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Old August 31st, 2013, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Requesting FBI files through FOIA

I had a AF member contact me on how I got my files.

Instead of boring everyone and the member (which I promptly showed)

I will show you all the links I used to get FBI files on me.

Note that this is 100% legal. It's within your rights to request it, which is through the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and the Privacy Act.

http://www.fbi.gov/foia/requesting-fbi-records

http://www.fbi.gov/foia/#disablemobile

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Old August 31st, 2013, 03:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I knew of them recording stuff but didn't know we can access these copies thanks for this very helpful.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I knew of them recording stuff but didn't know we can access these copies thanks for this very helpful.
You're welcome!

Not sure if they do some 'minor' editing..

But I had a decent amount of work on me. Mostly just keywords here and there.

If you want a large file done, be prepared to wait around 6 months or longer. Well worth the wait though. (I waited around 4 and a half months)
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Old September 1st, 2013, 03:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Be interesting to see if us Brits have files ;-)
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Be interesting to see if us Brits have files ;-)
I'm not sure about Britain lol.

What is the British equivalent of the FBI?
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Are you speaking about the MI5 (Military Intelligence Section 5) - deals with counterintelligence and foreign spying on British soil
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I'm not really sure since I don't even know if Britain has anything even similar to t
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We do have the freedom of information act, but what I was meaning, was would the fbi release any information they have on me.....if indeed they do have any!
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We do have the freedom of information act, but what I was meaning, was would the fbi release any information they have on me.....if indeed they do have any!
Maybe. It wouldn't hurt to request!
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There is actually no precise equivalent of the FBI in the UK: MI5 has a similar National Security remit but is an intelligence (strictly speaking, counter-intelligence) agency while the FBI is largely a police agency that also deals with intelligence-related National Security issues.

The UK also has Special Branch which, like the FBI, has some national security remit and is a police agency however, unlike the FBI, it's not national. Each (regional) police force maintains it's own Special Branch, though the various Branches do co-operate .. in theory, at least.

I believe there are those in the US who believe the FBI should be split into separate entirely police and entirely intelligence agencies. There are probably people in the UK who think MI5 should do it's own policing.

The UK Freedom of Information Act does include a right to request a copy of information held about you by the police (for a 10 fee) however, this is subject to a number of constraints and exclusions, for example any information that "would be likely to prejudice the prevention or detection of crime". More information is available here.

Apparently, the FoIA also applies to MI5, but their webite only really talks about the exceptions - basically, anything National Security-related is excluded .. and their remit is National Security. So good luck getting anything there
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