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Mike Masnick filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.


From: Mike Masnick

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any documents and emails concerning the seizure and eventual return of the domain names "" and ""

The requested documents will be made available to the general public via the news website, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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.


Mike Masnick

From: ICE

December 21, 2015 Mike Masnick MuckRock DEPT MR PO Box 55819 Boston, MA 02205-5819 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2016-ICFO-12827 Dear Mr. Masnick: This acknowledges receipt of your December 02, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for any documents and emails concerning the seizure and eventual return of the domain names "" and "".  Your request was received in this office on December 21, 2015. After careful review of your FOIA request, we determined that your request is too broad in scope, did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking, or only posed questions to the agency.  Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency.  For this reason, §5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort.  Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipients, and subject matter of the records, if known, or the ICE program office you believe created and/or controls the record. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records. Please resubmit your request containing a reasonable description of the records you are seeking.  Upon receipt of a perfected request, you will be advised as to the status of your request. If we do not hear from you within 10 days from the date of this letter, we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will be administratively closed.  Please be advised that this action is not a denial of your request and will not preclude you from filing other requests in the future. Your request has been assigned reference number 2016-ICFO-12827. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. To check the status of an ICE FOIA/PA request, please visit . Please note that to check the status of a request, you must enter the 2015ICFO-XXXXX or 2016-ICFO- ( XXXXX tracking number. You may contact this office at (866) 633-1182. Our mailing address is 500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009, Washington, D.C. 20536-5009.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
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Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
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From: Mike Masnick

Thanks for your response explaining that my initial request was too broad.

To narrow the request, I would like to request any emails to or from ICE from the year 2015 about the domain

Please let me know if this is sufficiently narrow.

Thank you,

Mike Masnick


Good afternoon,

Your request is currently in the queue for an analyst review.


From: ICE