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Case TitleBonner v. Central Intelligence Agency et al
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2019cv09762
Date Filed2019-10-22
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Jesse M. Furman
PlaintiffRaymond Bonner
Case DescriptionInvestigative journalist Raymond Bonner submitted a FOIA request to the CIA for records concerning the al Qaeda manual, also known as the Manchester Manual. Bonner also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and denied Bonner's request for expedited processing. Bonner filed an administrative appeal of the CIA's denial of his request for expedited processing. The agency upheld it decision to deny his request for expedited processing. Bonner also submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for the al Qaeda manual. The FBI acknowledged receipt of the request and ultimately told Bonner that it found no law enforcement records and that his request would be closed. Bonner filed an administrative appeal of the decision. After hearing nothing further from either agency, Bonner filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantCentral Intelligence Agency
DefendantFederal Bureau Of Investigation
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2019-10-221FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT PLEADING - FILED AGAINST PARTY ERROR - COMPLAINT against All Defendants. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-17815857)Document filed by Raymond Bonner.(Schulz, David) Modified on 10/23/2019 (pne). (Entered: 10/22/2019)
2019-10-222FILING ERROR - PDF ERROR - SIGNATURE ERROR - CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Schulz, David) Modified on 10/23/2019 (pne). (Entered: 10/22/2019)
2019-10-223FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT SUMMONS REQUEST As To - REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to, re: 1 Complaint. Document filed by Raymond Bonner. (Schulz, David) Modified on 10/23/2019 (pne). (Entered: 10/22/2019)
2019-10-224REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Federal Bureau of Investigation, re: 1 Complaint. Document filed by Raymond Bonner. (Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/22/2019)
2019-10-23CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Jesse M. Furman. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/judges/District . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf_filing.php . (pne) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-23Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang is so designated. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b)(1) parties are notified that they may consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties who wish to consent may access the necessary form at the following link: http://nysd.uscourts.gov/forms.php . (pne) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-23Case Designated ECF. (pne) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-23***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT PLEADING. Notice to Attorney David A. Schulz to RE-FILE Document No. 1 Complaint,. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): the All Defendant radio button was selected; the party/parties whom the pleading is against were not selected. Re-file the pleading using the event type Complaint found under the event list Complaints and Other Initiating Documents - attach the correct signed PDF - select the individually named filer/filers - select the individually named party/parties the pleading is against. **DO NOT USE GOOGLE CHROME OR SAFARI BROWSERS** (pne) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-23***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT CIVIL COVER SHEET. Notice to attorney David A. Schulz to RE-FILE Document No. 2 Civil Cover Sheet. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): the civil cover sheet was not signed; no courthouse selection was made on the civil cover sheet. Re-file the document using the event type Civil Cover Sheet found under the event list Other Documents and attach the correct PDF. Use civil cover sheet issued by S.D.N.Y. dated June 2017. The S.D.N.Y. Civil Cover Sheet dated June 2017 is located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/file/forms/civil-cover-sheet.. (pne) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-23***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS. Notice to Attorney David A. Schulz to RE-FILE Document No. 3 Request for Issuance of Summons. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): the name of the party for whom the summons is being requested was not entered in the docket entry text. Re-file the document using the event type Request for Issuance of Summons found under the event list Service of Process - select the correct filer/filers - and attach the correct summons form PDF. (pne) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-235ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Federal Bureau Of Investigation. (pne) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-23***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING CIVIL CASE OPENING STATISTICAL ERROR CORRECTION: Notice to attorney David A. Schulz. The following case opening statistical information was erroneously selected/entered: Jurisdiction code 3 (Federal Question). The following correction(s) have been made to your case entry: the Jurisdiction code has been modified to 2 (U.S. Government Defendant). (pne) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-236REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Central Intelligence Agency, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Raymond Bonner. (Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-237COMPLAINT against Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau Of Investigation. Document filed by Raymond Bonner.(Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-238ORDER. It is hereby ORDERED that no later than two weeks from the date of this Order, the parties shall submit a joint letter - not to exceed two pages - indicating whether there is any need for discovery or an initial conference in this case. If there is no such need, the parties should include in their letter a proposed briefing schedule for any motions, including motions for summary judgment. Finally, it is ORDERED that within two business days of the date of this Order, Plaintiffs shall serve a copy of this Order on Defendant and file proof of such service on the docket. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Jesse M. Furman on 10/23/19) (yv) (Entered: 10/24/2019)
2019-10-249ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Central Intelligence Agency. (dnh) (Entered: 10/24/2019)
2019-10-2410CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/24/2019)
2019-10-2511AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of the Court's October 23, 2019, Order served on Central Intelligence Agency on 10/25/2019. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by Raymond Bonner. (Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/25/2019)
2019-10-2512AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of the Court's October 23, 2019, Order served on Federal Bureau of Investigation on 10/25/2019. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by Raymond Bonner. (Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/25/2019)
2019-10-2913SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED (FOIA CASE). Central Intelligence Agency served on 10/28/2019, answer due 11/27/2019. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by Raymond Bonner. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Affidavit)(Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
2019-10-2914SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED (FOIA CASE). Federal Bureau Of Investigation served on 10/28/2019, answer due 11/27/2019. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by Raymond Bonner. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Affidavit)(Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
2019-11-0415NOTICE OF APPEARANCE by Sarah Sheive Normand on behalf of Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau Of Investigation. (Normand, Sarah) (Entered: 11/04/2019)
2019-11-0416LETTER MOTION for Extension of Time to File Joint Letter to the Court addressed to Judge Jesse M. Furman from AUSA Sarah S. Normand dated November 4, 2019. Document filed by Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau Of Investigation.(Normand, Sarah) (Entered: 11/04/2019)
2019-11-0517ORDER granting 16 Letter Motion for Extension of Time to File. Application GRANTED. The Clerk of Court is directed to terminate ECF No. 16. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Jesse M. Furman on 11/5/19) (yv) (Entered: 11/05/2019)
2019-11-1318JOINT LETTER addressed to Judge Jesse M. Furman from AUSA Sarah S. Normand dated November 13, 2019 re: Discovery and Initial Conference. Document filed by Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau Of Investigation.(Normand, Sarah) (Entered: 11/13/2019)
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