiliated with the Harvard Law School as well as the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As such, I ask that all fees be waived for this request, given that this request is being made for exclusively educational purposes. I intend to make all requested documents tied to this request available to the general public and also plan to incorporate them into my academic work.

In the event that there are fees (though given my status as a graduate student I do not anticipate them), 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,

Muira McCammon
E-mail (Preferred): muira.n.mccammon@gmail.com
Phone: 646-460-0086
For mailed responses, please address:
Muira McCammon
9 Union Street
Northampton, MA 01060

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Good Morning Ms. McCammon,

In response to your case control number F-2016-08736, I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested a status update and estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

J. Berhane
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. McCammon,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested a status update and estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Dominique Cotten
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Dear Muira McCammon,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested a new estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>
Regards,

Suzanne Gardner
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Dear Muira McCammon

This is in response to your October 19, 2016 email, regarding case number F-2016-08736. The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: October 2017.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Suzanne B Gardner
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Dear Muira McCammon,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated November 18, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the team that is processing your request. Our office has requested an update on the status and the confirmation of the estimated completion date for your request. Information will be provided to you as soon as our office receives a response.

We appreciate your patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U. S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Muira McCammon-At this time the estimated completion date(ECD) is still October 2017.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

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