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Obtaining and understanding your FBI File

                        What Do They Know About You?

                 Obtaining and Understanding Your FBI File

Want to  discover what the FBI has on file about  you? You might think they
have nothing  -- then again, you  could be wrong. There  is only one way to
find out for sure...ask!  In this report, you will discover not only how to
obtain your  files and where to  send for them, but  you will also discover
some of  the codes and acronyms used in FBI  files. Without these codes and
acronyms,  deciphering  your  FBI  files  could  prove  difficult,  if  not
impossible. IMPORTANT: Keep  this information, as you will need it when you
receive your  files from the FBI. In addition,  there is an explanation of:

   * The Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIPA)
   * How the FBI deals with FOIPA requests
   * What circumstances the FBI can refuse to release certain information
     to you, and
   * An explanation of how to send an appeal letter if your request is

But first,  before we tackle how to request your  files, there is a section
on  how  the  FBI  organizes  and  maintains  their files.  There  is  also
discussion on the types of information found in their filing system as well
as the  classification codes the FBI uses. The  FBI has established a large
presence on  the World Wide Web, and they  have posted some documents there
for  your reading  pleasure --  including information  on the UFO  crash in
Roswell, New Mexico over  50 years ago, as well as information on gangsters
and America's  Most Wanted. See  if your mysterious neighbor  is this years
new Al  Capone! The  main FBI site  promises to publish  other documents in
their electronic  reading room in the future.  We may assume that, perhaps,
some day  we will be able to access  our own files electronically. Finally,
in keeping  with the current electronic nature  of the Internet and gaining
information  off the 'Net,  there is a  listing of  not only the  FBI Field
Offices  which have  homepages  on the  Web, but  also  a section  on other
FBI-related Web sites you may be interested in exploring.

                     FBI FILES - HOW THEY'RE ORGANIZED

In the  central records system used  by the FBI, records  are classified by
210  numbers which  designate  the type  of file  and  what it  relates to.

   * General Index is the alphabetical index of the main files.
   * The Central Records Filing Systems are divided into 210 different
     numbers which indicate each of the FBI's investigative and
     administrative tasks.
   * Main files usually contain documents that are collected during the
     course of an investigation. Subfiles are sections of the main files.
     They can be lettered or numbered, and usually contain information,
     newspaper clippings, physical surveillance information, wiretaps and
     other typical forms of recorded espionage.
   * There are four types of file classifications: administrative,
     applicant, investigative and personnel
   * Control files are those separate files which relate to a specific
     matter and is used as an administrative means of managing, or
     "controlling" a certain program or investigative matter. However, not
     every program or investigative matter gets a "control file." This is
     decided on a discretionary basis by those in charge. Apparently, the
     FBI is less than forthcoming about control files.

                         FOR EXAMPLE: 12-34567-890

   * The first number is the classification number and tells what type of
     investigation the document relates to. 12
   * The second number is known as the Individual Case Number and are in
     sequence as to the number of file opened in that particular office.
   * The third number is the document number, or serial number. This
     indicates in which order it was placed in the file. 890

At the FBI Headquarters,  either a "0" or "00" is put before the first case
appearing  in a  classification.  "0" files  include miscellaneous  data or
complaints for  which there are no need to open  a separate case file. "00"
files  contain procedures  and policies  that relate to  classification. If
there is a change pertaining to classification procedures, that document is
put in  the "00" file. But  what do all those  classification numbers mean?
You will  find the numbers, along with  detailed descriptions, in the FBI's
yearly "Privacy Act" notices in the Federal Register. Over the years, there
are changes to titles  or descriptions, but the categories' general essence
usually  remains  intact.  Below you'll  find  a  comprehensive listing  of
classification numbers -- including  older categories that are obsolete but
have  been  used  in  older FBI  files.  For  the  sake  of continuity  and
comprehension,  the  classification numbers  have  been kept  in order  and

 1. National Service Academy,
 training schools, or          71. Bills of Lading   141. False Entries
 pertaining to FBI National    Act                   in Records of
 Academy Applicants.                                 Interstate Carriers
                               72. Obstruction of
 2. Neutrality Matters.        Criminal              142. Illegal Use of
                               Investigation         Railroad Pass
                               73. Application for
                               Pardon after
 3. Overthrow or Destruction   Completion of         143. Interstate
 of the Government.            Sentence and          Transportation of
                               Application for       Gambling Devices
                               Executive Clemency
 4. National or Federal
 Firearms Acts; State                                144. Interstate
 Firearms Control Assistance   74. Perjury           Transportation of
 Act; Unlawful Possession or                         Lottery Tickets
 Receipt of Firearms.
                                                     145. Interstate
                                                     Transportation of
 5. Income Tax.                75. Bondsmen and      Obscene Matter or
                                                     Broadcasting Obscene
                               76. Escaped Federal
 6. Interstate Transportation  Prisoner,             146. Interstate
 of Strikebreakers.            Probation/Parole      Transportation of
                               Violator, Mandatory   Prison-Made Goods
                               Release Violator
                                                     147. Department of
 7. Kidnapping.                77. Applicants        Housing and Urban
                                                     Development Matters
                               78. Illegal Use of
                                                     148. Interstate
 8. Migratory Bird Act.        Government            Transportation of
                               Requests              Fireworks
                                                     149. Destruction of
 9. Extortion.                 79. Missing Persons   Motor Vehicles or
                                                     150. Harboring of
 10. Red Cross Act.            80. Laboratory        Federal Fugitives
                               Research Matters
                                                     151. Agency for
                                                     Department of
                                                     Energy, Civil
                                                     Service Commission,
                                                     National Aeronautics
                                                     and Space
 11. Tax -- except income                            Administration,
 tax.                          81. Gold Hoarding     National Science
                                                     Foundation, Peace
                                                     Corps, Actions, U.S.
                                                     Arms Control and
                                                     Disarmament Agency,
                                                     World Health
                                                     International Labor
                                                     Organization, U.S.
                                                     Information Agency

 12. Narcotics                 82. War Risk          152. Switchblade
                               Insurance             Knife Act

 13. Miscellaneous, National                         153. Automobile
 Defense Act, Prostitution     83. Court of Claims.  Information
                                                     Disclosure Act
                               84. Reconstruction    154. Interstate
 14. Sedition                  Finance Corporation   Transportation of
                               Act                   Unsafe Refrigerators

 15. Theft from Interstate     85. Homeowner Loan    155. National
 Shipment                      Corp                  Aeronautics and
                                                     Space Act of 1958

 16. Violation Federal         86. Federal Lending   156. Employee
 injunction                    and Insurance         Retirement Income
                               Agencies              Security Act
                               87. Fraud by
 17. Veterans Administration   television, radio or
 Matters                       wire, Interstate      157. Civil Unrest
                               Transportation of
                               Stolen Property
                               88. Unlawful Flight
                               to Avoid Giving       158.
 18. May Act                   Testimony, Unlawful   Reporting and
                               Flight to Avoid
                               Prosecution, Custody  Disclosure Act of
                               or Confinement        1959
                                                     159. Investigative
                               89. Assaulting or     matters, Labor
 19. Censorship Matters        Killing a Federal     Management Reporting
                               Officer               and Disclosure Act
                                                     of 1959

 20. Federal Graln Standards   90. Irregularities in 160. Federal Train
 Act                           Federal Penal         Wreck Statute
                                                     161. Special
                                                     Inquiries for White
 21. Food and Drugs            91. Bank Burglary,    House, Congressional
                               Larceny or Robbery
                                                     Committee and Other
                                                     Government Agencies
 22. National Motor Vehicle                          162. Interstate
 Traffic Act                   92. Anti-Racketeering Gambling Activities
                               93. Ascertaining
                               Financial Ability - a
 23. Prohibition               person's ability to   163. Foreign Police
                               pay a fine or claim   Cooperation
                               by the U.S.

 24. Profiteering              94. Research Matters  164. Crime Aboard
                                                     165. Interstate
 25. Selective Service         95. Laboratory Cases  Transmission of
                                                     Wagering Information
 26. Interstate
 Transportation of Stolen                            166. Interstate
 Motor Vehicles; Interstate    96. Alien Applicant   Transportation in
 Transportation of Stolen                            Aid of Racketeering

 27. Patent Matters            97. Foreign Agents    167. Destruction of
                               Registration Act      Interstate Property
                                                     168. Interstate
 28. Copyright Matters         98. Sabotage          Transportation of
                               99. Plant Survey
                               (Inspections of
 29. Bank Fraud and            industrial plants by  169. Hydraulic Brake
 Embezzlement                  FBI to prevent them   Fluid Act
                               from being victims of
 30. Interstate Quarantine     100. Domestic         170. Extremist
 Law                           Security              Informants
                               101. Hatch Act -
 31. White Slave Traffic Act   subversive acts by    171. Motor Vehicle
                               Government employees  Seat Belt Act
 Identification/Fingerprints   102. Voorhis Act      172. Sports Bribery
                                                     173. Public
                               103. Interstate       Civil Rights Act of
 33. Uniform Crime Reporting.  Transportation of     1964 Public
                               Stolen Cattle         Facilities,
                               104. Servicemen's     174. Explosives and
 34. Violation of Lacy Act     Dependents Allowance  Incendiary Devices;
                               Act of 1942           Bomb Threats

                               105. Foreign          175. Assaulting the
 35. Civil Service Matter      Counterintelligence   President (or Vice
                               Matters               President) of the
                                                     United States
                               106. Alien Enemy
 36. Mail Fraud                Control or Escaped    176. Anti-riot Laws
                               Prisoners of War
 37. False Claims Against the  107. Denaturalization 177. Discrimination
 Government                    Proceedings           in Housing

 38. Application for Pardon    108. Foreign Travel   178. Interstate
 to Restore Civil Rights       Control               Obscene or Harassing
                                                     Telephone Calls
 39. Falsely Claiming          109. Foreign          179. Extortionate
 Citizenship                   Political Matters     Credit Transactions

 40. Passports/Visas           110. Foreign Economic 180. Desecration of
                               Matters               the Flag

 41. Explosives                111. Foreign Social   181.Consumer Credit
                               Conditions            Protection Act
                                                     182. Illegal
 42. Deserters or Harboring                          Gambling Business,
 Deserters                     112. Foreign Funds    Obstruction or
 43. Illegal Wearing of
 Uniforms, as well as:
 * False Advertising: Misuse
 of Names, Words, Emblems or
 * Illegal Manufacture, Use,
 Possession, or Sale of
 Emblems and Insignia
 * Counterfeiting Seal of      113. Foreign Military 183.
 Department or Agency of the   and Naval Matters
 United States
 * Misuse of the Great Seal of
 the United States, Seals of
 the President or the Vice
 President of the United
 States; Unauthorized Use of
 Smokey Bear Symbol
 44. Civil Rights; Election
 Laws, Voting Rights Act;      114. Alien Property
 Overseas Citizens Voting      Custodian Matters     184. Police Killings
 Rights Act of 1975.
                                                     185. Protection of
 45. Crime on the High Seas    115. Bail Jumper or   Foreign
                               Bond Default          Officials/Guests of
                                                     the United States
 46. Fraud Against the
 Government, Federal Aid Road
 Act, Lead and Zinc Act,
 Public Works and Economic
 Development Act of 1965,                            186. Real Estate
 Renegotiation Act, Criminal;  116. Dept of Energy   Settlement
 Renegotiation Act, Civil;     Applicant or Employee Procedures Act of
 Trade Expansion Act of 1962,                        1974
 Unemployment Compensation
 Statutes, Economic
 Opportunity Act.

 47. Impersonation             117. Dept of Energy - 187. Privacy Act of
                               relates to Criminal   1974 (criminal)
 48. Postal violation other    118. Intelligence     188. Crime
 than mail fraud               Agency Applicant      Resistance
                               119. Federal
 49. National Bankruptcy Act   Regulations of        189. Equal Credit
                               Lobbying Act          Opportunity Act

 50. Involuntary Servitude     120. Federal Tort     190. Freedom of
 and Slavery                   Claims Act            Information/Privacy
 51. Jury Panel                121. Loyalty of       191. False Identity
 Investigations                Government Employees  Matters
 52. Theft, Robbery,
 Embezzlement, Illegal
 Possession or Destruction of  122. Labor Management 192. Hobbs Act -
 Government Property,          Relations Act         Financial
 Interference with Government                        Institutions
                               123. Special Inquiry  193. Hobbs Act
 53. Excess Profits on Wool    - State Dept/Voice of -Commercial
                               America               Institutions

 54. Customs Laws and          124. European         194. Hobbs Act -
 Smuggling                     Recovery Program      Corruption of Public

 55. Counterfeiting            125. Railway Labor    195. Hobbs Act -
                               Act                   Labor-related
                               126. National
 56. Election Laws             Security Resources    196. Fraud by Wire
                               127. Sensitive        197. Civil Actions
 57. War Labor Dispute Act     Positions in U.S.     or Claims Against
                               Government            the Government
 58. Bribery or Conflict of    128. International    198. Crime on Indian
 Interest                      Development Program   Reservations

 59. World War Adjusted        129. Evacuation       199. Foreign
 Compensation Act              Claims                Counterintelligence
                                                     - terrorism
                               130. Special Inquiry  200. Foreign
 60. Anti-Trust                - Armed Forces        Counterintelligence
                               Security Act          Matters - China

 61. Treason or Misprision of  131. Admiralty        201. Foreign
 Treason                       Matters               Counterintelligence
                                                     Matters -Satellite
 62. Miscellaneous: including
 Administrative Inquiries,
 Misconduct Investigations of
 Officers and Employees of
 the Department of Justice     132. Special Inquiry  202. Foreign
 and Federal Judiciary;        - Office of Defense   Counterintelligence
 Domestic Police Cooperation,  Mobilization          Matters - Cuba
 Eight Hour-Day Law, Fair
 Labor Standards Act of 1938
 (Wage and Hours Law),
                                                     203. Foreign
 63. Miscellaneous             133. National Science Counterintelligence
 Non-subversive                Foundation            Matters - all other
                               134. Foreign
 64. Foreign Miscellaneous     Counter-Intelligence  204. Federal Revenue
                               Assets                Sharing
                               135. Protection of
                                                     205. Foreign Corrupt
 65. Espionage                 Strategic Air Command Practices Act of
                               Bases of the U.S. Air
                               Force                 1977
                                                     206. Fraud Against
 66. Administrative matters    136. American Legion  the Government -
                               Contact               Department of
                                                     207. Fraud Against
                               137. Informants Other the Government -
 67. Personnel matters         than Foreign          Environmental
                               Counter-Intelligence  Protection Agency
                               138. Loyalty of
                               Employees of the      208. Fraud Against
 68. Alaskan matters           United Nations and    the Government -
                               Other Public          General Services
                               International         Admin
                                                     209. Fraud Against
                                                     the Government -
 69. Contempt of court         139. Interception of  Dept. of Health,
                                                     Education and

 70. Crime on Government       140. Security of      210. Fraud Against
 Reservation                   Government Employees  the Government-
                                                     Department of Labor



THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT: 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552, As Amended by Public Law
                        No. 104-231, 110 Stat. 2422

Revisions have been made  to the FOIA in March of 1997 and October of 1997.
Below you will find  key information about the FOIA, as well as The Privacy
Act of 1974.

It is advisable to  request information under both the FOIA and The Privacy
Act  of  1974. Also,  you  are  also allowed  to  correct,  change or  omit
information about you that is inaccurate, out of date, or not complete.

If the  agency refuses to  provide access to your  information or disallows
you to correct your  record, The Privacy Act allows you to sue that agency.
Be aware that if  you choose to sue, you have six years to file under FOIA,
but only two years to sue under the Privacy Act.

Currently,  the Privacy  Act  is restricted  to  use by  U.S. citizens  and
permanent resident aliens. Under the Freedom of Information Act, any person
can  obtain access  to  any records.  You cannot  be charged  for searching
costs, but  a charge may apply  for copying the material.  Once you request
information, agencies, such as  the FBI, must decide within 20 working days
whether they will comply with the request.

In the  past, the decision was  supposed to have been  made within 10 days,
however, this  was recently  changed. They must  let the requester  know if
they've decided  to fulfill the request  or deny it. If  they deny it, they
must let  the requester know, as they have a  right to appeal the decision.
If you receive a denial and you send an appeal letter, the FBI must respond
to you within 20 working days to the appeal.

An agency may take an additional ten days to respond to the initial request
or the appeal in "unusual circumstances." This usually means the agency has
to obtain records from  its field offices, or has to process a large volume
of  separate records.  It could also  mean that  they have to  consult with
another agency  or two or more  of its components in  order to satisfy your

The  FOIA only  includes  federal government  agencies, not  state  ones or
private businesses. In addition,  private individuals and organizations are
not covered,  either. There are also some  federal elements that are exempt
from the FOIA. Federal  courts, Congress and those who assist or advise the
President are not covered by the FOIA.

The  FBI maintains  that  the FOIPA  Section of  the  Office of  Public and
Congressional  Affairs has  about  400 staff  members as  of  January 1998.


In 1975, after amendments to the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy
Act of  1974 took effect, the FBI then had to  provide more access to their
much-coveted  files than  had previously  been given. Since  then, requests
have grown  exponentially. In fact, the FBI estimates  that in the last two
decades,  some  six  million  pages of  information  has  been released  in
response to nearly half a million requests.

Typically, once  you have requested information  from the FBI, your request
is  entered  into their  computer  database  and given  a specific  number.
Acknowledgment of  your request is made, and  then, the agency searches for
information pertinent to your request. Finally, if files are located by the
agency, it is then determined if those files are the correct files. Because
there are countless John  Smith's, for instance, it must be determined that
they have information for the correct John Smith.

For  the FBI,  standard procedure includes  not only  making a copy  of the
file, but  an analyst  also reviews the  file. This analyst  decides if any
parts of information in the documents should be kept from the person making
the request.

The  law provides  for exemptions,  so by  following the guidelines  in the
FOIPA, the FBI can  withhold some information. If information is chosen for
deletion, a marker is  used to highlight that information. In addition, the
analyst  cites  the  specific   exemption  that  applies,  by  writing  the
explanation in  the margin.  Once the document(s) are  copied, the material
the analyst has chosen to delete is blackened out on the copy the requester

According  to the  FBI, the  future will  see electronic versions  of these
documents  which they  anticipate will  take the  place of  the old  way of
"marking out" the material. At the main FBI Web site listed near the end of
this report,  you will find an  electronic reading room where  you can view
some files that have been released for public viewing.


To  exercise your rights  under the FOIA  and to  obtain your FBI  file, we
recommend that you  DO NOT USE THE FORM PROVIDED BY THE FBI. It is designed
to  minimize  disclosure by  the  Agency. Instead,   USE THE  FORM WE  HAVE
INCLUDED with  this report for that purpose. You will  find a copy ready to
be printed out and  used by you in the file that accompanies this report. .
This  form  was prepared  by  lawyers who  are  experts in  the Freedom  of
Information Act  to guarantee  you get all  the documents to  which you are
entitled. All  you have  to do is  have the form we  provided notarized and
then mail it to the agency from which you're seeking information.

Near the  end of this report, you will  find a complete, up-to-date listing
of all FBI field offices, as well as for the FBI Headquarters. In addition,
there is a section  that lists Field Office homepage Website addresses. Not
all Field  Offices have a place  in cyberspace yet, but  many do. It's well
worth a surf around to check them out!

In addition,  it is  advisable to send  requests to each  field office that
might also have information.  Be sure to keep a copy of the original signed
and notarized form for your own records.

   * IMPORTANT NOTE:One more thing, if you're thinking of pretending to be
     someone else in order to get their information, you should be aware
     that this misrepresentation is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE!


There are certain exemptions to the FOIA. These exemptions are divided into
nine  categories.  However,  the FBI  cannot  withhold  the whole  document
because  it contains  exempted material.  They must  mark out  the exempted
sections and provide you with the rest of the document.


#1 -  National Security:  This includes any information,  which could cause
damage to  national security. Typically, this  would include information on
weapons,  records  from  the  Central Intelligence  Agency,  some  military
information  or  special  technology  or scientific  advances  that  affect
national security.

#2 - Rules which apply internally to agencies: This covers certain specific
rules and practices of the agency in question.

#3 - Information that is covered by other statutes: Certain information has
been  deemed   confidential  by  other  statutes,   such  as  personal  tax
information or certain data gathered by the census.

#4  -  Information  related  to  business: Information  relating  to  trade
secrets, sales  statistics, trade secrets/manufacturing formulas, financial
information, or  other commercially related  confidential information. This
also applies to oil wells (see exemption #9).

#5 -  Memos which  relate to inter-  or intra-agency letters or  memos of a
confidential nature:

#6 -  Information which would be  an invasion of personal  privacy, such as
medical or personnel files

#7 - Information pertaining to law enforcement investigations: If releasing
information which  relates to a law  enforcement investigation would invade
personal privacy,  jeopardize a  person's right to  a fair trial,  reveal a
confidential source,  reveal means of investigation  or threaten the safety
(or  even the  life) of  a person,  then this  is when the  exemption would

#8  - Information  related  to the  operation or  examination  of financial
institutions: This exemption covers  not only banks and trust companies, it
also covers The Federal Reserve System.

#9 - Information regarding the location of oil wells and related geological

                    DENIED! NOW WHAT DO YOU DO? APPEAL!

                           SAMPLE APPEAL LETTER:

If your  request for information is denied, you  can send an appeal letter.
You may choose to write the letter yourself, or have your personal attorney
sign the letter.

                      Below is a sample appeal letter.

  Freedom of Information and Privacy Act -- Request for Appeal
  Chief FOIA & Privacy Act Section
  Room 6296 JEH
  935 Pennsylvania Avenue
  NW Washington, D.C. 20535

          This letter serves as my appeal under the Freedom of Information
  Act, 6 U.S.C. Sec. 552(a) and requests a reconsideration of your

          Previously, I requested documents under the Freedom of
  Information Act on (insert date). Your agency assigned this
  identification number [insert number here] to my request. My request was
  denied per a letter received on [insert date]. This letter of denial was
  signed by [insert name of person who denied request.]

          I would like to receive an explanation as to why my request for
  information was denied. It is my belief that these requested documents
  should be released under the FOIA due to [list reason here]. According
  to the current statute, I understand a decision on my appeal to be made
  within 20 working days.

  Thank you for your consideration, and I expect to hear from you on this
  matter soon.

  Your name
  Your Address
  Your City, State, Zip Code
  Your Telephone Number

Perhaps  you've  been stopped  in  your tracks  by  a fee  request for  the
information you would like to obtain. You CAN ask for the fees to be waived
if you're  not seeking them for  commercial use, if you're  a member of the
media who  is strictly using the  info in newsgathering, or  if you believe
releasing  the  documents  would  be in  the  public's  interest and  would
facilitate  better  understanding of  the  government  and its  operations.

            Below is a sample letter, requesting waiver of fees:

  Re: Freedom of Information Act Appeal
  Chief FOIA & Privacy Act Section
  Room 6296 JEH
  935 Pennsylvania Avenue
  NW Washington, D.C. 20535

          This serves as my appeal under the Freedom of Information Act, 6
  U.S.C.Sec. 552(a).

          As of [date] I requested documents under the Freedom of
  Information Act and my request was assigned the following number:
  [insert number here]. Your response, dated [date] and signed by [insert
  signer's name], indicated that my request for a waiver of fees was
  denied. I would like to appeal this decision to deny my request for a
  waiver of fees because I believe I am entitled to a waiver of fees.

          It is in the public interest for these requested documents to be
  disclosed, especially since the information therein will likely to
  contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or
  activities of the government. I would also like to add that the
  information I am requesting is not primarily in my commercial
  interests/for commercial use.

  **add if you are a member of the media**

          In addition, I believe I should not have to pay search charges
  because I am a reporter seeking information as part of newsgathering,
  which is not intended for commercial use.

          As granted in the statute, I trust that a final ruling on this
  appeal will reach me within 20 working days.

  Thank you for consideration.

  Your City, State, Zip Code
  Your Telephone Number



Although it's true that we may never know all of the codes used by the FBI,
here  is  a listing  of  some  of the  terms,  which  can be  found in  FBI
documents.  Instead of  being stymied  and confused  by acronyms  you don't
understand or  befuddled by inner-Bureau lingo, now  you have a handy tool.
It's  the same  idea  as a  handy pocket  guide  that translates  a foreign
language;  only  this time,  the  language  you'll be  converting  will be
FBI-ese! Be aware that  not all terms may be covered in this list, as there
are  still  abbreviations  and  acronyms  that have  not  been  deciphered.
However, you'll  find this  list rather extensive and  informative. Call it
your  mini-primer  to  cutting  through all  the  confusing,  misunderstood
notations you might see in your FBI files!

                                           CODES AND LETTERS:
 ? - Not able to        AAG - Assistant       AD - Assistant Add. Info -          ADIC - Assistant
 identify if file       Attorney General      Director       Additional           Director in Charge
 material belongs with                                       information
 the information
 requested on a
 particular individual
 ADM - Administrative   AG - Attorney General AIRTEL - UrgentAKA - "Also known    AL - Albany Field
                                              internal FBI   as" EXAMPLE: Joe     Office
                                              communication  Smith, A.K.A. Joe Q
                                              which must be  Smith
                                              typed the same
                                              day it is
 AMSD - Air mail        AN - Anchorage Field  Analysts - workAnonymous Source -   AO - Auxiliary
 special delivery       Office                in FOIPA branchGenerally refers to  Office
                                              and determine  usage of an illegal
                                              what           investigative
                                              information    technique
                                              should be
                                              released to a
 APB - All Points       Applicant             AQ -           ARL - Pertains to    ARMS - Automated
 Bulletin               Investigation, or     Albuquerque    anti-riot laws       Records Management
                        Apps - Refers to      Field Office                        System
                        employees or
                        applicants of federal
 ASAC - Ass't Special   Asset - Term used for Assistant      Assistant to the     Associate Director -
 Agent in Charge.       informants            Director or    Director -           Prior to 1979, this
 Second in command of a                       Ass't D - TitleHigh-level FBI       position was the
 field office.                                given to the   official who is also second in command of
                                              Head of each   known as the Deputy  the FBI.
                                              division of FBIAssociate Director.
                                              as well as the
                                              New York and
                                              Los Angeles
                                              field offices.
                                              Director in
 AT - Atlanta Field     ATIO - Means,         Att C.F. -     AUSA - Assistant     Auxiliary Office or
 Office                 "adjusted time in     Attach case    U.S. Attorney        AO - Field offices
                        office." Agents can   file                                which offer a
                        subtract from time in                                     supporting role, yet
                        office on special                                         not a primary one,
                        projects or in                                            in investigations
 AX - Alexandria Field  B. - "the Bureau," or BA - Baltimore BB - "bank burglary" Bed to Bed FISUR -
 Office                 FBI Headquarters      Field Office                        Morning to night
                                                                                  surveillance of a
                                                                                  person who is under
 BEX - Black extremist  BH - Birmingham Field Big Manual -   BL - Bank larceny    Black Bag Job -
                        Office                Known as the                        Entry by the FBI
                                              official FBI                        (without a warrant)
                                              Manual of Rules                     to conduct searches,
                                              and                                 take photographs or
                                              Regulations.                        to confiscate
                                                                                  documents. This does
                                                                                  not apply to
                                                                                  installation of
                                                                                  microphones for
                                                                                  recording purposes,
 Blind Memo - A memo    Blue Slip - Voucher   BR Matters -   BS - Boston Field    BSU - Black Student
 that has no marks to   used with             Bank robbery   Office               Union
 identify that it came  confidential FBI      matters
 from the FBI.          funds. Blue Slip
                        funds are used to pay
                        FBI informants.
 BT - Butte Field       BU - Buffalo Field    BUFIL - Files  BUG - Concealed      Bureau - Another
 Office                 Office                which are kept recording device:    name for the FBI
                                              at the         microphone.
                                              D.C. FBI
 C - can mean           Capbom - Relates to   Case File - theCase Number - Used   CC - Carbon copy
 "communist," "a        1971 bombing of the   main file      after the
 criminal manner        U.S. Capitol                         classification
 informant,"                                                 number in the FBI
 "confidential," or                                          file number.
 could mean a case is
 CCH - Computer         CE - Charlotte Field  CF - Case file CH - channelized,    CG - Chicago Field
 Criminal Histories     Office                               which means copies   Office
                                                             have been provided
                                                             to the correct
 CGR - Crime on         Change-to Memo -      CHICOMS -      Chief Clerk - Clerk, CI - "Confidential
 Government Reservation Means a particular    Chinese        whose responsibility Informant" or
                        document was moved to Communists     is to open, index    "Cincinnati Field
                        a file that was more                 and provide          Office" or
                        appropriate.                         documents to the     "Communist Index"
                                                             correct FBI
 CIA - Central          CIC - Counter         CINAL - CurrentCIP -                CL - Can mean
 Intelligence Agency    Intelligence Corp     Intelligence   Counterintelligence  "closed" or "civil
                                              Analyses, whichProgram              litigation."
                                              are made up of
                                              information on
 CMC -                  CMS -                 CNDI -         CO - Columbia Field  COGOG - Communists
 Communist-Pro-Chinese  Communist-Pro-Soviet  Confidential   Office               In Government Groups
 COINTELPRO -           Comfugs - Communist   COMINFIL -     COMINT -             Comintern -
 Counterintelligence    fugitives             Communist      Communications       Communist
 Program supposedly                           Infiltration   Intelligence         International
 discontinued in 1971.
 COMPIC -Communist      Comsab - Communist    Consensual     CONUS - Continental  Cover - To conceal
 Picture Album          sabotage              Monitoring -   United States        one's dealings with
                                              Monitoring a                        the FBI or other
                                              conversation                        agency, such as the
                                              through                             CIA
                                              means with the
                                              consent of one
                                              of the people
 CP-USA - Communist     CRC-PO - Clandestine  CRS - Central  CRU - Classification CRV - Conditional
 Party U.S.A.           Radio Communications, Records System Review Unit          Release Violator
                        Potential Operators
 CS - Confidential      CSC - Civil Service   CTNF -         CV - Cleveland Field DAPLI - Departmental
 Source                 Commission            Computerized   Office               Applicants,
                                              Telephone                           Professional Staff
                                              Number File
 DCGO - Direct Coast    DCI - Director of     DD-553 -       DE - Detroit Field   DEA - Drug
 Guard Office           Central Intelligence  Defense        Office               Enforcement
                                              Department Form                     Administration
 Dead drop - A place    Detcom - Detention of DIDomestic     DIOuty Intelligence  DISefense
 for dropping off and   Communists            Intelligence   Officer              Investigative
 picking up spy                               Division                            Service
 DLallas Field Office   DOB - Date of Birth   DOD -          DOE - Department of  DOJ - Department of
                                              Department of  Energy               Justice
 "Do Not File" -        Downgrade - To lower  DS - Pertains  Electronic           ELSUR - Electronic
 Pertains to records    the level of          to files which Surveillance -       surveillance
 intentionally kept out classification of a   have been      Includes monitoring
 of the main records    file.                 destroyed      by means of
 system                                                      wiretapping or by
 EP - El Paso Field     Esp-R - Russian       Esp. Sec. -    Established Sources  Exp. Proc. -
 Office                 espionage             Espionage      - Persons who        Expedite Processing
                                              Section        already supply
                                                             information to the
 FAG - Fraud Against    FBI - Federal Bureau  FBI HQ -       FBW - Fraud by Wire  FCI - Foreign
 Government             of Investigation      Federal Bureau                      Counterintelligence
 FGJ - Federal Grand    FHD - Federal House   FINDER -       FISUR - Physically   Five - Division
 Jury                   of Detention          Automated      watching subjects,   Five, otherwise
                                              fingerprint    such as a            known as
                                              scanner machinedemonstration        Intelligence
                                              used at FBI HQ                      Division
 FNU - First Name       FO - Field Office     FOIA - Freedom FOIPA - Freedom of   - Fingerprint
 Unknown                                      of Information Information/Privacy  classification
                                              Act            Act
 FRN - Foreign          FUDE - Fugitive or    Fug - Fugitive GAO - General        GJ - Grand Jury
 Affiliation            Deserter                             Accounting Office
 Glove - Another word   G-Men - FBI Agents    HCUA - House   Hit - When           HN - Honolulu Field
 for covered by                               Committee on   information is found Office
 surveillance                                 Un-American    in the NCIC
                                              Activities     (National Crime
                                                             Computer) Program
 HO - Houston Field     HQ - Federal Bureau   I - Identical  IA - Informative     IACP - International
 Office                 of Investigation                     Asset                Association of
                        Headquarters                                              Chiefs of Police
 IC - Incoming or       Illegals - Persons    Info -         Informant or INFT -  INS - Immigration
 Investigative Clerk    from foreign          Information    Individual who       and Naturalization
                        countries who enter                  provides information Service
                        the U.S. illegally                   to the FBI
 Inspector - Official   Interpol -            INV -          IOC - Interception   IP - Indianapolis
 in the FBI whose job   International         Investigative  of Communications    Field Office
 it is to conduct       Criminal Police
 yearly inspections on  Organization
 document handling in
 Field Offices
 IPAL - Information and IRS - Internal        IS - Internal  IS-C - Internal      ISINT - Israeli
 Privacy Acts           Revenue Service       Security       Security - Communist Intelligence Service
 ISS - Indices Search   ITAR - Interstate     ITOM -         ITSMV - Interstate   ITSP - Interstate
 Slip                   Transportation in Aid Interstate     Transportation of    Transportation of
                        of Racketeering       Transportation Stolen Motor         Stolen Property
                                              of Obscene     Vehicles
 JCS - Joint Chiefs of  JK - Jacksonville     JN - Jackson   K-(followed by a     KBE - Key Black
 Staff                  Field Office          Field Office   number) - Stands for Extremist
                                                             Laboratory specimen
                                                             ID number
 KC - Kansas City Field KGB - Russian         KX - Knoxville LA - Los Angeles     LCN- La Cosa Nostra
 Office                 Committee for State   Field Office   Field Office         - the Mafia, or
                        Security - Russian                                        organized crime
                        Intelligence Agency
 Legat - Legal attache  LNU - Last Name       LR - Little    LRC - Last Relevant  LS - Louisville
                        Unknown               Rock Field     Communication        Field Office
 LV - Las Vegas Field   Mail Intercept -      MC - Mexico    ME - Memphis Field   MF - Main File
 Office                 Opening mail          City Legal     Office
 MI - Mis-indexed       MI-5 - British        MI-t - British MID - Military       MISUR - Surveillance
                        Security Service;     Intelligence   Intelligence         conducted by
                        similar to FBI        Service;       Division             microphones
                                              similar to CIA
 MM - Miami Field       MO - Mobile Field     MOI - Manual ofMP - Minneapolis     MPD - Metropolitan
 Office                 Office                Instructions   Field Office         Police Department
 MS - Denotes a         MURKIN - Files        NCIC - NationalNCIC Cleared -       ND - Naval District
 document is missing    pertaining to the     Crime          Fugitive is in
                        assassination of      Information    custody
                        Martin Luther King,   Computer
 NF - Norfolk Field     NH - New Haven Field  IS - Naval     NK - Newark Field    NO - New Orleans
 Office                 Office                Investigative  Office               Field Office
 NP - Not Pertinent     NPC - Newspaper       NR - No Record NSA - National       NY - New York Field
                        Clippings                            Security Agency      Office
 O & C - Official and   OC - "Out of the      OO - Office of OG- Outgoing phone   OM - Omaha Field
 Confidential           Country" or "Oklahoma Origin         call                 Office
                        City Field Office" or
                        "Organized Crime"
 1A Envelope - Envelops OOJ - Obstruction of  ORI -          P - Pending          P* - Pending, but
 which usually contain  Justice               Originating                         inactive
 physical evidence                            Agency
 P & C - Personal and   P & P - Pamphlets and PCI - PotentialPct - Precinct       PF - Personal File
 Confidential           Publications          Crime Informant
 PG - Pittsburgh Field  Ph - Phonetic         PH -           PHS - Personal       POB - Place of Birth
 Office                 spelling              Philadelphia   History Statement
                                              Field Office
 PR - Prosecutive       PRI - Potential       PRN - Puerto   PROSAB - Protection  Protect - To keep a
 Report                 Racial Informant      Rican          of Strategic Air     person's identity a
                                              Nationalist    Command Bases of     secret
                                                             U.S. Air Force
 PSI - Potential        PV - Parole Violator  PX - Phoenix   RA - Resident Agent  RCMP - Royal
 Security Informant                           Field Office   or Resident Agency   Canadian Mounted
 Relet - Referring to   Req Rec'd - Request   REV -          RM - Registered Mail R/S - Routing Slip
 letter ....            has been received     Revolutionary
 RUC - Referred Upon    RWBS - Report Will Be S - Secret;    SA - "Special Agent" SAC - Special Agent
 Completion             Submitted             data that is   or "San Antonio      in Charge
                                              deemed to causeField Office"
                                              damage to
                                              security if
 S-B - Soviet Bloc      SD - San Diego Field  SE - "Special  Sec - Section        See Ref - See
                        Office                Employee of the(usually followed by Reference
                                              FBI" or        a number)
                                              "Seattle Field
 Sensitive -            SF - San Francisco    SI - "Security SJ - San Juan Field  SL - St. Louis Field
 Information that, if   Field Office          Informant"or   Office               Office
 exposed, could cause                         "Springfield
 embarrassment                                Field Office"
 Source - A person who  SS - Search Slip      SSA - SelectiveSSN - Selective      Stats - Statistics
 provides information                         Service Act    Service Number
 to the FBI
 SU - Salt Lake City    SUB or Subj - Subject Sulet - Submit SUM - Summary        SUPV - Supervisor
 Field Office                                 Letter
 SV - Savannah Field    SWAT - Special        T-(followed by TEPCI - Top Echelon  TESUR - Surveillance
 Office                 Weapons and Tactics   a number) -    Potential Criminal   conducted via
                        Team                  Denotes a      Informant            telephone
 TFIS - Theft From      TGP - Theft of        TIO - Time in  TOPLEV - Top Level   TP - Tampa Field
 Interstate Shipment    Government Property   Office                              Office
 TS - Top Secret.       Turn - To become an   U -            UACB - Unless        UCR - Uniform Crime
 Material of this       FBI informant         "Unavailable   Advised to Contrary  Reports
 nature has been                              Reference"or   by the Bureau
 determined to cause                          "Unclassified"
 extreme damage to
 national security
 UFAC - Unlawful Flight UFAP - Unlawful       UNSUB - UnknownUpgrade - When a     USA - United States
 to Avoid Confinement   Flight to Avoid       Subject        decision is made to  Attorney
                        Prosecution                          raise the security
                                                             level of a document
 USC - "United States   USDS - United States  UTL - Unable toVIDEM - Vietnam      WA - With Alias
 Court" or "United      Department of State   Locate         Demonstrations
 States Code"
 WAS - With aliases     WFO - Washington      WLM - Women's  WLMBE - When Letter  WRMBE - When Report
                        Field Office          Liberation     May Be Expected      May Be Expected


      Address Listings of F.B.I. Field Offices with telephone numbers:
 200 McCarty Avenue          Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 445 Broadway                Investigation         Investigation
 Albany, New York 12207      Suite 300             101 East Sixth Avenue
 518) 465-7551               415 Silver Avenue,    Anchorage, Alaska
                             Southwest             99501
                             Albuquerque, New      907) 258-5322
                             Mexico 87102
                             505) 224-2000
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Suite 400                   7142 Ambassador Road  Room 1400
 2635 Century Parkway,       Baltimore, Maryland   2121 8th. Avenue N.
 Northeast                   21244-2754            Birmingham, Alabama
 Atlanta, Georgia 30345      (410) 265-8080        35203
 (404) 679-9000                                    (205) 326-6166
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Suite 600                   One FBI Plaza         Suite 900
 One Center Plaza            Buffalo, New York     400 South Tyron Street
 Boston, Massachusetts       14202-2698            Charlotte, North
 02108                       (716) 856-7800        Carolina 28285
 (617) 742-5533                                    (704) 377-9200
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Room 905                    Room 9000             Room 3005
 E.M. Dirksen Federal        550 Main Street       Federal Office
 Office Building             Cincinnati, Ohio      Building
 219 South Dearborn Street   45202                 1240 East 9th Street
 Chicago, Illinois 60604     (513) 421-4310        Cleveland, Ohio
 (312) 431-1333                                    44199-9912
                                                   (216) 522-1400
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 151 Westpark Boulevard      Room 300              Federal Office
 Columbia, South Carolina    1801 North Lamar      Building
 29201                       Dallas, Texas 75202   Suite 1823
 (803) 551-4200              (214) 720-2200        1961 Stout Street
                                                   18th. Floor
                                                   Denver, Colorado 80294

                                                   (303) 629-7171
 Federal Bureau of           600 West Mesa         Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               700 East San Antonio  Investigation
 26th. Floor                 Avenue                Room 4-230
 P. V. McNamara              El Paso, Texas        Kalanianaole FOB
 FOB 477                     79912-5533            300 Ala Moana
 Michigan Avenue             915) 832-5000         Boulevard
 Detroit, Michigan 48226                           Honolulu, Hawaii 96850
 (313) 965-2323
                                                   (808) 521-1411
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Suite 200                   Room 679              Room 1553
 2500 East TC Jester         FOB 575 North         FOB 100 West Capitol
 Houston, Texas 77008-1300   Pennsylvania Street   Street
 (713) 693-5000              Indianapolis, Indiana Jackson, Mississippi
                             46204                 39269
                             (317) 639-3301        (601) 948-5000
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Suite 200                   1300 Summit           Suite 600
 7820 Arlington Expressway   Kansas City, Missouri John J. Duncan FOB
 Jacksonville, Florida                             710 Locust Street
 32211                       64105-1362            Knoxville, Tennessee
 (904) 721-1211              (816) 512-8200        37902
                                                   (423) 544-0751
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 700 East Charleston         Suite 200             Suite 1700 FOB
 Boulevard                   Two Financial Centre  11000 Wilshire
 Las Vegas, Nevada 89104     10825 Financial       Boulevard
 (702) 385-1281              Centre Parkway        Los Angeles,
                             Little Rock, Arkansas California 90024
                             72211-3552            (310) 477-6565
                             (501) 221-9100
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Room 500                    Suite 3000            16320 Northwest Second
 600 Martin Luther King Jr.  Eagle Crest Bldg.     Avenue
 Place                       225 North Humphreys   North Miami Beach,
 Louisville, Kentucky 40202  Blvd.                 Florida 33169
                             Memphis, Tennessee    (305) 944-9101
 (502) 583-3941              38120-2107
                             (901) 747-4300
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Suite 600                   Suite 1100            One St. Louis Centre
 330 East Kilbourn Avenue    111 Washington Avenue 1 St. Louis Street
 Milwaukee, Wisconsin        South Minneapolis,    3rd. Floor
 53202-6627                  Minnesota 55401       Mobile, Alabama 36602
 (414) 276-4684              (612) 376-3200        (334) 438-3674
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     2901 Leon C. Simon
 Investigation               Investigation         Boulevard
 1 Gateway Center            Room 535, FOB         1250 Poydras Street
 22nd Floor                  150 Court Street      New Orleans, Louisiana
 Newark, New Jersey          New Haven,            70126-1061
 07102-9889                  Connecticut 06510     (504) 816-3000
 (973) 622-5613              (203) 777-6311
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     3301 West Memorial
 Investigation               Investigation         Drive
 26 Federal Plaza            150 Corporate         50 Penn Place
 23rd. Floor                 Boulevard             Oklahoma City,
 New York, New York 10278    Norfolk, Virginia     Oklahoma 73134
 (212) 384-1000              23502                 (405) 290-7770
                             (757) 455-0100
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 10755 Burt Street           8th. Floor            Suite 400
 Omaha, Nebraska 68114       William J. Green Jr.  201 East Indianola
 (402) 493-8688              FOB                   Avenue
                             600 Arch Street       Phoenix, Arizona 85012
                             Pennsylvania 19106    (602) 279-5511
                             (215) 418-4000
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation U.S. Post     Investigation         Investigation
 Office Building             Suite 400             111 Greencourt Road
 700 Grant Street            Crown Plaza Building  Richmond, Virginia
 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania    1500 Southwest 1st    23228
 15219                       Avenue                (804) 261-1044
 (412) 471-2000              Portland, Oregon
                             (503) 224-4181
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 4500 Orange Grove Avenue    Room 2704             Suite 1200
 Sacramento, California      L. Douglas Abram      257 Towers Bldg.
 95841-4205                  Federal Bldg.         257 East, 200 South
 (916) 481-9110              2222 Market Street    Salt Lake City, Utah
                             St. Louis, Missouri   84111
                             63103                 (801) 579-1400
                             (314) 231-4324
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Suite 200                   Federal Office        450 Golden Gate Avenue
 U.S. Post Office            Building              13th. Floor
 Courthouse Bldg.            9797 Aero Drive       San Francisco,
 615 East Houston Street     San Diego, California California 94102-9523
 San Antonio, Texas 78205    92123-1800            (415) 553-7400
 (210) 225-6741              (619) 565-1255
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of     Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation         Investigation
 Room 526, U.S. Federal      Room 710              Suite 400
 Bldg                        915 Second Avenue     400 West Monroe Street
 150 Carlos Chardon Avenue   Seattle, Washington
 Hato Rey San Juan, Puerto   98174-1096            Springfield, Illinois
 Rico 00918-1716             (206) 622-0460        62704
 787) 754-6000                                     (217) 522-9675
 Federal Bureau of           Federal Bureau of
 Investigation               Investigation
 Room 610, FOB               Washington
 500 Zack Street             Metropolitan Field
 Tampa, Florida 33602        Office
 (813) 273-4566              601 4th Street, N.W.
                             Washington, D.C.
                             (202) 278-2000


  Albany, NY   Albuquerque, Baltimore, MD  Boston, MA  Buffalo, NY   Charlotte,  Chicago, IL
               NM                                                    NC

  Cincinnati,  Cleveland,                              Jackson,      Kansas      Knoxville,
  OH           OH           Dallas, TX     Houston, TX MISS          City, MO    TN

  Little       Los Angeles, Louisville,                North Miami               New
  Rock, AR     Calif        KY             Memphis, TN Beach, FL     Mobile, AL  Orleans, LA

  New York,                 Philadelphia,  Pittsburgh,               Richmond,   Sacramento,
  NY           Norfolk, VA  PA             PA          Portland, OR  VA          Calif.

  St. Louis,   Salt Lake    San Antonio,               Springfield,
  MO           City, UT     TX             Seattle, WA IL

  For more information on the F.B.I. or to access F.B.I.-related sites on
                   the World Wide Web, visit these sites:

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  Investigation Homepage      Information Act      Federal Bureau of
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