Has the U. S. Defense Intelligence Agency Topped the List of Candidates for the Next FOIA Rosemary Award? (See Item 2.64) (Item 2.161)
|By Larry W. Bryant|
Why does it take 3.5 years for a major agency housed at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C., to process a freedom-of-information request? Though, in my case, that don’t-hold-yo’-breath waiting period may not have exceeded a few stalls incurred by some other FOIA requesters, it nevertheless stands as a monument to the Murphy’s Law of FOIA Processing: ”If we can avoid timeliness, we will do so.” This official, “kiss off, pal!” mind-set alone ought to qualify the offender for that dubious distinction created by the National Security Archive at the George Washington University (http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/) — the Rosemary Award, named after Pres. Nixon’s personal secretary (Rose Mary Woods), caretaker of his missing 18.5 minutes of (presumably) juicy audiotape during the Watergate scandal. As I present to you the text of the dismissal reply of Oct. 23, 2013, from the DIA FOIA office to my request of April 27, 2010, I want you to know my intention to FOIA-seek a copy of the entire case file on that request. If the Agency chooses to spend another 3.5 years ignoring my effort to help resolve the underlying whistleblower revelation, then I’m game to stay in the game. After all, what’s at stake here may well involve the Agency’s role in fraudulent concealment of a CRIME — i.e., the alleged UFO-alien abduction of a young federal employee in 1977, as documented and investigated via the DIA-managed "Operation Tango-Sierra.”
TEXT OF THE 23 OCT 13 “NO RESPONSIVE DOCUMENTS
… WERE FOUND” LETTER TO LWB:
Dear Mr. Bryant:
This responds to your request under the Freedom of Information Act, dated April 2010. Therein you requested information concerning Operation Tango-Sierra. I apologize for the delay in processing your request. DIA continues its efforts to eliminate the large backlog of pending FOIA requests.
Based on the information contained in your request, the Defense Intelligence Agency searched its systems of records for responsive documents. Despite a thorough search, no documents responsive to your request were found.
If you believe this Agency should have records responsive to your request, you may exercise your right to appeal this action. Your appeal should include justification to support additional search efforts and must be postmarked no later than 60 days after the date of this letter. Please refer to case number FOIA-0246-2010 and address your appeal to: Defense Intelligence Agency; ATTN: FAC2A1(FOIA); 200 MacDill Blvd.; Washington, D.C. 20340-5100.
Alesia Y. Williams
Chief, Freedom of Information Staff
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