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Bryant - The NARA Response Arrives

From: Larry W. Bryant <overtci@cavtel.net>
Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2002 19:52:52 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2002 02:45:01 -0400
Subject: Bryant - The NARA Response Arrives


FLASH -- The NARA Response Arrived in My Snail-Mail Today

I plan to appeal!


FROM: The U. S. National Archives and Records Administration
       June 3, 2002 -


Larry W. Bryant
3518 Martha Custis Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302

Dear Mr. Bryant:

This is in reply to your Freedom of Information Act request of
May 22, 2002, for a copy of "your entire NARA case file on my
freedom-of-information appeal dated Sept. 14, 2001." Your
request was received via e-mail on May 23, 2002, and assigned
tracking number NGC02-134.

We have located 15 documents, totaling 16 pages, that are
responsive to your request. I have determined that 6 documents,
totaling 7 pages, are appropriate for release without excision
and copies are enclosed. Also enclosed are 4 documents totaling
4 pages that are appropriate for release with excisions made
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(2), with [sic] pertains to
predominately internal matters. Finally, 5 documents, totaling 5
pages, are being withheld in full pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(2)
and 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(5), which pertains to certain inter- and
intra-agency communications protected by the deliberative
process privilege.

If you are not satisfied with my action on your request, you may
administratively appeal this partial denial by writing to the
Deputy Archivist (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, College Park, MD, 20740-6001, within 35 days
from the date of this letter. Both the letter and the envelope
should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."
Include a copy of this letter in your correspondence.

Sincerely,


JAMES R. MATHIS
Access Archivist/FOIA Assistant
Office of General Counsel

Enclosures


[LWB Note: My forthcoming appeal of Mr. Mathis's decision will
center on the impropriety of his deleting the identity of the
three federal agencies to which NARA lent the sought-for records
back on Oct. 26, 2001. On that same date, the NARA "Special
Access and FOIA Staff" forwarded a "Classified Document
Accountability Record" form to each of these same identity-
  deleted agencies. The appeal also will point out that this
cloaking of agency identity perpetuates the government's culture
of secrecy for secrecy's sake -- and, in view of my announced
intention to file suit against these agencies' stonewalling of
my original FOIA appeal of Sept.14, 2001, amounts to obstructing
justice. Ironically, such behavior emanates from the very
organization charged with collecting/preserving/disseminating
the nation's "essential evidence." For shame!]



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