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Sasha and Malia Bahama FOIA

Sasha and Malia Bahama FOIA

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Date Created:March 26, 2013

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Pursuant the Freedom Information Act (FOIA), .S.C.  552, Judicial Watch, Inc. hereby requests that the Air Force produce the following within twenty (20) business days: 
Any and all records concerning, regarding, related the expenditure U.S. Government funds provide security and/or othet services Sash and Malia Obama and any companions during their March 2013 trip the Atlantis resort Paradise Island the Bahamas. call your attention President Obama's January 21, 2009 Memorandum 
concerning the Freedom Information Act, which states: 
All agencies should adopt presumption favor disclosure, order renew their commitment the 
principles embodied FOIA ... The presumption disclosure should applied all decisions involving 
FOIA.1 
The memo further provides that "The freedom Info1mation Act should 
administered with clear presumption: the case doubt, openness prevails." 
Nevertheless, any responsive record portion thereof claimed exempt from production under FOIA, please provide sufficient identifying information with respect each allegedly exempt record portion thereof allo: assess the propriety the claimed exemption. Vaughn Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1974). addition, any reasonably segregable portion 

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responsive record must provided, after redaction any allegedly exempt material. 
U.S.C.  552(b). 
for purposes this request, the term "record'' shall mean: (1) any written, printed, typed material any kind, including without limitation all correspondence, memoranda, notes, messages, letters, cards, facsimiles, papers) forms, telephone messages, diaries, schedules, calendars) chronological data) minutes, books, reports, charts, lists, ledgers) invoices, worksheets, receipts, returns, computer printouts, printed matter, prospectuses, statements, checks, statistics, surveys, affidavits, contracts, agreements, transcripts, magazine newspaper articles, press releases; (2) any electronically, magnetically, mechanically stored material any kind, including without limitation all electronic mail e-mail; (3) any audio, aural, visual, video records, recordings, representations any kind; any graphic materials and data compilations from which information can obtained; and (5) any materials using other means preserving thought expression. 
Judicial Watch also hereby requests waiver both search and duplication fees pursuant U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(U) and (a)(4)(A)(iii). Judicial Watch enlitled waiver search fees under U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II) because member the news media. National Security Archive Department Defense, 880 F.2d 1381, 1387 (D.C. Cir. l989)(defining news media within FOIA context). Judicial Watch has also been recognized member the news media other FOIA litigation. See, e.g., Judicial Watch, Inc. U.S. Department Justice, 133 Supp.2d (D.D.C. 2000); and, Judicial Watch, Inc. Department Defense, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44003, 
(D.D.C. June 28, 2006). Judicial Watch regularly obtains information about the operations and activities government through FOIA and other means) uses its editorial skills turn this information into distinct works, and publishes and disseminates these works the public. intends likewise with the records receives response this request. 
Judicial Watch also entitled complete waiver both search fees and duplication fees pursuant U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(iii). Under this provision, records: 
shall furnished without any charge charge reduced below the fees established under clause (ii) disclosure the information the public interest because likely contribute significantly public understanding the operations activities government and not primarily the commercial interest the requester. U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(iii). addition, records are not produced within twenty (20) business days, Judicial Watch entitled complete waiver search and duplication fees under Section 6(b) 

Air Force March 26, 2013 Page the OPEN Government Act of2007, which amended FOrA U.S.C.  
(a)(4)(A)(viii). 
Judicial Watch 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, educational organization, and, definition, has commercial purpose. Judicial Watch exists educate the public about the operations and activities government, well increase public understanding about the importance ethics and the rule law government. The particular records requested herein arc sought part Judicial Watch's ongoing efforts document the operations and activities the federal government and educate the public about these operations and activities. Once Judicial Watch obtains the requested records, intends analyze them and disseminate the results its analysis, well the records themselves, special written report. Judicial Watch will also educate the public via radio programs, Judicial Watch's website, and/or newsletter, among other 
outlets. also will make the records available other members the media researchers upon request. Judicial Watch has proven ability disseminate information obtained through FOIA the public, demonstrated its long-standing and continuing public outreach efforts. 
Given these circumstances, Judicial Watch entitled public interest fee waiver ofboth search costs and duplication costs. Nonetheless, the event our request for waiver search and/or duplication costs denied, Judicial Watch willing pay $350.00 search and/or duplication costs. Judicial Watch requests that contacted before any such costs are incurred, order prioritize search duplication efforts. effort facilitate record production within the statutory time limit, Judicial Watch willing accept documents electronic format (e.g. e-mail, .pdfs). When necessary, Judicial Watch will also accept the "rolling production" documents. you not understand this request any portion thereof you feel you require clarification this request any portion thereof please contact immediately 202-646-5172 kbailcy@judicialwatch.org. look forward receiving the requested documents and waiver both search and duplication costs within twenty 
(20) business days. Thank you for your cooperation. 
Sincerely, Freedom Information Act. Pres. Mem. January 21, 2009, Fed. Reg. 4683. 
ftA/ 
Kate Bailey 
Judicial Watch