|Submitted||Jan. 20, 2015|
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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:
I was aboard the USS Liberty when the ship was attacked on June 8, 1967 currently serving my shipmates as Director of Operations of the USS Liberty Veterans Association and am requesting a copy of the US government’s investigation of the attack on our ship including the evidence and testimony reviewed in preparation of the report of that investigation.
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.
Dear Mr. Meadors,
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for
records in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Your request was received in our office on January 21, 2015, and assigned
FOIA case number RD 45095.
We have forwarded your request for records pertaining to the investigation
of the June 8, 1967, attack on the USS Liberty to the appropriate office
for further action.
You asked for a waiver of the fees normally charged for providing
researchers with copies of archival records. The FOIA's fee and fee waiver
provisions, however, do not apply to archival records. The FOIA states in
the section on fees "Nothing in this subparagraph shall supersede fees
chargeable under a statute specifically providing for setting the level of
fees for particular types of records" (5 USC 552 (a)(4)(vi)). The fee
statute, 44 USC 2116(c), does apply. It does not authorize NARA to waive
reproduction charges for individual requesters.
If you are not able to visit our facility to view the records and require
us to make copies for you, NARA charges $0.80 per page. There is no
difference in cost whether the copies are provided to you in paper or
Our inability to grant you the requested fee waiver does not constitute a
denial for the purposes of the FOIA. If you believe this to be a denial,
you may appeal by writing within 60 days of receipt of this e-mail to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, MD 20740-6001,
and explain why you think our fee waiver denial does not meet the
requirements of the FOIA. Please note on your request and the envelope that
this is a Freedom of Information Act Appeal, and cite FOIA case number RD
Please advise us of any change of address that may occur during the time
that it takes to complete your case. To notify us regarding a change in
your contact information, we can be reached by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call our FOIA customer service
number at 301-837-3190. In the event any correspondence to you is returned
as undeliverable, no forwarding address, we will presume you are no longer
interested in pursuing the case, and it will be closed.
You will be notified again as soon as there is an update on the status of
Special Access/FOIA Staff
National Archives and Records Administration
A no responsive documents response.