Time travel documents

Tom Nash filed this request with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA of the United States of America.


From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents mentioning time travel from the past 10 years.

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.


Tom Nash

From: Aldorfer, Susan CIV WHS-ESD

Dear Mr. Nash,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, as stated below. Your request was received in this office and assigned FOIA case number 12-F-1380.

As stated, your request is not reasonably described to support processing, and is thus not a proper FOIA request. In order for us to process your request, we would need further information regarding the records you seek. We do not know what you mean by "time travel" and we are not aware of a nexus or connection between the requested information and this office. Please note that this office only processes FOIA requests for records related to the Office of Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff (OSD/JS). There is no central FOIA processing point for the entire Department of Defense (DoD); each DoD component/service is responsible for processing FOIA requests for records related to their organization.

It is the requester’s responsibility to reasonably describe the records sought under the FOIA. The FOIA does not require agencies to conduct research in order to respond to requests. Generally, a record is not reasonably described unless the description contains sufficient information to permit an organized, nonrandom search based on filing arrangements and existing retrieval systems, or unless the request contains sufficient information to permit inference of the elements needed to conduct a search (See: Paragraph C1.5.8, DoD 5400.7-R, available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/540007r.pdf). Identification of the record desired is the responsibility of the requester. The descriptive information may be provided in one or both of the following ways:

1. File related and including information such as type of record, title, index citation, subject area, date the record was created, and originator.

2. Event related and including the circumstances that resulted in the record being created or the date and circumstances surrounding the event the record covers.

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