Sumner Redstone (1923-2020) Records of Travel, Border-Crossing, and Screening

T. McElwee filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Tracking #

CBP-AP-2020-073859

CBP-2020-072576

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

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From: T. McElwee

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records of travel, border-crossing and screening for the individual SUMNER REDSTONE.

The following is known about REDSTONE:

Full name: Sumner Murray Redstone
Birth name: Sumner Murray Rothstein
Date of birth: May 27, 1923
Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts
First 5 digits of Social Security Number: 026-24
Date of death: August 12, 2020

Redstone is known to be deceased; an obituary is attached as proof. Privacy interests recognized under the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act are diminished, and all records should be releasable.

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,

T. McElwee

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From: United States Customs and Border Protection

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=CBP-2020-072576&type=request)

* Tracking Number: CBP-2020-072576
* Requester Name: T. McElwee
* Date Submitted: 08/12/2020
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records of travel, border-crossing and screening for the individual SUMNER REDSTONE.

The following is known about REDSTONE:

Full name: Sumner Murray Redstone
Birth name: Sumner Murray Rothstein
Date of birth: May 27, 1923
Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts
First 5 digits of Social Security Number: 026-24
Date of death: August 12, 2020

Redstone is known to be deceased; an obituary is attached as proof. Privacy interests recognized under the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act are diminished, and all records should be releasable.

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,

T. McElwee

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From: United States Customs and Border Protection

T. McElwee
N/A
MuckRock News DEPT MR 100853
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02144
08/18/2020
CBP-2020-072576
Dear T. McElwee,
Pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.3(b) of the DHS FOIA regulations, you must describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search of appropriate systems of records can find them with a reasonable amount of effort. Your FOIA request has been closed as insufficient for one or more of the following reasons:
____   Your FOIA request is a third party request and did not include authorization that information on this individual, or business, can be released to you.  All third party FOIA requests must include a signed G-28 or G-639 form, or a signed statement from the individual verifying that his/her information may be released to you. Or, if requesting records pertaining to a business or company, a signed statement on company letterhead.
____    Your request did not include a date of birth.
____    Your request did not include a full name (and aliases as appropriate) of the individual in which you are seeking records
____    Your request did not include a death certificate (or other proof that the subject is deceased)
·       Your request did not include a clear and detailed description of the records being requested. Please be advised that the FOIA does not require federal agencies to answer inquiries or create records in response to a FOIA request, but rather is limited to requiring agencies to provide access to reasonably described, nonexempt records.   As you have failed to reasonably describe the records you are seeking, your request is not a perfected request, and we are unable to initiate a search for responsive records.
Please resubmit your FOIA request, along with the required information, by logging into your existing FOIAonline account or go to https://foiaonline.gov to create an account. (https://foiaonline.gov)
Sincerely,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

The FOIA
request
- CBP-2020-072576 has been supplemented with additional supporting files. Additional details for this item are as follows:

* Tracking Number: CBP-2020-072576
* Requester: T. McElwee
* Submitted Date: 08/12/2020
* Description:
All records of travel, border-crossing and screening for the individual SUMNER REDSTONE.

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

CBP-2020-072576 has been processed with the following final disposition: Improper FOIA Request for Other Reasons.

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:

* Appeal Tracking Number: CBP-AP-2020-073859
* Request Tracking Number: CBP-2020-072576
* Requester Name: T. McElwee
* Date Submitted: 08/19/2020
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description:
I am appealing the agency's decision on FOIA request CBP-2020-072576 on grounds that it is making repeated baseless denials of a properly phrased FOIA request because the rep refuses to read what is in front of him.

Find attached:
* The original request, in PDF.
* The obituary that proves Sumner Redstone is dead as a doornail, a fact that is acknowledged by the world's media (also attached in PDF).

You will find that there is more than adequate documentation of the individual's name, alias, date of birth, date of death, and proof that he is dead (a PDF clipping of an obituary).

You will see that the FOIA request is more than adequately, which is better than I can say for the representative's reading comprehension.
-T. McElwee

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