Thursday, December 30, 2010

FOIA Request-- "The Rational Observer"

-----Original Message-----
From: igreen7047@aol.com
To: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov
Sent: Thu, Dec 30, 2010 11:22 pm
Subject: FOIA request -- "The Rational Observer"


Dec. 30, 2010

Dear FBI Records Section:

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

I request a complete and thorough search of all filing systems and locations for all records maintained by your agency pertaining to and/or captioned:

The Rational Observer

This college newspaper was published by the FBI sometime between 1965 and 1975 and distributed by the FBI at American University in Washington, DC. Its existence is referred to in the opinion of a federal civil rights lawsuit (Hobson v. Wilson).

Please send me all available records on The Rational Observer

This request specifically includes where appropriate "main" files and "see references," including but not limited to numbered and lettered sub files and control files. I also request 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."

Please provide the material to me in an electronic form on CD-ROM.

Sincerely,
Ivan Greenberg, Ph.D.

FOIA Request, "The CIO News"

-----Original Message-----
From: igreen7047@aol.com
To: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov
Sent: Thu, Dec 30, 2010 11:06 pm
Subject: FOIA Request -- "The CIO News"


Dec. 30, 2010

Dear FBI Records Section:

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

I request a complete and thorough search of all filing systems and locations for all records maintained by your agency pertaining to and/or captioned:

The CIO News

This trade union newspaper was founded in 1937 in Washington, DC, by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).It published regularly until the mid-1950s, when its name changed. Please send all available records on The CIO News.

This request specifically includes where appropriate "main" files and "see references," including but not limited to numbered and lettered sub files and control files. I also request 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."

Please provide the material to me in an electronic form on CD-ROM.

Sincerely,
Ivan Greenberg, Ph.D.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ivan Greenberg: Deep Throat and Government Records

Ivan Greenberg: Deep Throat and Government Records

Thursday, September 2, 2010

FOIA Request to State Department,"J. Edgar Hoover Reports to the President"

-----Original Message-----
From: Dossantos, Christopher A
To: IGREEN7047@AOL.COM
Cc: Brothers, Tyler L
Sent: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 3:48 pm
Subject: EFOIA REQUEST

This email is to acknowledge our receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The details are provided below.

Case Control Number: 201005274

Requester’s Name: IVAN GREENBERG

Subject of Request: J EDGAR HOOVER REPORTS TO THE PRESIDENT

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-202-261-8484 or FAX us at 1-202-261-8579. Please do not respond to this email.
_________________________________________________________
NOTE: Please be advised, if your request is for information concerning yourself or other individual(s) (for example, employment applications, Foreign Service exam results, security investigations, visas, passports, etc.), we cannot accept it via our website. Such requests cannot be processed without the required original documentation required in our FOIA regulations at 22 CFR 171.32(b)&(c) for “Verification of Personal Identity” and/or 22 CFR 171.12(a) for “Third Party Requests.” Please resubmit your request by mail in accordance with the instructions on our FOIA website at http://foia.state.gov. Your request may be mailed to us at the following address:

Information and Privacy Coordinator
Office of Information Programs and Services
U.S. Department of State, SA-2
Washington, DC 20522-8100

Mr. Christopher DosSantos
U.S. Department of State
A/GIS/IPS/RL/RC
SA-2, Room 1101
515 22nd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: 202-261-8484

Our mission is to meet the information needs of our customers and the United States Government

In accordance with E.O. 12958 this e-mail is UNCLASSIFIED

Thursday, August 5, 2010

FOIA Request to FBI, Ethics Waivers

From: igreen7047@aol.com
To: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov
Subject: Ethics Waivers at FBI
Date: Thu, Aug 5, 2010 12:03 am

Dear FBI FOIA Office:

This email is a records request under the Freedom of Information Act for all FBI files or FBI documents having to do with the subject of: "Ethics Waivers."

I believe most federal agencies in the U.S. Government have "Ethics Waivers." I want a copy of all "Ethics Waivers" that may exist at the FBI.


Sincerely,

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

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

FOIA request to FBI, Howard Zinn

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:

I am writing to you about my FOIPA Request No.: 1149655-000. My request was for FBI records on Howard Zinn, who is deceased.

In your letter dated June 17, 2010, you indicated the Zinn file is estimated to be 465 pages and asked if I would pay hard paper copying costs of $36.50 or $15 if processed in an electronic form on CD-ROM. You also asked if I wanted to reduce the scope of my FOIA request to expedite processing.

First, the estimate of 465 pages seems small. I question whether you did an adequate search of the Zinn file. If necessary, I plan to appeal to the Office of Information Policy at DOJ.

Second, I will pay whatever costs are associated with this request. Please note that in my records request, I asked for release in an electronic form on CD-ROM. I believe processing the file in electronic form is in the public interest.

Third, I do not wish to reduce the scope of my records request.

Sincerely,

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

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Greenberg v. FBI" FOIA lawsuit settled

Press Release
June 16, 2010


I am pleased to announce that both sides in Greenberg v. FBI have signed an agreement ending the FOIA lawsuit initiated in 2008.

The FBI file on Director L. Patrick Gray III was determined to be 7,588 pages, of which 6,510 pages were released in full or in part.

The responsive search for FBI records on Director Clarence M. Kelley produced 9,584 pages, of which 8,859 pages were released in full or in part.

The attorneys Mark S. Zaid and Bradley P. Moss handled the case for the plaintiff.

These files were declassified for the first time and released in an electronic form on CD-ROM. The government paid attorney fees. Documents from the Gray and Kelley files are being used in my forthcoming book, The Dangers of Dissent: The FBI and Civil Liberties since 1965 (Lexington Books)

Ivan Greenberg, Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FOIA request to FBI, Paul Wallace Gates

May 26, 2010

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 Paul Wallace Gates.

I believe he may have come to the attention of the FBI in 1948 during the Henry A. Wallace presidential campaign.

By way of background, Mr. Gates was a scholar of American history, whose last teaching job was at Cornell University. He died on Jan. 5, 1999. I have enclosed two obituaries.

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."

Please search your COINTELPRO files.

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


Sunday, May 9, 2010

FOIA Appeal to U.S. Justice Department, Ghetto Informant Program

May 10, 2010


Director

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: Ghetto Informant Program

FOIPA Request Number: 1147563-000

Dear OIP Director:

Along with a letter dated May 5, 2010, the FOIA office of the FBI released to me 14 pages of the file Ghetto Informant Program, which previously had been processed for a different requestor.

I wish to appeal this release of records to me because I do not believe the FOIA FBI office conducted a thorough search of their files for the Ghetto Informant Program.

The material sent to me consists only of several memos dated either Oct. 5, 1972 or Oct. 6, 1972. Please note that the Ghetto Informant Program opened in 1968 and closed sometime after October 1972. Thus, there is no material covering the years 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and most of 1972. For example, there is no material in the FBI file about the opening of the Program during the late 1960s or about the closing of the Program in the 1970s.

I had requested the material be released in an electronic form and hope this will apply to future releases for this request.

Sincerely,

Ivan Greenberg

2105 Wallace Ave. #5A

Bronx, NY 10462


Sunday, April 25, 2010

FOIA request to FBI, Ghetto Informant Program


Federal Bureau of Investigation
Records Information/Dissemination Section
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843

April 25, 2010

Dear FBI Records Section:

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

I request a complete and thorough search of all filing systems and locations for all records maintained by your agency pertaining to and/or captioned:

Ghetto Informant Program

(The FBI created this program in 1967. It existed until the early 1970s.)


This request specifically includes where appropriate "main" files and "see references," including but not limited to numbered and lettered sub files and control files. I also request 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."

Please provide the material to me in an electronic form on CD-ROM.

Sincerely,


Dr. Ivan Greenberg
2105 Wallace Ave. #5A
Bronx, NY 10462
Igreen7047@aol.com

FOIA request to FBI, Women's Trade Union League


Federal Bureau of Investigation
Records Information/Dissemination Section
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843

April 21, 2010

Dear FBI Records Section:

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

I request a complete and thorough search of all filing systems and locations for all records maintained by your agency pertaining to and/or captioned:

Women's Trade Union League (WTUL)

The FBI file numbers for this organization are:
100-HQ-126201
00-HQ-9441
61-HQ-604

The WTUL existed for several decades before 1960.

This request specifically includes where appropriate "main" files and "see references," including but not limited to numbered and lettered sub files and control files. I also request 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."

Please provide the material to me in an electronic form on CD-ROM.

Sincerely,


Dr. Ivan Greenberg
2105 Wallace Ave. #5A
Bronx, NY 10462
Igreen7047@aol.com

Monday, March 1, 2010

Table of Contents, "The Dangers of Dissent"

The Dangers of Dissent: The FBI and Civil Liberties since 1965
By Ivan Greenberg

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Liberating Information
Bottom-Up Responses to Repression
Oversight and Accountability

Chapter 1. State Crimes
“Counter-Intelligence” Methods
The FBI Encourages Violence
Advice on Fighting Repression
“Testilying” and Falsification

Chapter 2. The Evolution of Seventies Spying
COINTELPRO Aims and Ends
Congressional Questioning
Surveillance of the Left
Senate Church Committee
Black Bag Jobs
Carter Appoints a New Director

Chapter 3. Has the FBI Really Changed?
Reagan Revives the FBI
Spying on the Nuclear Freeze Movement
Spying on Black Americans
Surveillance of Right-wing Groups

Chapter 4. The Need for Enemies after the Cold War
Enemies at the Millennium
Peace Dividend
Who are the Terrorists?

Chapter 5. The Terror Scare
Denver, New York City
“October Plan”
Violations, Watch Lists and Databases

Chapter 6. Information Flow and Political Policing
FBI Power and the FOIA
Early Lawsuits
Police Legitimacy
Concealing the Identities of Informers
The Privacy Act

Chapter 7. Suing the FBI for Spying
Old Left Plaintiffs
Race and the FBI
New Left Plaintiffs
Plainttiffs Losses
Post-COINTELPRO Cases

Chapter 8. The FBI in the Surveillance Society
No Place to Hide
One Big Database?