Sunday, May 17, 2009

Letter to FBI FOIA, John Hope Franklin

May 17, 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
Fax: 540-868-4996

Request No.: 1130505-000
Subject: Franklin, John Hope

Dear Mr. Hardy:

I received your letter dated May 13, 2009. I do not wish to narrow down my request on John Hope Franklin. Please send me all information you have on Mr. Franklin.

In my request letter, I asked that you release the records on Mr. Franklin in electronic form on a CD-ROM. I have consulted several FOIA specialists and they report there is no reason for the records not to be released in an electronic form. I plan to write an appeal to the Justice Department if you refuse to release the records in electronic form.

Sincerely,

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




Saturday, May 16, 2009

FBI FOIA Response, John Hope Franklin

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

May 13,2009

DR. IVAN GREENBERG
#5A
2105 WALLACE AVENUE
BRONX, NY 10462

Request No.: 1130505- 000
Subject: FRANKLIN, JOHN HOPE

Dear Dr. Greenberg:

This is in reference to your Freedom of Information-Privacy Acts (FOIPA) request.

We have located approximately 605 pages which are potentially responsive to your request. Pursuant to Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Sections 16.11 and 16.49, there is a duplication fee of ten cents per page. The first 100 pages will be provided to you free of charge. Regulations require us to notify requesters when anticipated charges exceed $25, and if all of the pages are released, you will owe $50.50 in duplication fees. Please remember this is only an estimate, and if some of the pages are withheld or are not identifiable with your subject, the actual charges could be less.

You may want to consider reducing the scope of your request. This would allow you to lower your costs and hasten the receipt of your information. To streamline our operation, we divide our requests into three tracks based on the amount of material to be processed: small (1-500 pages); medium (501-2500 pages) and large (2501 or more pages), with the small track having the fastest rate of processing. To accelerate the processing of your request, you must reduce the pages to be processed to 500 pages or less. Please let us know in writing if you are interested in discussing the possibility of reducing the scope of your request or if you are willing to pay the estimated duplication cost indicated in the above paragraph. Your written response should provide a telephone number where you can be reached between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., EST. You may also fax your response to the following number: 540-868-4996, Attention: Work Processing Unit. You must include the FOIPA request number in any communication regarding this matter.

As stated previously, the cost indicated is only an estimate, therefore, no payment should be made at this time.

Sincerely yours,

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






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