Monday, December 28, 2009

My FOIA Requests to FBI, 1999-2010

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Monroe College
Art Students League
Empire State College
FBI Legal Handbook
United Auto Workers
United Steel Workers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Local 3 IBEW
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
American Association of People with Disabilities
International Association of Machinists
Camp Sister Spirit
Radical History Review
War Resisters League (1970-)
John Birch Society (1970-)
Center for Constitutional Rights
National Lawyers Guild
Institute for Policy Studies
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
Greenpeace USA
Witness for Peace
Pledge of Resistance
Herbert G. Gutman
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Socialist Workers Party (1975-)
Radical History Review
National Academy of Art
Jackson Pollack
Sierra Club
Friends of the Earth
Veterans Fast for Life
American Friends Service Committee (1975-)
Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (1975-)
Jacob Lawrence
Hans Hoffman
Mark Rothko
Warren Susman
William Appleman Williams
Irving Howe
C. Vann Woodward
Labor History
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Socialist Scholars Conference
Selig Pearlman
John R. Commons
Richard Hofstadter
Ryan Fox
Allan Nevins
Henry Steele Commager
Samuel Eliot Morison
Charles Beard
Mary Ritter Beard
Journal of Negro History
Christopher Lasch
Frederick Jackson Turner
Henry Brooks Adams
William A. Dunning
Bernie Whitebear
Nation of Islam (1975-)
Hannah Hanari
Off Our Backs
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce
Gus Hall (1975-)
Kenneth Steele
Audubon Society
American Civil Liberties Union (2001-)
National Archives
Impact of the FOIA/PA on Law Enforcement Activities
Frank Church
Gerald Ford
“October Plan”
Project Megiddo
L. Patrick Gray III
Clarence M. Kelley
Timothy Fauvell
W. Mark Felt
Charles W. Bates
Robert G. Kunkel
John Hope Franklin
Deadbeat FOIA Requesters List
ADEX (Administrative Index)
Walter Cronkite
Women's Trade Union League
Ghetto Informant Program
Paul Wallace Gates
Howard Zinn

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mute Response by FBI, ADEX (Administrative Index) Records

Dec. 13, 2009

Ms. Priscilla Jones
Supervisory Administrative Specialist
Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Ave., NW
Suite 11050
Washington, DC 20530-001

Subject: ADEX (Administrative Index)

Dear Ms. Jones:

This is my second letter of appeal to your office about my FOIA request to the FBI for records on ADEX (Administrative Index). I wish to appeal the on-going “mute response” by the FOIA office of the FBI. Despite two attempts to get the FBI office to process my request, they continue not to acknowledge the receipt of my request, violating the 20-day requirement in the law.

By way of background, on Aug. 11, 2009, I submitted the initial request for ADEX records via facsimile. (ADEX was established by the FBI in 1972 as a national security emergency arrest list. It listed about 15,000 Americans in 1972.) The FBI FOIA office did not acknowledge receipt of the request, so I appealed to the Office of Information Policy at your office at the Justice Department.

In a letter dated Oct. 23, 2009, you stated that the FBI said they never received my request. You wrote, “Accordingly, by copy of this letter, we are referring your letter to the FBI for processing and direct response to you. You may appeal any future adverse determination made by the FBI.” (A copy of your letter is enclosed.)

More than six weeks have passed and the FOIA office at the FBI still has not acknowledged receipt of my request for ADEX records.

This failure to comply with the law is especially troubling in light of President Barack Obama’s policy to increase transparency in government.

I had asked for records to be released in an electronic form, as opposed to paper. The violation of the 20-day provision in the law should mean I will not be charged any fees for the processing of my request.


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