Submitting A Proper Freedom of Information Act Request

Hi everyone,

I figured I’d create a quick post providing a template for you to use should you need to submit a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request.
Any questions, ask in the comments or contact us.

Template courtesy of renowned firearms and aviation attorney, as well as longtime friend of liberty, Dean Greenblatt.

March X, 20XX

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

FOIA COORDINATOR
ANYWHERE POLICE DEPARTMENT
1300 BLANK ST
POLICE HEADQUARTERS
ANYWHERE, MI 48484

RE: FOIA Request

Dear FOIA Coordinator:

On February X, 20XX at approximately 00:00 PM, Anywhere Police Department Officers XXXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXXXXX engaged in the detention and investigation of a man with a pistol on the sidewalk at Some Street between That St and Another St in the City of Anywhere. As a result of Officers XXXXXX and XXXXXX’s investigation, Officer XXXXXX issued citations for firearm violations to You Yourself.

Pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, MCL ยง15.231, I am requesting copies of documents relating to the aforementioned incident including:

Any and all recordings of radio communications related in any way to the dispatch, response, or request for assistance by the officers involved with the incident;

Any and all video recordings of the incident, including patrol car video;

Any and all documents that identify the officers dispatched to the scene as a result of the incident, including the police report; roll call rosters; vehicle logs; and, audio recordings;

Any and all emails, memos, letters and/or other correspondence between employees of the Anywhere Police Department and any other person regarding the incident; and,

Any and all property booking notes, cards, papers recording the property seized by Officer XXXXXX and XXXXXXXXXXXX associated with the incident.

Should the cost for researching, compiling and copying the requested information exceed $30.00, please inform me of the anticipated cost, and provide me with a time and place for a physical inspection of the requested information before researching, compiling or copying the requested information.

Please respond to this request by replying to the following address:

You Yourself
123 Anystreet
Whatever City, MI 48484
313-555-5555

I appreciate your anticipated cooperation with this request. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at the number above.

Sincerely,

You Yourself

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The United States of America is NOT a Democracy

…And it never was.

A Democracy is a form of government where the people directly participate in the creation of laws and decisions about the country’s affairs.
Imagine a world where every person votes about every law that is proposed, and each decision is made by majority rule.

A Republic is a system of government whereby decisions are made by a governing body, which consists of members that are chosen by the votes of the people.

A Constitutional Republic is a Republic in which the powers of the governing body are restricted by a Constitution. Sound familiar?

Rule by Law, versus Rule by Majority.

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine”

-Thomas Jefferson

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

In other words, a Republic is governed by law, more specifically its aforementioned Constitution, and thus its policies, decisions, and actions are limited with respect to the inalienable rights of the individual as spelled out therein.

A Democracy is mob rule. In a true Democracy, if 51% of the population voted for genocide against the other 49%, the government would be obligated to oblige.

Its disturbing to me how many people don’t understand the foundations of the country that they proclaim to love and defend, and how frequently I hear the exclamation that “You can’t do that! Here in America we have a Democracy!”

No… we didn’t, we don’t, and we shouldn’t.

Think about all those irrational fears you have:

In a Democracy, the Constitution would mean precisely dick.

Remember back when the USA’s racist white majority used to enslave their fellow man?
It’s pretty widespread these days that that is a horrible thing to do.
In a Democracy, however, Lincoln would have been unable to simply issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
How do you think that popular vote would have went?

Worried about “Sharia Law”?
In a Democracy, Sharia Law could become a reality, with a simple majority vote.

Don’t eat meat? Want to raise your child on a vegan diet, perhaps?
In a Democracy, if the majority wanted to ban vegan diets in school, they could do that.

Think about every time you’ve heard some idiot say “There ought to be a law…”
Think about how many other idiots would agree with that idiot.
In a Democracy, the power of the idiot reigns supreme.
There is no constitution to stand in the way.

The United States of America was founded as a Constitutional Republic.
This is why the Constitution was considered important. It is literally the only thing standing between your inalienable rights, and a horde of idiots.

Now consider how many times recently you’ve seen court decisions and executive actions in direct violation of the US Constitution.
Read the statement above about why the Constitution was considered important again.
Realize why you should be angry. Realize why you should care.

The United States of America was founded as a Constitutional Republic.
It is one no longer.

You Are A Bigot, A Hypocrite, And/Or A Dumbass

According to USA Today, as of January 2015, 58% of people in the United States are on Facebook.
Based on that, combined with my own research, using a sample group of ‘people whose posts show up on my wall’, I can say with a relative degree of certainty there is a minimal 40% chance that if you’re American, you’re a bigot, a hypocrite, and/or a dumbass.

Let me start with this statement:

You have never read the Qur’an.

I see so many people claiming that all Muslims are, no matter what, to be mistrusted without question. Often cited are all of the ‘horrible things’ written in their holy scripture. This is presented as fact, by people claiming it as common knowledge.
It might be true. In fact, I would be unsurprised if it is true. But you don’t know that. You’re only parroting what others have parroted before you.
Have you read the Bible? There’s some pretty terrible shit in that book too.

There is an off chance that you are reading this, and by some miracle HAVE read the Qu’ran, and are still offended; Fuck you, how does it feel to be unfairly generalized?

There is one piece of literature I definitely HAVE read, however, and that is the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, which clearly state that the government has no authority to legally favor or legally prohibit practice of any religion. Punishing people because they are Muslims would effectively force them to renounce their religion in order to be treated like everyone else under the law.

This Amendment exists, and is the very first such amendment, for very good reason. The people that founded this country were once persecuted for their beliefs as well. It sucked.
Now everyone wants to actively discriminate against a certain group of people, and say that it is in the best interest of a country, one of whose keystone tenets was to legally prohibit such discrimination.

People in this country are also still hounding on about how the state of racial inequality in the United States has never recovered from the intensely segregated pre-Martin Luther King Jr. era.

You know what? You’re right. It hasn’t, because every time we start to make some progress, you fucking hypocrites go and find someone else to hate. Is that how you propose to ‘mend the race relations’ of the last 200 years? By finding a new group we can all hate together?

The first amendment, just like the second amendment, is not up for interpretation. The amendments are written very clearly and concisely, and if you believe there are multiple ways to read them, you need to go back to school and seek out a competent grammar instructor.

Here’s another statement for you:

If you believe that all Muslims should be barred from entering the United States because a minuscule subset of them are terrorists, but you do NOT believe that all police departments in the United States should be immediately dissolved because the subset of them that commit violent felonies against innocent people are just ‘a few bad apples’, then you are a fucking hypocrite.

There are few things that piss me off faster than a hypocrite. If you can’t hold opinions on two subjects without them contradicting each other, then why the hell should the rest of us take them seriously?

Third statement:

You are responsible for your own safety.

If you are so terrified that you are willing to sell your soul to the government in the hopes that they will protect you, you are a pussy. Freedom is a verb. You have to work to keep it. You have to want it, and you have to be willing to hold to your convictions. It is better to be right than to be popular.

If you are that terrified, then take steps to protect yourself. Take steps to ensure that you are safe from any potential attackers, whether they’re Muslims or not.

Fourth statement (I’m on a roll here):

If you are willing to have the government forcefully infringe your will upon other peaceful people just because they don’t want to live their lives the way you do, I have some pretty heavy news for you: YOU are a bigot, and in fact, a terrorist. And no matter how hard you argue, you have no counter for that.

bigot
[big-uh t]
noun
1.
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

Don’t like guns? Don’t buy one. Forcing other people that do like guns to not have guns because you can’t be trusted with one?
Bigot.

Don’t believe what is written in the Qur’an? Don’t subscribe to the Muslim faith? Fine.
Want to employ the ‘services’ of government employees to force out or keep out those who do believe in such things?
Bigot.

Don’t want to do Heroin or Crack? These things don’t appeal to you? Hey, smart decision.
Want to literally ruin people’s lives by stealing their money, costing them their careers, and locking them in cages for the best years of their lives because they happen to enjoy a bit of Meth on the weekends?
Bigot.

Not attracted to people of the same gender as you? Don’t feel comfortable at a gay bar or an LGBT community center? That’s your choice.
Want to have a law written to force those who are attracted to their own gender to forfeit rights they would otherwise have had as a straight couple, posing the rhetorical question “What will I tell my kids?” because you lack the parental skills to talk to your kid about life for five fucking minutes?
Bigot.

I know what to expect in the comments, too. Really.
“Well, I’m not a bigot because xyz passage in the Syria-bible that those terrorefugees believe in says blah, therefore its true that they have violent beliefs!”
Bigot. For you see, even if you are technically correct [and I’m not saying you are or are not], you are still a bigot. If we were to bar entry to, and export any religious groups who have ever had any sort of mass killing or genocide associated with them, we would pretty much be left with nobody in this country, besides maybe a Buddhist or two.

Ask the Native Americans how they feel about a new group of people being blanket-hated and stopped at the borders because some of them ‘might be terrorists’. If they don’t laugh in your face and call you an insensitive hypocrite, let me know. I’ll do it for them.