released last year by The Intercept
indicate that police departments may increasingly be using cellphone surveillance devices, formerly used only by the military and US intelligence agencies. The public has a right to know what monitoring equipment law enforcement may be using in the course of their duties, potentially at the cost of public tax dollars.
Therefore, pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Act § 44:1 et seq, I request any and all New Orleans Police Department invoices or procurement records relating to the procurement or purchases of any of the following items since 2012:
BLACKFIN I, BLACKFIN II, DRT 1101B, DRT 1183B, DRT 1201C, DRT 1301C, DRT 1301B3, DRT4411B
Fixed Wing Geo-Location (Manned)
Typhon, Garuda (G-box), Carman II, Windjammer, Radiance, Raven, Deerpark, Traveler (EW FoS), Nebula, ICARUS/NVDF
PGL Payloads on UAVs
Twister-Firescout APG, Boeing-Schiebel S-100, GUAVA (G-Pod/STE) --LOS, GarWind/ BLOS Pod, Gilgamesh, Airhandler, BLOS Pod, RADPOD (Radiance Pod), Jagged Amber - Next Gen BLOS, Traveler Pod - T-Pod
Ground Based Geo-Location (Vehicular)
Spartacus II, Kingfish, Stingray I/II, Stargrazer III, Artemis, Artemis II, Maximus, Cyclone Mx9 (micro/Macro), Buckshot, Yellowstone, PRD-13, Hayden I/II, Sidewinder, REBUS, RadioEye
Direction Finding Systems
THORACIC, JUGULAR 2, QUASIMODO, HEATR
Battlefield Data Recovery/SSE
The requested procurement records should be understood to include basic information on:
-the name of the item procured
-the quantity of the item procured
-the requester and approver (division, bureau, office, individual, as appropriate) of the item procured
-the Performance and/or Design Requirements of the item procured (intended use, function or application, compatibility etc. requirements; reference to policy, rule, statute or other act of the Legislature, etc., as appropriate)
-the vendor or contractor of the procured item, including their business address and contact information
-the estimated cost (in dollar amount) of the item procured (either through departmental funds or third-party grant or foundation funding) In the case of a grant or foundation funded item, include name and contact information on the source of the funding
-any request for proposal used during the search process for a vendor or contractor of the procured item
Information relating to the specifications or uses of these products can be found at this link, if it is helpful to a records request officer: https://theintercept.com/document/2015/12/16/government-cellphone-surveillance-catalogue/
I am making this request as a journalist. I am current fellow at The Atlantic's CityLab and a frequent reporter for national outlets such as The Guardian US and The Nation magazine and am submitting this request for non-commercial purposes. My request is simple, solely limited to procurement records, and is crucial for the public's ability to understand the surveillance capabilities of law enforcement officers and to know how their tax dollars are being spent. Therefore, I request any fee waivers or expedited processing that the department may on occasion grant to reporters.
If no fee waivers are possible, I am willing to pay for reasonable fees, but I ask that these fees be itemized and justified.
If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.
As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request. I would like to receive the information in electronic format. I would prefer any documents located be sent to me via email in PDF format.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your prompt response to this request.