For some time now, I've been working on a new article related to the disappearance of Kirk von Ackermann and the death of Ryan Manelick for the Journal at ePluribus Media. I'm a very slow writer -- both of my previous articles took me close to a year to write -- so I am very fortunate I don't have a deadline. One result, I can take the time to file FOIA requests.
ePluribus Media received a written response to one of my FOIA's, specifically one I filed with the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) for information regarding Kirk von Ackermann's case. The FOIA was rejected.
A search of the USACIDC file indexes revealed that an active investigation is in progress with an undetermined completion date.Most of what the FOIA requested was the kind of information one might expect to receive at say a press briefing: time von Ackermann's vehicle was first reported abandoned, etc. In other words, the FOIA request didn't ask for anything particularly earth-shattering like the names or identities of secret sources of information.
At this time, ePluribus Media will not be filing an appeal. Why? The FOIA request was always a long shot and the reason is provided by the Department of Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office (DFOIPO) in the FOIA Handbook (PDF)
The nine FOIA exemptions are cited in the Act as 5 U.S.C. § 552Fingers crossed for some positive responses to the other FOIA requests.
(b)(7)—investigatory records or information compiled for law enforcement