Records Pertaining to the Library at the Detention Facility in Parwan

Muira McCammon filed this request with the United States Central Command - CENTCOM of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-0273
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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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 reports, emails, or other records related to the claim that detainees in the Detention Facility in Parwan were "using library books to pass notes and messages." These reports were mentioned in the "Executive Summary of Findings and Recommendations, Army Regulation (AR) 15-6 Investigation (Allegation that US Service Members Improperly Disposed of Islamic Religious Materials)".

(2) In the same aforementioned Executive Summary, it is stated that "a later joint inventory of the remaining books on 26 February 2012 yielded a total of 1,652 books, including 328 Qur'ans. Pictures of the books were taken on 5 March 2012 for further evidentiary use." I therefore request all pictures that were taken on 5 March 2012 of the books belonging to the library in the Detention Facility in Parwan. I also seek a copy of the inventory of the 1,652 books, including the titles of the books and any other material that might have been included in the original inventory.

(3) Lastly, I seek all emails sent/received between the U.S. Central Command and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) (esp. the Ministry of Interior) after February 2012 that relate to the remaining books that were recovered from the library.

(4) All DFIP Standard Operating Procedures issued after February 2012.

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 on military detainee libraries.

In the event that there are fees, (though I do not expect them given my status as an academic researcher/graduate student), 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: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Ms. McCammon,
We are still searching for the information you requested. You case is currently #220 in the que. The estimated completion date is 90 days from today's date. However, this time frame could change based on the information we find. For future correspondence, please indicate your FOIA case number (#16-0273) to ensure a quicker response.

FOIA Team

FOIA Requester Service Center
USCENTCOM/J6-RDF
(813) 529-6285

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Good afternoon. FOIA 16-0273 is currently 161 in the USCENTCOM FOIA Queue.
The actual processing time for will depend upon consultation with other DoD
components, states, overseas, or other agencies.

You can also track your FOIA Case on the USCENTCOM FOIA Library, Check FOIA
Case Status link (Caution-http://www.centcom.mil/Home/FOIA/).

v/r
Steven
STEVEN L JOHNSON
Government Information & Privacy Specialist
Comm: (813) 529-6689
VOSIP: 302-529-6627
(N): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.mil
(S): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.smil.mil

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Hello,

Your request is currently 152 in the USCENTCOM FOIA queue. Thanks for your inquiry.

Respectfully,

USCENTCOM FOIA Requester Service Center
(813)529-6285

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Hello,

Your request is currently 152 in the USCENTCOM FOIA queue. Thanks for your inquiry.

Respectfully,

USCENTCOM FOIA Requester Service Center
(813)529-6285

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Your request FOIA 16-0273 is currently 144 in the USCENTCOM FOIA queue. Thanks for your inquiry.

Respectfully,

USCENTCOM FOIA Requester Service Center
(813)529-6285

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

Good afternoon Ms. McCammon,

USCENTCOM closed your FOIA Request (FOIA 16-0273) and mailed the response to you on 22 February 2017. It was returned to sender due to not deliverable as addressed and unable to forward. Can you please provide your mailing address?

Thanks,

Steven

STEVEN L JOHNSON
Senior FOIA/PA Analyst
Comm: (813) 529-6689
VOSIP: 302-529-6627
(N): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.mil
(S): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.smil.mil

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full
potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal
excellence." Confucius

From: Muira McCammon

Dear Steven,

Thank you. I've just emailed you in response to this update.

Very much looking forward to receiving and reviewing CENTCOM's response.

In gratitude,
Muira McCammon

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

Good afternoon Ms. McCammon,

USCENTCOM closed your FOIA Request (FOIA 16-0273) and mailed the response to you on 22 February 2017. It was returned to sender due to not deliverable as addressed and unable to forward. Can you please provide your mailing address?

Again, can you please provide a good mailing address and I will gladly resend.

Thanks,

Steven

STEVEN L JOHNSON
Senior FOIA/PA Analyst
Comm: (813) 529-6689
VOSIP: 302-529-6627
(N): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.mil
(S): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.smil.mil

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full
potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal
excellence." Confucius

From: Muira McCammon

Dear Mr. Johnson,

Unfortunately, one of the folders in the disk that you sent was substantially damaged, and I was unable to open it from the start. So, regrettably, I am going to need to ask you to resend the FOIA docs in their entirety, as I was unable to get access all of the images that were included on the two discs. I tried using multiple different computers to open the disc and can only assume that the folder was damaged from the start.

Thank you,

Muira McCammon

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

I will put a new disc in the mail tomorrow.

Steven

From: Muira McCammon

Thank you. I so appreciate that.

Muira

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

You should receive your new disk shortly. Let me know if you don't receive in a couple of weeks.

Thanks, Steven

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

Ms. McCammon,

USCENTCOM's replacement DVDs was mailed to you on 12 July 2017.

v/r

Steven

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