Response to Senator Ron Wyden

Matthew Petti filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
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21-F-1032

Status
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From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The response to Senator Ron Wyden's February 2021 inquiry to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security on data purchasing practices.

The response is mentioned in the following VICE News article: https://www.vice.com/en/article/88ng8x/pentagon-americans-surveillance-without-warrant-internet-browsing

Please release all reasonably segregable material, as the FOIA requires.

I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am an investigative journalist who has written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Asia Times, Responsible Statecraft, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly, and I am requesting these documents in an editorial capacity. Please contact me if you have any questions about my media status.

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 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,

Matthew Petti

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Good Afternoon Mr. Petti,

We are still awaiting the responsive documents from the component. We initially gave them an ECD of June 17, 2021. However, that is just an ECD so the documents can come back before that date or after that date. I have sent the component an case update email and will let you know their response.

Hope this email helps.

V/R,

Torrey Dixon

FOIA Analyst

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0409

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From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Good Morning,

I have reached out to the component and asked for an update. I will inform you of any responses as I receive them.

V/R,

Torrey Dixon

FOIA Analyst

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0409

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From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Good Morning,

The component has completed the search of your request, we are just waiting for them to send us the responsive documents. We should to have this back by the end of the week.

V/R,

Torrey Dixon

FOIA Analyst

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0409

Comments: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card <https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562> &sp=125562

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From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Good Morning,

We apologize for the delay in providing a final response. Unfortunately the initial review of the documents did not meet the requirement for legal analysis under the FOIA, so another review is being conducted to ensure we provide appropriate/responsive information. Again, our sincerest apologies, but we're hopeful in getting a response to you no later than November 3. We certainly hope to have this completed before then, but wanted to provide our best estimate at this time.

V/R,

Torrey Dixon

FOIA Analyst

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0409

Comments: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card <https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562> &sp=125562

FOIA requests for OSD/JS records may be sent by email

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From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Matthew Petti

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Matthew Petti

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Good Afternoon,

Sorry for a late response as I was out of office. Attached to this email is the responsive documents for your FOIA request 21-F-1032. This action closes your request with us.

V/R,

Torrey Dixon

FOIA Analyst

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0409

Comments: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card <https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562> &sp=125562

FOIA requests for OSD/JS records may be sent by email

whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.osd-js-foia-requester-service-center@mail.mil <mailto:whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.osd-js-foia-requester-service-center@mail.mil>

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Good Afternoon,

Sorry for a late response as I was out of office. Attached to this email is the responsive documents for your FOIA request 21-F-1032. This action closes your request with us.

V/R,

Torrey Dixon

FOIA Analyst

Freedom of Information Division

OSD / JS FOIA Office

571-372-0409

Comments: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card <https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562> &sp=125562

FOIA requests for OSD/JS records may be sent by email

whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.osd-js-foia-requester-service-center@mail.mil <mailto:whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.osd-js-foia-requester-service-center@mail.mil>

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