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Judicial 
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Because one above the law! 
August 2012 
VIA CERTIFIED MAIL FACSIMILE 
Michelle Meeks Info1mation and Privacy Coordinator Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 
(703) 6133007 
Re: Freedom Information Act 
Dear Ms. Meeks: 
The Elkridge Patch reported that lecturer Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) campus Elkridge, Maryland, "Reza Kahili," under criticism from the Council American Islamic Relations (CAIR) for alleged Islamophobia. This follows reports another defense instructor fired after similar complaints from soldier.1 
The American public has keen interest keeping abreast how our country's operatives, paid and equipped through the general treasmy funded the citizeruy, are being prepared fulfill their individual and collective mission producing timely analysis that provides insight, warning and opportunity the President and decision makers charged with protecting and advancing America's interests. this end, Judicial Watch seeks information sutTO,lllding the foregoing incidents because aims communicate the American public facts obtained tluough official process (not leaks) whether and how the U.S. intelligence community may accommodating what appear this instance the competing interests absolute readiness and cultural sensitivity. 
The records herein requested will also shed light the current state discipline and respect for the intelligence community given how responsive leadership this instance apparently was one student's displeasure with lesson:as presented. accomplish this, Judicial Watch will use all its media channels and contacts broadly disseminate whatever answers these questions obtains through this FOIA request. These are matters paramount public concern not just the many Americans who themselves serve intelligence gathering are some other way affiliated with the intelligence community (which individuals comprise the largest share Judicial Watch's following) but also every American with reasonable expectation the intelligence 
425 Third St., SW, Suite 800, Washington, 20024 Tel: (202) 646-5172 1-888-593-8442 FAX: (202) 646-5199  Email: info@JudicialWatch.org  www.JudicialWatch.org 
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community's awareness and information regarding Islamic jihadism the wake September 11, the U.S.S. Cole bombing, and continuing attacks Muslim extremists alone concert with other ten-orists. Judicial Watch performs this fact promulgation function absent any profit motive whatsoever, driven solely the twin objectives advancing government transparency and accountability and ensuring fidelity the rule law. 
Pursuant the Freedom oflnformation Act (FOIA), U.S.C.  552, Judicial Watch, Inc. hereby requests that the CIA produce the following within twenty (20) business days: 	
All complaints anti-Islamic content any educational training material any individual; 	
Any educational training material (including Powerpoint slides) complained being anti-Islamic containing anti-Islamic content whether was later deemed not; 	
All communications, including interagency third-party communications, regarding the identification, alteration, elimination educational training material alleged any point anti-Islamic contain anti-Islamic content whether ultimately deemed not. 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.2 
The memo further provides that ''The Freedom Information 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 allow 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 p01tion responsive record must provided, after redaction any allegedly exempt material. Freedom Information Act. Pres. Mem. January 21, 2009, Fed. Reg. 4683. 

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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 aiticles, press releases; (2) any electronically, magnetically, mechanically stored material any kind, including without limitation 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 pursuai1t U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II) and (a)(4)(A)(iii). Judicial Watch entitled waiver search fees under U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II) because member the news media. National Security Archive Department Defense, 880 .2d 81, 1387 (D.C. Cir. 989)(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. Di8t. 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: 
shaH 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 primaiily 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) 

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August 2012 the OPEN Government Act 2007, which amended FOIA 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 are 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 info1mation obtane? throug the public, demonstrated its longstanding and contmumg pubhc efforts. 
Given these circumstances, Judicial Watch entitled public interest fee waiver both 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 and 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 202-6465172 jmccarthy@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. Elkridge Patch: "Islamic Rights Group Wages Battle Against Elkridge Lecturer," July 24, 2012