Seattle City Light surveillance camera agreement with US ATF (ATF)

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

2017-0586

Due Sept. 10, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Phil Mocek

To Whom It May Concern:

On August 6, 2015, after revealing that surveillance cameras recently installed on publicly-owned utility poles in Seattle, Washington--seemingly in violation of Seattle ordinance 124142, which requires City Council approval prior to the acquisition or use of surveillance equipment by City of Seattle--were owned and operated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ("ATF"), reporter Brendan Kiley of The Stranger [reported][1] that ATF spokesman Brian Bennett told him that ATF have an agreement with public utility Seattle City Light ("SCL") that allows them to install covert or overt cameras without notifying other city agencies.

[1]: <https://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/08/06/22659062/22659062-the-mystery-of-the-central-district-surveillance-cameras>

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: The agreement about camera installation to which Mr. Bennet referred, communications regarding that agreement between ATF and SCL staff, and all associated metadata. Please provide electronic records in their native electronic format (i.e., do not create new records by printing then digitizing electronic records). Please black out rather than whiting out any redactions.

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,

Phil Mocek

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 Aug. 12, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

No acknowledgement has yet been received in response to this FOIA request for "The agreement about camera installation to which Mr. Bennet referred, communications regarding that agreement between ATF and SCL staff, and all associated metadata. " It was initially submitted to your office on August 12, 2015. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your help.

From:

Mr. Phil Mocek,

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act request. This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request dated August 12, 2015.

Thank you,

Charlet Allen
Contractor, Paralegal II
Disclosure Division
Bureau of ATF
99 New York Avenue, NE, 4E-301
Washington, DC 20226

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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