Syria Secret Meeting

Carlos Gamez filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
Tracking #

18-A-0852-A1,

18-F-0852

Due June 8, 2018
Est. Completion Jan. 1, 2019
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Carlos Gamez

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All materials prepared by the DoD that was presented to senators in regards to attacking Syria.
(See https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/17/politics/us-syria-briefing-trump/index.html)

Request for expedited processing:
The records are of interest to the American public. This will show and inform the public about what the policy is and what will happen. Based on your knowledge, be advised that it is urgent to tell the public. It will be published on Muckrock and I request it also be published in the FOIA library

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,

Carlos Gamez

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

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good Morning Carlos,

Please understand that this is not the correct email address for FOIA requests to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The correct address is 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> . Please take note of the correct address for future requests.

I forwarded your request to the address, above.
Regards,

Jim Hogan

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

Mr. Gamez,

Please see the attached interim response for your FOIA request.

Thank you,

Nusheen

Nusheen Sikandar
FOIA Analyst
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0437

From: Carlos Gamez

Appeal for expedited processing enclosed.

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

Mr. Gamez,

Please use one of these methods to submit your appeal to our office.

Mailing /writing directly to OCMO Directorate for Oversight and Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, ATTN: DPCLTD, FOIA Appeals, Mailbox# 24, Alexandria, VA 22350-1700.

Alternatively, you may use the OSD FOIA request portal at http://pal.whs.mil/palMain.aspx or email your appeal to

OSD.FOIA-APPEAL@mail.mil. If you use email, please include the words "FOIA Appeal" in the subject of the email. Please also reference case number 18-F-0852 in any appeal correspondence.
Thanks,

Nusheen

From: Carlos Gamez

Expedited Processing:
1. The value of the information would be lost if not quickly processed. This would be since the public wouldn’t be informed in regards to attacking Syria. They will provide for a greater understanding. This is since right now the public is held in a limbo not knowing what will happen next. By providing the information requested the public will be able to digest what is going on. This way attacking Syria will happen with the “consent of the governed”. They will also prove or deny recent comments made by the White House as well. This information will provide a greater depth to the actions that the country would like to take.
2. The “breaking news” will end if this request is not processed quickly. This would be since no one would know what is to happen next. By providing the records in a faster manner the public will be more engaged in what is happening. This would be since the information and assessments would be distributed across the board. This information not only affects the US but also the world. This way countries will be able to act diplomatically instead of chaos. Also, it could deliver details that other countries may not know. By providing the records rapidly there won’t be no surprises to the world.
I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

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

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

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

Mr. Gamez,

This is in response to your phone call regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 18-F-0852. One of our component is currently searching for records responsive to your FOIA request. As of now the estimated completion date is January 2019. It is conceivable that all processing could be completed and the results provided to you at an earlier date, but it is also possible that more time will be required. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter and please do not hesitate to contact me should you have further questions.
Thanks,

Nusheen

From: Carlos Gamez

What is the status of the request and appeal.

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

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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