|Submitted||April 1, 2013|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Any and all communications processing notes, and search slips related to my March 13 2013 FOIA request no. FA13-1963.
As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. There exists an urgent need to inform the public of government activity pertaining to prior authorized or unauthorized disclosure of information related to the July 12, 2007 aerial weapons team Baghdad air strike in the district of New Baghdad in Baghdad and/or a video of the incident, entitled, "12 JUL 07 CZ ENGAGEMENT ZONE 30 GC Anyone.avi" (aka 'Collateral Murder' ) to members of the news media.
My work has been published in the Guardian, Salon, and featured by PBS Frontline, On The Media and Public Radio International.
If you regard these documents as potentially exempt from disclosure requirements, I request that you nonetheless exercise your discretion to disclose them.
Please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of documents.
If you deny all or any part of this request, please cite each specific exemption you think justifies your refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available under the law.
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, 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 for searching for, reviewing, or copying the records, please notify me before processing if the amount exceeds $100 (five-hundred U.S. dollars).
I would prefer the request be 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.
Alexa D. O'Brien
Footnote  http://gu.com/p/3e6gd/tw; http://www.salon.com/writer/alexa_obrien/ ; http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/foreign-affairs-defense/wikisecrets/the-indie-journalists-at-the-center-of-the-bradley-manning-trial/; http://www.onthemedia.org/2013/mar/15/covering-manning-trial/?utm_source=/2013/mar/15/bradley-manning-and-aiding-enemy/&utm_medium=treatment&utm_campaign=morelikethis
A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.
A copy of documents responsive to the request.