Records related to NSA program MonsterMind

Andrew Couts filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-010
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Policy papers, legal memos, and email conversations between OLC staff and the office of the NSA director regarding the NSA program MonsterMind. Date range: From January 1, 2014, through the date of the search for records.

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 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,

Eric Geller

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Geller:

Attached, please find the acknowledgement letter for your FOIA request to OLC, which was assigned tracking number FY16-010.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Geller:

Your request is behind several other complex requests, and we currently estimate it taking between 18 months and 2 years to process. Please let us know if you wish to narrow your request so that it can be transferred to the "simple" track and processed more quickly.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

Dear Ms. Golden,

Below is my narrowed request. Please let me know if it does not qualify as "simple" and I will try to modify it further.

"OLC memos offering legal advice regarding the NSA program MonsterMind. Date range: From January 1, 2014, through the date of the search for records."

Sincerely,
Eric Geller

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Geller:

In light of your narrowing of your request as described below, your request has now been moved to the “simple” track and will be processed accordingly.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

Hello,

I would like to request an update on the status of this request.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Eric Geller

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Geller:

FY16-010 is being processed. I also am looking into FY15-096 and will get back to you shortly.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Geller:

Attached, please find the response to your FOIA request to OLC that was assigned tracking number FY16-010.

Sincerely,
Melissa Golden, Esq.
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Justice
Please note my new last name (formerly Kassier)

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