Monday, September 28, 2009

FOIA Appeal to U.S. Justice Department, ADEX

Sept. 28, 2009

Office of Information Policy (OIP)
U.S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Ave., NW
Suite 11050
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Freedom of Information Act Appeal
Subject: ADEX (Administrative Index)

Dear OIP Director:

This letter is an appeal under the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts. On Aug. 11, 2009, I sent a letter via Fax to the FOIA office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asking for all files on ADEX (Administrative Index). A copy of my request letter is enclosed.

By way of background, ADEX is a FBI detention list of Americans established in 1972. See the enclosed information on ADEX, which is from the book by Frank J. Donner, The Age of Surveillance.

The FOIA office at the FBI did not acknowledge receipt of my FOIA request. The 20-day time limit for acknowledging requests has passed. Therefore, I want to appeal my request for FBI files on ADEX.


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

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

FOIA request to FBI, Walter Cronkite

Sept. 23, 2009


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 Walter Cronkite (“Mr. Cronkite”).

By way of background, Mr. Cronkite was a television journalist for CBS News for many years. I have enclosed a New York Times article dated July 18, 2009, that states that Mr. Cronkite presently 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.


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

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

FBI says no records on Kenneth M. Stampp

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, D.C. 20535

August 25, 2009

BRONX, NY 10462

Request No.: 1135946- 000

Dear Dr. Greenberg:

This responds to your Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts (FOIPA) request.

Based on the information you provided, we conducted a search of the indices to our Central Records System at FBI Headquarters and all other field offices. We were unable to identify responsive main file records. If you have additional information pertaining to the subject that you believe was of investigative interest to the Bureau, please provide us the details and we will conduct an additional search.

To the extent your FOIPA request seeks access to records that would either confirm or deny an individual's placement on any government watch list, please be advised that the U.S. Government can neither confirm nor deny whether a particular person is on any terrorist watch list. Maintaining the confidentiality of government watch lists is necessary to achieve the objectives of the U.S. Government, as well as to protect the privacy of individuals who may be on a watch list for a limited time and later removed. If the U.S. Government revealed who was listed on any government watch list. terrorists would be able to take actions to avoid detection by government authorities. Thus, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Exemptions 2 and 7(E). 5 U.S.C. §§ 552 (b)(2) and (b)(7)(E), the FBI can neither confirm nor deny the existence of certain records which would tend to indicate whether an individual is or ever was listed on any government terrorist watch list.

You may file an appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), U.S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Ave., NW, Suite 11050, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001. Your appeal must be received by OIP within sixty (60) days from the date of this letter in order to be considered timely. The envelope and the letter should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Appeal." Please cite the FOIPA Request Number assigned to your request so that it may be identified easily.

Enclosed for your information is a copy of the FBI File Fact Sheet.

Sincerely yours,

David M. Hardy
Section Chief,
Dissemination Section Records Management Division