Temple of Set

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 1346536-000
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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:

A copy of any files the FBI has on the Temple of Set, a non-profit religious organization which was founded in Santa Barbara, California in June 1975. Please include any files that reference the Temple of Set.

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

Dear Mr. Best,

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Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
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FBI-Records Management Division
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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
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov

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From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Michael,

Another of your requests has come up in the negotiation queue. You probably recall that the FBI located approximately 5996 pages on this one. Anything specific you're looking for?
Best,
Becki

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

From: Michael Best

Becki,

Thanks for reaching out about this request. =)

This request is very general interest so there's no way for me to limit the scope of this one.

Mike

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Sorry to hear that. Will pass it along.
Best,
Becki

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Michael,

I know you said that you weren't interested in narrowing the scope on this one, but I would like to ask you to reconsider. Looking the file over, your subject appears only a handful of times. Would you be willing to possibly reduce the scope of the request to those instances and perhaps the first and last 25 pages of the file?

Please let me know.

Thanks much,
Becki

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

From: Michael Best

Can you describe what the rest of the file covers or is about? I'm surprised that in a 6,000 page file the subject only appears a few times. I'd like to make sure I correctly understand before deciding whether or not to reduce the scope.

Thanks for all your help!

Michael

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

No worries. This file deals with a child molestation case. As you can imagine, there is a large amount of third-party information pertaining to the victims, which would be exempt from disclosure. My honest recommendation would be to process the documents in which the subject organization is mentioned, then take another set as a comparison. We could do a date range, if you prefer, but if you are interested in the organization itself, it would make best sense to take a sample from the beginning and end of the file, I would think. Either way is fine, though.
Best,
Becki

From: Michael Best

Actually, that's part of why I'm interested in the file. The case dealt with a Michael Aquino, who was ultimately exonerated, if I'm not mistaken. I'm very interested in documenting the case, since it was part of the Satanic Panic and child molestation panic at the time.

Regarding the elements dealing with the victims and exemptions from disclosure, I believe that to some extent the privacy exemptions do not apply because the matter was extensively covered in the press at the time. I can dig up some documentation on that if it would help, but I suspect that while information about the victims themselves should remain exempt, the bulk of their statements should be releasable with only portions removed to protect personally identifiable information.

If I need to provide some information and documentation about this, I'd appreciate a little bit of guidance about how much and what type of documentation would be needed. Any help there would definitely save me time, and hopefully make things easier for your office by making sure I get it right the first time (hopefully!).

Thanks again for all of your help with this so far. You've been extremely informative, polite and a true pleasure to deal with.

Michael

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Michael,

That’s good to know – thanks for sharing that. It’s helpful to know what people’s research interests are. From a FOIA perspective, however, because the subject organization is mentioned so few times in the file, when it’s processed, I suspect that the documents in which the subject isn’t mentioned will be scoped out anyway. I just wanted to save you the headache of waiting so long then not getting much when it does get processed. And that’s why I suggested taking the documents in which the subject is mentioned and a sample from the beginning and end of the file, or by date range.
Best,
Becki

From: Michael Best

Becki,

"From a FOIA perspective, however, because the subject organization is mentioned so few times in the file, when it’s processed, I suspect that the documents in which the subject isn’t mentioned will be scoped out anyway."

I'm not sure why those pages would be entirely exempt, so I suspect I'm missing something. If it's the privacy exemption, the matter has been documented enough by the news media that I suspect that wouldn't apply to the point of blanking out entire pages. Can you help clarify this? If I'm missing or misunderstanding something, it might change my decision about the scope of the request, would could save everyone time and potential frustration. At the very least, it'd help me adjust my expectations.

Thanks again for all your help!

Michael

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Michael,

I understand your misunderstanding. ☺ Let me try to explain. Hopefully this will help. If it still doesn’t make sense, please consider giving me a call (540-868-1695). The subject of 1346536 is the organization, Temple of Set. The bulk of the file doesn’t deal with the organization itself, but the child molestation case. Given that distinction, information not pertaining to the organization itself would be scoped out. Does that make sense?

Again, please consider giving me a call. Sometimes it’s easier to chat.
Best,
Becki

From: Michael Best

But like I said, I'm interested in that information, too. How do I stop it from being "scoped out"?

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Michael,

Hope you had a good holiday and sorry for the delay in response. To answer your question, there are basically two avenues. We can process the entire file (with redactions applied as appropriate) or scope it down to the pages where the organization is mentioned and a comparison set if you’d like. If we scope it down like we had discussed, you’ll get it much faster. Or we can keep it the way it is. Either way is fine. Just know that it will take a lot longer to process at 5,996 pages than if it were scoped down. And it will cost more (the $175 quoted in the cost letter) .

Take care and talk with you soon,
Becki

From: Michael Best

Becki,

Thanks! I had a nice holiday, and I hope you did you too. No barbecue's for me, but no holiday can be perfect I suppose. =)

Let's process the entire thing, including molestation case stuff. So much of those accusations were nonsense and hysteria, which I think the files will show when they're done being processed and I'm eager to cover in an article.

I appreciate all of your help!

Mike

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Sounds like a plan – have a good weekend.

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