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This FOIA request was sent to Mr. Leslie R. Blake, head of the Defense Security Service Office of Freedom of Information and Privacy, by e-mail to <> on 24 September 2002.

Dear Mr. Blake:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). I request that a copy of the following documents be provided to me:

1) Department of Defense Polygraph Institute records retention regulation(s)
2) Defense Security Service records retention regulations(s)
The regulations to which I refere are those to which Tanya Layne of your office referred in an e-mail message to Beth Kraus, Genni Arledge, and William F. Norris (and copied to you and Jay P. Fraude) dated 27 June 2002, in which she wrote:

After consultation with Les, it was determined that it may be in the best interest of all involved if those tapes that are no longer utilized by DoDPI for any reason, be destroyed in accordance with the DoDPI or DSS records retention regulations.

The full text of the e-mail message to which I refer appears at pp. 4-5 of a PDF file which may be downloaded at:

Please send the requested documents to me at the following address:

G.W. Maschke
Hart Nibbrigkade 22
2597 XV The Hague
The Netherlands

Alternatively, if these regulations are available in digital format, I request that copies be sent to me as e-mail attachments to <>.

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 or activities of the DoD and is not in my commercial interest.


George W. Maschke

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