TURBULENCE and XKEYSCORE Classification Guides (Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis )

Paul Dietrich filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis of the United States of America.
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From: Paul Dietrich

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The current and all previous classification guides for XKEYSCORE, TURBULENCE, TUMULT, TRAFFICTHIEF, TURMOIL, TURBINE, and TUTELAGE, especially the TUTELAGE Classification Guide 10-12 dated 30 July 2010.

Classification guides on TURBULENCE ant TUTELAGE have already been acknowledged to be extant in a duly FOIA'd document featured prominently on NSA's own website. (http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/_files/drake/What_A_Success.pdf)

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.


Paul Dietrich

From: Burch, Ashley

Good afternoon Mr. Dietrich,
Please find attached a final response to your Freedom of Information Act Request dated June 18, 2014.
V/R, I&A FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
UNCLASS: I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.gov (mailto:I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.govUNCLASS) UNCLASS Phone:  (202) 447-4883

From: Paul Dietrich

Re: FOIA request 2014-IAFO-0175

Dear Yoshica McCullough,

Thank you for the reply to my FOIA, Could you clarify whether you searched for these records in DHS and did not find them, or have I been redirected to the NSA sans search? In addition, did you really intend to suggest that I contact the FBI for NSA records.

In any event, I have already asked the NSA for them, as part of this multi-agency FOIA request, and my request is still being processed (it has been assigned case number 78305). Likewise, I am asking the FBI and CIA for these records as well (these are still awaiting acknowledgement).

Paul Dietrich


Good morning Mr. Dietrich,

A search was not conducted for your request as the records you are seeking are not under I&A's purview. Our apologies for the typo in the acknowledgement letter, the letter should have stated "Should you wish to request NSA records.." Please let us know if you have any questions.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

From: Paul Dietrich

Re: 2014-IAFO-0175

Dear "V/R,"

The Freedom of Information Act requires that you shall make a reasonable effort to search for the records. Despite this, you have not done so, as such, I am appealing this denial, and requesting that a search actually be performed. Because information describing basic systems is shared across multiple agencies, it is entirely reasonable that you have copies of these guides at your agency.

Paul Dietrich