"The Find" Cell Phone Location Tracking Techniques

Michael Morisy filed this request with the U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM of the United States of America.
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Tracking # 2013-121
Due Aug. 19, 2013
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of documents pertaining to techniques used for tracking turned cellular devices, colloquially known as "The Find." This information has been shared on an inter-agency basis, and we are requesting all non-classified techniques, information, and guidance on usage.

This technique was reported on by the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-growth-fueled-by-need-to-target-terrorists/2013/07/21/24c93cf4-f0b1-11e2-bed3-b9b6fe264871_story_2.html

Agencies that had access to this technique most likely include:

* NSA
* Joint Special Operations Command
* Central Intelligence Agency

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 Morisy

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

We apologize for our delay in responding to your request and we require a bit of clarification. As stated, you are requesting "Copies of documents pertaining to techniques used for tracking turned cellular devices..."

After the word "turned," should it read "on" or "off?"

Please advise and we will promptly forward an acknowledgment letter noting the assigned USSOCOM FOIA Control Number.

From: Michael Morisy

Thanks for checking in! It should read "off". Thank you.

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Good Afternoon, Mr. Morisy,

Attached is USSOCOM's acknowledgment pertaining to your request for copies of documents including non-classified techniques, information, and guidance on usage pertaining to techniques used for tracking turned-off cellular devices, colloquially known as "The Find;" this request was assigned USSOCOM FOIA control number 2013-121.

Thank you and have a nice day...

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From: USSOCOM FOIA

Hello, Mr. Morisy,

The USSOCOM FOIA Office has a substantial number of pending cases, they are processed on a multi-track system, and we process them consistent with the order in which we received it (first in, first out). We hope to have a response to you within the next 60 days, more or less, due to the response involving consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components; we are processing your request as quickly as possible.

Thank you...and Happy New Year!

v/r

Connie

Connie H. Rupp
USSOCOM FOIA/PA/CL Officer
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-4030
DSN: 299-4030

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Hello Mr. Morisy,

We apologize for any delay, but we are processing your FOIA request, 2013-121, as quickly as possible. There were numerous requests ahead of yours and we process requests first-in, first-out.

Have a great day!

v/r

Connie

Connie H. Rupp
USSOCOM FOIA/PA/CL Officer
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-4030
DSN: 299-4030

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Hello Mr. Morisy,

Thank you, but further clarification is not needed. It's just that we process
cases in a first-in, first-out basis and there were numerous cases ahead of
yours, 2013-121, in our queue. Furthermore, we have recently had a few
litigations on cases that take precedence over all others.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but your case is being processed as
quickly as possible.

v/r

Connie

Connie H. Rupp
USSOCOM FOIA/PA/CL Officer
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-4030
DSN: 299-4030

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

In regards to your FOIA request 2013-121, it is currently being processed; however, there are multiple requests ahead of yours in our queue. According to DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, all FOIA requests are processed in a first-in, first-out basis and/or based upon complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
Regards,
USSOCOM FOIA Team

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Good morning Mr. Morisy,

Considering our current backlog and working cases on a first-in, first-out
basis, we are processing your request, 2013-121, as quickly as possible. We
estimate the completion date to be within 3-6 months, however, it could be
more or less.

Thank you for your patience and consideration.

Happy Easter!

v/r

Connie

Connie H. Rupp
USSOCOM FOIA/PA/CL Officer
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-4030/SSO 826-4228
DSN: 299-4030
SVOIP: 299-5990/SSO 299-3553
NSTS: 471-4027
JWICS: rc06973@socom.ic.gov
JIANT: ruppch@soc.smil.mil

From: USSOCOM FOIA

In regards to your FOIA request 2013-121, it is currently being processed; however, there are multiple requests ahead of yours in our queue. According to DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, all FOIA requests are processed in a first-in, first-out basis and/or based upon complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

V/R
Keith

Keith F. Komosinski
Chief, USSOCOM FOIA/PA/CL Division
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-3715/SSO 826-4228
DSN: 299-3715
keith.komosinski@socom.mil

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or get all the credit for doing it"
Andrew Carnegie

From: USSOCOM FOIA

In regards to your FOIA request 2013-121, it is currently being processed; however, there are multiple requests ahead of yours in our queue. According to DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, all FOIA requests are processed in a first-in, first-out basis and/or based upon complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

V/R
Keith

Keith F. Komosinski
Chief, USSOCOM FOIA/PA/CL Branch
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-3715/SSO 826-4228
DSN: 299-3715
keith.komosinski@socom.mil

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or get all the credit for doing it"
Andrew Carnegie

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Good morning Mr. Morisy,

We're working on finalizing your request as expeditiously as possible. We hope to have a final response to you within 2-3 weeks, it could be more or less.

Have a great day! It's Friday!

Kind Regards,

Connie

Connie H. Rupp
USSOCOM Acquisition FOIA Officer
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-4030/SSO 826-4228
DSN: 299-4030
SVOIP: 299-5990/SSO 299-3553
NSTS: 471-4027
JWICS: rc06973@socom.ic.gov
JIANT: ruppch@soc.smil.mil

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