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DOJ Fast and Furious FOIA Request 7132011

DOJ Fast and Furious FOIA Request 7132011

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Date Created:July 13, 2011

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Becausondence between 
Bureau Alcohol, Tobacco and firearms Director Kenneth Melson and 
any official, officer employee the Office the Deputy Attorney General 
regarding ATF Phoenix Operation Fast and Furious. All records regarding, concerning related the October 26, 2009 
meeting/telephonic conference call between DAG David Ogden, AAG Lanny 
Breuer, ATF Director Melson, DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart, FBI 
Director Robert Mueller, and other Department Justice officials regarding 
the Southwest Border Strategy (including, hut not limited to, any agendas, 
minutes, transcripts, notes presentations). All records p1epared for submitted the House Committee Oversight and Government Reform regarding, concerning related 
Operation Fast and Furious. 
The time frame for this request January 20, 2009 July 13, 2011. call your attention President's January 21, 2009 Memorandum 
concerning the Freedom Information Act, which states: 
All agencies should adopt presumption favor 

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disclosure, order renew their commitment the 
principles embodied FOIA... The presumption 
disclosure should applied all decisions involving 
The memo further provides that "The Freedom Jnfonnation 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 portion 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, 
chart, 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; (4) 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)(TI) and (a)(4)(A)(iii). Judicial Watch entitled waiver search fees under U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(Il) because member the news media. National Security Archive Department Defense, 880 F.2d 1381, 1387 (D.C. Cir. 1989)(defining news media within FOIA context). Judicial Watch has also been recognized member the news media other FOTA litigation. See, e.g., Judicial Watch, Inc. US. Department of.Justice, 133 Supp.2d (D.D.C. 2000); and, Judicial Watch, Inc. Department ofDefense, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44003, 
(O.D.C. June 28, 2006). Judicial Watch regularly obtains information about the operations and activities ofgovenunent through FOlA and other means, uses its editorial skills tum this information into distinct works, and publishes and disseminates these works the public. intends likewise with the records receives response 
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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) the OPEN Govenuncnt Act of2007, which amended FOlA U.S.C.  
Judicial Watch 50l(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 udieial Watch' 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 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. email, .pdfs). When 
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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 look forward receiving the requested documents and waiver both search and dupJ ication costs within twenty 
(20) business days. Thank you for your cooperation. Freedom Lnformation Act. Pres. Mem. January 21, 2009, Fed. Reg. 4683.