Freedom of Information Act – “Scare Force One”


Ever want to submit your very own Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request? Well back on April 28th, 2009, I did just that in an attempt to find out just who was on board “Scare Force One”. (Sorry Michelle Malkin, but I think I beat you to the punch.) My hunch was then, as it is now, that that little $320,000.00 jaunt was about a little more than just pretty pictures. (Does anyone remember the political machinations behind the 2001 U.S.S. Greeneville/Ehime Maru disaster in which the Greenville did an emergency blow and struck and sank the Japanese fishing boat killing nine?)

Well! You too can submit a form to ask for your very own copy of the flight manifest of “Scare Force One”. (This is sure to land you on the president’s Christmas card list!) Anyway… Here’s the preferred format:


Your name, (your blog)
Your full snail mail adress
Your email


Office of Administration
FOIA Officer
725 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20503
Phone: (202) 395-2273
Fax: (202) 456-7921

Dear FOIA Officer,

My request is for a copy of the flight manifest for the recent (Monday, April 27, 2009) low-level, photo-op flight over New York City by the plane that when used by President Obama is referred to as “Air Force One”. It was accompanied by one or two F-16 fighter jets. No doubt you’re familiar with this flight, but to be very clear, here is a link to the flight in question complete with a video:
(Also see:

I understand that there may be a fee, and am willing and able to pay a reasonable fee. Please contact me at my email address concerning the details of obtaining this particular flight manifest.

Thank you in advance for your help securing this information,

Your name, (your blog)
Your email address


I faxed my request in…

Seriously… Just be aware that you’re talking with the “Big Dudes”…

If you choose to go ahead… Good luck!

Alan Speakman

P.S. So far no word back from the powers at be… I’ll keep you posted.


4 Responses to Freedom of Information Act – “Scare Force One”

  1. Gerry Ashley says:

    Don’t hold your breath waiting. I filed for some information back in 1980 and it took months to get a response, let alone the information.

    See, under the Reagan administration, they had to first do some research to see if any of the information requested was still classified before releasing it.

    Under the Obama administration, they have to first do some research to see what party you belong to, your home address, the name of your children and pets, what store you buy your groceries at, whether or not you are a gun owner…

  2. Mike says:

    The White House’s internal review of the incident was released today. Here’s a link where you can read the whole report:

    There are some e-mails and other documents mentioned (in the report itself) that would be interesting to read. Also, I guess the rest of the photos could be requested as well. After all, the taxpayers paid for them. Releasing only one of them doesn’t seem reasonable to me.

    I’m hoping that a large news operation makes the FOIA request for the rest of the material. I would, but can’t handle the potential cost.

    Hopefully, you will get a response to your request, and the information you asked for, in a timely manner. If not, be persistent and hang in there.

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  4. […] a government spam list. Then again, I’ll probably never hear from them because I sent in an FOIA request to obtain the transcripts concerning the infamous NYC flyover. They never contacted me on that one […]

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