Records on Operation Halcon or Falcon

John Dyer filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-00005
Status
Completed

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From: John Dyer

To Whom It May Concern:

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

This is a Freedom of Information Request. By means of the following, I request any and all reports on Operation Falcon or Halcon, an air interdiction program sponsored by the US Government in Mexico that operated between 1990 and 2000 and that was created to intercept drug shipments from Mexico and Central America to the US. Please include any and all records pertaining the results obtained through this program, the costs that it involved and the reasons it was cancelled in 2000, by the Mexican Government.

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,

John Dyer

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 Feb. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request

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

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 Feb. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

Your request has been assigned to the appropriate compliance research branch for action. Currently we are determining if we have sufficient information to process your search and ensure we are able to protect personal identifiable information. You will be receiving a formal acknowledgement letter shortly. A timeframe cannot be provided until the assigned team has had an opportunity to fully review the request.

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) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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 Feb. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

May I please have your assigned case number so that I can better assist you?

Jennine A. Daniels

From: John Dyer

Hello,

An acknowledgement letter was never received for this request, nor a tracking number.

On May 15, the following email was received:

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Mr. Dyer,

Your request has been assigned to the appropriate compliance research branch for action. Currently we are determining if we have sufficient information to process your search and ensure we are able to protect personal identifiable information. You will be receiving a formal acknowledgement letter shortly. A timeframe cannot be provided until the assigned team has had an opportunity to fully review the request.

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) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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Please advise.

Thank you.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

I am unable to find your request in the system by searching for your name and the subject you describe. Your organization has a substantial number of requests. The Department of State keeps track of requests by case numbers. If you have not gotten a case number, please resubmit your request. When you do provide the date you submitted your original request and explain that you did not receive an acknowledgement letter or a case number.

In the future when you request a status on a case please provide the case number in the subject line of your message. This will not only make it easier to find your case, it will facilitate a quick answer to your inquiry.

From: John Dyer

Hello,

Per the direction of a State Department FOIA liaison (full communication trail below the FOIA request), I am resubmitting the FOIA request below, as my original submission on 21 Feb 2013 was acknowledged but not assigned a case or tracking number.

Please confirm receipt and assign a tracking number immediately.

Thank you.

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To Whom It May Concern:

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

This is a Freedom of Information Request. By means of the following, I request any and all reports on Operation Falcon or Halcon, an air interdiction program sponsored by the US Government in Mexico that operated between 1990 and 2000 and that was created to intercept drug shipments from Mexico and Central America to the US. Please include any and all records pertaining the results obtained through this program, the costs that it involved and the reasons it was cancelled in 2000, by the Mexican Government.

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,

John Dyer

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From: John Dyer

Hello,

No tracking number was ever assigned for this request. Please advise.

Thank you.

From: Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer - Would you please provide the assigned FOIA Case number. Regards,

From: MuckRock

This is in regard to F-2013-15988. Thank you.

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer - Your November and December status inquiries have been forwarded to the assigned office Branch Chief for action. Regards,

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

The estimated completion date for the subject case is June 2014. Regards,

From: Wood, Katrina M

Mr. Dyer,

This is a follow-up to your case number F-2013-15988.

Our Statutory Compliance and Research Branch has provided an extended estimated completion date of September 30, 2014. Please disregard our previous estimated completion for June 1, 2014 due to our backlog.

For your information:

Estimated Completion Dates are subject to change. They are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, such as coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). If relevant records are located, they will be released on an interim basis, as applicable.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on (202) 261-8484, send a fax on (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>. Please refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
Phone: 202-261-8484
Fax: 202-261-8582
Email: Foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:Foiastatus@state.gov>

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: Wood, Katrina M

Mr. John Dyer,

The Statutory Compliance and Research Division Center provided an estimated completion date of December 31, 2014.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

Your estimated completion date is still set for December 2014.
Best,
Jennine A. Daniels
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

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 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) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

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

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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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. John Dyer- The new estimated completion date is July 2015.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear John Dyer,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated March 13, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Please be advised that a search of records has been initiated with the Department's Archive System. The search has been completed and the information found is currently in the review process. The estimated completion date for your request is July 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer

The new estimated completion date is July 2015.

Regards,

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

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear John Dyer,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated June 15, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Please be advised that a copy of your request has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information on the status of your request will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available. The estimated completion date for your request is July 2015. You will be informed if this date changes.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

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 Feb. 21, 2013. 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-2013-15988.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. John Dyer,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested another estimated completion date(ECD) for your case. The Analyst have contacted the bureaus doing the searches. 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. Thank you for your continued patience. 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) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Mr. John Dyer–This is a follow-up to your control case number F-2013-15988 the proposed estimated completion date is February 2016. The initiated search with the Embassy in Mexico City is continuing.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

At the present time the case notes indicate an ECD of February 2016.

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

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

I have again contacted the Case Analyst and requested another estimated completion date(ECD) for your case. The Analyst have contacted the bureaus doing the searches. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

Thank you for your continued patience. Please do not hesitate to contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484.

Regards,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov@@http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=mailto:foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov%3chttp://redirect.state.sbu/?url=mailto:foiastatus@state.gov@@>

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

This is a follow-up to your case control number F-2013-15988 and accorded to our “Freedom Data Base System” comments note that your documents was mailed to you on 3/4/2016. If you haven’t received them please do not hesitate to call us at: 202-261-8484.
Regards,
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

This is in reply to your email dated June 6, 2016 regarding your FOIA request number F-2013-15988. As mentioned to you in our email of March 9, 2016 your FOIA case is closed. According to the notes in the electronic case files, your documents were mailed to you on March 4, 2016. In the event you have not received them please, do not hesitate to contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or via e-mail at foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please provide a status update to this request, which was referred to the DEA by the U.S. Department of State.

Thank you.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. John Dyer,

Thank you for inquiring on your case control number F-2013-15988. According to our "Freedoms of Information Data Base" this case is close in our Department of State system. The attached letter you sent mentioned to call the Department of Justice for the expeditious handling of the request as explained to you in their letter dated May 6, 2016. The customer Service Hotline Representative telephone is 202-307-7596.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

This is in reply to your email dated June 15, 2016 regarding your FOIA request number F-2013-15988. As mentioned to you earlier, your FOIA case is closed. According to the notes in the electronic case files, your documents were mailed to you on March 4, 2016 to the address on file. Please confirm your address so that we can verify our records.
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.

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

From: John Dyer

Records were received and this request is now closed on our end, thank you.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

I checked the status of this case and it was closed on April 29, 2016. You were informed of this in the letter that was sent to you on that date. If you wish to obtain records from the U.S. Department of State you will need to submit a new request. When you do a new case number will be generated.

Please reference the old case number in your new request in case the team reviewing the material needs to access information from the old case file. Before you submit a new request please read the instructions and pay particular attention to the "Checklist for Personal Records" and the "Certification of Identity".

http://www.state.gov/m/a/ips/

How to make a request for Personal Records:

http://foia.state.gov/Request/PersonalRecords.aspx

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

From: U.S. Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

This is in reply to your email dated July 20, 2016 regarding your FOIA request number F-2013-15988. As mentioned to you earlier, your FOIA case is closed. According to the notes in the electronic case files, your documents were mailed to you on March 4, 2016 to the address on file. Please confirm your address so that we can verify our records.

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>.

Sincerely,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484

From: U.S. Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Dyer,

I checked the status of this case and it was closed on April 29, 2016. You were informed of this in the letter that was sent to you on that date. If you wish to obtain records from the U.S. Department of State you will need to submit a new request. When you do a new case number will be generated.

Please reference the old case number in your new request in case the team reviewing the material needs to access information from the old case file. Before you submit a new request please read the instructions and pay particular attention to the "Checklist for Personal Records" and the "Certification of Identity".

http://www.state.gov/m/a/ips/

How to make a request for Personal Records:

http://foia.state.gov/Request/PersonalRecords.aspx

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>

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

From: U.S. Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: U.S. Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: U.S. Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: U.S. Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: U.S. Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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