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East Germany Intelligence Services EEI Targets ZF400206W

East Germany Intelligence Services EEI Targets ZF400206W

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DEPARTMENTOFTHEARMY
UNITEDSTATES
ARMY
INTelLIGENCEANDSECURITYCOMMANDFREEDOMOFINFORMATIONJPRIVACYOFFICEFORTGEORGEG.MEADE,MARYlAND
20755-5995
REPLYTOATTENTIONOF:
November14,2002
FreedomofInformation/PrivacyOfficeMr.JohnYoungCRYPTOME251West89thStreet,Suite6ENewYork,NewYork10024DearMr.Young:References:a.YourFreedomofInformationAct(FOIA)requestofMarch29,2001,forrecordsconcerningvariousdossiers.b.OurletterofApril18,2001,informingyouthatadditionaltimewasneededtoreviewtherecordsandwewereunabletocomplywiththe20-daystatutorytimelimit.WehaveconductedchecksoftheautomatedDefenseClearanceandInvestigationsIndexandasearchoftheInvestigativeRecordsRepositorytodeterminetheexistenceofArmyintelligenceinvestigativerecordsresponsivetoyourrequest.WehavelocatedrecordspertainingtoyourrequestonEastGermanIntelligenceServices,EEl-Targets,ZF400206W.WehavecompletedamandatorydeclassificationreviewinaccordancewithExecutiveOrder(EO)12958.Asaresultofourreview,informationhasbeensanitizedandninepagesofrecordsaredeniedintheirentiretyastheinformationiscurrentlyandproperlyclassifiedSECRETandCONFIDENTIALaccordingtoSections1.3(a)(2),1.3(a)(3),1.5(b)and1.5(c)ofEO12958.ThisinformationisexemptfromthepublicdisclosureprovisionsoftheFOIApursuanttoTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(1).Itisnotpossibletoreasonablysegregatemeaningfulportionsofthewithheldpagesforrelease.OnMarch9,1999.thePresidentexemptedthefileseriesinwhichtheserecordsaremaintainedfromtheautomaticdeclassificationprovisionsofEO12958,Section3.4,pertainingtoclassifiedrecordsmorethan25yearsold.Therecordsareenclosedforyouruse.Abriefexplanationoftheapplicablesectionsfollows:Section1.3(a)(2)ofEO12958providesthatinformationshallbeclassifiedSECRETifitsunauthorizeddisclosurereasonablycouldbeexpectedtocauseseriousdamagetothenationalsecurity.Section1.3(a)(3)ofEO12958providesthatinformationshallbeclassifiedCONFIDENTIALifitsunauthorizeddisclosurereasonablycouldbeexpectedtocausedamagetothenationalsecurity.Section1.5(b)ofEO12958providesthatinformationpertainingtoforeigngovernmentinformationshallbeconsideredforclassificationprotection.
 
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Section1.5(c)ofEO12958providesthatinformationpertainingtointelligenceactivities,intelligencesourcesormethods,andcryptologicinformationshallbeconsideredforclassificationprotection.Sincethereleaseoftheinformationwouldresultinanunwarrantedinvasionoftheprivacyrightsoftheindividualconcerned,thisinformationisexemptfromthepublicdisclosureprovisionsoftheFOIAperTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(7)(C).Inaddition,informationhasbeensanitizedfromtherecordsand9ofthesamepageswithheldunder(b)(1)arealsodeniedintheirentiretyasthereleaseoftheinformationwouldrevealtheidentityofaconfidentialsource.ThisinformationisexemptfrompublicdisclosurepursuanttoTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(7)(D).Thesignificantandlegitimategovernmentalpurposetobeservedbywithholdingisthataviableandeffectiveintelligenceinvestigativecapabilityisdependentuponprotectionofconfidentialsources.Thismaterialhasbeensanitizedtoremovereferencetosensitiveinvestigativemethodology.ThesanitizedinformationisexemptfromthepublicdisclosureprovisionoftheFOIApursuanttoTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(7)(E).Theprotectionofsensitiveinvestigativetechniquesisnecessaryforthemaintenanceofaviableandeffectiveintelligenceinvestigativecapability.Thewithholdingoftheinformationdescribedaboveisapartialdenialofyourrequest.ThisdenialismadeonbehalfofMajorGeneralKeithB.Alexander,theCommandingGeneral,U.S.ArmyIntelligenceandSecurityCommand,whoistheInitialDenialAuthorityforArmyintelligenceinvestigativeandsecurityrecordsundertheFOIA.YouhavetherighttoappealthisdecisiontotheSecretaryoftheArmy.Ifyouwishtofileanappeal,youshouldforwardittothisoffice.Yourappealmustbepostmarkednolaterthan60calendardaysfromthedateofthisletter.Afterthe60-dayperiod,thecasemaybeconsideredclosed;however,suchclosuredoesnotprecludeyoufromfilinglitigationinthecourts.Duringtheprocessingofyourrequest,informationwasdisclosedwhichisunderthepurviewofanothergovernmentagency.Thisofficehasnoauthoritytoreleasetheserecordsandtheyarebeingreferred,alongwithyourrequest,forappropriateactionundertheFOIA,anddirectreplytoyou.Additionally,wearecoordinatingwithanothergovernmentagencyconcerningthereleasabilityoftheirinformationcontainedintherecords.Wewillinformyouastothereleasabilityoftheinformationuponcompletionofourcoordination.CoordinationhasbeencompletedandwehavebeeninformedbytheCentralIntelligenceAgency(CIA)thattheinformationbracketedinblackisexemptfrompublicdisclosurepursuanttoTitle5U.S.Code552(b)(l)oftheFOIA.ThewithholdingoftheinformationbytheCIAconstitutesapartialdenialofyourrequestandyouhavetherighttoappealthisdecisiontotheAgencyReleasePanelwithin45daysfromthedateofthisletter.Ifyoudecidetofileanappeal,itshouldbeforwardedtothefollowing:Ms.Kathryn1.Dyer,Information&PrivacyCoordinator.CentralIntelligenceAgency,Washington,DC20505.CiteCIA#F-1999-01883assignedtoyourrequestsothatitmaybeeasilyidentified.
 
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Theamountforprofessionalreviewandreproductionofthefirstonehundredpageshadbeenwaived.Thereproductioncostof$22.35remainsdueandacheckshouldbeforwardedbypostalmoneyorderorcertifiedcheckmadepayabletotheTreasureroftheUnitedStates.Wearecontinuingtoreviewrecordsregardingothertitlesyouhaverequestedandwillrespondtoyoubyseparatecorrespondencewhenourreviewiscompleted.Ifyouhaveanyquestionsconcerningthisaction,pleasefeelfreetocontactMrs.Querryat(301)677-4060.Refertocase#798F-01.Sincerely,
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