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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Taken From the ACLU with thanks for their wonderful work in protecting our freedoms.

FOIA - Does the FBI have a file on you?

In response to the ACLU of Oregon’s investigation of FBI surveillance of activists and organizers from around Oregon, the ACLU-OR has received numerous requests for assistance from people who are curious about their own FBI records. You have a right to know if the government has investigated you, and you have a right to see the contents of your FBI file. Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Cesar Chavez—the list of targets of domestic FBI surveillance is long and distinguished. In addition to legitimate, law-enforcement activity, the FBI has, throughout its history, engaged in surveillance of people who have simply had the courage to speak out against government policies.

Your right to inspect your own FBI file is guaranteed under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Where to send your request

FOIA and Privacy Act Requests from Oregon should be sent both to the FBI in Washington, D.C. and to the FBI Field Office for Oregon, which is located in Portland:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Record Information/Dissemination Section
Service Request Unit, Room 6359
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535