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June 24, 2010

Unsuccessful FOIA Requests (Updated, June 2010)

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 2:36 am
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This is a reposting, with one more failed FOIA request being added at the bottom (item number 10). For a list of successful FOIA requests see here.

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June 21, 2010

New FOIA Request: Compensation Payments Made to 9/11 Commissioners

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline,Document Collection — kevinfenton @ 1:18 am
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I have filed a new FOIA request. It is for records of compensation payments made to the eleven people who sat on the 9/11 Commission and was submitted to the General Services Adminsitration, which I understand has some records related to admin work for the commission.

The compensation payments were basically salary by another name. As far as I can tell based on partial records Erik found at the National Archives, not all the commissioners were collecting them, and most of the ones who did got not very much. However, one of the commissioners had himself paid an amount probably not that far south of US$ 100,000, which is not chump change, and it would be interesting to know exactly how much he got.

A list of successful FOIA requests can be found here and unsuccessful ones here.

June 18, 2010

New FOIA Request: NSA’s 9/11 Retrospective

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 11:26 am
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I have filed a new FOIA request. It is for the NSA’s 9/11 retrospective, which collected communications intercepts relevant to the 9/11 plot. The request is also for the addendum to the retrospective, which was the subject of an earlier blog post.

The NSA has previously turned down a couple of FOIA requests and I don’t expect much, but if you don’t take a shot, you don’t score a goal.

A list of successful FOIA requests can be found here and unsuccessful ones here.

June 15, 2010

Identity of CIA Khost Base Chief Revealed

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 11:27 am
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The identify of the chief of the CIA base in Khost who was killed by a suicide bomber at the turn of the year has been revealed. Her name was Jennifer Lynne Matthews, and it was disclosed at the start of the month following a ceremony at CIA headquarters. There was some speculation from myself and others at the time of the bombing that she may have been one of the CIA officers called “Michelle” and “Redheaded CIA Manager” around here (who may actually be the same person). Maybe the disclosure of the name will help us clear this up.

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