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This letter was sent to the Department of Energy by fax to (202) 586-0575 on 8 April 2001. The Department of Energy Office of Counterintelligence released the requested video on 2 May 2001 Click here to read a transcript.

                                    Hart Nibbrigkade 22
                                    2597 XV Den Haag


                                    Sunday, 8 April 2001


Dear Mr. Lopez:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 

I request that a copy of the following Department of Energy 
(DOE) videotape be provided to me:

    "Counterintelligence Polygraph Test."

DOE polygraph program chief David M. Renzelman described this 
videotape at the first public meeting of the National Academy of 
Sciences/National Research Council Study to Review the 
Scientific Evidence on the Polygraph on 26 January 2001:

    "We made a videotape. This videotape untitled 
    other than 'Counterintelligence Polygraph Test.' I 
    hired what I consider to be one of the, one of the 
    better polygraph examiners from the FBI, and I gave 
    him the title 'Inspector General.' He's retired FBI, 
    his name is Jack Trimarco, you can meet him, you can 
    chat with him. His only job is to come in whenever he 
    wants to and inspect whatever it is we do. He narrated 
    part of this along with the anchorwoman for channel 7 
    in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a professionally 
    prepared videotape. Took me about a year to get it to 
    the point it is now, and I just sold -- showed it to 
    [name unclear] and she approved it and we're going to 
    send it back and put a trailer on it. I'll give you a 
    copy of that. But it tells people what to expect, what 
    will happen, what won't happen, when you come to take 
    the polygraph test.

    We believe this will allay many fears and 
    misconceptions of people who read the Internet -- and 
    that's all -- before they come in to take the 
    polygraph test."

In order to help you determine my status for the purpose of 
assessing fees, you should know that this request is made for 
public awareness purposes and not for commercial use. is a grassroots organization of freely 
associating individuals and is not a profit-seeking enterprise.

I am willing to pay fees for this request up to a maximum of $25. 
If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please 
inform me first.

I request, however, a waiver of fees for this request because 
disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public 
interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to 
public understanding of the operations and activities of the 
Department of Energy and is not in my commercial interest.


George W. Maschke

PS: A copy of this Freedom of Information Act request will be 
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