Soviet Psychotronics

Emma Best filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2016-01442
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Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Materials covering the Soviet/Russian parapsychology AKA "psychotronic" programs, including behavior modification/mind control, remote viewing and non-local physics. These efforts have been documented and described in Unconventional research in USSR and Russia found at: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1312.1148v2 and in this article summarizing that paper: https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/revealed-the-soviet-unions-1-billion-psychotronic-arms-race-with-the-us-1b0b3d97df54

Please note that FOIA case law establishes the extent to which agencies MUST search all records system reasonably believed to contain responsive documents, even if it means contacting former employees. Truitt v. Department of State, 897 F.2d 540, 542 (D.C. Cir. 1990) makes it explicitly clear that it is the obligation of the Department to “conduct a search reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant documents.” In addition, the Justice Department’s May 2004 FOIA Guide states that an agency “cannot limit its search to only one record system if there are others that are likely to turn up the information requested.”

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,

Michael Best

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the GLOMAR response as many documents on the subject have already been declassified and released. Many are on the CREST database, and while I have access to these, I request a search of other records.

Since records have been previously released, the GLOMAR response does not apply, by definition.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

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