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By: Brian Matthews (BM66)
Song Pick: “Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday.

I heard something of the following syllogism somewhere along the way: “A reasonable person adapts himself to his environment, and the unreasonable person attempts to adapt his environment to himself. Because all human progress is a result of mankind adapting his environment to himself, all human progress is therefore made by unreasonable people.” Does that syllogism categorize me as unreasonable if I continuously progress in my litigation against DOC for their callous violations of State and Federal Law?

Just when I think DOC will get the fucking point and stop trying to violate my rights, NOPE!!! Once again, DOC has dropped the proverbial ball when it comes to meeting their obligations under the State’s Public Records Act, RCW 42.56 et seq (PRA). And not to kick an opponent when they’re down, but this time DOC’s violation is pretty egregious–they didn’t just shit on one of my PRA requests, but they mirrored the violation they gave me $9,000 on the last time they did this to me.

I wanted to write an article against DOC for their continuous violations of the PRA, so on 2 August 2017 I requested a copy of the kites I’d written to the law librarian at SCCC for the mouth of January 2015. In the letter I fully advised that I would pay for a copy of all responsive records. I was polite in my communication, utilized all the proper requisites of form and language under the PRA, and invited questions or requests for clarifications.

DOC responded and, eventually, disclosed and invoiced seven pages of records responsive to my request. After paying for and receiving my seven pages, a non-prisoner made a PRA request to DOC and asked for the same records. Can you fathom a guess what happened? If you said that DOC gave the non-prisoner more records than it gave me, you’re absolutely correct. DOC disclosed and produced eleven records to the non-prisoner which were responsive to my PRA request, but they only disclosed and produced seven records upon my request. The last time these pickle-kissers tried this SAME EXACT move on me, they ended up stuffing $9,000 into my pockets AS A SETTLEMENT!!

I’m going to continue investigating State and local agencies for their compliance with applicable laws, and to the extent that they may be in violation, I’ll respond accordingly. If DOC doesn’t want to follow the laws which bind it the same as me, then who am I to NOT expose their criminal activities and dish out political embarrassment publicly? Government OF the People. BY the People. FOR the People. The People of this State clarified their Sovereignty over the agencies which SERVE the People with the enactment of the PRA, because this is what RCW 42.56.030 states: “The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created….” Wake the fuck up, People! You can gauge the mettle of a sovereignty by the way they treat the least of their own. This is how the State of Washington treats their own prisoners, in blatant violation of the law. What does that say of our sovereignty as a People? My lawsuit can be found at Thurston County Superior Court; Cause No. 18-2-01743-34.