U.S. Navy Review & Talking Points regarding Act of Valor movie

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Navy Office of Information - West of the United States of America.
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any reports, reviews, official talking points or other documents generated regarding the upcoming motion picture "Act of Valor", particularly in regards to the granting of permission by the U.S. Navy to the filmmakers to use Naval footage.

One such review is mentioned in the following online news article:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/12952291/secretive-navy-seals-take-starring-role-in-new-film/

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: "DONFOIA-PA" <donfoia-pa@navy.mil>

February 27, 2012

Mr. Michael Morisy
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 1111
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. Morisy:

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your
request was received in our office and assigned Case File Number DON
2012F020711 regarding any reports, reviews, official talking points or other documents generated regarding the upcoming motion picture " Act of Valor", in regards to the granting of permission by the U.S. Navy to the filmmakers to use Naval footage.

If you have any questions, please contact our service center at (202)
685-0412.

Sincerely,
ROBIN PATTERSON
Head, DON PA/FOIA Policy Office

Sincerely,
DONFOIA-PA SPECIALIST
Department of Navy
P: (202) 685-0412
F: (202) 685-6580

From: Department of the Navy

From: "DONFOIA-PA" <donfoia-pa@navy.mil>

Dear Mr. Morisy:

We are currently processing your FOIA request where you asked for records irt the Department of the Navy's role in the production of the movie "Act of Valor."

We have obtained some documents that must undergo a review by multiple offices.

What I need to know is if you are willing to accept "clearly releasable" documents. The advantage to this is that you will receive the documents in a more timely fashion without having to go through legal analysis. Released documents would probably contain redactions of personal information as well as proprietary business information.

The disadvantage would be that you have no appeal rights irt the documents you receive. However, if you are NOT happy with what you receive, you may always submit another FOIA request.

I would like your decision on this as quickly as possible as I am trying to get some official letters signed out with timeframe estimates for our final response to you. I am hoping this email will serve to obtain your decision more quickly.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Respectfully,

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

I do not agree to limit my request or waive my rights for this request, but please send me all clearly releasable documents as an interim release as soon as you begin processing the request.

If I find these interim responses fulfill my needs, I will let the office know that no further processing is needed.

Thanks,

Michael

From: "DONFOIA-PA" <donfoia-pa@navy.mil>

Dear Mr. Morisy:

We are currently processing your FOIA request where you asked for records irt the Department of the Navy's role in the production of the movie "Act of Valor."

We have obtained some documents that must undergo a review by multiple offices.

What we need to know is if you are willing to accept "clearly releasable" documents. The advantage to this is that you will receive the documents in a more timely fashion without having to go through legal analysis. Released documents would probably contain redactions of personal information as well as proprietary business information.

The disadvantage would be that you have no appeal rights irt the documents you receive. However, if you are NOT happy with what you receive, you may always submit another FOIA request.

We would like your decision on this as quickly as possible as we are trying to get some official letters signed out with timeframe estimates for our final response to you. We are hoping this email will serve to obtain your decision more quickly.

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Respectfully,

From: Michael Morisy

Please see my previous response, copied here:

"Hi,

I do not agree to limit my request or waive my rights for this request, but please send me all clearly releasable documents as an interim release as soon as you begin processing the request.

If I find these interim responses fulfill my needs, I will let the office know that no further processing is needed.

Thanks,

Michael"

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: "DONFOIA-PA" <donfoia-pa@navy.mil>

Dear Mr. Morisy:
We are waiting for Naval Special Warfare Command to provide a releasability decision response concerning PAO documents that originated from their command. Once we have their response, then the JAG office attorney that handles our East Coast CHINFO office affairs must review ANY documents before release. I am sorry this is taking so long but when you must coordinate with multiple offices to try to obtain responsive documents, it always takes longer to process a FOIA request.

From: "DONFOIA-PA" <donfoia-pa@navy.mil>

In the meantime, some clarification is needed concerning your request for a fee waiver. Please see attached letter. Fee waivers are granted on a case by case basis- depending upon the justification you provide.

Vr

From: Navy Office of Information - West

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

I withdraw my request for a blanket fee waiver and instead offer justification for my status as a media requester.

I am a professional journalist, employed full-time in the media industry. My writing has appeared widely, including in the New York Daily News, Boston Magazine, Commonwealth Magazine and other local and national publications.

There is great public interest in these documents in particular as there is ongoing national public scrutiny and questions regarding partnerships between movie production companies and the military, particularly in selective access given and granted to favorable producers or given in exchange for favorable treatment. Obtaining and providing original analysis of these documents would better help the public understand this process, including shedding light on what access is and is not given, and confirming or dispelling public perceptions often based on innuendo, assumption or gossip.

I will disseminate both the documents as well as my analysis of them through the audience of MuckRock.com. MuckRock is a widely read and cited news site, consisting of both original government documents as well as analysis and news based on these documents and other sources.

MuckRock has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Gawker, ReadWriteWeb, and hundreds of other news organizations as an influential news site, and our reporting on national affairs often reaches an audience of hundreds of thousands, including both online and in print publications that report on our news and analysis.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you feel I failed to fairly address any points.

Best,

Michael

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Petrillo, Roberta N CTR OPNAV, DNS-36

Mr. Morisy:
Attached to this email is our final response to your FOIA request 2012F020711 on Act Of Valor movie. Per your request, we are responding electronically.

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