American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
COMPLAINT for DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12178000.). Filed byAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet)(Talla, Vasudha) (Filed on 3/12/2018)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Freedom of Information Act Branch
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Request Acknowledgement
Requester Name and Address:
39 Drumm St
Request Date: January 23, 2017
Date Received: January 24, 2018
Perfected Case Number: 2018-TSFO-00143
Fee Waiver Requested: Yes Expedite Request: Yes
San Francisco, CA 94111
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