USMS files re: Thomas G. Clines

T. McElwee filed this request with the Department of Justice, United States Marshals of the United States of America.
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From: T. McElwee


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records concerning THOMAS G. CLINES, a deceased federal ex-convict. For purposes of locating records please note the following information:

Full Name: Thomas Gregory Clines
Date of Birth: 08/18/1928
Date of Death: July 30, 2013
First 5 digits of Social Security Number: 578-36
Convicted in the District Court of Maryland approximately 1990
Bureau of Prisons Register Number: 27231-037
Release date: 05/14/1993

See attached obituary for proof of Clines's death. Records concerning Cline as a subject should be assumed exempt from the FOIA Exemption 6, 7(C) and the Privacy Act.

Please conduct a search of all US Marshals Service systems of records for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, agencies and companies.

US Marshals Service systems of records of interest include (but are not limited to) the Internal Affairs System; U.S. Marshals Service Prisoner Processing and Population Management-Prisoner Tracking System; Warrant Information Network (WIN); Witness Security Files Information System; and Inappropriate Communications - Threat Information System.

If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that USMS has no other copies of said records.

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,

T. McElwee

  • THOMAS20CLINES20Obituary20-20Bedford2C20VA20_20The20Washington20Post.pdf

From: T. McElwee

To whom it may concern:

I have received several contacts from MuckRock staff stating that they are having problems performing follow up on my requests to USMS (such as obtaining tracking numbers and status reports).

This message is to specifically authorize Beryl Lipton and/or any other staff contacting you on my behalf of MuckRock or myself to receive information on this and any other requests attributed to me.

Thank you
- T. McElwee

From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

Good morning,

Your request has been received and will be processed as soon as possible.

This email has been forwarded to the processor working your request.

Thank you.

Elaine M. Rivera
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
United States Marshals Service
CG-3, 15th Floor
Washington, DC 20530-1000

NOTICE: This email (including any attachments) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. It may contain information that is privileged, confidential, or otherwise protected by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient (or the recipient's agent), you are hereby notified that unauthorized dissemination, distribution, copying, or use of this email or its contents is prohibited and may violate applicable law. If you received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately and destroy all copies.

From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information related to Thomas G. Clines (deceased).

Pursuant to your request, the USMS conducted a search of the District of Maryland and located 4 pages of documents responsive to your request. Those pages are being released to you and are attached hereto. Portions of the pages are being withheld pursuant to FOIA Exemptions (b)(6), (b)(7)(C), and (b)(7)(E).

FOIA Exemption (b)(6) allows an agency to withhold personnel, medical, and similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Records that apply to or describe a particular individual, including investigative records, qualify as "personnel," "medical," or "similar files" under Exemption 6. FOIA Exemption (b)(7)(C) protects records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes to the extent that the production of such records or information could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. A discretionary release of such records is not appropriate. See United States Department of Justice (DOJ) v. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 489 U.S. 749 (1989).

FOIA Exemption (b)(7)(E) exempts from release information that would disclose law enforcement techniques or procedures, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law. Public disclosure of information such as internal URLs, codes, and internal identifying numbers could assist unauthorized parties in deciphering the meaning of the codes and numbers, aid in gaining improper access to law enforcement databases, and assist in the unauthorized party's navigation of these databases. This disclosure of techniques for navigating the databases could permit people seeking to violate the law to gain sensitive knowledge and take preemptive steps to counter actions taken by USMS during investigatory operations. The disclosure of this information serves no public benefit and would not assist the public in understanding how the agency is carrying out its statutory responsibilities.

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV (2010)). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.

If you are not satisfied with the USMS's determination in response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, 441 G Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20530, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's FOIA STAR portal by creating an account following the instructions on OIP's website: https://www.justice.gov/oip/submit-and-track-request-or-appeal. Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

You may also contact the USMS FOIA Officer or our FOIA Public Liaison at (703) 740-3943 for any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; e-mail at ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.
NOTICE: This email (including any attachments) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. It may contain information that is privileged, confidential, or otherwise protected by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient (or the recipient's agent), you are hereby notified that unauthorized dissemination, distribution, copying, or use of this email or its contents is prohibited and may violate applicable law. If you received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately and destroy all copies.

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