Sunday, October 18, 2009

Destruction of Records by FBI, Walter Cronkite

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

October 13, 2009


FOIPA Request No.: 1137617- 000

Dear Dr. Greenberg:

This is in response to your Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts (FOIPA) request dated September 23, 2009.

In order to respond to our many requests in a timely manner, our focus is to identify responsive records in the automated and manual indices that are indexed as main files. A main index record carries the names of subjects of FBI investigations. Records which may be responsive to your Freedom of Information-Privacy Acts (FOIPA) request were destroyed on October 9, 2007. Since this material could not be reviewed, it is not known if it was responsive to your request. The retention and disposal of records is governed by statute and regulation under the supervision of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Title 44, United States Code, Section 3301 and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 12, Sub-chapter B, Part 1228. The FBI Records Retention Plan and Disposition Schedules have been approved by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and are monitored by NARA.

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.

Very truly yours,

David M. Hardy
Section Chief, Record/Information
Dissemination Section Records Management Division

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Deadbeat FOIA Requesters List"

Oct. 12, 2009

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

Dear Director:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts.

I want all records on the “Deadbeat FOIA Requesters” list.

By way of background, this list is developed by the FOIA office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for FOIA requesters for whom payment in advance is required due to previous failure to pay fees on a timely basis.

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