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Darn, I Don't Have an FBI File; Do You?

by Anthony Kaufman
March 25, 2006 2:47 AM
2 Comments
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Much to my chagrin, I don't have an FBI file. With all the political protests I've attended and angry words I've lobbed at this Administration, I would have thought they might be watching me. But my recent Freedom of Information request came back nil: "A search of the automated indices to our central records system files at FBI Headquarters located no records responsive to your FOIPA request," reads the letter. Though apparently I can file an administrative appeal to the U.S. Dept. of Justice within 60 days, I have a feeling I'm clean.

If you're interested in filing your own FOIPA request, People for the American Way has made it easy at this website. I thought it was a good idea, considering, as the website states:

"Many Americans -- especially those with family and friends abroad -- are wondering whether government agents have been listening to their phone conversations or reading their email. If you're worried this has happened to you, you can use this site to help you find out.

"We can't guarantee that the Bush administration will disclose all this information in compliance with the law, but we can help you through the process. By filing a FOIA request, you will send a strong signal that American citizens believe in the rule of law and aren't afraid to stand up to the President when he violates the Constitution!"

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2 Comments

  • Kelly | March 27, 2006 3:31 AMReply

    Not to give you high hopes but you could still have a file ... if you're part of an ongoing investigation -- another words if the fed have been montoring your ongoing activities, etc., then your file would be open and they can't/won't tell you. Also, prior to 9/11 the feds could have files on you and you still wouldn't know it or be able to retrieve them through FOIA.... I am speaking from experience.

  • Noah Harlan | March 26, 2006 11:01 AMReply

    now I wonder about the catch-22 question... did you, by filing a FOI request for your non-existent FBI file, put into motion a request that would have them then create an FBI file for you....

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