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Belgium Intelligence Services ZF400010W

Belgium Intelligence Services ZF400010W

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DEPARTMENT
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DearMr.Young:References:a.YourFrecdomofInformationAct(FOIA)requestofMarch29,2001,forrecordsconcerningvariousdossiers.YourrequestwasreceivedinthisofficeonApril18,2001.b.OurletterofApril20,2001,informingyouthatadditionaltimewasneededtoreviewtherecordsandwewereunabletocomplywiththe20-daystatutorytimelimitinprocessingyourrequest.Therecordsareenclosedforyouruse.WehaveconductedchecksoftheautomatedDefenseClearanceandInvestigationsIndexandasearchoftheInvestigativeRecordsRepositorytodeterminetheexistenceofArmyintelligenceinvestigativerecordsresponsivetoyourrequest.Thcrecordsareenclosedforyouruse.WehavelocatedtheenclosedrecordspertainingtoBelgiumIntelligenceServices,ZF400010W.WehavecompletedamandatorydeclassificationreviewinaccordancewithExecutiveOrder(EO)12958.Asaresultofourreview,informationhasbeensanitizedand16pagesofrecordsaredeniedintheirentiretyastheinformationiscurrentlyandproperlyclassifiedSECRETandCONFIDENTIALaccordingtoSections1.3(a)(2),1.3(a)(3),3.4(b)(l)and3.4(b)(6)ofEO12958.ThisinformationisexemptfromthepublicdisclosureprovisionsoftheFOIApursuanttoTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(l).Itisnotpossibletoreasonablysegregatemeaningfulportionsofthewithheldpagesforrelease.Abriefexplanationoftheapplicablesectionsfollows:
Section1.3(a)(2)ofEO12958providesthatinformationshallbeclassifiedSECRETifitsunauthorizeddisclosurereasonablycouldbeexpectedtocauseseriousdamagetothenationalsecurity.
 
Section1.3.(a)(3)ofEO12958providesthatinformationshallbeclassifiedCONFIDENTIALifitsunauthorizeddisclosurereasonablycouldbeexpectedtocausedamagetothenationalsecurity.Section3.4(b)(1)ofEO12958providesthatclassifiedinfonnationmorethan25yearsoldisexemptfromautomaticdeclassificationifitwouldrevealtheidentityofaconfidentialhumansource,orrevealinformationabouttheapplicationofanintelligencesourceormethodorrevealtheidentityofahumanintelligencesourcewhentheunauthorizeddisclosureofthesourcewouldclearlyanddemonstrablydamagethenationalsecurityinterestsoftheUnitedStates.
Section3.4(b)(6)ofEO12958providesthatclassifiedinfom1ationmorethan25yearsoldisexemptfromautomaticdeclassificationifitwouldrevealinfonnationthatwouldseriouslyanddemonstrablyimpairrelationsbetweentheUnitedStatesandaforeigngovernment,orseriouslyanddemonstrablyundermineingoingdiplomaticactivitiesoftheUnitedStates.Informationhasbeensanitizedfromtherecordsandoneofthesamepageswithheldunder(b)(I)andoneadditionalpagearealsodeniedintheirentirety,asthereleaseoftheinfom1ationwouldresultinanunwarrantedinvasionoftheprivacyrightsoftheindividualsconcerned,thisinformationisexemptfromthepublicdisclosureprovisionsoftheFOIAperTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(6).Inaddition,informationhasbeensanitizedfromtherecordsandthreepagesofthesamepageswithheldunder(b)(I)andtwoadditionalpagesarealsodeniedintheirentiretyasthereleaseoftheinformationwouldrevealtheidentityofconfidentialsourcesandsensitiveintelligencemethods.ThisinformationisexemptfrompublicdisclosurepursuanttoTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(7)(D)and(b)(7)(E)oftheFOIA.Thesignificantandlegitimategovernmentalpurposetobeservedbywithholdingisthataviableandeffectiveintelligenceinvestigativecapabilityisdependentuponprotectionofconfidentialsourcesandsensitiveinvestigativemethodologies.Thewithholdingofinfonnationbythisofficeisapartialdenialofyourrequest.ThisdenialismadeonbehalfofBrigadierGeneralKeithB.Alexander,theCommandingGeneral,U.S.ArmyIntelligenceandSecurityCommand,whoistheInitialDenialAuthorityforArn1YintelligenceinvestigativeandsecurityrecordsundertheFOIA.YoumayappealthisdecisiontotheSecretaryoftheArmy.Ifyouwishtofileanappeal,youshouldforwardittothisoffice.Yourappealmustbepostmarkednolaterthan60calendardaysfromthedateofthisletter.Afterthe60dayperiod,thecasemaybeconsideredclosed;however,suchclosuredoesnotprecludeyoufilinglitigationinthecourts.
 
-3-WehavebeeninformedbytheFederalBureauofInvestigation(FBI)thattheinformationbracketedinblackisexemptfrompublicdisclosurepursuanttoTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(I)oftheFOIA.
ThewithholdingoftheinformationbytheFBIconstitutesapartialdenialofyourrequestandyouhavetherighttoappealthisdecision.Ifyoudecidetofileanappeal,itshouldbeforwardedtothefollowing:Co-Director,OfficeofInformationandPrivacy,U.S.DepartmentofJustice,FlagBuilding,Suite570,Washington,DC20530-0001within60daysfromthedateofthisletter.Theenvelopeandthelettershouldbeclearlymarked"FreedomofInformationAppeal"orInformationAppeal".PleaseciteFBIIP
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#436628assignedtoyourrequestsothatitmaybeeasilyidentified.Coordinationhasalsobeencompletedandwehavebeeninforn1edbytheDefenseIntelligenceAgency(DIA)that43pagesaredeniedintheirentiretypursuanttoTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(l)oftheFOIA.Itisnotpossibletoreasonablysegregatemeaningfulportionsofthewithheldpagesforrelease.ThewithholdingoftheinfonnationbytheDIAconstitutesadenialofyourrequestandyouhavetherighttoappealthisdecisiondirectlytotheDIA.Ifyoudecidetofileanappeal,itshouldbeforwardedtotheDirector,DefenseIntelligenceAgency,ATTN:SYI-I-FOIA,Washington.DC20340-5100.PleaseciteOIA#0426-98assignedtoyourrequestsothatitmaybeeasilyidentified.Duringtheprocessingofyourrequest,recordsweredisclosedwhichareunderthepurviewofothergovernmentagencies.Thisofficehasnoauthoritytoreleasetheserecordsandtheyarebeingreferred,alongwithyourrequest,forappropriateactionundertheFOIA,anddirectreplytoyou.Inaddition,wearecoordinatingwithanothergovernmentagencyconcerningthereleasabilityoftheinformationcontainedintheirrecords.Wewillinformyouastothereleasabilityoftheinforn1ationuponcompletionofourcoordination.
TheamountforprofessionalreviewandreproductionofthefirstonehundredpageshasbeenwaivedThereproductioncostof$16.50remainsdueandshouldbeforwardedbypostalmoneyorderorcertifiedcheckmadepayabletotheTreasureroftheUnitedStates.
Wearecontinuingtoreviewrecordsregardingothertitlesyouhaverequestedandwillrespondtoyoubyseparatecorrespondencewhenourreviewiscomplete.

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