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.


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


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.


Ivan Greenberg

2105 Wallace Ave. #5A

Bronx, NY 10462