[free-sklyarov] FOIA request to the DOJ

Paul Gowder paul at paultopia.net
Thu Aug 9 07:15:35 PDT 2001

FBI is a sub-agency of DOJ, DOJ is likely to be copied on any of the #3 and 
#4 things re: law enforcement in dc during protests, DOJ will be in charge 
of any copyright prosecutions etc....

But yea, I thought of that.  I'm thinking about firing off a few 
more.  Maybe to the D.C., police, directly to FBI as subset of DOJ (and 
also to criminal division and civil division), etc. etc.


At 06:22 AM 8/9/01, Peter wrote:
>I believe that you have to make the freedom of information act
>directly to the agencies. CIA and NSA have a 'freedom of information
>office where you can make this requests. I'm not sure about FBI.
>Free Dmitry Sklyarov
>Repeal the DMCA
>I've sent the following FOIA request to DOJ.  Lets see what their
>is.  (Ignore #s 3 and 4 -- they're not directly Dmitry related, but
>kinda like to know what their plan is for the upcoming FTAA protests,
>of course are related to global corporate power, which is of course
>got Dmitry locked up in the first place.)
>          -Paul
>FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit
>Justice Management Division,
>U.S. Department of Justice
>950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
>Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
>Dear FOI Officer:
>Pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. s. 552, I
>request access to and copies of
>1)      All records pertaining to all criminal prosecutions and/or
>enforcement actions where the U.S. Government or any branch or
>thereof is the plaintiff, where civil or criminal actions were brought
>file under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or under any other
>provision of the Copyright Act, provided such suit or prosecution was
>initiated or had not been subject to a final judgment or settlement on
>day after January 1, 1997.
>2)      All records of investigation or arrest into any civil or
>action under the Copyright Act, including the Digital Millennium
>act, that did not result in filing of suit or criminal prosecution, if
>investigation was not completed before January 1, 1997.
>3)      All records of any federal investigation, arrest,
>intelligence, or other law enforcement action related to upcoming
>or other political activity in Washington D.C. in September and
>2001 relating to economic globalization, "free trade" or international
>treaties and organizations relating to international commerce.
>4)      All records of any federal planning or local planning, were
>are in the possession of the Justice Department, to segregate portions
>Washington D.C., create "no-protest zones" or similar areas where
>activity is forbidden or regulated beyond the norm, or in any other
>to increase or change law enforcement activity and regulate political
>activity in Washington, D.C. in September and October, 2001.
>5)      Any listing currently existing of federal arrest and/or
>prosecutions following the filing of a criminal complaint, report, or
>official method of seeking federal criminal prosecution after January
>1991, providing that a) such complaint, report, etc. was filed by a
>corporation or agent of a corporation acting at the behest of a
>corporation, b) the crime arrested and/or prosecuted for had as an
>or affirmative defense impact on business profits or money-making
>for either the accused or the victim, and c) criminal investigation
>only begun when such complaint, report, etc. was filed.
>6)      All records of any criminal enforcement action of any kind
>against foreign nationals not resident in the U.S., for acts in their
>nations of citizenship not against the law in such nations but alleged
>have negative economic effects on individuals or corporations in the
>States, including without limitation the prosecution of Russian Dmitry
>Sklyarov, since January 1, 1991.
>Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the
>public interest because it will contribute significantly to public
>understanding of government operations and activities.
>As to (1) and (2), I am an attorney and author who intends to compile
>results of this request and publish them to assist the public in
>understanding the current scope and effect of copyright law and the
>prosecutions thereunder.  To this end, I will prepare and disclose
>information in an understandable format to the press.  I also intend
>author periodical articles and/or books analyzing the data requested,
>disseminate the information over the internet..
>As to (3) and (4), I will use the results of this request to educate
>public about the practices of the FBI and other agencies within the
>Department with regard to preserving the balance between permitting
>peaceful protest and preserving public safety in the nation's capital,
>using similar means of publication.
>As to (5), I will use the results of this request to educate the
>public as
>to corporate influence on the criminal justice system, using similar
>of publication.
>As to (6), I will use the results of this request to educate the
>public as
>to the practices of the federal government in prosecuting foreign
>for activities legal in their nations to preserve U.S. economic
>using similar means of publication.
>If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all
>deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also
>expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt
>material.  I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to
>withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.
>As this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your
>communicating with me by telephone, rather than by mail, if you have
>questions regarding this request.
>I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute
>If the fee wavier is denied, I am willing to pay up to $30.00  please
>contact me before incurring any charges beyond that.
>In order to speed review as much as possible, please prioritize the
>requests in the following order: (3), (4), (1), (2), (6), (5).
>Please provide expedited review, at least as to (3) and (4) because
>disclosure could threaten physical safety of protestors or other
>unable to anticipate the plans of law enforcement and police when
>their behavior in upcoming protests.  I plan to use this information
>least in part to inform potential protestors about the dangers to
>safety from law enforcement action at the upcoming FTAA protests in
>September and October and also inform them of the plans the city of
>Washington, D.C., and federal law enforcement agencies have in order
>maintain the peace and restrict their movements at that time.  By my
>signature, I certify that the reasons given in this paragraph are true
>correct to the best of my knowledge at this time.
>Thank you for your assistance.
>Very truly yours,
>Paul A. Gowder
>         -Paul Gowder
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