Tuesday, May 5, 2009

FOIA Request to FBI, John Hope Franklin

May 4, 2009

SUBMITTED VIA FACSIMILE

David M. Hardy, Chief
Record/Information Dissemination Section
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Department of Justice
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843

Dear Mr. Hardy:

This is a noncommercial request submitted pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.

I am requesting copies of all records created, received or maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), including all cross-references, that are indexed to John Hope Franklin.

By way of background, Mr. Franklin was a scholar of American-American history, whose last teaching job was at Duke University. I have enclosed a New York Times obituary dated March 26, 2009, stating that Mr. Franklin is deceased.

The scope of this request should be construed to include "main" files and "see references," including but not limited to numbered and lettered sub files and control files. The search parameters should include a search of the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Index, or any similar technique for locating records of electronic surveillance. I request that all records be produced with the administrative pages. I wish to be sent copies of "see reference" cards, abstracts, search slips, including search slips used to process this request, file covers, multiple copies of the same documents if they appear in a file, tapes of any electronic surveillance, photographs, and logs of physical surveillance (FISUR). Please place missing documents on "special locate."

The definition of “records” should be construed to include, but not be limited to, e-mails, facsimiles, and text messages on government-provided cell phones. Furthermore, the scope of the search should not be limited to FBI-originated records and should be construed to include records that are currently in the possession of a U.S. Government contractor for purposes of records management.

If you deny all or any part of this request, please cite each specific exemption that forms the basis of your refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available under the law. I would request that any records produced in response to this request be provided in electronic (soft-copy) form wherever possible. Acceptable formats are .pdf, .jpg, .gif, .tif.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ivan Greenberg
2105 Wallace Ave. #5A
Bronx, NY 10462




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