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JW Compliance Complaint Against DOD and CIA

JW Compliance Complaint Against DOD and CIA

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Published by: Judicial Watch, Inc. on May 21, 2012
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INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHEDISTRICTOFCOLUMBIA
JUDICIALWATCH,INC.,)425ThirdStreet,S.W.,Suite800)Washington,DC20024,)
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Plaintiff,)
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v.)
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U.S.DEPARTMENTOFDEFENSE,)1600DefensePentagon)Washington,DC20301-1600,)
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and)
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CENTRALINTELLIGENCEAGENCY)OfficeofGeneralCounsel)Washington,DC20505,)
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Defendants.)CivilActionNo.
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COMPLAINT
PlaintiffJudicialWatch,Inc.bringsthisactionagainstDefendantsU.S.DepartmentofDefenseandtheCentralIntelligenceAgencytocompelcompliancewiththeFreedomofInformationAct,5U.S.C.§552("FOIA").Asgroundstherefor,Plaintiffallegesasfollows:
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
1.TheCourthasjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto5U.S.C.§552(a)(4)(B)and28U.S.C.
§
1331.2.Venueisproperinthisdistrictpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391(e).
PARTIES
3.Plaintiffisanon-profit,educationalfoundationorganizedunderthelawsoftheDistrictofColumbiaandhavingitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat425ThirdStreet,S.W.,Suite
 
800,Washington,DC20024.Plaintiffseekstopromoteintegrity,transparency,andaccountabilityingovernmentandfidelitytotheruleoflaw.Infurtheranceofitspublicinterestmission,Plaintiffregularlyrequestsaccesstothepublicrecordsoffederal,state,andlocalgovernmentagencies,entities,andoffices,anddisseminatesitsfindingstothepublic.4.TheU.S.DepartmentofDefense("theDoD")isanagencyoftheUnitedStatesGovernmentandisheadquarteredat1600DefensePentagon,Washington,DC20301-1600.Defendanthaspossession,custody,andcontrolofrecordstowhichPlaintiffseeksaccess.5.TheCentralIntelligenceAgency("theCIA")isanagencyoftheUnitedStatesGovernmentandisheadquarteredinLangley,Virginia.Defendanthaspossession,custody,andcontrolofrecordstowhichPlaintiffseeksaccess.
STATEMENTOFFACTS
6.OnAugust9,2011,PlaintiffsentaFOIArequesttotheDoDseekingaccesstoinformationconcerningmeetingsandcommunicationsbetweentheDoDandfilmmakerKathrynBigelow,theAcademyAward-winningdirectorof
TheHurtLocker
(2008)and
PointBreak
(1991).Specifically,Plaintiffsoughtrecordsofcommunicationbetweenanyofficer,official,oremployeeoftheDoDandMs.Bigelow,aswellaswithMr.MarkBoal,Ms.MeganEllison,oremployeesofAnnapurnaPictures,concerningaplannedfilmregardingthekillingofOsama(Usama)BinLaden.Ms.Bigelow,Mr.Boal,Ms.Ellison,andAnnapurnaPicturesareinvolvedinthefilmproject,whichistentativelytitled"KillingbinLaden."PlaintiffsFOIArequestalsosoughtaccesstoallrecordsofcommunicationbetweenDoDofficers,officials,oremployeesandanyotherindividuals,entities,orgovernmentagenciesconcerningthesameplannedfilm,andallotherDoDrecordsconcerningit.-2-
 
7.ByletterdatedAugust22,2011,theDoDacknowledgedreceiptofPlaintiffsFOIArequestanddesignatedtherequestascasenumber11-F-1374.Inaddition,theDoDadvisedPlaintiff:Atthistime,weareunabletomakeareleasedeterminationonyourrequestwithinthe20-daystatutorytimeperiodasthereareunusualcircumstanceswhichimpactourabilitytoquicklyprocessyourrequest.8.Pursuantto5U.S.C.§552(a)(6)(A)(i),theDoDwouldhavebeenrequiredtorespondtoPlaintiffsFOIArequestwithintwenty(20)workingdaysofAugust9,2011,orSeptember6,2011.Inlightofthe"unusualcircumstances"citedbyDon,pursuantto5U.S.C.§552(a)(6)(B)(i)theDoDwasentitledtoanadditional(10)workingdaystorespond,bySeptember20,2011.9.AlsoonAugust9,2011,PlaintiffsentaFOIArequesttotheCIAseekingaccesstoallrecordsofcommunicationbetweenanyofficer,official,oremployeeoftheCIAandMs.Bigelow,Mr.Boal,Ms.Ellison,oremployeesofAnnapurnaPicturesconcerningaplannedfilmregardingthekillingofOsama(Usama)BinLaden,tentativelytitled"KillingbinLaden."PlaintiffsFOIArequestalsosoughtaccesstoallrecordsofcommunicationbetweenCIAofficers,officials,oremployeesandanyotherindividuals,entities,orgovernmentagenciesconcerningthesameplannedfilm,andallotherCIArecordsconcerningit.10.ByletterdatedAugust16,2011,theCIAacknowledgedreceiptonAugust9,2011ofPlaintiffsFOIArequestanddesignatedtherequestascasenumberF-2011-02001.Inaddition,theCIAadvisedPlaintiff:ThelargenumberofFOIArequestsCIAreceivedhascreatedunavoidabledelaysmakingitunlikelythatwecanrespondwithinthe20workingdaystheFOIArequires.-3-

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