You are on page 1of 22
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYLAND 207556000, FOIA Case: 76757A 6 January 2016 ANDREW KACZYNSKI BUZZFEED POLITICS 200 5™ AVENUE 87 FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10010 Dear Mr. Kaczynski: This responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of 20 February 2014 for “a copy of all emails between officials within the National Security Agency in response to the following event: 1.) The release and any communications dealing with the 1999 movie ‘Enemy of the State.” Your request was received on 20 February 2014 and as previously informed has been assigned Case Number 76757. For purposes of this request and based on the information you provided in your letter, you are considered a representative of the media. Since processing fees were minimal, no fees were assessed so we did not address your request for a fee waiver. Your request has been processed under the FOIA and the documents you requested are enclosed. Certain information, however, has been deleted from the enclosures. This Agency is authorized by various statutes to protect certain information concerning its activities. We have determined that such information exists in these documents. Accordingly, those portions are exempt from disclosure pursuant to the third exemption of the FOIA, which provides for the withholding of information specifically protected from disclosure by statute. The specific statute applicable in this case is Section 6, Public Law 86-36 (50 U.S. Code 3605). In addition, personal information regarding an individual has been deleted from the enclosures in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552 (b)(6). This exemption protects from disclosure information that would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. In balancing the public interest for the information you request against the privacy interests involved, we have determined that the privacy interests sufficiently satisfy the requirements for the application of the (b)(6) exemption. You may appeal this decision. If you decide to appeal, you should do so in the manner outlined below. FOIA Case: 76757A, * The appeal must be in writing and addressed to: NSA/CSS FOIA/PA Appeal Authority (DJ4), National Security Agency 9800 Savage Road STE 6248 Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6248 It must be postmarked no later than 60 calendar days of the date of this letter, * Please include the case number provided above. * Please describe with sufficient detail why you believe the denial of information was unwarranted. * NSA will endeavor to respond within 20 working days of receiving your appeal, absent any unusual circumstances. Information which is not responsive to the subject of your request has been removed from the enclosures and marked “Non-Responsive.” Since the review of the enclosed documents was done more than 2 years ago, you may request to have the documents re-reviewed, in lieu of submitting an appeal for the existing redactions. Please be advised that our review queue is voluminous and any new release determination, as applicable, would involve much time, possibly years. Additionally, a cursory review of the material indicates that the redacted information could likely remain redacted. However, if you choose to request a re- review for any of the enclosed documents, please notify us within 10-days of the date of this letter. Your request for re-review should include the DOC ID and may be sent by facsimile to 443-479-3612 or email to foiarsc@nsa.gov. If sent by fax, it should be marked for the attention of the FOIA office. The telephone number of the FOIA office is 301-688-6527. Sincerely, Cofsuobo oR JOHN R. CHAPMAN Chief FOIA/PA Office Encls: a/s DOCID; 4266995 QUESTION: Created on: November 17, 1998 (W) Question About New Movie Classification: Fouo Entered from: frue-Nov 17 0B:20:26 1998 (b) (3)-P.L. 86-36 08:28:23 ~0500 Fron| Date? mae Subject Policy Gi-Emie Question Content-Transfer-Encoding: Tbit z ation: Unclassified Claes. I e State" and to my surprise found out that NSA were the ‘bad guys" in it. I was wondering if anyone from the movie contacted NSA about the movie or anything to do with it? I saw a preview for the new movie ‘Enemy of ated t ae November 17, 1998 from ANSWER: eat pe Nov 18 1$:00:02-1998 = "(by (3)-P.L. 86-36 Fron Date: Wes Toy 1998 14;59+51°=0500 Tos SubseCET POL RaSpOHee: Q: (U) I saw a preview for che new movie "Enemy of the State" and to my surprise found out that NSA were the "bad guys" in it I was wondering if anyone fron the movie contacted NSA about the movie or anything to do with it? Ar (U) NSA is often solicited by entertainment organizations to provide information in aid of their productions. Public and Media Affairs (PAO) acts as a conduit for their requests and attempts to educate producers through presentations and tours of the National Cryptologic Museum as to the nature of NSA’s mission and how we fit in to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Unfortunately, truth isn’t always as 16-2016, FOIA Case Approved for Release by NSA on 0: 78757 DOCID:, 4266995 riveting as fiction and creative license may mean that "the NSA," as portrayed in a given production, bears little resemblance to the place where we all work. (U) ‘The producer, director and some menbers of the production staff for "Sneny of the State” paid two visits to NSA as they were making the movie. They sought assistance to make their presentation accurate and during the second visit asked to £ilm on-location at the Headquarters complex. PAO provided them with the general information we provide to the public and menbers of the media and we organized a tour of the Museum for them. (U) DoD Instruction 5410.16 guides NSA's interaction and support entertainment-criented productions. Under the Instruction, production companies seeking DoD assistance must present enough information about the program-{ideally, the script), so that the proposal can be evaluated for ‘accuracy and the benefit which Gould accrue to the DoD if assistance wae provided. The producers opted not to provide that information, so NSA could not permit filming at our facilities (U) In April, after the second visit, the production company took ome aerial footage from a helicopter over the Headquarters complex which the Agency was unable to prohibit because of FAA policies on air space. We have also learned that the producers hired a former NSAer as a consultant. Public Affairs was queried in late 1997 about employees appearing as “extres" in location chots made in the Saltimore-Washington area. Employees were permitted co parcicipate es long as they observed all pertinent ecurity and ethics regulations. AO waits with the rest of the Agency worké! how accurate the portrayal of NSA is and what fell to the cutting-rocm loo: (b)(3)-P.2. 96-36 [Q&A Listing | Edit Question | Edit Answer } Online Web Version 38 text gch: 402 siines: 23 stey > very tative but FYE - guai SIT - TOUCESTONE PICTURES b) (3)-P.L. 86-36 £0 C-130/museum 2:20 Visit Tomorrow sa, [__Jonsa, sim sorry fOr Ste; Tam 2 me aoW., E wanted to excend sepreraes o encend Pike co attend. he current plan is that F330, proceed to the DIR Large conference room for a remo then to the TDC for & ioned your offer to Mr. Crowell; he thought you might 2 to attend the discussion session, schedule perni 1p by ary rare of c/Pao. 9363-58258 ed (yet very cazive) agenda follows 2+ toucHstowe PrcTuRss ‘DA val 1:15/1:30 s in Mr. Crowell’s office Arrival until 1 & to Dizector’s Large Conference Room Conference Call with SOO in NSOC to TDC 2:00 NSA Unclassified video Demo of STU III/VDU Diamond Wafer Deno (b) (3) -P Le © C+230/museum 2:20 nn to Main Building 2:45" (can stretch to 3:00) 11s cop TZ, Top Gun, non Tide, True Romance, The movies, Days of T! Approved for Release 6. FOIA ase #76757 Frori ‘Saerneleaé Wed 081 22 Return-Path: Received: froml isa, by Received: Fron : 8.6.9) with pss Received: by TOSTTT bas jpsa wich sure reset? [__} by asa : GaSe [ pee C [ Wed, 22 oc: = BMD) (3)-P-L, 86-36 ——— Fess pense, ae, mse, Seennelofp nse 1902 baaad02Ag> . 971022162906 . iaaa002A0>" *(b) (3)-P.n. 86-36 response. This is an sure an eppropré ect to any applicabi might be necessary) . exploit paving NSA employees "supporting" the:z = employee should 25 an NSA employes SSanene fim enue ises NSA sweatshirts, for example). y other outside employment. As long as there (the NSA employee isn’t responsiple for film-nakers or for reviewing the script are no conflicts supplying equipm etc) then there sho: = if you do audition and anyone involved in SSA, or your connection to NSA, please I would like to adé the movie asks abou give our office a ca: 8825s 01 (b) (3)-P.L. 86-36 Bews ounce rattaire Distribution’ worms eb ae Classification: revo” (b) (3) “P-L.” 86-36 Followup-To: Organization: (J ‘ Subject: Public and Media Affairs Today, 24 October 1997 Keywords: Content-Length: 4262 Status: RO +_ |; PUBLIC AND MEDIA AFFAIRS TODAY (0) (Fasz, Present, and Puture Issues and Events) Guide to What's What in the World of NSA Pubfic and Media atfairs . 29 October 1997 (2) Tssues, Non ~ Responsive wren we in fact, employee shou! scayshing on the film chat idencifies hon/her as en NSA employee ino NSH sweacshircs, for example). Otherwise, this should be ide employment. As long as there are no conflicts NR enployee isn’t reaponsible for supplying equipment =o reviewing the s@ript, etc.), then there should be (#0va) The PAO would like to remind you that if you do sudition and the fim questions you about NSA or your connection to to.nozify our offi Hon:--Responsive SEDC SADERTE LILY . oT Nes 20a sony ed _T Rayer = Subject: BALTIMORE SUN Proposal-for Story ~ tb) (3)-P.L. 86-36 To: sa, 32, a a7 Ke x }4808-baaa0024-> J<980i20224810.eaaa0024-> CORTERT Typet Content-Length: 3974 sinpHi(p) (3)-B.L. 86-36 ig at standup tomorrow. twarded Message ROM ‘nue gan 20/17:12 EST 1998 ‘pron: SUSE ERRET psa> Send: = Reply- asa Sub JEEETTERLT MORE. suN Proposal for Story a a a-sun-cubtnetT PaaS Cont vLengrk: 2997 ““(b) (3)-P.L. 86-36 TO: DDP ~ A/oDe, 85, NSP SUBD; BALTIMORE SUN Proposai for Story . The PAO received a follow-iip fax from one of the newer BALTIMORE SUN reporters, Neal Thompson. In December during a stand-up, I mentioned that Thompson was planning a feature story on the upcoming movie "Enemy of ‘the state," and as a sidebar wanted to do a story on Hollywood’s portrayal of NSA in gnenral and our reactions to that portrayal. when ZT mentioned it to the DIR he seemed to not want to commit until Wwe could see Thompson's track record. Since that time Mr. Thompson covered the Director’ speech in Baltimore to the Math Community. The article was Me been refreshingly cordial ‘and cooperative’ the Baltimore Sun‘gurely! rogay'the reporter sent us a fax wanting to pursue his proposal on ‘movie treatment of NSA." He is very interested interviewing anyone we will offer. He would also like if possible, in setting up an interview with oll ind "the ex-N5A employee who consulted on the Stare" (Fv | (b) (6) think that this could be a good opportunity to really ik about what we Go and don’t do as cryptologie ‘ofessiona: ‘confirm that we have an important ssion which we perform within the bounds of the-law, and several layers of oversight (end NO ry guns!). I also believe this would be another "GLASNOST“ opportunity with the SUN. And, based jn all the PAO briefincs I give in the conmunity, it seems 2s if NSA’ers aze frustrated in chat the only plac anyone can read good 50 a 00d article could go a long way. ngs about NSA is in the COMMNICATOR. 4g he agrees with the interviews, we will do sion prior to any media sessipns. Should you have any questions cr need clarification, please conzact me mail. lock forward on 963-5825s. Please excuse the length of the to your comments. wR, Judi Emmed c/PRO Rntp- Posting “Host: organization: Date: Thu, 5 Feb 3998 12:42:59 aur Lines! 90 *” PUBLIC AND MEDIN AFFAIRS TODAY (V) + (Past, Present, and future Zssugs and Events) Your Guide to What‘) What in the world of NSA Public and Media aZtaize 5 Februsty 1998 © Go WITH PAO!! Non-= 'Responsive ro co) S**NSA and che Movies-{Szayed Tixed! Nea, Thompson of the BALTIMORE SUN has asked the Agency|for a coment about’ the ux of movies reflecting negatively jon NSA. He will be publishing ex 2 the SUN aééressing movies s}ch as "Enemy of the Sta 11 Hunting" (waich has a segmest on NSA), and others. (0) TEE P Non Responsive (0) IN TRE ENON!) mm —__1esnai [ ‘ a sade (9) Public and Media Affairs Today is a news service provided by NSA (NSP) to keep the Agency workfozce informed of issues and events taking place here at NSA. Realizing the need to be more open and informative with the public, we have established this public awareness forum and encourage interest in and feedback from tho: hope to bring happen and rep , 963-5825, tb) (3)-P.b. 86-36 The information contained in 2 FOR OFSIOIAL—UoE cM. It is NSA rformacion th éisclosed outside of this Agenty without the permission of the Public ané Media Affaire Office. “~ p19 February 1998 *(b) (3)-P.L. 86-36 organization: ‘Thu, 19 Feb 1998 103 = 39:04 GMT CATION: ROR OFFEG=AL BSE ONLY AND MEDIA AFFAIRS TODAY sent, and Future Issues and.Events) “Woat's What in the World of NSA Public and Media Affairs 39 February 1298 Won'=-Responsive ow more about PAO and what we do? 7! ‘3 available to give briefings on our acitivites--wnet how we cen help you, and now you can help us. We also present $8 on unauthorized disclosures and their impact on NSA. So, if you erved in hearing our briefing(s), please contact us at 963-5825. Nons+-Responsive Subject: Re: Public and Media Affairs Today, 23 April 1998 [admin-announce.public-affairs classification: #060 Conterit-Type: text “(h) (3)-P-L. 86-36 > wrrLast week the PAO met with representatives from Touchszone >Pictures who are filming "Enemy of the State," a movie for release later this 1d also be doi e following space, NSA could aot prohibit the 1 photos. yovers. ‘oxmed prior to these ly @ week, and we're cold afzer the fact Agency wes ta) ac itt and 1'é 4 $a a movil roo busy e- (b) (3)-P.L, 86-36 warded Article ert : : 3 |sdmiin. announce publié-agtaivg125 °~ nce -affairs’ 4" 3 pi (b) (3) PL. 86-36 Faire Today, 19 November 1998 a> Gee ony jaca (news) anization: 2: Thu, 19 98 17:13:08 GMT 75 PUBLIC AND MEDIA A: TODAY (Past, Pre: és and Events) Your Guide to What’s What he World of NSA Public and Media Affairs 19 November 1993 Won.- Responsive GO WITH PAO!! tly, PAO we d whether or not NSA is often sol. ied about the new movie, "Enemy SR had been contacts: inment 03 nizations co E ¢ and & conduit for t requests and ampts to educate producers through presentations and tours of National Cryptologic Museum as to the nature of NSA’s mission how we fit in to © nse and the Ligence Community. truth isn't always as sting as fiction and c: ense may mean that "the NSA," portrayed in a given production, bears little resemblance to place where we all work. The producer, director and some members of the production for “Enemy of the State" paid two visits to NSA as they ‘making the movie. They sought assistance to make their sentation accurate and during the second visit asked to film location at the Headquarters complex. PAO provided them with general information we provide to the public and members of media and we organized a tour of the Museum for them. . DoD Instruétion 5410.16 guides NSA’s interaction and ‘support entertainment-oriented productions. Under the Instruction, duction companies seeking DoD assistance must present enough ormation about the program (ideally, the script), so that the posal can be evaluated for accuracy#and:the benefit which ‘oved for Release by NSA on 01-06-2016. FOIA Case # 7675) xe aerial footage from a helicopter over the foaguactere aplex which the Agency was unable to prohibit because of FAA -icies on air space. We have also learned that the producers ved a former NSAer as a consultant. Public Affairs was ‘queried late 1997 about employees appearing as "extras" in location ots made in the Baltimore-Washington area. Employees were mitted to participate as long as they observed all pertinent rity and ethics regulations. PAO waits with the rest of the oncy Workforce to see how accurate the portrayal of NSA is and fell to the cutting-room floor. . lic and Media Affairs Today ts a news service provided by N5P4 to 2p the Agency workforce informed of issues and évents surrounding NSA ithe PAO. tb) (3)-B.L, 86-36 + = scause the Public and Media Affairs Newsletter contains information put NSA employees and activities which is not routinely made available Cand Media Affairs Office the public, reasonab: cy mplo: fer Public and Media Affaire Today, 23 April Classification: reve Content-Type: text. Content-Length: 1229 In article 280424] writ >Way weren't employees informed prior to these flyovers? The PAO had the >information for nearly a week, and we're told after the facz. If we >had known that the helicopter hovering over the Agency was caking >pictures, perhaps we wouldn't have stood staring up at it! And I'd pappreciate advance notice that my car may be featured in & movie... t9o busy informing (b) (3)-P.L. 86-36 [admin.announce.public-cffaire #98] I was standing in the parking lot staring like an idiot, wondering why this helicopter, with some strange object underneath it was hovering above me. Will Touchstone be gesting in touch with me so T can get paid for my eppearance in this movie? Because I have no intention-of ellowing my image to be used for £1 There cones a time whea you mist abandon subtlety end just Bit the big stick. me Cheedie) sf Forwarded Article nie Wedia Affetzs Today, 23 April 1998 [admin.announce.public-affairs Classification: -Fove- Content-Type: text Content-Length: 1873 Mg)43)-P.L. 86-36 LO! 'ts public airsp xl tried to explein. anyone private pilots here @ only "prohibized and over "Camp Davia [> (0) e [> As long es you But in thi 2 prior posters,/ you are nis: <9 fly over, and/we cdn’t stop it underszood es, it is lecat ke background shows for 2, go inside, nox put ey should have done, but the san opinion cali as/to what # fe, and the poster's objections, are a lictle post imp}: Zsa | tn Gods great wildness lies the hope of the | world, The great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. > Joan Muir | se" 7487(s) + End of Forwarded article aes subject Pubiie ‘and, Media Affairs Today, 23 apsinasse cha “355 ORE cer be Mime-VeFsTORT Content-Transfe=-Encoding: Tbit fb) (3)-P.L. 86 ce 2mAS ORSWxOrU1SQROA== x 9 -baaa004KW> x 1980423205900. comtenerTyper Fexy/ertin;_chareets08-ASCII Content-Length: 1368 - oe you for posting the note about Touchstone pictures filming ure I feel it would better serve the agency to nt prior to it taking place rather than k for the rest of the agency, but in my work center think proper precautions were taken during the filming (no one Je issues you folks deal with are far more complex ven-line note, but I was left with a fey question is why do we prevent people from the Washington ft om the access zonés, ye: 5 to be taken by Touchstone? policy used to proi it the flyover? 2 was At the time of Agency icopeer was taking chances fd roved for Release by NSA on 01 Content-Length: 3765 86-36 CLASSIFICATION: POR OPPEGERL 92 ONLY bi (31 Good Morning Mr. (v) Thenk you for your e-meil and your comments cone: Fiyovers. ing the the helicopter you sew was one performing an agency, week, coincidently, 2s Toucnstone Fiin’s flyover. se involved low flying helicoy ‘Since this was an y issues were more than likely taken into irs Today ro NSA, rns you had when you read our jez questions, please contact us. b. 96- Content-Type> + > text> /> plain> ; > charsets0S-ASCII> Content-Length: 1368 ve, [ee > ize Today, 23 April 1998 > -OFEEGEAL GSE ONL > Isa > Content-Trensfe=-Encoding: 7bit > e muses ori qmoA== 2 > x 58 baaa00aKw> >x '<380623205900.baaa003k0> Docip: 4267016. 5 vvvvvyvvvvvv¥ YY a we oe Thank you for“posting the note mee ‘Touchstoie pictures filming from the air.» "In the future I feel it would better serve the agency to notify the workforce of such an event prior to it taking place rather than fter. I can not.speak for the rest of the agency, but in my work center do. nov’ think-prope= precautions were taken during the filming (no one closed the blinds.) I realize haz than they appear in ti issues you folks deel with are far more complex seven-line note, but I was left with a few question after I read it. Tne Zizst is why do we prevent people from the Washington Post, from taking still pictures of the building from the access roads, yet we allow rather close pictures to be teken by Touchstone? ‘The second is why wasn't FAA policy used to prohibit the flyover? T thought the md rade over NSA (and anywhere else for that matter) was de Touchstone was operating at. At the time of was wondering if it was being done in a safe manner, un by the game Agency which had done an excellent Now that I know that this was not under Agency iz che pilot of that helicopter was taking chances agency (b) (3)-B.u. 86-36