Iowa Open Records Request – Jasper County, IA – 2396 – CM-X2 – Elimination of the Fog of War

M E M O R A N D U M

From: Michael J. Merritt, USN Retired/Writer
cipher.hunter@cipherphoenix-phoenix-u10113.vm.elestio.app

To: Brandon Talsma, Jasper County, IA Supervisor
101 1st St. N
Newton, IA 50208

Doug Cupples, Jasper County, IA Supervisor
101 1st St. N
Newton, IA 50208

Scott Nicholson, Jasper County, IA Attorney
101 1st St. N
Newton, IA 50208

Attorney Disciplinary Board
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Ave
Des Moines, Iowa  50319
(515) 348-4680

Iowa Public Information Board
Wallace State Office Building, Third Floor
502 East Ninth St
Des Moines, IA 50319

Newton Daily News
P.O. Box 967
Newton, IA 50208

Info: U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Federal Bureau of Investigation
4411 South 121st Court
Omaha, NE 68137-2112

Governor Kim Reynolds, State of Iowa
1007 East Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, State of Iowa
1007 East Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319

Senate General Assembly 90, State of Iowa
(Electronic Service)

House of Representatives General Assembly 90, State of Iowa
(Electronic Service)

Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Hoover State Office Building
1305 E. Walnut St
Des Moines IA 50319

Iowa Department of Public Safety
Oran Pape State Office Building
215 E. 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319

Poweshiek County, IA Attorney
4802 Barnes City Rd
Montezuma, IA 50171

Powesheik County, IA Sheriff
4802 Barnes City Rd
Montezuma, IA 50171

Grinnell, IA Police Department
1020 Spring St
Grinnell, IA  50112

Iowa County Attorney’s Association
Hoover State Office Building, Second Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319

American Legion Post 111​​​
1101 West 4th Ave South
Newton, IA 50208

Newton, Iowa VFW Post 1655
315 1st Ave W
Newton, IA 50208

National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Iowa Gun Owners
3775 EP True Parkway, #269
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Iowa Firearms Coalition
PO Box 310
Moville, IA 51039

Subj:  IOWA OPEN RECORDS REQUEST – JASPER COUNTY, IA – 2396 – CM-X2 – ELIMINATION OF THE FOG OF WAR

Ref: 1. Iowa Code Title I State Sovereignty and Management, Chapter 22 Examination of Public Records (Open Records)
2. Iowa Code Title I State Sovereignty and Management, Chapter 22 Examination of Public Records (Open Records) – Section 22.3 – Supervision—fees
3. Iowa Code Title I State Sovereignty and Management, Chapter 22 Examination of Public Records (Open Records) – Section 22.8(4.)(d.) – Injunction to restrain examination
4. Iowa Code Title I State Sovereignty and Management, Chapter 22 Examination of Public Records (Open Records) – Section 22.10 – Civil enforcement
5. Iowa Code Title I State Sovereignty and Management, Chapter 23 Public Access to Government Information (Iowa Public Information Board Act) – Section 23.7 – Filing of complaints with the board
6.  Iowa Code Title XV Judicial Branch and Judicial Procedures, Chapter 659 Libel and Slander – Section 659.1 Pleading
7.  Iowa Code Title XV Judicial Branch and Judicial Procedures, Chapter 659 Libel and Slander – Section 659.2 Libel — retraction — actual damages.
8.  Iowa Code Title XV Judicial Branch and Judicial Procedures, Chapter 659 Libel and Slander – Section 659.3 Retraction — actual, special, and exemplary damages.
9. Title XVI – Criminal Law and Procedure – Iowa Code Chapter 708 – Assault – Iowa Code Section 708.7 – Harassment
10. Title XVI – Criminal Law and Procedure – Iowa Code Chapter 708 – Assault – Iowa Code Section 708.11 – Stalking

Enc: 1.   Kauffman, Clark. “Persistent Newton Requester Inspires Proposal That Could Limit Iowa Public Records Access.” The Des Moines Register, Iowa Capital Dispatch, 25 Sept. 2023, www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2023/09/25/iowa-public-records-access-could-be-restricted-in-reaction-to-one-man/70936174007/.
2.  Clark Kauffman, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 15. “Proposed Bill Would Block ‘vexatious’ Citizens from Accessing Public Records.” Iowa Capital Dispatch, 15 Sept. 2023, iowacapitaldispatch.com/2023/09/15/proposed-bill-would-block-vexatious-citizens-from-accessing-public-records/
3.  Clark Kauffman, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 22. “How One Man’s Actions Led to Proposed New Limits on Public-Records Access.” Iowa Capital Dispatch, 23 Sept. 2023, iowacapitaldispatch.com/2023/09/22/how-one-mans-actions-led-to-proposed-new-limits-on-public-records-access/
4.  The Form of the Iowa Class Battleship and the Sea of Tyranny Manifested By Iowa’s Alleged Information Concealment Board, 29 SEP 2023
5. The Form of the Iowa Class Veteran, 07 OCT 2023
6. The Final Deployment, The Race Between Good and Evil, 21 NOV 2023
7. Lions, Tigers, Vexatious Records Requesters Oh My!, 06 DEC 2023
8. Declaration and Response to Iowa Civil Rights Commission Correspondence, 13 DEC 2023
9. The Form of the Constitutional Maverick – Iowa Open Records Request – Iowa Public Information Board – 1797 – CM-X2 – Elimination of the Fog of War – Section 01 of 05, 11 JAN 2024
10. The Form of the Constitutional Maverick – Iowa Open Records Request – Iowa State Government Bodies – Consolidated – CM-X2 – Elimination of the Fog of War – Section 02 of 05, 12 JAN 2024
11. The Form of the Constitutional Maverick – Iowa Open Records Request – Iowa State Government Bodies – Consolidated – CM-X2 – Elimination of the Fog of War – Section 03 of 05, 14 JAN 2024
12. The Form of the Constitutional Maverick – Iowa Open Records Request – Iowa Municipal Government Bodies – Consolidated – CM-X2 – Elimination of the Fog of War – Section 04 of 05, 16 JAN 2024
13. The Form of the Constitutional Maverick – Iowa Open Records Request – Iowa Municipal Government Bodies – Consolidated – CM-X2 – Elimination of the Fog of War – Section 05 of 05, 31 JAN 2024

1. Introduction

The originator of this public records request began submitting public records requests to Jasper County, IA (See: Exhibit 1) in December 2021, requesting public records related to Jasper County, IA’s handling of evidence of a violation of a temporary domestic abuse protection order (originator of this public records request was the protected party) that led to two children under the jurisdiction of San Diego East County Superior Court being concealed in Ames, IA from court-ordered appearances in the State of California by Matthew E. Merritt and Sara N. Merritt. Approximately 1000 pages of public records show that Sara N. Merritt, an education director for Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens, manages and organizes field trips for Iowa public school children across central Iowa.

Exhibit 1

2. The Form of a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary

Exhibit 2 Published 14 MAY 2022 – This exhibit provides evidence of what Jasper County, IA Ryan Eaton identified as stalking Jasper County, IA employees (Iowa Code Section 708.11) in correspondence; he included Jasper County, IA Attorney Nicholson. Chest cam footage with Jasper County, IA Sheriff John Halferty (shown in this correspondence) shows that this was a false allegation of criminal conduct that was communicated by Jasper County, IA employee Ryan Eaton in correspondence that included the Jasper County, IA Attorney’s office (Iowa Code Section 708.7(1.)(a.)(4.).
Exhibit 3 Published 14 MAY 2022 – In contrast to Exhibit 2, Exhibit 3 provides evidence of the leadership of Jasper Couty, IA’s attempt to untag/block itself from publicly protected free speech during the 2022 election year (See: Blue highlight providing evidence of standard Facebook profile/page tagging).
Exhibit 4 Published 14 MAY 2022
Exhibit 5 Published 14 MAY 2022 – In contrast to Exhibit 4, Exhibit 5 provides evidence of the leadership of Jasper Couty, IA’s attempt to untag/block itself from publicly protected free speech during the 2022 election year (See: Blue highlight providing evidence of standard Facebook profile/page tagging).

IPIB Case 22FC:0091 Michael J. Merritt/Jasper County IA

“22FC:0091 Michael Merritt/Jasper County – Dismissal Order.” Iowa Public Information Board, 21 June 2023, ipib.iowa.gov/22fc0091-michael-merrittjasper-county-dismissal-order. Accessed 1 Feb. 2024.

Electronic Mail – Jasper County, IA Attorney Scott Nicholson – 08 NOV 2022
Exhibit 6
Electronic Mail – Jasper County, IA Attorney Scott Nicholson – 09 NOV 2022
Exhibit 7
Smart Phone Footage – Jasper County, IA IT Help Desk – 05 DEC 2022
Electronic Mail – Ryan Eaton – 12 APR 2023
Exhibit 8
Chest Cam Footage – Jasper County, IA Sheriff’s Office – 13 APR 2023
Chest Cam Footage – Jasper County, IA Attorney’s Office – 21 APR 2023
Jasper County, IA Supervisor Meeting – 02 MAY 2023
Facebook Block List – Jasper County, IA – 07 AUG 2023
Exhibit 9
Facebook Blok List – Jasper County, IA Sheriff – 07 AUG 2023
Exhibit 10

‌Jasper County IA’s release of Exhibits 9 and 10 provide evidence that Jasper County, IA Attorney Nicholson misrepresented what public record(s) Exhibit 6 represented, as shown in Exhibit 7 to the Iowa Public Information Board during IPIB case 22FC:0091. At the same time, the Iowa Public Information Board’s dismissal of case 22FC:0091 provides evidence (as the originator of this correspondence communicated to the Iowa Public Information Board during the July 2023 meeting) that the Iowa Public Information Board is nothing more than a rubber stamp to whatever it is fed by the community of Iowa’s licensed lawyers that represent this state’s government bodies.

News Article – Newton Daily News – 15 OCT 2023

“Iowa Capital Dispatch’s Clark Kauffman reported in September that the proposed bill was largely in response to one person from Newton. Michael Merritt, a Navy veteran who says he has PTSD and calls himself Cipher Hunter, sent 35 complaints to the Iowa Public Information Board in August alone.

Kauffman reported Merritt has long been a thorn in the side of public officials in Jasper County and Newton, based on records Iowa Capital Dispatch obtained.

Braunschweig, Christopher. “Iowa Auditor Says Proposed Public Records Bill Could Negatively Impact His Office.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 15 Oct. 2023, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2023/10/15/iowa-auditor-says-proposed-public-records-bill-could-negatively-impact-his-office/. Accessed 2 Feb. 2024.

Ryan Eaton’s November 2023 proposal to the Jasper County, IA Board of Supervisors regarding public records access

The Form of Discrimination

“Jasper County IT Director Ryan Eaton proposed a number of changes to the county’s open records policy, which is a direct response to individuals who made open records requests that took up a lot of staff time or made requests but did not show up to receive them or requested large amounts of records that used up county resources.

For instance, requesters must make a $50 deposit, which is refundable if it takes less than 30 minutes to acquire the open records. There would also be cumulative charges, like billing staff time to 30-minute increments and charging $0.50 per sheet for photo copies. Legal or oversized copies will be $0.75.

DVDs and USB sticks will be $15 and $20, respectively. Eaton again reiterated the staff labor will be charged to the nearest half-hour for each staff member working on the request. Supervisor Brandon Talsma asked if elected officials and department heads have discretion to be able to carry out simple requests.

Like if somebody wanted to visit the auditor’s office and make a request for an open record that takes a staff member five minutes to collect and only amounts to two pieces of paper. Eaton confirmed with Talsma that practice would be OK and that the new changes to the policy are to stop people from abusing requests.

“That’s all we’re asking,” Eaton said.

Supervisor Denny Stevenson asked, “So everybody would pay $50, but if it’s under 30 minutes they get it back?”

“That is correct.”

Two months ago the Iowa Public Information Board’s legislative committee announced it is considering introducing a law that could enable government agencies to effectively ignore public records requests made by “vexatious requesters” in order to stop excessive and abusive requests.

Jasper County was prey to a vexatious requester for some time. The resident made numerous requests that would have taken considerable time to complete. Many of the requests were non-specific in their content and timeframe. The individual had made similar requests to other cities in Iowa.”

Braunschweig, Christopher. “Jasper County Changes Open Records Policy to Thwart Abusive Requests.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 14 Nov. 2023, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2023/11/14/jasper-county-changes-open-records-policy-to-thwart-abusive-requests/. Accessed 1 Feb. 2024.

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“1. The examination and copying of public records shall be done under the supervision of the lawful custodian of the records or the custodian’s authorized designee. The lawful custodian shall not require the physical presence of a person requesting or receiving a copy of a public record and shall fulfill requests for a copy of a public record received in writing, by telephone, or by electronic means. Although fulfillment of a request for a copy of a public record may be contingent upon receipt of payment of reasonable expenses, the lawful custodian shall make every reasonable effort to provide the public record requested at no cost other than copying costs for a record which takes less than thirty minutes to produce.
In the event expenses are necessary, such expenses shall be reasonable and communicated to the requester upon receipt of the request. A person may contest the reasonableness of the custodian’s expenses as provided for in this chapter. The lawful custodian may adopt and enforce reasonable rules regarding the examination and copying of the records and the protection of the records against damage or disorganization. The lawful custodian shall provide a suitable place for the examination and copying of the records, but if it is impracticable to do the examination and copying of the records in the office of the lawful custodian, the person desiring to examine or copy shall pay any necessary expenses of providing a place for the examination and copying.

2. All reasonable expenses of the examination and copying shall be paid by the person desiring to examine or copy. The lawful custodian may charge a reasonable fee for the services of the lawful custodian or the custodian’s authorized designee in supervising the examination and copying of the records. If copy equipment is available at the office of the lawful custodian of any public records, the lawful custodian shall provide any person a reasonable number of copies of any public record in the custody of the office upon the payment of a fee. The fee for the copying service as determined by the lawful custodian shall not exceed the actual cost of providing the service. Actual costs shall include only those reasonable expenses directly attributable to supervising the examination of and
making and providing copies of public records. Actual costs shall not include charges for ordinary expenses or costs such as employment benefits, depreciation, maintenance, electricity, or insurance associated with the administration of the office of the lawful custodian. Costs for legal services should only be utilized for the redaction or review of legally protected confidential information. However, a county recorder shall not charge a fee for the examination and copying of public records necessary to complete and file claims for benefits with the Iowa department of veterans affairs or the United States department of veterans affairs.
[C71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, §68A.3] C85, §22.3 2001 Acts, ch 44, §2; 2005 Acts, ch 103, §1; 2006 Acts, ch 1010, §14; 2020 Acts, ch 1052, §1;
2022 Acts, ch 1039, §1 Referred to in §2.42, 8A.341, 321.11, 483A.22A”

Iowa Code Title I State Sovereignty and Management, Chapter 22 Examination of Public Records (Open Records) – Section 22.3 – Supervision—fees

Supervisor Brandon Talsma asked if elected officials and department heads have discretion to be able to carry out simple requests.

Like if somebody wanted to visit the auditor’s office and make a request for an open record that takes a staff member five minutes to collect and only amounts to two pieces of paper. Eaton confirmed with Talsma that practice would be OK and that the new changes to the policy are to stop people from abusing requests.

Braunschweig, Christopher. “Jasper County Changes Open Records Policy to Thwart Abusive Requests.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 14 Nov. 2023, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2023/11/14/jasper-county-changes-open-records-policy-to-thwart-abusive-requests/. Accessed 1 Feb. 2024.

Why should any citizen trust a government body with a deposit of funds that has historically produced evidence of deploying false allegations of criminal conduct against citizens who request public records evidence suggests Jasper County, IA desires not to release? Iowa Code Section 22.3 stipulates that a government body may assess a fee for “reasonable expenses,” not a desired deposit. Iowa Code Section 22.3 indicates that the Iowa government body must establish the actual or estimated cost before performing a search, not establish a blanket, possibly unethically elevated fee that is not consistent with the public records request that the government body itself acknowledged in the policy change is meant to deter and discourage public records requests Jasper County, IA determines are abusive. At the same time, the evidence shows Jasper County, IA, unethically, maliciously, and allegedly criminally (Iowa Code Section 708.7(1.)(a.)(4.) falsely accused an Iowa citizen of criminal conduct who was requesting public records (social media block lists) that evidence indicates Jasper County, IA desired not to release.

This form of a financial instrument of deceit and possible exploitation could be deployed against the least among us. At the same time, Jasper County, IA, produces evidence of manifesting a paradigm that adds to the difficulty and complexity regarding those of lower social classes with fewer resources possibly being denied access to public records. At the same time, they face the reality of perhaps inflated unjustified fees manifested by the leadership of Jasper County, IA Supervisor Talsma’s “discretion” regarding the production of publicly available evidence that suggests that Jasper County, IA executes regarding the inconsistent treatment of public records requests based upon an undefined and possibly unlawful public record request filtration process. (Note: The Jasper County, IA employee that proposed this change to Jasper County, IA’s open records policy (Ryan Eaton) has already produced evidence supporting social/class-based and possible mental health-based discrimination (See: Iowa Code Chapter 216) with the following comment published to an Iowa public record, “I was not really sure how to handle a man with wild hair and in pajamas following me through the courthouse with a camera asking why I am being mean to him. I don’t suppose I learned anything. I still would not know how a rational person is supposed to react to that.”)

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:40, Holy Bible New International Version

This situation reveals another plausible ethical concern regarding the leadership of Jasper County, IA, and the City of Newton, IA, where this alleged criminal act occurred against an Iowa citizen and public records requester. If Iowa Code Section 708.7(1.)(a.)(4.) articulates:

“Reports or causes to be reported false information to a law enforcement authority implicating another in some criminal activity, knowing that the information is false, or reports the alleged occurrence of a criminal act, knowing the act did not occur.”

Title XVI – Criminal Law and Procedure – Iowa Code Chapter 708(1.)(a.)(4.) – Assault – Iowa Code Section 708.7 – Harassment

The question that this situation poses is why has the City of Newton, IA, or Jasper County, IA, not filed criminal charges against Jasper County, IA employee Ryan Eaton in the same consistent manner that the City of Newton, IA, as the historical record shows has falsely accused the originator of this public records request with violating Iowa Code Section 708.7 while halting access to freedoms, rights, and liberties without due process during Iowa Public Information Board case 22FC:0071?

Possibly because Jasper County, IA, and the City of Newton, IA, have an invested financial interest in maintaining his future employment to maintain lower cost while expediting the processing of cyber information systems based forensic evidence in the criminal trials Jasper County, IA Attorney Scott Nicholson presents in front of the Iowa Court within the 5th Judicial District.

“I’ve been volunteering as a reserve deputy with the sheriff’s office to help them sort through all kinds of information dumps from cellphones and computers,” Eaton said. “I’m very proficient and thorough with my work, but I’m not officially certified. The sheriff, county attorney and I all agree that my lack of certification could become an issue in the future. So I’m asking the county to cover the cost of me becoming officially certified.”

Knipfel, Abby. “Supervisors Authorize IT Director to Take Digital Forensics Courses.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 27 Nov. 2021, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2021/11/27/supervisors-authorize-it-director-to-take-digital-forensics-courses/. Accessed 2 Feb. 2024.

“The cost of Eaton becoming certified will only consist of the course cost, which, in total, comes to $3,850.”

Knipfel, Abby. “Supervisors Authorize IT Director to Take Digital Forensics Courses.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 27 Nov. 2021, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2021/11/27/supervisors-authorize-it-director-to-take-digital-forensics-courses/. Accessed 2 Feb. 2024.

“During the Jasper County Board of Supervisors meeting, it was shown that since he began volunteering Eaton has worked throughout the county to help not just the sheriff’s office, but all the local police departments, to help them sort and interpret large amounts of photos and data from suspects.

By depending on Eaton the county has saved not just time, but also a large amount of money by not having to send devices to the single state-run lab in Des Moines.”

Knipfel, Abby. “Supervisors Authorize IT Director to Take Digital Forensics Courses.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 27 Nov. 2021, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2021/11/27/supervisors-authorize-it-director-to-take-digital-forensics-courses/. Accessed 2 Feb. 2024.

“The board voted unanimously to approve the payments for Eaton’s training.”

Knipfel, Abby. “Supervisors Authorize IT Director to Take Digital Forensics Courses.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 27 Nov. 2021, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2021/11/27/supervisors-authorize-it-director-to-take-digital-forensics-courses/. Accessed 2 Feb. 2024.

Naturally, the next question that this case produces is regarding if Jasper County, IA Ryan Eaton is willing to lie in an email to Jasper County, IA Attorney Nicholson while responding to a citizen’s public records request while falsely accusing that citizen of criminal conduct does Jasper County, IA Ryan Eaton also lie during the production of his criminal investigation work products that Jasper County, IA Attorney Nicholson submits to the Iowa Court.

At the same time, if the evidence indicates that the City of Newton, IA Chief of Police Burdess and Jasper County, IA Attorney Nicholson produce evidence of not equally and ethically enforcing the law with regards to evidence of its violation, what value to these elected and appointed law enforcement officials have in the State of Iowa?

Supervisor Brandon Talsma asked if elected officials and department heads have discretion to be able to carry out simple requests.

Like if somebody wanted to visit the auditor’s office and make a request for an open record that takes a staff member five minutes to collect and only amounts to two pieces of paper. Eaton confirmed with Talsma that practice would be OK and that the new changes to the policy are to stop people from abusing requests.

Braunschweig, Christopher. “Jasper County Changes Open Records Policy to Thwart Abusive Requests.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 14 Nov. 2023, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2023/11/14/jasper-county-changes-open-records-policy-to-thwart-abusive-requests/. Accessed 1 Feb. 2024.

In a state and republic that provides equal protection under the law, only an alleged leader (Talsma) who has already produced evidence of a constitutional rights violation (while he sought re-election) would suggest a government body has discretion regarding the production of government body prejudice regarding who has to remit a possibly excessive deposit during a public records request and who does not.

Braunschweig, Christopher. “Jasper County Becomes Iowa’s First Gun Sanctuary despite Objections.” Newton Daily News, Newton Daily News, 15 July 2021, www.newtondailynews.com/news/local/2021/07/15/jasper-county-becomes-iowas-first-gun-sanctuary-despite-objections/. Accessed 2 Feb. 2024.

‌The originator of this records request will provide evidence to the State of Iowa during 2024 across a database with over 500 individual data points supporting the reason numerous public records requests became necessary regarding Jasper County, IA, due to the evidence that Jasper County, IA Attorney Scott Nicholson, and Jasper County, IA employee Ryan Eaton are flagrant liars. Why would any citizen provide a $50 deposit to a government body that promises to give a refund consistent with the records request when the evidence shows Jasper County, IA, has already falsely accused a citizen of criminal conduct while attempting to cover its ass related to evidence of prior alleged constitutional and civil rights misconduct?

Michael J. Merritt: “How can we trust the copied and pasted words of attorneys that your Executive Director puts on her dismissals when the evidence shows that those people, including City Attorney Brick on the intercom, are documented liars? If I harassed or threatened the City of Newton, I know that is aggressive language, and I apologize, but I have been pretty brutally attacked, and I have done nothing wrong to anybody, and I don’t appreciate it.”

Iowa Public Information Board Chairman: “The only cases that we can discuss are ones that involve Chapter 21 and Chapter 22.”

Michael J. Merritt: “I understand that Ma’am, I understand that, but the problem here is, is that you are basing a dismissal off of testimony that the evidence shows is people that are not speaking testimony that is supported by evidence. You are documenting your dismissal based on the words of people that evidence shows use manipulative and evolving language to produce a dialog and sum that will correlate to produce the sum that they are after, and it does not matter to me what this board does dismissal or otherwise the truth always perpetuates itself and as I have no children anymore to invest my life in I have plenty of time to investigate this board’s failure to properly protect citizens rights in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 22, and I respectfully submit that is what my intention is to do.”

Note: Chest cam device watermarked incorrect date/time.

IOWA PUBLIC INFORMATION BOARD

Dan Breitbarth, Des Moines – Government Representative
Joan Corbin, Pella –  Government Representative
E. J. Giovannetti, Urbandale – Public Representative
Barry Lindahl, Dubuque – Government Representative
Joel McCrea, Pleasant Hill – Media Representative
Monica McHugh, Zwingle – Public Representative
Julie Pottorff, Des Moines – Public Representative
Jackie Schmillen, Urbandale – Media Representative
vacant – Public Representative

Iowa Public Information Board Executive Director Erika Eckley, J.D., M.P.A.
Iowa Public Information Board Deputy Director Brett J. Toresdahl
Iowa Public Information Board Legal Counsel Daniel Strawhun, J.D.

Evidence Supporting Political Motive (See Exhibits 4, 5, 6, and 7)
YouTube Channel: Iowa Firearms Coalition
YouTube Channel: Iowa Firearms Coalition
YouTube Channel: Brandon Talsma, Jasper County Supervisor

3. Records Requested

(a.) Social media block list for Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/brandontalsmajaspercountysupervisor

(b.) Social media block list for Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/dougcupplesjaspercountysupervisor

(c.) Social media block list for Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JasperCountyIowa

(d.) Social media block list for Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jaspercountyso

(e.) Social media block lists for Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jaspercountyrecorder

(f.) Social media block list for Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JasperCountyHealthDepartmentIowa

4. The Spiritual And Lawful War Between Good and Evil

A Veteran and 2nd Amendment Gun Enthusiast who produces evidence of hiding in a file cabinet with public records documenting their historical conduct (while holding his or her AR-15) has no strategic value on the battlefield because they cannot see the Adversary while hiding in the darkness where they conceal the truth.

“19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

John 3:19-21, Holy Bible New International Version

USMC Sergeant: “Hawkeye, they haven’t spotted your open-source self-hosted databases yet.”

Cipher Hunter: “They’ll get an education when their voting base receives a lawful dose of the truth via the United States Postal Service’s bulk rate postage… Commence transmission of public records request. Transmit at will.

Cipher Hunter: “What a helluva waste of a fine Iowa beard.”

Sea Story: While stationed with NSA/CSS SUSLAK within United States Forces Korea (USFK), a salty USMC Sergeant also from Iowa assigned the originator of this public records request the “chop” “Hawkeye.” The originator of this public records request carries the United States Navy Expert Pistol Medal and Sharpshooter Rifle qualifications on his dress blue uniform.

Providing evidence that you have the strength to physically keep and bear arms while defending yourself is not enough to form a patriot.


The form of a patriot is displayed by someone who has the courage to put their Ancestry.com on the line in accordance with our laws while defending the rights of others.

Legal Disclaimer: This correspondence does not communicate a past, present, or future violation of the United States or Iowa Codes. This correspondence provides evidence of the passion within a constitutional poet who refuses to allow the rights and liberties of those he served for twenty years in the United States Navy to be impacted unethically or unlawfully by those who sit around public particle board tables in the State of Iowa who have produced evidence of not possessing the life experience, competence, ownership, or responsibility required to defend the rights, life, and liberty of others.

The defense of freedom requires more than evidence of entitlement, nice clothing, and unqualified arrogance in the Persian Gulf.

The Darkness That Permeates the Midwatch

The light of Truth is coming to restore the persecuted, the captive, and the crucified.

We only need the courage and strength to stand this watch until his arrival.

This work does not represent the intelligence or achievement of any one individual. It represents the glory of God as manifested by his breath upon clay brought forth from the waters of the Pacific.

The Light of Truth will restore all who believe in Jesus Christ.

“His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” c

John 2:17, Holy Bible New International Version

Respectfully,   

Michael J. Merritt, USN Retired/Writer
Founder: phoenixharbor.mystagingwebsite.com
Creative Writer/Musician
Information Warfare Specialist
Information Systems Manager
cipher.hunter@cipherphoenix-phoenix-u10113.vm.elestio.app 

“Lies and misrepresentations pay for the Iowa Legislature’s bills in Erika’s mErika.” 

Cipher Hunter