Common Sense 0, National Security Agency 1

“Dear [Sir]:

This replies to your…letter appealing the National Security Agency’s (NSA) denial of your request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). You had requested copies of the most recent editions of the IOSS publications “Intelligence Threat Handbook” and “Terrorism Threat Handbook”… Your initial request, the Deputy Associate Director for Policy’s response to you…and your letter of appeal have been reviewed. As a result of this review, I have concluded that the responsive documents were properly withheld in their entirety pursuant to exemptions two and three of the FOIA. I have also determined that there are no reasonably segregable portions of the documents that can be released.

The withheld information meets the criteria for exemption under 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(2) due to the fact that the withheld information is related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency. The disclosure of such information would risk circumvention of a statute or agency regulation(emphasis mine)

…Sincerely,
John C. Inglis
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
Appeals Authority”

Not necessarily a surprise, but… come on, NSA. What do you think we are, idiots?

Strange, though; you’d think, were the Intelligence Information Handbook really a threat to a “statute or agency regulation”, if it really contained “internal personnel rules and practices”, that the Noxiously Stupid Agency would have, at the very least, threatened the Federation of American Scientists and Secrecy News, who published it…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General, Security | on December 12th, 2007| Comments Off on Common Sense 0, National Security Agency 1

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