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CIA Stonewalls Release of Declassification

From: Larry W. Bryant <overtci.nul>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 01:39:38 -0500 (EST)
Fwd Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 16:03:21 -0500
Subject: CIA Stonewalls Release of Declassification

From: Michael Ravnitzky <mikerav.nul>
Date: Sat, March 27, 2004 9:50 am
To: FOI-L.nul
Subject: CIA Stonewalls Release of Declassification Committee Records


by Michael Ravnitzky , mikerav.nul

2517 Holman Avenue
Silver Spring, MD  20910

March 27, 2004

Central Intelligence Agency
Attn: Robert T. Herman
Information and Privacy Coordinator
Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, DC  20505

Reference:  F-1997-00988, my Freedom of Information request
dated April 8, 1997 for a copy of meeting minutes and agendas
from January 1, 1995 to the present, from the External Referral
Working Group, ERWG, chaired through CIA Records
Declassification, which coordinates the Presidential Libraries
in their Systematic Declassification projects.

Dear Mr. Herman:

I was very disappointed to receive your letter dated March 11,
2004 in which you threatened to cancel my FOIA request if I did
not agree to some open-ended blanket fee payment for the request
I submitted 7 years ago.

In 1997, this comprised a rather recent small set of documents.

I understand that this is the agency1s new method of closing out
requests that have been pending for many years, and it is wrong.
 Instead of responding to legitimate records in a considered
manner, instead your agency appears to use any tact to deflect
requests and any excuse to cancel decade-old requests, holding
requesters to artificial deadlines while ignoring those same
deadlines, relying on absurd procedural methods to deny
requests, lobbying for rules changes while intentionally
delaying requests until the favorable rules have been
established, and the like.

Your agency spends massive resources fighting the obligation to
even search for and review records rather than reviewing those
records, leading to situations where the agency will not even
review 55 year old records for possible release.

Your agency refuses to comply with the established
declassification rules established in the Executive Order on
National Security Information and apparently does not cooperate
with ISOO and ISCAP on declassification review procedures.

Your agency refuses to release a Freedom of Information Act case
log that includes case numbers.

When someone gets tired of waiting 7 years for a response and
brings the matter to judicial review, your agency counsel has
the nerve to argue, unethically, that there is a six year
statute of limitations and the action is barred by time.  What a
bunch of hypocrites you are!

In my rather straightforward request, so many years ago, I
agreed to pay up to $30 in fees.  Since 1997, I have worked for
two different news organizations and these materials would have
been available to me in the news media fee category, but I am no
longer working as a journalist.

Since you state after seven years of waiting that you will
charge more than $30 to process the request, in excess of $200 -
- and who knows how much more -- for fees to which I have not
agreed, you are effectively strong-arming me into withdrawing my
Freedom of Information request.

Therefore, I hereby withdraw my request.  Perhaps someone in a
newsgathering capacity will be inspired to request these
documents before
you shred them.


Michael Ravnitzky

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