BOLO on alleged Iranian threat to Pentagon leader (National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium of Washington, DC .
Multi Request BOLO on alleged Iranian threat to Pentagon leader
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From: Matthew Petti


To Whom It May Concern:

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

- The BOLO bulletin issued in response to a September 22, 2020 incident involving a senior Pentagon official allegedly tailed by an Iranian national in a vehicle with Virginia license plates; and
- Any other reports on the above-referenced incident.

According to NBC News, a leader at the Department of Defense "left the Pentagon that evening in a government-owned black SUV driven by a member of his security detail, when an unknown vehicle immediately began to follow them, officials said. The driver, identified as an Iranian national, was in a vehicle with Virginia license plates and trailed closely behind the official SUV for five to seven miles, at times driving aggressively, according to officials who described a report on the incident that was created by the Pentagon." (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/top-u-s-officials-were-briefed-active-threat-against-pentagon-n1245273)

The NBC News report states that the Department of Defense later issued a Be on the Lookout (BOLO) alert about the incident and "shared the information with federal law enforcement."

If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please be sure to review and release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of responsive documents, as the FOIA requires.

I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am an investigative journalist who has written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Asia Times, Responsible Statecraft, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly, and I am requesting these documents in an editorial capacity. Please contact me if you have any questions about my media status.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Matthew Petti

From: National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium

Good Morning Matthew Petti,

This email serves as final response to your FOIA request, dated October 30, 2020 in which you seek:

"...The BOLO bulletin issued in response to a September 22, 2020 incident involving a senior Pentagon official allegedly tailed by an Iranian national in a vehicle with Virginia license plates; and
- Any other reports on the above-referenced incident..."

The DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has conducted a search of its records and determined that it does not have records responsive to your request. It is the public policy of the District of Columbia that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. At this time we do not have records responsive to your request and your request has been closed.

If, for any reason, you interpret this to be a denial of your request, please also know that, under D.C. Official Code ยง 2-537 and 1 DCMR 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal may be submitted online<https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx> via the DC government Public FOIA Portal. Written appeals may also be mailed to: The Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel, FOIA Appeal; 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 407, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to The Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel at foia.appeals@dc.gov<mailto:foia.appeals@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the HSEMA FOIA Officer. Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

If you have any additional questions regarding this request, you may contact me at this email address.

Sincerely,

Whitney Bowen Abrams

HSEMA FOIA Officer

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