Ted Shackley (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1342469-001,
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Crowdfund Request: Ted Shackley (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Share Embed Help

Help cover the request fees needed to free these docs!

Ted Shackley, AKA the Blonde Ghost, was one of the most decorated CIA officers and was involved in many important and controversial CIA operations during the 1960s and 1970s. In the early 1960s, Shackley’s work included being station chief in Miami, during the period of the Cuban Missile Crisis, as well as the Cuban Project (also known as Operation Mongoose), which he directed. He was also said to be the director of the “Phoenix Assassination Program” during the Vietnam War, as well as the CIA station chief in Laos during the secret war between 1966–1968, and Saigon station chief from 1968 through February 1972. In 1976, he was appointed Associate Deputy Director for Operations, and was in charge of the CIA’s worldwide covert operations. Shackley is perhaps best known for his involvement in CIA “black ops”.

Backed by Emma Best and 1 other.

$80.50 raised out of $80.50.

This crowdfund has ended.

Embed Opening and closing brackets with a diagonal slash through the middle. Embed

Close

Success Thank you!

Subscribe to MuckRock’s newsletter:

Help this crowdfund find more supporters:

Error Error

An error occurred during payment (don't worry, your card has not been charged).

Refresh the page to try again. If the error persists, contact us.

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:

Theodore George "Ted" Shackley, Jr. (July 16, 1927—December 9, 2002), a former CIA officer involved in Operation Mongoose, the Phoenix Project, served as Associate Deputy Director for Operations and was implicated in the October Surprise and Iran-Contra allegations. His death has been widely reported by publications such as the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/14/us/theodore-shackley-enigmatic-cia-official-dies-at-75.html

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: 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.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

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
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Michael Best

I am willing to pay estimated duplication fees up to $70.00 as specified in the letter dated January 20, 2016 re: FOIPA Request No.: 1342469-000

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request

If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- LAST UPDATED ON February 24, 2016

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:

Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:

FOIPA:

1234567-000

Case Type:

FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)

The FBI’s FOIPA Program is searching the FBI’s indices for potentially responsive documents.

You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: MuckRock

Hello Holly,

Thank you so much for your time today. I appreciate your help in relaying the necessary information so that this request may continue to be processed. I'm looking forward to these materials and working with your office in the future!

Have a lovely weekend!
Beryl

From: Early, Holly H. (RMD) (FBI)

Hello Beryl,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. A response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Michael Best

In addition to the CRS search, I am requesting a cross-reference search and an ELSUR search.

Thank you.

From: Early, Holly H. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Michael,

I have another of your requests for possible negotiation. Would you be willing to narrow this one, perhaps? Do you have a time frame that you are interested in?

Talk soon,
Becki

Rebecca Bronson
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
540-868-1695

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Michael,

Hadn't heard back, so just wanted to follow up on this one.
Thanks!
Becki

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Michael,

Hadn't heard from you and just wanted to follow up.
Thanks!
Becki

From: Michael Best

Sorry about that, Becki - unfortunately some emails seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle!

Unfortunately, he's a central figure to my research and keeps popping up in it throughout his professional life. If, looking through the file, there's anything that seems like it couldn't really be of interest, I'd be willing to consider excluding it based on that topic or time frame - but I can't imagine what that would be.

As always, thanks.

Mike

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Mike,

Taking a look at the files, if we eliminate the HQ files, which duplicate the field office files and eliminate the subfiles in the field office files, which contain information duplicated in the main sections of the file, we can get the request down to 959 pages. I would recommend eliminating another 9 pages so we can get the request out of the large track. There are enough administrative pages (covers of envelopes containing stuff within the file, things like that) that we can eliminate to get you down below 950. You wouldn’t miss anything important. What do you say?
Best,
Becki

From: Michael Best

Becki,

If the HQ files are all duplicates, then I'm fine with getting rid of them along with some of the administrative pages you mention.

Thanks so much! =)

Mike

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Sounds great – we will go ahead and put that through.
Best,
Becki

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the FBI's decision to review less pages than we agreed upon. 2,432 pages were located. I agreed to pay for all of them. I was contacted by a negotiator who convinced me to reduce the request to 950 pages by eliminating duplicate sections and administrative cover pages. Despite this, only 580 pages were reviewed. This is not what was agreed upon.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

11/17/2016 04:32 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-000764

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-000764 has been processed with the following final disposition: Closed for other reasons -- Other -- No Component Response to Adjudicate.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the integrity and necessity of all redactions for all documents released thus far in the process.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search and the decision to provide fewer than the total number of agreed upon pages out of the many more pages that were available for review. According to their latest letter, there is no indication of later releases. Further, one release said that 20 pages were enclosed - however they were not.

From: MuckRock

Hi there,

A letter received from your office stated that 20 pages would be released in relation to 1342469-001. However, no such materials were included with the email communication. Could you please resend the available responsive materials?

Thanks so much for your help,
Beryl, MuckRock

https://d3gn0r3afghep.cloudfront.net/foia_files/2017/01/23/Best_Michael_DOJ-AP-2017-000764_Enclosure.pdf

From: FOIPARequest

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

Leanna Ramsey
Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

PLEASE REPLY DIRECTLY TO FOIPAREQUESTS@IC.FBI.GOV

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

02/15/2017 12:23 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-002280

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

02/17/2017 04:30 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-002389

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-002280 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- Other -- Agency Performed Adequate Search.

  • Best, Michael FBI 17-002280 (7-21-17) affirm.search.records.rereleased

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-002389 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partially affirmed & partially reversed/remanded.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

Files

pages

Close