Twitter DMs (Air Force)

Emma Best filed this request with the Air Force of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-01714- F
Est. Completion None
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Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all Twitter Direct Messages sent to or from any Agency Twitter accounts.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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: Clement, John

Email to acknowledge receipt of FOIA request.

From: USAF Pentagon SAF-AA Mailbox HAF FOIA workflow

Mr. Best,
Attached is the email I sent to your email address on file, requesting clarification of your request.

From: Harris, Monique N CIV USAF SAF-AA (US)

Good morning Mr. Best,
I am following up with your email on the status of your FOIA request.

Our office needs further clarification. Which agency or agencies are you referring too?

Please contact me if you have any questions.

V/r

//SIGNED//
MONIQUE N. HARRIS, CIV USAF
Government Information Specialist
Headquarters Air Force Information Office (SAF/AAII)
Commercial: 703-692-9978
Monique.n.harris2.civ@mail.mil
Workflow: usaf.pentagon.saf-aa.mbx.haf-foia-workflow@mail.mil

From: USAF Pentagon SAF-AA Mailbox HAF FOIA workflow

Hello Mr. Best,

As of today October 5, 2017, our office has not received any clarification needed to process FOIA request dated February 21, 2017, requesting copies of all Twitter Direct Messages sent to or from any Agency Twitter accounts (Air Force). We would like for you to narrow your request down. Please provide us with a time frame of when these Twitter Messages took place, also provide us which agency you are referring to.

In accordance with Department of Defense and Air Force FOIA policy, it is the requester's responsibility to provide specific information regarding the records being requested.

If we do not receive a response by 12 October 2017, your request will be administratively closed and you will need to resubmit your FOIA request.

V/r

//SIGNED//
MONIQUE N. HARRIS, CIV USAF
Government Information Specialist
Headquarters Air Force Information Office (SAF/AAII)
Commercial: 703-692-9978
Monique.n.harris2.civ@mail.mil
Workflow: usaf.pentagon.saf-aa.mbx.haf-foia-workflow@mail.mil

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