White Paper on Security

The first draft of ▲Church Publishing’s White Paper on Security is complete but needs to be edited, especially its long bibliography. Media requests.


Monday August 11, a request for information was formally submitted to The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence and Analysis, to obtain a definition of Pursuit Lead Cable.

In DHS’s Fiscal Year 2015 “Budget-in-Brief,” after Service to the Public its Analysis and Operations Division lists  FY 2013 Accomplishments as “Disseminated 54 Pursuit Lead Cables.”

In two telephone calls Church placed to the Department of Homeland Security requesting a definition of Pursuit Lead Cable, specifically what one is, which Departments, organizations, agencies, or bureaus they’re disseminated to, if there’s judicial review, and what the intended outcome of each Pursuit Lead Cable is, plus an email sent to mediainquiry@dhs.gov, Church Publishing failed to receive a reply after communicating the Company wished to publish its ‘White Paper on Security’ today, 8/11/2014. 

While the definition of a Pursuit Lead Cable is not central to this white paper, for a component of DHS having over 300 million dollars in annual budget authority, being made clear on Pursuit Lead Cable would go a long way toward its costs analysis.  For instance, does it mean 54 domestic terrorist suspects were apprehended as a result of these notices and were additional agents to these 54 with achievable plots arrested before plans could be carried out? 

‘White Paper on Security’ will be published within three days of receipt of this information or September 8th, 2014- whichever comes sooner.  Unfortunately, in interest of expediency, confirmation of receipt of this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has not yet been received from Homeland Security.


Second Update: 9-9-14

Acknowledgment of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to The Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis
received 21 hours ago by ▲Church Publishing.

At the risk of further delaying its White Paper on Security Church Publishing is being required to resubmit its request for information to The Department of Homeland Security. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is “limited to requiring agencies to provide access to reasonably described, non-exempt records.” Church Publishing’s request was reasonably described.

However, this FOIA Officer explains the FOI Act does not require its government to answer questions. Instead FOIA requires government officials to release documents. In Church Publishing’s opinion, a “perfected request” includes a  document’s title or reference number. But if a request for public information has to include a description of unseen records then it would be impossible for Americans to obtain any information without a government leak. Said another way, ▲Church Publishing can reasonably describe information its seeks inside a document but it would have absolutely no way to describe the document.

As a matter of fact, this information requested from DHS’s FY15 budget was listed as one of its accomplishments– “Issued 54 Pursuit Lead Cables.” To make their jobs easier, ▲Church Publishing’s FOI request was more specific than what’s a Pursuit Lead Cable? At the time of its request, ▲Church Publishing discovered ABSOLUTELY NO other government documents ever referencing Pursuit Lead Cables. Moreover, the Company wrote letters and placed telephone calls to appropriate DHS Offices as media requests well in advance of formally requesting this information as part of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). But here’s DHS’s response:


Acknowledgement of formal Request for Information.


Third Update 9-16-14:

In a letter also dated September 9th but referenced September 11th and received by Church Publishing on September 12th, 2014 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security claims to be processing this request for information regarding Pursuit Lead Cables, “If any responsive records are located they will be reviewed for determination of releaseability.”

Fans of Church, and Americans apprehensively awaiting insight into the accomplishments of a newly created $60 billion dollar Cabinet-level Department since 9/11, DHS has pledged to be expeditious yet requests patience in complying with this Freedom of Information Act submission. Media requests can be directed to Church.