Request for documents relating to Barrett Brown and Project PM

Kevin Gallagher filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Kevin Gallagher

Dear FOIA Officer:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I am requesting all responsive documents generated from January 1, 2009 and the date this request is processed.

I hereby request the following records:

I am seeking documents containing the phrases or keywords “Barrett Brown”, an individual born 8/14/1981 from Dallas, Texas, and “Project PM” a research project created by that same person.

A privacy waiver for Barrett Brown is attached.

Please search the FBI’s indices to the Central Records System for the information responsive to this request related to: Barrett Brown, Project PM

This request is not meant to be exclusive of any other records which, though not specifically requested, would have a reasonable relationship to the subject matter of this request.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect to be provided with all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. Please separately state your reasons for not invoking your discretionary powers to release the requested documents in the public interest.

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, 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.


Kevin M. Gallagher

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 3, 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 #1233825-0.

Thank you for your help.

From: Morgan, Marcia M.

Mr. Gallagher,

Your request was received on 10-23-2013 (actual date request was scanned into the FOIPA Document Processing System). The request is presently in Initial Processing, where the assigned analyst is searching for, retrieving and reviewing potentially responsive records. If appropriate, correspondence regarding the request will be forthcoming.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at or

Thank you,

Marcia M. Morgan
for David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Sections (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4483
Direct: 540-868-4286
PIO: 540-868-4593
FAX: 540-868-4391

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Gallagher,

Please check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request at: (Freedom of information Act link), or and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request
If your FOIPA Number is 11195846-0 please enter 11195846-000 into the system. If your FOIPA number is 11195846-1 please enter 11195846-001 into the system.
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Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.