Sherman Kent (FBI)

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1350125-000
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to Sherman Kent (December 6, 1903 – March 11, 1986) who was a Yale University history professor who, during World War II and through 17 years of Cold War-era service in the Central Intelligence Agency, pioneered many of the methods of intelligence analysis. He is often described as "the father of intelligence analysis". Proof of death is not required as his death has been widely and extensively reported. http://www.nytimes.com/1986/03/15/obituaries/sherman-kent-82-ex-official-of-cia-and-yale-professor.html

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records at FBI Headquarters, all field offices and all resident agencies. I am explicitly requesting previously a search be performed for unreleased records. If some records may be released immediately while others require a review, I request a two-tiered release.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a member of the news media and request classification as such, as I have previously written articles which have been widely read about CIA and the intelligence community.

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,

Michael Best

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

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Thank you,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request has been delayed

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Thank you,

Holly Early
Government Information Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
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From: Michael Best

I am appealing the adequacy of the response, as only a cover page was provided. This cover page referenced background checks (which were attached to the cover page) which were not included, and includes no other records on this individual.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

01/18/2017 04:08 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-001710

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-001710 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partially affirmed & partially reversed/remanded -- Other -- Agency Performed Adequate Search.

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