Electronic Mail – Iowa Public Information Board – City of Ames, IA Attorney Mark O. Lambert

Hannah Fordyce:

I will be responding to Mr. Lambert’s questionable use of Iowa Code Chapter 22.7(5) by 01 APR 2022. I have attached a document I recently sent to the City of Ames, IA; I do not believe I sent to your agency. I will be providing a complaint to your office today against Iowa State University, utilizing Iowa Code Chapter 22.7 as reasoning for not releasing records. I have sent correspondence through the USPS and electronically to Police Chief Huff since December 2021, and I have heard nothing from him. Evidence would support the conclusion that Police Chief Huff only has the courage to speak regarding his department when he has a weapon in his holster. I will be communicating only with Mr. Lambert and the Iowa Public Information Board in the future.

When our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, my response was immediate as the ship I was stationed on was a few 100 nautical miles from the Northern Arabian Sea. In my analysis of Iowa Code Chapter 22.7(5), I find Mr. Lambert’s use of it regarding my request for records lacking merit.

Iowa Code 22.7(5): “Peace officers’ investigative reports, privileged records or information specified in section 80G.2, and specific portions of electronic mail and telephone billing records of law enforcement agencies if that information is part of an ongoing investigation, except where disclosure is authorized elsewhere in this Code. However, the date, time, specific location, and immediate facts and circumstances surrounding a crime or incident shall not be kept confidential under this section, except in those unusual circumstances where disclosure would plainly and seriously jeopardize an investigation or pose a clear and present danger to the safety of an individual. Specific portions of electronic mail and telephone billing records may only be kept confidential under this subsection if the length of time prescribed for commencement of prosecution or the finding of an indictment or information under the statute of limitations applicable to the crime that is under investigation has not expired.”

In my previous requests, I very clearly articulated Ames, IA Police Department Iowa Incident reports which cover the “date, time, specific location, and immediate facts and circumstances surrounding a crime or incident” which Iowa Code 22.7(5) stipulates “shall not be kept confidential under this section.”

It is possible Police Chief Huff’s inability to speak on this matter, and Mr. Lambert’s attempt to utilize Iowa Code 22.7(5) is merely a simple device used to avoid the release of records that show Ames, IA Police Department received a sworn statement and evidence showing children were concealed in this jurisdiction from court-ordered appearances in the state of California. Child Concealment executed by conspirators utilizing allegations of sexual abuse San Diego East County Superior court documented on 16 SEP 2021 there is no evidence to support. While at the same time, the Ames, IA Police Department, actively investigated criminal complaints from at least one conspirator in this child concealment plot attempting to criminalize my rights to freedom of speech as articulated in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Iowa.

I am not impressed with Mr. Lambert’s use of the Iowa Code. I will further communicate that since retiring from the United States Navy after serving the freedoms and liberties of my fellow citizens and their families for twenty years. I have dealt with many individuals regarding these conspirators that concealed my children utilizing false allegations of sexual abuse in Ames, IA, which leaves me with nothing more than disappointment and a sick stomach.

Mr. Lambert, if the Ames, IA Police Department has properly executed its responsibilities, why is it refusing to release records that a section of the Iowa Code you referenced indicates they must provide when requested to do so?

Respectfully,

Michael J. Merritt