United States District Court, District of Columbia
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Christopher Earl Strunk, Brooklyn, NY, pro se.
Brigham John Bowen, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Defendant.
RICHARD J. LEON, District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on Defendant's Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment [Dkt. # 58]. For the reasons discussed below, the motion is GRANTED.
Plaintiff brought this action under the Freedom of Information Act (" FOIA" ), see 5 U.S.C. § 552, in order to obtain information about President Barack Obama and his late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, from the United States Department of State (" State Department" ) and United States Customs and Border Protection (" CBP" ), a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security (" DHS" ). With respect to plaintiff's request for information about President Obama, the Court has ruled that plaintiff failed to submit proper FOIA requests to the State Department and DHS because neither request included a written authorization from President Obama for the release of information to plaintiff. Strunk v. U.S. Dep't of State, 693 F.Supp.2d 112, 115 (D.D.C.2010). The Court also has concluded that the State Department and CBP conducted reasonable searches for records responsive to plaintiff's requests for information about Ms. Dunham. Strunk v. U.S. Dep't of State, 770 F.Supp.2d 10, 16 (D.D.C.2011); Strunk v. U.S. Dep't of State, 845 F.Supp.2d 38, 45 (D.D.C.2012). Although CBP properly withheld certain information under Exemption 6, Strunk, 845 F.Supp.2d at 45-46, it did not previously demonstrate that it properly withheld other pieces of information under Exemption 7(E), id. at 47.
The sole issue remaining for resolution is whether the CBP properly withheld information under Exemption 7(E) from a one-page document described as a " TECS Printout of Travel Documents for Stanley Dunham for Dates January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1985." Vaughn Index, Ex. B to Declaration of Dorothy Pullo (" Second Pullo Decl." ) [Dkt. # 52-1], Attach. to Mem. of Law in Supp. of Def.'s Mot. for Summ.
J., Apr. 29, 2011 [Dkt. # 52].
I. Summary Judgment in a FOIA Case