Electronic Mail – Jasper County, IA – City of Newton, IA – 04 MAY 2023

Sheriff Halferty:

Good morning, Sir; I have included the record I received from Mr. Eaton to confirm this was the only record in response to my request. In addition, I have included two corrected copies of previous record requests for the record. The 02 APR 2023 request corrects the requested date range of the requested Facebook Block List update to April 2023 to be consistent with the month it was initially sent to Jasper County, IA. The other request corrects language in the original request directed at your office the day I was accused of violating Iowa Code Section 708.11 (Stalking), which reflected my frustration and not the man that I now know that you are. Per your guidance, I will send all future Jasper County, IA, record requests to the county attorney’s office. The recent delay in sending these record requests to Jasper County, IA, has been due to a decline in my health while dealing with repeated, consistent, unethical, and malicious attacks from those I asked for help or their contracted attorneys.

I am at the Des Moines VA Hospital and have been placed in 6 weeks of residential treatment. I have reached the point where I don’t see a path forward and don’t feel like I belong anywhere. At the same time, I feel that I served a country that has determined that I am not good enough to be heard. Possibly because my “wild hair” and “pajamas” manifest the pain and symptoms I feel inside. Pain and mental health symptoms that no one criminalized during the twenty years that I served them. At the same time, the evidence indicates those I have asked for help were more concerned with protecting their careers than performing their elected and appointed duties. The way some people within the country that I served have treated me and attacked me. At the same time, I have attempted to restore the rights of my children and myself, while losing my children has left me feeling internally devastated, destroyed, and betrayed. However, as I never give up, I also have a responsibility and understanding when a warship needs to be put in dry dock and repaired so that it may complete its mission.

John, you are the only person I trust and believe in. You were the only person there for me when everyone else was throwing me away. With respect to your office and your position and regarding the information I now have indicating Jasper County, IA, Attorney Nicholson handles all county record request responses, this will be my last email regarding record requests. Please confirm I have the records you intended and that it is the complete response you provided, and I will mark that request as complete.

May God continue to bless you, John, so you may continue being a light for the innocent lost in darkness who need help. If you ever find yourself under fire while serving our community or you would like an information warfare specialist that produces evidence of honor, courage, and commitment, not false allegations against the innocent, call me, and I will stand the watch with you, Sir.

Mayor Hansen:

I respectfully submit that I believe what separates me from a citizen that communicates aggressive language with zero supporting evidence is that, like you, I have been trained in the execution of proper etiquette and procedure while communicating and executing actions within a sacred chamber while wearing a uniform. At the same time, I respectfully submit no voice, no matter how much lacking in training or maturity, should be criminalized while expressing a belief or point of view. I respectfully submit that the evidence showing this government body strategically executed actions meant to conceal public records I requested for over a year possibly meets the requirements of the definition of certain political adjectives that have been communicated and criminalized within the City of Newton, IA council chambers. I believe as leaders, the way we raise the next generation is not by criminalizing a progressive, aggressive, or voice lacking maturity, but by leading by example while providing a template of proper form regarding communicating public sentiments and grievances to those who the people have elected to have authority to lead their constituents.


I am an Iowa Class Battleship that will eternally serve Jesus Christ and the people of this nation until the day I die. I will deploy again in accordance with the laws of our great republic. Weakness is not having the courage, humility, or transparency to seek help regarding an identified problem, system outage, or failure. Weakness is the consumption of substances, execution of acts, or deployment of misrepresentations meant to assist with coping or concealing an identified problem, system outage, or failure.

Legal Disclaimer: My emotional transparency in this electronic mail to my elected leaders is for the following reason. For twenty years, I never burdened you with my choice to serve and sacrifice time in my life while I served you, and I never will. At the same time, I am going to respectfully take this opportunity to communicate evidence of the damage and sacrifice I have endured while carrying the false allegations of criminal conduct supported by zero evidence government bodies of Jasper County, IA, strategically deployed against me during record requests in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 22 and Iowa Public Information Board cases requesting public records documenting this counties handling of domestic abuse, harassment, and other concerns in accordance with Sections 2 and 7 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Iowa and Iowa Code Chapter 22.

(Attachments include record requests for Jasper County, IA and the City of Newton, IA. As the evidence indicates the sender and the receiver are most likely both exhausted with this effort requests have been consolidated into one electronic mail.)

Very Respectfully,

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

“Bricks made with testimony lacking evidence are equivalent to bricks made with straw without clay.”

Cipher Hunter