Response to FOIA Appeal #75823A Sent to NSA November 2014

Debra L. Poulsen filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 75823, 4070
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: Debra L. Poulsen

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Debra Poulsen filed an appeal to the NSA in the requested 60 day time frame last November 2014, and has not gotten a response. Debra Poulsen was informed in the initial FOIA response: "please be advised that because the existence or non-existence of responsive records . . . in accordance with EO 13526. . .," and the NSA is authorized to engage in signals intelligence activities.

Currently, Debra Poulsen believes Intelligence Agencies are required by Executive Order 12333 to comply with all sub parts of 45 CFR part 46 to human research activities, including intelligence activities. The Common Rule is supposed to affirmatively protect us from abuses in research activities, including tracking online behavior and experiments related to intelligence activities.

This federal policy purportedly binds agencies per Executive Order 12333, to have consent of research subjects and to ensure the safety and protection of the United States, its people, and its national security interests.

Therefore, also under Executive Order 13526, Section 1.7, Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations - (a) IN NO CASE SHALL INFORMATION BE CLASSIFIED, CONTINUE TO BE MAINTAINED AS CLASSIFIED, OR FAIL TO BE DECLASSIFIED IN ORDER TO: (1) CONCEAL VIOLATIONS OF LAW, INEFFICIENCY OR ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR; (2) PREVENT EMBARRASSMENT TO A PERSON, ORGANIZATION OR AGENCY. . .

Debra Poulsen has been physically assaulted, threatened, harassed by surveillance groups, and other crimes committed against herself and her property under the guise of collecting intelligence on a "noncriminal civilian" as stated in Fusion Center Guidelines.

Debra Poulsen would like an answer to her Appeal filed nearly two years ago.

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 there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request be 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,

Debra L. Poulsen

From: DL FOIA_Appeal_Status

Dear Ms. Poulsen,

We have received your 15 August 2016 query regarding your FOIA Appeal 4070 (FOIA Case 75823). NSA's Office of General Counsel mailed an "Appeal Acknowledgement Letter" to you on 12 December 2014 explaining that your appeal was queued for response on a first-in, first-out basis and that there was a considerable amount of appeals ahead of yours. Since that time, the appeals process at NSA has been transferred from the Office of General Counsel to the Office of Policy and Records, which has caused a significant delay in response time. However, your appeal has advanced in the queue and I now expect to address it in the next few weeks.

Please email any queries regarding FOIA appeals to FOIA_Appeal_Status @nsa.gov for better tracking and quicker response.
Regards,

Chris M.
FOIA/PA Appeal Authority Staff
Office of Policy and Records
National Security Agency/Central Security Service

From: Debra L. Poulsen

I am appealing your response to my FOIA request asking why my appeal (Case75823) - filed over two years ago, has not been answered, as to why Debra Poulsen, an innocent, upstanding United States citizen, no criminal history, the ex-wife of a law enforcement officer, who has been scooped into the NSA's Signals Intelligence net, and why it would take so long, over ten years, to come to the conclusion that Debra is not a candidate to be under 24/7, 365 scrutiny.

The NSEERS program has been ended, so should wasteful spending used to collect intelligence on an innocent 56 year old woman.

Debra Poulsen filed an appeal to the NSA in the requested 60 day time frame last November 2014, and has not gotten a response. Debra Poulsen was informed in the initial FOIA response: "please be advised that because the existence or non-existence of responsive records . . . in accordance with EO 13526. . .," and the NSA is authorized to engage in signals intelligence activities.

Currently, Debra Poulsen believes Intelligence Agencies are required by Executive Order 12333 to comply with all sub parts of 45 CFR part 46 to human research activities, including intelligence activities. The Common Rule is supposed to affirmatively protect us from abuses in research activities, including tracking online behavior and experiments related to intelligence activities.

This federal policy purportedly binds agencies per Executive Order 12333, to have consent of research subjects and to ensure the safety and protection of the United States, its people, and its national security interests.

Therefore, also under Executive Order 13526, Section 1.7, Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations - (a) IN NO CASE SHALL INFORMATION BE CLASSIFIED, CONTINUE TO BE MAINTAINED AS CLASSIFIED, OR FAIL TO BE DECLASSIFIED IN ORDER TO: (1) CONCEAL VIOLATIONS OF LAW, INEFFICIENCY OR ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR; (2) PREVENT EMBARRASSMENT TO A PERSON, ORGANIZATION OR AGENCY. . .

Debra Poulsen has been physically assaulted, threatened, and harassed by surveillance groups, and other crimes committed against herself and her property under the guise of collecting intelligence on a "noncriminal civilian" as stated in Fusion Center Guidelines, with no due process.

Debra Poulsen would like an answer to her Appeal filed two years ago.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

Sincerely,

Debra Poulsen

From: Debra L. Poulsen

I have contacted Attorney Rahul Manchanda regarding the surveillance programs that come into communities, run by government contractors after someone in that community is listed as some kind of threat or "suspicious". He states that “Community-Oriented Policing,” (“COPS”) is a strategy of policing that focuses on police “building ties and working closely with members of the communities,” and originated in 1994 when then Senator Joseph Biden wrote and then President Bill Clinton enacted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (“VCCLEA”) establishing the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) within the US Department of Justice, which works closely with the National Security Agency.

Common implementations of community-policing include: (1) relying on community-based crime prevention by utilizing “civilian education,” neighborhood watch, and a variety of other techniques, as opposed to relying solely on police patrols; (2) restructuring the patrol from an emergency response based system to emphasizing proactive techniques such as foot patrol; (3) increased officer accountability to civilians they are “supposed to serve;” and (4) decentralizing police authority, allowing more discretion among lower-ranking officers, and more initiative expected from them.

In other words, federal and state sanctioned and approved surveillance harassment stalking of the individual placed on a threat list or swept up in an NSA signals intelligence gathering program.

These are the crimes that I have referred to that are being perpetrated against me under your intelligence gathering program of EO 12333 and EO 13526. However, as stated in EO 13526, the State Secrets clause cannot be used to cover up criminal acts.

Followed around and placed under surveillance by groups of organized civilian spies/snitches 24/7, 365 days a year. Blacklisted in the community which is then used to monitor, prosecute, and harass me. These actions are being used to mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, socially, and psychologically destroy me.

Mr. Manchanda stated that when a person under this surveillance moves, the harassment continues, which it has. This is why I sent the NSA FOIA requests for Kenosha County, Wisconsin, and Walworth County, Wisconsin.

The same defamation, lies, libel, and slander has spread, and the systematic harassment has continued. Online defamation, libel, and slander on the internet has also occurred.

Arguably, the most accurate term for this form of harassment would be “counterintelligence stalking.”

Crimes committed have included online and personal slander, libel, defamation, blacklisting, “mobbing” (intense, organized harassment in public), “black bag jobs” (residential break-ins), abusive phone calls, computer hacking, framing, threats, blackmail, vandalism, and other forms of bullying.

This is a form of psychological terrorism, it is essentially a form of extrajudicial punishment, and as such, the harassment is illegal – even when done by the government; it clearly violates the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unwarranted searches, and the Sixth Amendment which guarantees the right to a trial. Such operations also violate similar fundamental rights defined by state constitutions. Stalking is also specifically prohibited by the criminal codes of every state in America. Therefore, EO 13526 cannot be used to hide behind in my case.

As you stated in your original response to my first FOIA request, Edward Snowden did indeed reveal the National Security Agency's programs in 2013 and 2014, which generated a great deal of public discussion about mass surveillance, however, US domestic counterintelligence activities such as the COPS Program received relatively little attention.

These programs have an enormous potential for abuse as a personal or political weapon by enemies currently employed or friendly with these governmental institutions. I am the ex wife of a police officer.

This program has destroyed my life since at least the year 2000, if not longer. Prisoners in Guantanamo Bay have been released in a shorter amount of time. Mr. Manning has been granted a pardon after releasing "state secrets".

I should NOT be in any government program, research program, or any such program for ANY reason. I have done nothing wrong. I love my Country and wish to continue supporting it as I have done ALL of my life.

Debra Poulsen
Wisconsin

From: Debra L. Poulsen

Chris M.
FOIA/PA Appeal Authority Staff
Office of Policy and Records
National Security Agency/Central Security Service

I am awaiting a response to my appeal filed over two years ago as to why Debra Poulsen, a U.S. non-government employee citizen, has been placed in your 12333 SIGNIT program for now over ten years. Please explain and remove me from all types of signals intelligence testing, surveillance and any type of training or research done under the guise of "national security". EO 13526 cannot be used as your defense as law have been broken in the plight to make me look guilty of a crime that I have not and would never commit, as stated under Section 1.7 of EO 13526.

Debra Poulsen

From: DL FOIA_Appeal_Status

Ms. Poulsen,

Thank you for your email. Your appeal (#4070) still remains in our backlog queue, and there are a significant number of appeals ahead of your appeal. We appreciate your patience.

Kimberly B.
FOIA/PA Appeals Authority Staff
National Security Agency

From: Debra L. Poulsen

I believe reports have been falsified in order to place my name on a threat list/watch list. This needs to be investigated. Also, my name has then been "unmasked" and disseminated to agencies, down to community groups, to keep me under surveillance 24/7 by law enforcement and their "civilian army" for profit, believing they are being patriotic but, instead, they are breaking laws in the name of patriotism, to keep the "threat" in line, including assaults, home break-ins, cyber stalking, threats, intimidation tactics and harassment. This has been reported to be happening again and again through fusion centers and other radio connections between law enforcement and fire department across the state. I have even been threatened and intimidated by a man with a gun. This needs to stop.

From: DL FOIA_Appeal_Status

Ms. Poulsen - The NSA Appeal Authority responded to your appeal by letter dated 11 May 2017. The letter was mailed to the following address: 2312 Washington Road, Kenosha, WI 53140. We have not received any notification that the letter was not deliverable.

Kimberly B.
FOIA/PA Appeals Authority Staff
National Security Agency

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