April 16, 2021 – A recent FOIA request Patriots’ Soapbox filed with the National Security Agency (NSA) regarding 8 Chan, 8 Channel or 8 Kun has been denied on the grounds of national security.
Our FOIA request dated March 31, 2021 requested the following: “any information, contracts, agreements, records, memoranda, internal reports, incident reports or draft reports regarding 8channel, 8ch.net, 8chan, or 8kun.top”.
Here is a screenshot of the initial FOIA that I filed:
As you can see it was a purposefully drawn narrow request, not overly broad or burdensome for the agency to process.
This is the response I received from the NSA today. They have given the request FOIA #111608 and denied it on National Security grounds and included the following letter:
I have highlighted the relevant sections that the agency cited.
This is all that was included in the denial of the FOIA request.
They are citing Executive Order 13526:
The denial cites subparagraphs (e) and (g) of Section 1.4 of the Executive Order which states:
Sec. 1.4. Classification Categories. Information shall not be considered for classification unless its unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause identifiable or describable damage to the national security in accordance with section 1.2 of this order, and it pertains to one or more of the following:
(e) scientific, technological, or economic matters relating to the national security;
(g) vulnerabilities or capabilities of systems, installations, infrastructures, projects, plans, or protection services relating to the national security;
It claims “this request is denied because disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause damage (at minimum) to the national security, per Executive Order 13526, Section 1.2” which states:
Sec. 1.2. Classification Levels.
(a) Information may be classified at one of the following three levels:
(1) ‘‘Top Secret’’ shall be applied to information, the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security that the original classification authority is able to identify or describe.
(2) ‘‘Secret’’ shall be applied to information, the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause serious damage to the national security that the original classification authority is able to identify or describe.
(3) ‘‘Confidential’’ shall be applied to information, the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause damage to the national security that the original classification authority is able to identify or describe.
(b) Except as otherwise provided by statute, no other terms shall be used to identify United States classified information.
(c) If there is significant doubt about the appropriate level of classification,
it shall be classified at the lower level.
The denial continues, citing Section 1.2 “any responsive material that may exist would be deemed currently and properly protected.”
It goes on to say that “In addition, this Agency is authorized by various statues to protect certain information concerning its activities.”
I am going to file an appeal because I am uncertain if this is simply a standard response or if by implication, this indicates there is information there.
The Q research board does collect and collate voluminous amounts of data each day and appears to be active 24/7.
We will continue to keep everyone updated regarding the status of the FOIA appeal and if anyone has any advice for the appeal please let us know.
This story is still developing, please check back for updates!