William "Biff" Forrest Hamman, Uncle to InfoWars' Alex Jones, in Guatemala

Matthew Phelan filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2016-10558
Est. Completion None
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From: Matthew Phelan

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I request any and all diplomatic cables, communications, telexes, faxes, or (where historically feasible) electronic mails sent by the United States Embassy in Guatemala either for or about the deceased individual William "Biff" Forrest Hamman (Born: 25 July 1945 | Deceased: 09 January 2014 | Please see obituary published by the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home: http://www.blair-stubbs.com/book-of-memories/1763867/Hamman-William/obituary.php). Please also seek out and include any material, in any format, sent by Hamman to the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. State Department. Please limit these searches to include any and all relevant material and documents created between January 1970 and January 1990.

Please also note that this individual, William Hamman, a Vietnam veteran, received a PhD. from the University of Guatemala; he lived and worked in Guatemala in several capacities during the late 1970s and early 1980s, reportedly: as a missionary, as the owner of a coffee plantation, and as a helicopter pilot, potentially in the service of local government, the U.S. Embassy, or other offices and personnel of the U.S. government.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. In order to help to determine my status for purposes of determining the applicability of any fees, you should know that I am a representative of the news media, and this request is made as part of news gathering (i.e. again, not for a commercial use).

I am willing to pay fees for this request up to a maximum of $100.00 USD. 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. I also include a telephone number (917.859.1266) at which I can be contacted during the hours of 9:00 am to 9:00pm, if necessary, to discuss any aspect of my request.

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,

Matthew Phelan

From: U.S. Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Request

Requests for the status of a pending case should be addressed to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox (FOIAStatus@state.gov<mailto:FOIAStatus@state.gov>). Thank you.

Sincerely,
Requester Communications Branch

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Phelan,

This is in reference to your e-mail on September 29,2016 regarding a FOIA request F-2016-10558. The Department's electronic case notes show that your case has been opened as it relates to your inquiry. The case has been assigned to an analyst and I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested an status update and estimated completion date for your case.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Jasmin Berhane
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Phelan,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

I have again informed the case Analyst that is working on your case for an estimated completion date(ECD). Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

Sincerely,
Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: U.S. Department of State

A no responsive documents response.

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