1994-05-12 - Re: NSA & State Fears ITAR Lawsuits

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <perry@snark.imsi.com>
To: sommerfeld@orchard.medford.ma.us (Bill Sommerfeld)
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UTC Datetime: 1994-05-12 11:36:27 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 12 May 94 04:36:27 PDT

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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@snark.imsi.com>
Date: Thu, 12 May 94 04:36:27 PDT
To: sommerfeld@orchard.medford.ma.us (Bill Sommerfeld)
Subject: Re: NSA & State Fears ITAR Lawsuits
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Bill Sommerfeld says:
>    Someone who's had dealings with the NSA and State over these issues
>    saw some memos, but was not allowed to make copies of them, which
>    indicated that State's lawyer's were very concerned that an ITAR case
>    involving software *not* ever reach the courts, because they felt the
>    government's case was very weak and that a probable loss would be a
>    serious setback in other areas.
> Is there any chance that these memos would be subject to release under
> the FOIA?

Probably. They would probably make excellent ammo in an ITAR lawsuit
if they actually existed and State actually "found" them in fulfilling
the FOIA request. I would suggest that someone with experience in
directing FOIA requests get details from Tim and then try to extract
the memos in question.