the NAVY, the NCIS has the following mission:
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is the federal law enforcement
agency charged with conducting investigations of felony-level offenses
affecting the Navy and Marine Corps – that is, crimes punishable by confinement
for more than one year.
also performs investigations and operations aimed at identifying and
neutralizing foreign intelligence, international terrorist, and cyber threats
to the Department of the Navy.
addition, it provides warning of threats and specialized defensive force
protection support to U.S. naval forces around the world.
requested a copy of all NCIS investigations, which involved USOs and other
unidentified objects found in the water.
surprise, some documents came up.
They can be
Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Documents Forwarded to Naval Surface
Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet [11 Pages, 3.1MB] – Additional records were
released in September of 2016, however, not quite the intention. Still
interesting, and archived for reference.
as you can also see from the FOIA response above, one document was transferred
to another agency for review. The determination, was that it was
“non-responsive” to my request. However, if it was responsive, it would be
classified. Here is the exact wording below of their response:
This is a final response to your FOIA request (reference above) addressed to
the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for information related to
investigations of UFOs and USO’s. On July 21, 2016 the Office of Naval
Intelligence (ONI) informed you that in response to your request NCIS forwarded
one document to ONI for review and direct response back to you.
ONI’s review of the document referred determined its content is not responsive
to your request. Additionally, had this document been responsive then
pursuant to Executive Order 13526, Section 1.4(c) it would be exempt from
disclosure in accordance 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(1). Exemption (b)(1) of the FOIA
protects classified information that if released could reasonably be
expected to result in damage to national security by disclosing sources and
methods currently used today.
You have the right to appeal this determination. To exercise this right,
forward your appeal within 60 calendars days from the date of this email to the
Department of the Navy, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, ATTN: FOIA
APPEALS, 1322 Patterson Avenue SE, Suite 3000, Washington Navy Yard, DC
20374-5066. A copy of your original request and a copy of this email must
be included with your appeal.
There are no fees associated with processing your request. As the FOIA
Manager I am ONI’s point of contact for this request. I can be reached at
301-669-2048 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.