Records referencing Sept. 1973 ONR Simulated Prison Study

Jeffrey Kaye filed this request with the Department of the Navy, Naval Operations of the United States of America.
Tracking # 15-042
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From: Jeffrey Kaye

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am requesting all records regarding an Office of Naval Research project, the results of which were published in an article in Naval Research Reviews, September 1973. The article in question was entitled "A Study of Prisoners and Guards in a Simulated Prison", and was authored by Craig Haney, Curtis Banks and Philip Zimbardo. "Naval Research Reviews" was published by the Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy, Washington D.C.

A current URL to access this document was posted by one of its co-authors at http://www.zimbardo.com/downloads/1973%20A%20Study%20of%20Prisoners%20and%20Guards,%20Naval%20Research%20Reviews.pdf

According to the article itself, "The research reported in this article is part of a larger project sponsored by the Office of Naval Research which is designed to develop a better understanding of the basic psychological mechanisms underlying human aggression" (page 1).

Accordingly, I am seeking all records and files associated with the research project that this study was part of (hereafter HAP), and in particular, all records and files associated with the portion of the project conducted by Haney, Banks and Zimbardo (hereafter HBZ). This includes, though not exclusively, all protocols, correspondence, memorandum, tapes (audio or video), slides or photos, telegrams, cables, transcripts, and papers or publications, including those then-classified, regarding the HAP project or analysis of HAP-related projects, and more specifically, the same search criteria as applied more specifically to the HBZ research. I would suggest that the time frame regarding this be limited to that between the years 1971 and 1980. I assume most, if not all, material will fall in the 1973-74 period.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The subsequent public and professional literature on the HBZ research is quite large and a lengthy bibliography would be necessary to document the decades-long public interest in this work. Professor Zimbardo himself has published a bibliography on the subject, which can be accessed at http://www.prisonexp.org/psychology/42

As the HBZ research brought up important ethical questions, it is referenced nearly all the time. An example is the discussion of it in a Huffington Post article on July 7, 2014, "Why Facebook Should Follow Ethical Standards -- LIke Everybody Else." That article's author, Professor Robert Klitzman, M.D., wrote, "In the Stanford prison experiment, for instance, the psychologist Philip Zimbardo randomly assigned students to play the roles of "guards" and "prisoners" in a mock penitentiary. He assumed the study would be minimal risk. But the guards soon began physically abusing the prisoners." The URL for this article is http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-klitzman-md/why-facebook-needs-to-fol_b_5557862.html

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. Furthermore, the public interest would be served by knowing a full history based on documentation of this landmark study.

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,

Jeffrey Kaye

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 July 23, 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: Jeffrey Kaye

To Whom It May Concern:

On July 23, 2014, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for "all records regarding an Office of Naval Research project, the results of which were published in an article in Naval Research Reviews, September 1973. The article in question was entitled 'A Study of Prisoners and Guards in a Simulated Prison', and was authored by Craig Haney, Curtis Banks and Philip Zimbardo. 'Naval Research Reviews' was published by the Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy, Washington D.C."

I stated that FOIA was to include records pertaining to a larger ONR project that the Haney, Banks, Zimbardo study was part of.

I have not to date (October 8, 2014) received any acknowledgement of my request, nor notice of any action taken in regards to it. According to FOIA law, a government agency has 20 days to comply with a FOIA request. If a request cannot be filled, the agency can request an extension, and with an acknowledgment of a request, give the requester a tracking number for further reference.

The FOIA office of the Office of Naval Research has not responded to my request, which is now outstanding for approximately 10 weeks, or 70 days.

I ask for immediate attention to this matter. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Kaye

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 July 23, 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: 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 July 23, 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: 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 July 23, 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: 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 July 23, 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: Towns, Jason C CTR ONRA, BD04C

Mr. Kaye:

We have received your FOIA request. It has been given the number 15-042 in our system.

Jason

Jason C. Towns
Contractor Support to ONR Code BD04C/FOIA/Privacy Officer
Data Federal Corporation
Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22203
703-696-5361
jason.towns.ctr@navy.mil

From: Towns, Jason C CTR ONRA, BD04C

Mr. Kaye:

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. It has been given the number 15-042 in our system. We have begun processing your request and hope to have it to you in the near future.

V/r,

Jason Towns

Jason C. Towns
Contractor Support to ONR Code BD04C/FOIA/Privacy Officer
Data Federal Corporation
Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22203
703-696-5361
jason.towns.ctr@navy.mil

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 July 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-042.

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 July 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-042.

Thank you for your help.

From: Towns, Jason C CTR ONRA, BD04C

Mr. Kaye:

We are processing your request and going through records to determine their relevance.

V/r,

Jason

Jason C. Towns
Contractor Support to ONR Code BD04C/FOIA/Privacy Officer
Data Federal Corporation
Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22203
703-696-5361
jason.towns.ctr@navy.mil

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 July 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-042.

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 July 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-042.

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 July 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-042.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Towns, Jason C CTR ONRA, BD04C

We have ordered files from our archives and are reviewing them for responsiveness. We hope to have an answer to you soon.

Jason

From: Towns, Jason C CTR ONRA, BD04C

Mr. Kaye:

Please see the attached documents regarding your Freedom of Information Act request.

V/r,

Jason

Jason C. Towns
Sr. FOIA Analyst
Contractor Support to ONR Code BD042
Data Federal Corporation
Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22203
703-696-5361
jason.towns.ctr@navy.mil

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