Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, Chairman
The National Transportation Safety Board
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
Telephone (202) 314-6000


March 14, 2018



PROVIDED TO: NTSB, FBI, FTC, SEC, GAO, CFTC, White House, News Media, Taxpayer Organizations, Congressional Staff


RE: Tesla Motors Safety Issues


PROVIDED BY: THE INVESTIGATION TEAM TASK FORCE – A Public/Private Task Force using peer-to-peer forensic process and comprised of former law enforcement, intelligence and White House experts, journalists, whistle-blowers and volunteer taxpayers.


The following testimony points are detailed and evidenced in a set of case support files mirrored in digital repositories, torrent files and hard drives in multiple duplicate locations including:


- On-request hard drives available, at cost of the hardware, to any requesting party


- Evidence site with the use of the lower search engine window via the search terms: “Tesla”, “Lithium”, “Tesla Fires”, “Musk” and related terms.


- Evidence site with the use of the search engine window via the search terms: “Tesla”, “Lithium”, “Tesla Fires”, “Musk” and related terms.


- Over 100,000 duplicate self-replicating evidence sites of similar type located on servers around the globe in order to mitigate cover-ups, Lois Lerner-type “hard drive failures”, data blockades, hacking and related challenges.


- Testimony from the staff and co-workers of Bernard Tse during the time that Mr. Tse worked as the battery program lead at Tesla Motors.


- Testimony from the previous suppliers, business partners, employees, competitors, spouses and other parties that have engaged in litigation against “Tesla Motors” and “Elon Musk” as shown on the federal litigation database at


- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN #) records of every Tesla Vehicle ever produced, cross referenced with the CARFAX database, cross referenced with the national fire incident database, cross referenced with the national shared insurance industry database.


- Whistle-blower reports and postings from Tesla employees and from Cleantech CEO Gary D. Conley, Wall Street Journal Reporter David Bird, Tesla Electronics Lead Engineer Doug Bourn and other case insiders.


- GAO staff working under GAO’s Frank Rusco.


- And additional parties who require witness and whistle-blower protection to be named.


- FBI, GAO and Congressional Committee files.


While the evidential reports comprise many hundreds of thousands of pages and have consumed over 10 years of investigation, the key points, which can be easily confirmed by any unbiased investigator, are the following:



  • There have been far more deaths and injuries caused by Tesla vehicles around the globe than the press, the public or Congress is aware of. Deaths include drivers, passengers, bystanders, pedestrians and oncoming drivers in other vehicles.

  • Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, their hired Internet troll brigade, stock-holding politicians and politically motivated main stream media cover-up and down-play these incidents with a zealot-like devotion to obfuscation.

  • Tesla Vehicles HAVE been hacked by third parties and are easily hacked and those hacks have resulted in deaths and injuries.

  • Tesla Vehicles DO suffer from electronic defects which cause unexpected, non-driver-requested acceleration surges caused by the vehicle and not the driver.

  • The particular lithium ion batteries chosen by Tesla Motors were never designed for vehicle use and are specifically stressed by the Tesla System to blow-up and ignite more than any other possible configuration of those batteries in any other possible configuration. The batteries were chosen out of political and profiteering expediency and not out of good engineering.

  • The creator of the lithium ion batteries in use by Tesla Motors has testified that the batteries, which are already dangerous on the first day of use, become MORE DANGEROUS over time as the dendrite structure within them expands with use over time, making them more likely to blow-up and ignite the longer they are in service.

  • You probably did not hear about the California Marin County man who was enjoying a drive up the coast when their Tesla suddenly flew over a cliff and killed him, or the Malibu man who was also driving the coast who had the same thing happen and his Tesla burned him alive as he screamed in pain while molten alloy burned through his body and set Malibu Canyon on fire, or the Netherlands man whose Tesla suddenly swerved 45 degrees off the road and into a tree exploding the car in flames. There are a vast number of cases like this that the Tesla hype machine covers up.

  • You may have not heard about the thousands of dead Tesla factory workers overseas. Type “Electric Car Child Labor” in the top 6 search engines and you will hear more. Type “Battery Factory Worker Illness” in the top 6 search engines in the world and you will hear much more. Making Tesla’s kills children in China, Malaysia, Bolivia, Afghanistan, The Congo and NEVADA in the USA. Getting lithium, cobalt and the vast number of toxic powders into a Tesla battery is deadly. In a Tesla accident, all those deadly powders are back in the air exposing fireman, bystanders, drivers passing by and future areas to toxic targeting. If CHILD LABOR does not bother you, giving firemen and innocent members of the public cancer and lung damage from the toxic materials in the exploded, burned and broken open Tesla batteries might tug at your heart-strings.

  • Tesla Motors is partially owned by Google owners. You have seen Mark Zuckerberg and Google in front of vast investigations in Congress and the EU, recently, for manipulating public information. Google and Facebook, as investors in Tesla and political partners with Elon Musk, use their vast media control powers to hide all negative news stories about Tesla Motors. In fact, the election information data rigging of Facebook, Google and Facebook was uncovered because their hiding of death and fire incident news about Tesla Motors had become so overt that it was obvious they were manipulating news. This is why Tesla forces non-insider owners to sign non-disclosure notices. Tesla fears that an owner who discovers the many defects of the Tesla Motors cars will post about it on a non-Cartel controlled blog and expose the whole scam.

  • Tesla Motors and their Goldman Sachs financial manipulators fully comprise a “criminal operation”, as defined by the FBI, and fully violate RICO and Anti-Trust laws. Their cartel-like abuse of the law is no different than that of their next-door neighbor Solyndra and/or; both of whom also deserved an FBI raid.

  • Our Task Force has gone under-cover inside of Tesla Motors and recovered videos and evidence that is shocking to see. Former Tesla employees will willingly testify to these facts. Elon Musk is currently being sued by at least one SpaceX engineer who was reprisal attacked for leaking safety defect cover-ups.

  • A federal safety review of Tesla Motors was ordered but never completed because Tesla BRIBED federal officials to waive the review. Public federal safety tests of submerged water Tesla’s and molten alloy dripping on drivers and passengers from battery conflagration have never been shown to the public because the results were so horrifying on pig carcasses.

  • Tesla Motors illicit deeds are covered up by DOJ (See McCabe and Comey cases), SEC (See SF SEC office investigation), FBI (See SF-FBI David Johnson/Patricia Rich Complaint) and New York and California Senators who own stock market stock in Tesla Motors, Tesla Suppliers and Lithium, Cobalt (and Uranium) corrupt mining scams. Thus, it is easy to see why Tesla could still be operating after having one of the worst safety records in automotive history.

  • For the small number of cars produced, Tesla has had the largest number of fires and deaths PER CAPITA! While Tesla spends tens of millions of dollars pushing their party line of: “gasoline cars have more fires..” Reporters have finally done the math and realized that the defects and incidents per volume is THE WORST IN THE HISTORY OF AUTOMOBILES FOR TESLA MOTORS.

  • Our Team reported all of the attached facts, in writing, to David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who since 2010 has played a key role in managing the federal agency with direct regulatory oversight of the automobile industry. Strickland QUIT his job as head of NHTSA 48 hours later and his staff reported that it was because of our disclosures. The current National Transportation Safety Board executives will again be fired or forced to resign, again, if they do not now take aggressive action to terminate the illicit actions of Tesla Motors. Over 195 of the most recognized names in State and Federal politics have been forced to resign and are now under “McCabe”-type investigations. We urge all National Transportation Safety Board executives to end the cover-ups. EVERY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS ARE NOW WATCHING.

  • There are thousands of additional evidence-proven facts about the dangerous safety issues with Tesla Motors, in order to keep this document short, they can be capsulized in the following (recovered from multiple social media posts by tipsters):


Lithium ion batteries: Cause wars in the Congo, Afghanistan and Bolivia; are owned by ex-CIA bosses (Ie: Woolsey); mutate fetuses when they burn; destroy your brain, lungs and nervous system when they burn; kill the factory workers who make them; cause Panasonic to be one of the most corrupt companies in the world; poison the Earth when disposed of; can't be extinguished by firemen; poison firemen; are based on criminally corrupt mining schemes like URANIUM ONE; Have over 61 toxic chemicals in them; come from an industry that spends billions on internet shills and trolls used to nay say all other forms of energy; are owned by corrupt U.S. Senators who are running a SAFETY COVER-UP about their dangers; Apple products with lithium ion batteries have been exploding and setting people on fire; over time the chemical dendrites inside each battery grow worse and increase the chances of explosion over time - LITHIUM ION BATTERIES BECOME MORE AND MORE LIKELY TO EXPLODE AS TIME GOES ON BECAUSE OF LENR AND DENDRITE FAILURES AS THEY AGE; "Bad Guys" have figured out to make them explode remotely; have their dangers hidden by CNN and MSM because pretty much only the DNC people profit from them; are the heart of Elon Musk's stock market scam; the Obama Administration promised Silicon Valley oligarchs the market monopoly on lithium ion batteries and the sabotage of fuel cells in exchange for campaign financing and search engine rigging; United States Senators that are supposed to protect us from these deadly products own the stock market assets of them so they protect them and stop the FDA, OSHA, DOT & NHTSA from outlawing them. WRITE YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE AND DEMAND THAT LITHIUM ION BATTERIES BE MADE ILLEGAL TO SELL!


Elon Musk exists because he bribed DNC politicians and Senators Feinstein, Reid, Boxer, Harris, Clinton and Pelosi to give him free taxpayer cash and government resources from the Dept. of Energy and the Calif treasury. DOE has been covering-up organized crime activities at DOE in which DOE funds are being used as a slush-fund to pay off DNC campaign financiers and to pay for CIA/GPS Fusion-Class attacks on Silicon Valley business competitors of those DNC campaign financiers who DOE staff share stock market holdings with. Elon Musk is a criminal, a mobster, an asshole, a bald fake-hair wearing, plastic surgery-addicted, douchebag, woman abusing, sex addicted, tax evader. Musk exploits poor people and child slaves in the Congo and Afghanistan to mine his lithium and Cobalt. Musk spends billions per year to hire Russian trolls, fake blogger fan-boys and buy fake news self-aggrandizement articles about himself. Musk thinks he is the 'Jesus' of Silicon Valley. Fake News manipulator Google is run by Larry Page and Larry is Musk's investor and bromance butt buddy. Musk uses massive numbers of shell companies and trust funds to self-deal, evade the law and hide his bribes and stock market insider trading. A huge number of Tesla drivers have been killed and Musk covers it up. The DNC and the MSM refuse to allow any articles about Musk's crimes to be printed because they benefit from Musk's crimes. Musk has been professionally diagnosed as a 'psychotic narcissist.' In EVERY blog that you read that mentions 'Musk', at least 1/3 of the comments have been placed their by Musk's paid shills. Musk holds the record for getting sued for fraud by his investors, wives, former partners, employees, suppliers and co-founders. Elon Musk has gone out of his way to hire hundreds of ex-CIA staff and assign them to "dirty tricks teams" to attack his competitors and elected officials who Musk hates. Musk never founded his companies. Musk's "Starlink" satellites are domestic spy and political manipulation tools - never get your internet from one. He stole them in hostile ownership take-overs. The same kind of EMF radiation proven to cause cancer from cell phones exists in massive amounts in a Tesla. Musk can't fix a car or build a rocket and has almost no mechanical skills. Musk is a lying con artist and partners with Goldman Sachs to rig the stock market. Over 1000 witnesses can prove every one of those claims in any live televised Congressional hearing! Senators Dianne Feinstein, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and their associates own the stock in Tesla Motors and/or it's suppliers and mining companies. That is why they criminally help cover-up investigations of Tesla!



The DNC political party executives and financiers receive cash conduit-ed through Tesla Motors outlets. They take RICO-Violating measures of an EXTREME NATURE to cover up those connections. The DNC uses character assassination as their main political tool against any member of the public who speaks out against their felony stock market scams and PizzaGate-like scandals. The Harvey Weinstein reports by Ronan Farrow show that they have teams of hired goons that they pay to destroy people's lives. They use Black Cube, Mossad, In-Q-Tel, Stratfor, Gawker Media, Gizmodo Media, Media Matters, David Brock, Sid Blumenthal, NY Times, Google servers, Facebook servers, Podesta Group, Perkins Coie, Covington & Burling and a host of "assassins". It should be a felony to hire character assassins in the USA. DEMAND A LAW and DEMAND the termination of these attack services. IE: Gawker and Gizmodo Media sets-up the attack stories and, in paid partnership with Google, Google kicks their attack links around the globe, in front of 8 Billion people, forever. Google locks the attack articles of its enemies on the front top search results of Google search results forever, on purpose! That is why Google is being terminated in the largest, most well resourced anti-corruption public service take-down in history!”


Additionally, Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq. and the implementing regulations of your agency, we request a rights and damages review for VICTIMS in the matter of human rights law violations, Constitutional rights, privacy violations, hacking and abuse of their State and Federal records, manipulation of those records by State and Federal officials in order for State and Federal employees to engage in retribution, vendetta, revenge actions against VICTIMS because they assisted law enforcement in investigations of those State and Federal employees.

We demand that your office provide the following:


1. - Compensation for all damages to VICTIMS for the abuse of their records held by any and all servers and networked systems owned, controlled or subcontracted by the NTSB and their associates.


2. - Compensation for all damages to VICTIMS State because State and Federal employees engaged in retribution, vendetta, revenge actions against VICTIMS because he assisted law enforcement in investigations of those State and Federal employees.


3. - Expedited processing of the maximum benefits rights for the damages, employment blockades and life-long disabilities caused by the attacks on, and damages to VICTIMS.


4. A record of the DNS tracks, IMEI routes, IP address links, including hostile incursions, and login data of every party who has electronically touched a data-set wherein VICTIMS’s data was stored from January 1, 2005 until today.


5. The NTSB will provide our office with all records of your investigations of Tesla Motors since Tesla Motors was founded. Our Office seeks all responsive records regardless of format, medium, or physical characteristics. In conducting your search, please understand the terms “records,” “communications,” and “documents” in their broadest sense, to include any written, typed, recorded, graphic, printed, or audio material of any kind. We seek records of any kind, including electronic records, audiotapes, videotapes, and photographs, as well as letters, emails, facsimiles, telephone messages, voice mail messages and transcripts, notes, or minutes of any meetings, telephone conversations or discussions. Our request includes any attachments to these records. No category of material should be omitted from search, collection, and production. You may not exclude searches of files or emails in the personal custody of your officials, such as personal email accounts. Records of official business conducted using unofficial systems or stored outside of official files is subject to the Federal Records Act and FOIA. It is not adequate to rely on policies and procedures that require officials to move such information to official systems within a certain period of time; Our Office has a right to records contained in those files even if material has not yet been moved to official systems or if officials have, through negligence or willfulness, failed to meet their obligations. Custodian searches are still required; agencies may not have direct access to files stored in .PST files, outside of network drives, in paper format, or in personal email accounts. In addition, please note that in conducting a “reasonable search” as required by law, you must employ the most up-to-date technologies and tools available, in addition to searches by individual custodians likely to have responsive information. Recent technology may have rendered your prior FOIA practices unreasonable. In light of the government-wide requirements to manage information electronically by the end of 2016, it is no longer reasonable to rely exclusively on custodian-driven searches. Furthermore, agencies that have adopted the NARA Capstone program, or similar policies, now maintain emails in a form that is reasonably likely to be more complete than individual custodians’ files. For example, a custodian may have deleted a responsive email from their or her email program, but your archiving tools would capture that email under Capstone. Accordingly, Our Office insists that your office use the most up-to-date technologies to search for responsive information and take steps to ensure that the most complete repositories of information are searched. If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to other agencies or offices, such as the National Archives and Records Agency (NARA), then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that you have no other copies of said records. Under the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, agencies must adopt a presumption of disclosure, withholding information “only if . . . disclosure would harm an interest protected by an exemption” or “disclosure is prohibited by law.” If it is your position that any portion of the requested records is exempt from disclosure,


Our Office requests that you provide an index of those documents as required under Vaughn v. Rosen

, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1974). As you are aware, a Vaughn index must describe each document claimed as exempt with sufficient specificity “to permit a reasoned judgment as to whether the material is actually exempt under FOIA.” Moreover, the Vaughn index “must describe each document or portion thereof withheld, and for each withholding it must discuss the consequences of disclosing the sought-after information.” Further, “the withholding agency must supply ‘a relatively detailed justification, specifically identifying the reasons why a particular exemption is relevant and correlating those claims with the particular part of a withheld document to which they apply.’”


See - Competitive Enter. Inst. v. Office of Sci. & Tech. Policy , 827 F.3d 145, 149–50 (D.C. Cir. 2016);

cf. Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Kerry , 844 F.3d 952, 955–56 (D.C. Cir. 2016) Id. at 8 (“The Government argues that because the agency had a policy requiring [the official] to forward all of their emails from their [personal] account to their business email, the [personal] account only contains duplicate agency records at best. Therefore, the Government claims that any hypothetical deletion of the [personal account] emails would still leave a copy of those records intact in [the official’s] work email. However, policies are rarely followed to perfection by anyone. At this stage of the case, the Court cannot assume that each and every work-related email in the [personal] account was duplicated in [the official’s] work email account.” (citations omitted))


See- Presidential Memorandum—Managing Government Records, 76 Fed. Reg. 75,423 (Nov. 28, 2011),; Office of Mgmt. & Budget, Exec. Office of the President, Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments & Independent Agencies, “Managing Government Records Directive,” M-12-18 (Aug. 24, 2012),

See - FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 § 2 (Pub. L. No. 114–185)

See- Founding Church of Scientology v. Bell , 603 F.2d 945, 949 (D.C. Cir. 1979)

See - King v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice , 830 F.2d 210, 223–24 (D.C. Cir. 1987) (emphasis in original)

See - Id. at 224 (citing Mead Data Central, Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of the Air Force , 566 F.2d 242, 251 (D.C. Cir. 1977)


In the event some portions of the requested records are properly exempt from disclosure, please disclose any reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of the requested records. If it is your position that a document contains non-exempt segments, but that those non-exempt segments are so dispersed throughout the document as to make segregation impossible, please state what portion of the document is non-exempt, and how the material is dispersed throughout the document. Claims of non-segregability must be made with the same degree of detail as required for claims of exemptions in a Vaughn index. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release. In addition to the records requested above, Our Office also requests records describing the processing of this request, including records sufficient to identify search terms used and locations and custodians searched and any tracking sheets used to track the processing of this request. If you use FOIA questionnaires or certifications completed by individual custodians or components to determine whether they possess responsive materials or to describe how they conducted searches, we also request any such records prepared in connection with the processing of this request. You should institute a preservation hold on information responsive to this request. Our Office intends to pursue all legal avenues to enforce its right of access under FOIA and the protection of VICTIMS’s rights under the U.S. Constitution and the California State Constitution including litigation if necessary. Accordingly, your office is on notice that litigation is reasonably foreseeable.


As you are aware, billionaire Peter Thiel funded litigation which terminated one of the commercial attackers against VICTIMS. Those commercial attackers were compensated by State and Federal employees engaged in retribution, vendetta, revenge actions against VICTIMS because he assisted law enforcement in investigations of those State and Federal employees. The “take-away” from this fact is that there are over 10,000 billionaire and millionaire entities who will finance human rights litigation, like this. Our Advocacy group has retained former FBI, CIA and DOJ-class investigators to 100% legally hunt down each and every attacker who was a State and Federal employee engaged in retribution, vendetta, revenge actions against VICTIMS because he assisted law enforcement in investigations of those State and Federal employees.


Where possible, please provide responsive material in electronic format by email ( ) or in PDF or TIF format on a USB drive. Please send any responsive material being sent by mail to:



601 Van Ness Ave, MS E3613,

San Francisco, CA 94102


Finally, Our Office requests rolling production of these records as they are located and reviewed. Please be aware that under 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A), a FOIA request is considered constructively denied after twenty business days and is subject to an appeal on that basis.


Fee Waiver


In accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii), Our Office requests a waiver of fees associated with processing this request for records. The subject of this request concerns the operations of the federal government, and the disclosures will likely contribute to a better understanding of relevant government procedures by the general public in a significant way. Moreover, Our Office provides research to major online news organizations viewed by millions of voters and therefore we are entitled to a fee waiver on the grounds that disclosure of the information sought is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester. Regardless, INVESTIGATION TEAM is willing to pay fees for this request up to $50 without prior approval. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please notify me first.


Expedited Processing


Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(1) and 43 C.F.R. § 2.20(a)(2), Our Office requests that your agency expedite the processing of this request. Requests shall receive expedited processing when a requester demonstrates “an urgency to inform the public about an actual or alleged Federal Government activity, if made by a person who is primarily engaged in disseminating information.” First, Our Office is an organization “primarily engaged in disseminating information.” (finding that Our Office is a “representative of the news media” because it “gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw material into distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience.”)


See - Mead Data Central, 566 F.2d at 261


See - Am. Civil Liberties Union v. Department of Justice, 321 F. Supp. 2d 24, 29 n.5 (D.D. Cir. 200))

Second, these records are urgently needed to inform the public about actual or alleged government activity. Specifically, Our Office contends there exists an urgency to inform the public about what matters of state were discussed with Elon Musk and their investors for the use of taxpayer funds —is of widespread and exceptional media interest. The courts have found that the issue of news coverage to be especially critical in determining whether a “compelling need” exists for expedited FOIA processing. The Court have asserted that the “ultimate conclusion” with regards to expedited processing relies on important underlying facts, such as “the credibility of a claimant’s allegations regarding government activity, the existence of a threat to physical safety, or whether an issue is the subject of news coverage.”


The Courts have also found a “compelling need” to exist when the subject matter of a request is “central to a pressing issue of the day” and when “plaintiffs ‘cited numerous articles and reporters, including many in mainstream news sources such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the

Los Angeles Times, Drudge Report and/or the San Francisco Chronicle’” Moreover, the Courts have stated that “matters of wider public concern” are indicated by “a flurry of articles and television coverage, which has continued at least until last month.”


Accordingly, here are thousands of recent articles about the Tesla Motors and Elon Musk from “mainstream news sources”. Our Office believes this matter lies at the very heart of the “urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity” standard. Further, any additional delay in the release of these records would hamper our ability to inform the public, and the law enforcement parties that we report to, about this urgent issue.




The above information is true and correct to the best of our knowledge.


Further Correspondence


To ensure that this request is properly construed, that searches are conducted in an adequate but efficient manner, and that extraneous costs are not incurred, Our Office welcomes an opportunity to discuss its request with you before you undertake your search or incur search or duplication costs. By working4 together at the outset, Our Office and your office can decrease the likelihood of costly and time-consuming litigation in the future. You may contact our office by email at:


Because a number of VICTIMS’s peers and associates in this case have suddenly turned up mysteriously and suspiciously dead, (A list of dead parties will be provided to you on request) we require that high level security procedures be followed in order to protect VICTIMS, and ourselves, from further harm. The speed with which you process our requests WILL SAVE AND PROTECT AMERICAN LIVES. Federal law requires you to process these requests with urgency because additional American lives may be lost, for which you will be fully liable. Please respond to this matter with urgency.


Due to the number of deaths, death threats and state-sponsored attacks in this high-profile case, how will the NTSB protect us and our witnesses lives, health security and resources in this case?


By what date do you expect to comply with the provision of item sets #1, #2, #3, and #4 (in bold, above)?


We Thank you.




Staff Committee




CC: GAO, COS- U.S. Congress, White House Press Office


For additional confirmation of precedents confirming our rights to this data, please review the following:

See - Al-Fayed v. Central Intelligence Agency, 254 F.3d 300, 306 (D.C. Cir. 2001) (Al-Fayed) Id.

at 308. (emphasis added)

See - : Wadelton v. Department of State, 13-0412 ESH, 2013 WL 1760853 (D.D. Cir. 2013) (Wadelton

See - Id. Document 10, Filed 04/25/13, Page 6 of 8 (citing ACLU-NC v. DOD , 2006 WL 1469418, at *1-2; Amer. Civil Liberties Union of N. Cal. v. Dep’t of Justice , No. C 04-4447, 2005 WL 588354, at *5-7 (N.D. Cal Mar. 11, 2005))

See - Edmonds v. FBI , CIV.A. 02-1294 (ESH), 2002 WL 32539613 (D.D.C. Dec. 3, 2002)

See - U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(v)(II




Elon Musk, the high-profile billionaire who has placed bold bets on driverless cars and space flights, is known for his over-the-top antics: He appeared in a Los Angeles court earlier this week, telling a jury that a Twitter message he sent suggesting a Thai cave rescuer was a pedophile wasn’t meant to connote the word’s dictionary definition and was in response to what he viewed as an unprovoked attack.

But when it comes to his personal real estate, Mr. Musk uses the same strategy adopted by a number of the mega-wealthy: buy up the neighborhood.

Over the last seven years, Mr. Musk and limited-liability companies tied to him have amassed a cluster of six houses on two streets in the “lower” and “mid” areas of the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, a celebrity-filled, leafy enclave near the Hotel Bel-Air.

Those buys—plus a grand, 100-year-old estate in Northern California near the headquarters of Tesla, the electric car concern he heads—means Mr. Musk or LLCs with ties to him have spent around $100 million on seven properties. He didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Over the last seven years, Mr. Musk and limited-liability companies tied to him have amassed a cluster of six houses on two streets in the ‘lower’ and ‘mid’ areas of the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In 2012, after three years of renting it, Mr. Musk bought a 20,248-square-foot white stucco Colonial mansion, according to Brian Ades, a real-estate agent with Sotheby’s International Realty who represented Mr. Musk in his purchase of the Los Angeles home. Limited-liability companies with ties to Mr. Musk own two other houses on that same street, records show, including a ranch house once owned by actor Gene Wilder. The ranch was turned into a private school, other records show; in an interview on BTV (Beijing Television) published on YouTube, Mr. Musk said he created the school for his five sons.

In 2015 came additional purchases that shifted to an adjacent street up a steep canyon. Duck Duck Goose, a limited-liability company that shares its addresses with the Musk Foundation and the headquarters of SpaceX, the rocket company where Mr. Musk is CEO, bought a modest ranch house for $4.3 million. A year later, another LLC tied to Mr. Musk bought a large, unfinished, white contemporary three doors down, and then, a little more than two years later, a different LLC also registered to the SpaceX headquarters address snagged a white brick Colonial next to that. All three houses sit on a cul-de-sac of five homes, making neighbors wonder whether Mr. Musk—or SpaceX—is trying to take over the whole end of the street.

The buy-out-the-neighbors approach is a familiar one among the mega wealthy, including tech billionaires. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg paid more than $50 million for five homes in Palo Alto, Calif., while the Mercer Island, Wash., compound of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen comprised 13 different adjoining lots and included eight houses.

A number of Mr. Musk’s purchases appear to be appreciating. Prices have grown in the neighborhood since his first purchase, with record sales prices in recent months, says Sally Forster Jones, executive director of luxury estates at real-estate firm Compass. One real-estate agent believes the homes are to accommodate employees and associates of Mr. Musk’s various businesses, while some neighbors said they think he wants to build a tunnel connecting his properties on the two different roads.

In December 2018, Mr. Musk mortgaged five of his homes (four in Los Angeles, one in Northern California) to Morgan Stanley Private Bank for a total of $61.3 million, according to recorded deeds.


Here is a rundown of Mr. Musk’s portfolio:



Photo: Pictometry

Los Angeles, Calif.

Purchased in May 2002 for $5.4285 million.

Sold in March 2011 for $6.453 million

6,500 square feet, four bedrooms, six bathrooms


Elon Musk bought this house in Bel-Air when he was married to Justine Musk, whom he met while attending Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. In her blog, which is filled with tales of clubbing, celebrities and parties, Ms. Musk said the house took two years to find, and the couple stayed at the Mondrian and the Hotel Bel-Air on house-hunting trips. She said neighbor Joe Francis, founder of the raunchy video series Girls Gone Wild, attended parties at their home and is “eccentric, charming when he wants to be.” “We hung out constantly,” said Mr. Francis, who confirmed that he lived next door.

After Ms. Musk received the house in the divorce, she wrote in her blog that her financial adviser and business manager told her she had to sell it and “fire half your domestic staff.” She sold it in 2011 for $6.453 million to George McCabe, the founder of a Boston-based investment firm, or as Ms. Musk described it in her blog, to “nice young man from the east coast who plans to use it as a second home.” Ms. Musk didn’t respond to requests for comment.




Photo: Pictometry


Los Angeles

Purchased in December 2012 for $17 million.
Estimated current value: $22.3 million per Zillow

20,248 square feet, seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms


The Elon Musk Revocable Trust bought this mansion from Mitchell Julis, co-founder of hedge fund Canyon Capital Advisors, according to public records. The 1.7-acre property overlooks Bel-Air Country Club, according to the listing, and includes a lighted tennis court, five garages, a pool and spa, gym and guest quarters. The house, resembling a French country estate, has a wine cellar that holds 1,000 bottles of wine and a two-story library.

The purchase was later transferred to an LLC called Callisto that is linked to Mr. Musk. Mr. Musk’s decision to buy multiple houses was “motivated by utility,” since he has a big family and staff and puts up a lot of visitors, said Mr. Ades, the real-estate agent. He added that Mr. Musk was “ahead of his time,” since the real-estate prices in that part of Bel-Air have skyrocketed. According to the L.A. Department of Building and Safety records, in 2014 Mr. Musk put in new French doors in the master suite, remodeled the master closet and bathroom and remodeled the kitchen.




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Los Angeles

Purchased in October 2013 for $6.75 million. Estimated Current Value: $7.8 million per Zillow

2,756 square feet, three bedrooms, three bathrooms


The Elon Musk Revocable Trust bought this house for $6.75 million, considerably less than its original listing price of $7.995 million, records show. The three-bedroom ranch house with a guest cottage, right above the Bel-Air Country Club, was once owned by Mr. Wilder, who bought it in 1976 for $314,000. It was later transferred to an LLC associated with Mr. Musk.

Ad Astra, the school Mr. Musk started for his five sons (a pair of twins and a set of triplets), was registered at this address, though the school’s address has since been switched to a building partially leased by SpaceX in Hawthorne, Calif., about 17 miles away. According to the admissions page on its website, the school, founded in 2014, is for students between 8 and 14 years old and is focused on problem solving, ethical thinking and collaboration. For admissions for this school year, applicants had to solve problems, such as picking one of 11 planets for a new home for humans, or deciding who is to blame for the death of a lake from pollution.



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Los Angeles

Purchased in July 2015 for $20 million. Estimated Current Value: $20 million per Zillow

7,026 square feet, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms


Originally built in 1954, this house was altered in 2009, according to public records. It sold for $1.825 million in 1998 and then for $2.49 million in 2002 before an LLC called Camellia Ranch bought it in 2015 for $20 million. The mailing address for Camellia Ranch is SpaceX’s headquarters, and it shares a P.O. box with Excession LLC, Mr. Musk’s family office. Jared Birchall, who works for Mr. Musk, is listed as an authorized signatory.


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Purchased in June 2017 for $23.364 million.
Estimated Current Value: $27.2 million per Zillow

16,000 square feet, 10 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms


Known as de Guigne Court, this 100-year-old mansion sits on 47.4 acres and has bay views, a pool, hiking trails and a ballroom. When the property was first marketed in 2013, its seller Christian de Guigne IV, 78, had made any sale contingent on him retaining a life estate in the property, which would give him exclusive use of it during his lifetime. The estate was then taken off the market, then put back on with the contingency removed.

Located on a leafy hilltop roughly 20 minutes south of San Francisco and north of Silicon Valley, the property has been in the same family for 150 years. Mr. de Guigne’s grandparents built the approximately 16,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home; the family said it was designed by San Francisco architects Bliss & Faville (who also designed the St. Francis Hotel) around 1912. The main house includes a ballroom, a flower-arranging room, five bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths. A staff wing has six bedrooms and three baths. A pavilion with 18th-century Chinese wallpaper overlooks the pool.

By the time an LLC tied to Mr. Musk bought the house for $23.364 million in 2017, it was a third of its original $100 million price. The only permit recorded since Mr. Musk bought the house was in October 2018, for removing and replacing kitchen cabinets. Greg Goumas, with Sotheby’s International, says the house was in its “original condition” when it sold and was in need of significant modernization.




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Purchased by an LLC tied to then-wife Talulah Riley in August 2014 for $3.695 million.
Sold in August 2019 for $3.925 million

3,000 square feet, four bedrooms, four bathrooms


In August 2014, a year after Mr. Musk married Ms. Riley (an actress who appeared in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice) for the second time, an LLC tied to her bought this house for $3.695 million, according to records. Built in 1959, the four-bedroom, white, mid-century modern home has floor-to-ceiling windows that curve around a crescent-shaped saltwater pool and ocean views, according to the listing. The couple later divorced.

The house went on sale in February 2019 for $4.5 million and sold in August 2019 for $3.925 million.


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Los Angeles

Purchased in July 2015 for $4.3 million. Estimated Current Value: $4.9 million per Zillow

2,963 square feet, four bedrooms, four bathrooms


On a recent late Sunday morning, the grounds of this half stucco, half stone, one-level white house looked unkempt, with a scruffy, bush-filled front yard, a stained glass window, a clay rabbit and dead plants in pots by the front door. Seven large trash bins sat outside the garage, a common sight, according to neighbors, who also said that last February the house was lit up with pink lights for Valentine’s Day. Neighbors said there appeared to be people at the home sometimes, but it didn’t appear anyone was living there full-time.

Duck Duck Goose, an LLC with ties to Mr. Musk, paid 10% above the original asking price, according to public records. Photos from the 2015 sales listing show a brick patio and a grassy back yard overlooking the canyons, rooms with pink walls, floral wallpaper and blue floral wall-to-wall carpets, and a wood-paneled living room.

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Los Angeles

Purchased in September 2016 for $24.25 million.
Estimated Current Value: $27.3 million per Zillow

9,309 square feet, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms


An LLC tied to Mr. Musk bought this contemporary made up of geometric masses, one with two-story glass windows. It sits behind a frosted glass wall. Neighbors said the property is frequently the site of construction, which started in 2011; the L.A. Department of Building and Safety has pages and pages of permitting record documents associated with the property, including one for a residential elevator and another for a fire-sprinkler system.

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Los Angeles

Purchased in January 2019 for $6.4 million.
Estimated Current Value: $4.2 million per Zillow

3,943 square feet, four bedrooms, three bathrooms


The 1958 Frankel Family Trust sold this home to Wyoming Steel LLC for $6.4 million on Jan. 15, 2019, records show. The address for Wyoming Steel is shared with SpaceX’s headquarters. The home is a two-story, white brick Colonial house, with shutters, a pool and a brick front walkway lined by a white picket fence.

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