Monday, February 7, 2011

FOIA request to FBI, "Key Activists"

From: Sobonya, David P.
Subject: RE: FOIA request -- "Key Activists" (New Left)
Date: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 9:45 am
Dear Mr. Greenberg,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit or a Disclosure Unit for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOI/PA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at or If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Service Request Unit (SRU)
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Office: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4995 or 4997

From: []
Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2011 1:41 PM
To: FOIPA_Request
Subject: FOIA request -- "Key Activists" (New Left)

Feb. 6, 2011

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:

"Key Activists" (New Left)

In 1968, the FBI began to conduct surveillance against the New Left political movement by opening a new section of its COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program). The Bureau designated leading New Left leaders as “key activists." The Bureau defined key activists as “extremely active and most vocal in their statements denouncing the United States and calling for civil disobedience and other forms of unlawful and disruptive acts.” By 1971, about half of 73 people designated as key activists had been prosecuted by federal or local officials. (See Robert Justin Goldstein, Political Repression in Modern America,University of Illinois Press, 2001, p. 472.)

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.


Ivan Greenberg, Ph.D.

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