Freedom of Information Request – Guthrie Center, IA – #001

03 December 2021


From: Michael J. Merritt, USN Retired/Writer
PO BOX 187
Newton, IA 50208

To: Chief Deputy Jeremy Bennett
200 North 5th Street
Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115

Guthrie Center City Hall
200 North 5th Street
Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115


2. Iowa Open Records Act – Iowa Code Chapter 22

1. Requested Information

(a.) City of Guthrie Center Information System End-User interaction with the following uniform resource locators (URL) during 01 JAN 2017 at 0001 Local Time through 03 DEC 2021 at 2359 Local Time:


(b.) All City of Guthrie Center, IA end-user electronic mail/attachments mentioning domains in paragraph 1(a.).

(c.) All City of Guthrie Center, IA end-user electronic mail/attachments including the names 4d69636861656c204d6572726974740d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a, 4d69636861656c204a204d6572726974740d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a, 4d69636861656c204a2e204d6572726974740d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a, ******** Buttler, ******** * Buttler , ******** *. Buttler, ******** *** Buttler, ****** Buttler, ****** * Buttler, ****** *. Buttler, ****** *** Buttler, *** *******, *** * *******, *** *. *******, *** *** *******, ****** *******, ****** * *******, ****** *. *******, ****** *** ******* during 01 JAN 2017 at 0001 Local Time through 03 DEC 2021 at 2359 Local Time.

(d.) All City of Guthrie Center, IA incident reports regarding 4d69636861656c204a2e204d6572726974740d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a0d0a, 3732302031737420537420532c204e6577746f6e2c2049412035303230380d0a, ******** *** Buttler of *** * *** ** Guthrie Center, IA 50115, or ****** *** *******, **** *** **, Guthrie Center, IA 50115.

(e.) The desired format of requested data: Portable Document Format/Thumb drive (at City of Guthrie Center published rate):

(f.) The originator of this request is not responsible for any costs generated by the production or organization of this data if the clerical, professional, clerical staff, legal fees, or any other required actions or cost exceed 10 hours or $1000 (whichever comes first) without prior coordination and approval from the originator of this request.

(g.) Distribution of Requested Data: Priority Mail sent to the originator of this request.

2. Conclusion

Chief Deputy Bennett, I have addressed this request because you have my trust and respect, and I know you will handle this properly. My case within your department got off to a slow start nearly a year ago; however, your ownership, transparency, and compassion regarding this situation and the information you conveyed to me were very much appreciated.

Having my children taken from me due to the malicious actions of multiple people within the states of California, Iowa, Montana, Missouri, and Virginia has been one of the most painful events of my life. While watching their childhoods destroyed with abuse and trauma, they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.

The information I am requesting will assist my investigation regarding evidence showing the continuance of this multistate conspiracy. At the same time, my only minor child is still concealed from me while the custodial Mother violates multiple court orders.

I have submitted multiple freedom of information requests to several jurisdictions within this state, reflecting evidence of their failures to handle this situation. I want to take this opportunity to communicate that I have no grievance with any agencies within Guthrie County.

After receiving all requested data from all Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA) and having had an opportunity to analyze the data and its correlations, I will be contacting your office to update the case I worked on with you earlier this year.

I believe that no one has the right to conceal, conspire, or deny custody of a child or children from a biological parent without court authorization. No one is above the law regarding having the right to make decisions regarding a child or children while concealing them from the court that has jurisdiction over deciding what is in their best interests. No one has the right to make decisions regarding a child or children that supersedes orders previously issued by the court having jurisdiction over that child or children.

My objective is to work with the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office and the Guthrie County Attorney in the coming months regarding coordinating verbal testimony and evidence with you regarding the citizen(s) in your jurisdiction involved in this situation.

There is no crime that is too small to prosecute, just as there is no crack in a foundation that is small enough to ignore. My work to hold those involved in the concealment of my children and the government agencies that failed them accountable to justice is to build a foundation that helps protect the rights of parents and children of the future.

The evil among us will continue to perpetuate unless the good within us halts it in its tracks. I wish you and your family good health and a Happy Holidays. I look forward to your response and working with you in the near future.


Michael J. Merritt, USN Retired/Writer
Creative Writer/Musician
Information Warfare Specialist
Information Systems Manager
PO BOX 187
Newton, IA 50208

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