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Re: Bill Elfo’s Lynden Tribune Article Supporting 3rd Jail Tax (18OCT17)

A well written comment to a post I shared on facebook. From Joy Gilfilen, President of Restorative Community Coalition and host of Joy Talk radio.

Joy really nailed it on this, in my opinion.

“Thank you Paul for standing up and speaking out against the monstrous jail tax. This is a manufactured crisis to expand the jail industry in Whatcom County. I filed documents that essentially prove this back in 2016 called Noble Cause Corruption.

Today, I would take it further: The economic jail industry expansion game the top three law enforcers in this county are playing is a form of immoral extortion being perpetrated against law-abiding citizens. They are playing a game like jail monopoly in the boardgame world, to see how much money they can take from taxpayers as they put us in more tax bondage or in jail (to divide and conquer) before we figure out their game is complete domination of the board. The only way out is to vote REJECT.

When you get the facts, it is pretty clear that the master big government/quasi-corporate jail industry goal is to expand the market for punishment in the deep northwest corner of the US – on the back of locals. Once people get arrested they lose thousands to the jail industry privateers – the highly paid contractors who make money on the side – that never goes through the county coffers. And most “nice people” who have not been accused or had to defend themselves against the law enforcers and courts have no idea this even happens.

My experience is that the Sheriff specifically right now is using his authority under color of law to dominate the game. Teamed up with the Prosecutor and the Executive, they have been using deceptive methods to hunt down and prey on decent people. One of the most deceptive is the game where they prey on people’s trust in God…for these three all swear on a bible when they take the oath of office. So honest people trust them to uphold honor, freedom and we trust them to protect us.

When these people deceive us it hurts. It took me a long time to finally discover the truth. And it felt like the sickest form of deep betrayal when I finally got the facts, and the inevitable conclusion violated my sacred trust on every level. They are not telling the truth.

After reading the Sheriff’s article in the Lynden Tribune published Oct. 18, 2017 I realized that this was the most brilliant piece of deception I have ever read. It is grooming innocent taxpayers for the takedown – and he is doing it brazenly, in public, so no-one will have time to call him out before the vote. Without technically telling an untruth, Elfo avoids responsibility for the fact that he has been the person in responsible charge who could have repaired the jail using the extra $15.7 Million a year we entrust to him. Instead, in this article, he told readers that up was down, and that down was up…and they should believe him because he is the Sheriff.

Nope. I will no longer shake hands with any one of the top three elected officials in this county. I will not shake hands with the jail director, or anyone else who is persecuting people for profit and punishing the decent citizens who pay their salaries. That is upside down and I will not dishonor my hand…and I stand against paying more taxes to incarcerate more non-violent people and children so that the courts and cops get bigger.

It is with very deep sadness that there is no time left to do a duel of facts in the court of public opinion…for I object to every single paragraph he wrote on both factual and moral grounds.”
~Joy Gilfilen

WHATCOM COUNTY: VOTE NO ON PROP 2017-6

First, my apologies for neglecting to get an update out sooner.

This is an important one though and it needs to be shared everywhere before election day.

WHATCOM COUNTY: VOTE NO ON PROP 2017-6

The linked website above (https://www.whatcom-county-jail.com/) is the focus of a bi-partisan concerted effort to defeat the latest attempt to cram not only another tax down our throats, but a massive expansion of the local jailing industry (yes, that’s what it has become) that looks more to me like an expansion of the prison industrial complex.

Please visit the linked website above and inform yourself on what’s happening and why we oppose Prop 2017-6.

We do need to replace the aging jail, but the current plan is not the way to go about it.

Please read the Vera Institute report on the jail project.  To summarize the report, here is their conclusion:

“Conclusion

Through interagency collaboration and coordination, Whatcom County must address the systemic drivers of jail population growth. This is the only effective means of controlling jail growth. Any attempt to ease overcrowding by building a new facility or expanding the current one will not address the underlying causes of population growth, and the new facility will quickly become overcrowded. Criminal justice and community stakeholders must work together to achieve a safe, sustainable, and fair justice system.”

You can also read the full report in pdf here:  Vera Institute For Justice Jail Memo

Jail Mailer Public Disclosure Commission Complaint

Re: Whatcom County Jail Mail Flyer PDC Complaint and Evidence Of Noble Cause Corruption In Whatcom County

First off, what is noble cause corruption? It’s a fairly obscure legal term, but it’s really quite simple. Wikipedia defines it like this:

Noble cause corruption is corruption caused by the adherence to a teleological ethical system, suggesting that persons “will utilize unethical, and sometimes illegal, means to obtain a desired result,”[1] a result which appears to benefit the greater good. Where traditional corruption is defined by personal gain,[2] noble cause corruptions forms when someone is convinced of their righteousness, and will do anything within their powers to obtain or concertize the execution of righteous actions. Ultimately, noble cause corruption is police misconduct “committed in the name of good ends”[3] or neglect of due process through “a moral commitment to make the world a safer place to live.”[4]

Conditions for such corruption usually begin where individuals perceive no administrative accountability, lack of morale and leadership, and the general absence of faith within the criminal justice system.[5] These conditions can be compounded by arrogance and weak supervision.[6]

That may not sound so bad on first reading, but it really is and it’s every bit as ‘corrupt’ as other forms of corruption.

When a person in a position of power and authority decides to use and/or abuse that power for the greater good, just about anything can be twisted or manipulated into a greater good scenario. Once that line is crossed, what’s to stop them from using and/or abusing that power in other ways?

It’s especially dangerous when people who are skilled and experienced at articulating greater good arguments, or scenarios, because they are no longer basing decisions or actions on fundamental principles of constitutionality, law or morality, but instead become narrowly focused on how to say, write or push a thing to justify (rationalize) it.

That’s what myself and others contend Whatcom County has done in the most recent Jail Tax measure, the jail mailer, as well as many other aspects relating to the siting and acquisition of the land where the proposed regional jail might go in Ferndale.

The Complaint

This has been in the works for some time now, but I’ve not been able to say anything publicly about it until it was finalized and formally submitted to the PDC, AKA the Public Disclosure Commission. 

The PDC is actively investigating the complaint and although I’m aware of parts of the process, I don’t yet have a full picture or scope of what is happening and where it’s going, so it would be inappropriate for me to say more beyond that just yet. I am being told privately, however, that the PDC has taken issue with aspects of the county’s actions in respect to the jail mailer.

I’m not entirely sure how many people were involved in providing source information for the complaint, but I do know it was more than a few, with some info and minor input also provided by me.

The large majority of the work, the research, the compiling of information, the graphic illustrations, however, were done by Joy Gilfilen and Irene Morgan and they did a spectacular job. It’s very professional, very accurate, sourced and corroborated, and it’s on point with the areas of contention.

There is a lot of information contained in the links provided below so you’ll want to take some time to process and digest it. As you begin to digest the information contained in the complaint and evidence addendums, a picture should begin to form in your mind. If you’re like many of us, you won’t like what the mental picture shows.

Minimally, it should become fairly clear that what you’ve been told, or led to believe, by county officials, isn’t what is really going on. That alone should raise red flags in any county taxpayer’s mind.

The Documents

PDC Complaint – Gilifilen vs Whatcom County Officials 11-30-2015

Evidence Addendums to the PDC – Part 1 of 3

Evidence Addendums to the PDC – Part 2 of 3

Evidence Addendums to the PDC – Part 3 of 3

Excerpted from the complaint:

“RESPONDENTS:
Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws
Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo
Whatcom County Prosecutor David S. McEachran

ALLEGED PDC VIOLATIONS – RELATING TO WHATCOM COUNTY DIRECT MAILER Whatcom County Community Report: Whatcom County Jail
-RCW 42.17A – Election Law Violations and WAC 390-05-273 – Normal and Regular Conduct Violations

OTHER VIOLATIONS MAY HAVE BEEN ONGOING PRIOR TO AND CONCURRENT WITH THE ELECTIONEERING TO COMPEL VOTERS INTO PASSING A DECEPTIVE TAX:
-Whatcom County Charter and Whatcom County Code Violations
-Revised Code of Washington Violations
-Washington Administrative Code Violations
-American Bar Association Standards Violations regarding Housing of Inmates
-Washington State Constitution Violations
-United State Constitution and the Bill of Rights Violations

The complainant has reason to believe that serious violations of law may have occurred in Whatcom County during the 2015 Election Campaign season that deserve outside scrutiny.

Injustice under color of law
The system of governance in Whatcom County appears to have been corrupted to encourage voters to pass two more taxes to resolve a conflict created by and benefiting the administration. This created a self-destructive condition in which the drive to pass the tax compromised public safety to justify an expansion that would profit earmarked regulatory government departments and state and national jail and prison vendors; leaving the taxpayers compromised with excessive debt and expanding overhead.”

Jail Contracting & Misappropriations of Revenue

There are probably plenty of other good examples, some even more egregious than this, but let’s take a look at one of the more recent and politically charged examples of county malfeasance: The now infamous ‘jail mailer.’

That mailer cost county taxpayers $28,000 dollars to produce and send out to a targeted audience. The product itself and the reasons for it are bad enough, but what could have been done with that money instead?

I did some rough calculating based on the Snohomish county contract jailing rate of $62.50 per day (See link below) and this is what could have been done with that money instead:

It could have housed 1 inmate in a safe, humane and secured facility for 448 days.

It could have housed 10 inmates for 45 days.

It could have housed 50 inmates for 9 days.

I don’t know Snohomish County’s jail situation, but I’m confident there are plenty of other good examples in that cost range to choose from around the state. (I’m told privately that two jurisdictions in Whatcom County are already doing this.)

The point is this: If you’re a county official beating all the drums and going on a full media blitz to convince voters of the need to increase taxes yet again and to indebt county citizens with the largest taxpayer burden in Whatcom County history, based on jail capacity claims, isn’t it even just a little duplicitous to make that claim in the face of other safer and more humane options?

Jail Services and Alternatives to Incarceration

Change Or Replace Your Ballot Online

To Change Or Replace Your Ballot Online Until November 3rd:

If you have changed your mind on your vote and have already mailed your ballot, did you know that you can still change it until November 3rd?

Yes you can. If you log in to the Secretary of State website linked below and follow these simple steps:  https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/

1: Complete the simple form and click continue. You will next see a page with your voter registration information.

2: Look for the MyBallot button along the left side of the page and click it. This will take you to your MyBallot page.

3: Click the link under the 2015 General Election heading  (http://whatcomcounty.everyonecounts.com) and you will be taken to the Whatcom everyonecounts website.

4: Below the heading “Welcome to the Whatcom County November 3, 2015 General Election,” read the military or overseas voter question and click the yes or no button. You will then be taken to the ‘Address Verification’ page if you answered no. (I don’t know where it goes if you answer ‘yes.’)

5: Scroll through your ballot to either re-vote the entire ballot or to change items you’ve already submitted by mail. (This is where you would find the county sheriff vote to change it.)

6: When you’ve finished your ballot, click continue at the bottom and there you go, you just changed your ballot.

I would be honored to receive your write in vote for County Sheriff.

Best regards,

~Paul Murphy ‪#‎MurphyForSheriff‬

https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/

A Very Well Researched And Thoughtful Endorsement!

Now I also KNOW I’m on the right track in showing what real conservatism is.  🙂

Thank you Ryan!

~Paul Murphy ‪#‎MurphyForSheriff‬

“Vote for Paul Murphy (Write-In) for Sheriff”

“Paul Murphy
I don’t know Paul Murphy personally. I am voting for him (Write-IN for Sheriff) because I think he is a man of integrity who has a plan to create a compact, efficient, appropriate law and justice infrastructure in Whatcom County. I am aware of fact that Marxists like myself don’t generally vote for conservatives. But this is still a small county. I’m voting for the man and his vision anyway.

After reading more about Paul Murphy, I realized who he is and who he was forced to become and why he is running for Sheriff. First, read his blog and this slideshare (very important!) to understand why he is running for office and who is he is as a man. Unfortunately, I know too much about the existential dilemmas Detective Murphy experienced. I’m going to summarize them for you and expand of the struggle of whistleblowers on an abstract level in blue below. But you make sure to read his slideshare to know his full story and details.

In all aspects of modern society, especially but not exclusively energy production, mining and resource extraction, technology control, *investment banking*, propaganda and knowledge dissemination, nation state relations, state based security services, local and regional economies, money supply, narcotics trafficking, failed state economies, law and justice, government budgeting and processes, regulatory agencies, all diplomatic corps, international aid agencies (in short) in all *loci of power across the globe*, the systems of control and power that we live in are supported, organized and beholden to cesspools of corruption and abuse of power. This is how the world works now. All over.

Most of the time, this is hidden from all us for some very good reasons. If normal people knew how absolutely corrupt and fraudulent the world of power really was, they might do something about it. But most of us are just too careless, scared or clueless to go that route. We all know what happens if we confront power! And none of it is good. If we do discover something truly disconcerting, most of behave just like good Germans during WWII: we bury our heads (deep) in the sand and simply move on. So we can keep our jobs. So we don’t cause any trouble. So we can be ‘bright, shiny, happy people making friends’.

But every now and then, someone who does his job well, someone with integrity stares right down into the abyss of that cesspool and corruption and decides they need to do something about it. This is what Paul Murphy did. He didn’t start out as some crusader. He just looked and saw something he couldn’t believe. In some miracle of chutzpah, the kind that restores our faith in the heroes of this world, Paul couldn’t let it go. So he stared into the abyss and abyss behaved as predicted: it reached up, grabbed him by the throat and tried to drag him down. Paul wouldn’t let it. In the end, he came out better than many other whistle blowers fare. His concerns about the lapses in EHM (“electronic home monitoring”) uncovered what is probably a nationwide scandal that’s not being investigated. After he was essentially fired for his efforts, he received a settlement and WA actually enacted legislation tightening up EHM loopholes (1,2) . I personally know others who have fared much worse than this for similar efforts.

Think about for a moment what it means to have private EHM throughout all the counties in this country that don’t necessarily report EHM alarms to their respective governmental jurisdictions! Imagine a “pool of assets” with criminal backgrounds on EHM whose location can be manipulated to make it appear they are still at home when in fact they are not! Can you think of select ’employers’ who could use such a crowd of ghosts? I sure can. Paul Murphy is a national hero living right here in Whatcom County. He is not going to get any awards for being such. I suggest you give him your Write-IN vote for Sheriff instead.”

See original post here:  Bellingham Politics: Time To Vote

Write In Candidate For Sheriff: Paul Murphy

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Greetings To All,

Time is short. Too short to address every single post or video being made appealing for a big and expensive jail complex, but I’ll summarize it this way for now:

Of course we want the jail staff and inmates alike to work and be housed in a fully functional, secure, safe and humane environment. That’s a given and I’m hearing no voices in opposition to that, contrary to what is being implied by proponents.

But that does not equate to buying into the hype and the various screeds demanding a $245 million dollar construction ($100 million construction + $145 million loan interest) on Labounty Rd., outside the city limits of Bellingham.

That outrageous number doesn’t even account for the estimated $600 million to $1.1 BILLION dollar (Yes, you read that right) long term operating costs.

We’re looking at a minimum, based on accepted estimates, of $845 MILLION dollars to $1.345 BILLION dollars in initial construction and operating costs over the long term. A county of this relatively small size cannot afford such a lavish expenditure and it’s simply irresponsible to do it.

If elected, my plan will be to build a safe, modern, maximum security facility, within the city limits of Bellingham, adjacent to the courthouse, without raising taxes and on existing funds, to be completed and operational within 4 years.

It CAN be done and it needs to be done.

If you agree, please write in Paul Murphy for sheriff of Whatcom County by November 3rd so we can get the jail project and WCSO expenditures back on an accountable and fiscally responsible path.

Also, I do have written confirmation of the lawful ability for a person to mount a write in campaign.  You’ll find the county auditor email linked on the facebook page below.

Thank you for your support,
~ PRM ‪#‎MurphyForSheriff‬

I’ll update this website further as I have time, but also check the facebook page ‘Murphy For Sheriff’ for a biographical about me, my platform statement and other comments, relating to what you can expect to see if I’m elected sheriff of Whatcom County.
Murphy For Sheriff

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An Open Letter To Jack Louws

Mr. Louws,

I have some gripes that I want to air (again) and election time seems as good a time as any to do so. (Is there a better time?)

First, our unfinished business:

Bill Elfo is no longer credible. He’s now a proven liar and proven manipulator through the federal courts and through the process of a recent bill that Governor Inslee signed, but I’m not telling you anything. I’m sure you already know that. (I do still have all the court documents and records obtained from the discovery process to prove to any reasonable person what I’ve said here is true.)

When I first brought my whistleblower complaint to you, you were an unknown to me. I had hoped that you would be the man I thought you were, but as I found out in both of the cold and terse whistleblower denials from your office, …you aren’t. You couldn’t be bothered with employee rights, right and wrong, corruption, those sorts of things. You just wanted it and me to go away. I get it.

It’s too late for me to take that vote back though, isn’t it.

You know, and I know, that my claim of political retaliations and internal plotting, the reasons for them, as well as fraud, waste and abuse, were proven in spades. Even though your hand picked ‘independent’ county-paid ‘investigator’ did her very best to minimize what was reported to you, there were facts on the table that even she could not make ‘go away.’

So, just to set the record straight; I know what really happened and I know you also know what really happened, yet you chose to back Elfo’s scheme anyway. You didn’t uphold the law, high standards or even try to stand for what is right. You did so because you had to protect the county power for your later plans. I was just a fly in the ointment and I wouldn’t be able to do a thing about it.

I went to you seeking help from what was being done to me and instead of doing what was right, you fell in line and aided the process along. The complaint remains valid even now should you choose to reopen it, but I know you won’t take any action on it because people like me who will stand up and tell the truth to power about such things are apparently  bad for the jail industry business.

Now onto the current matter:

Like most corrupt politicians, you use ‘plausible deniability’ skillfully to justify your actions and to shield yourself and your decisions from scrutiny. If a person doesn’t have rock-solid irrefutable proof, you ignore or deny all of it, even though you really do know, because it’s ‘plausible’ to do so in the eyes of the uninformed.

Sorry, but that does not a man of good character make.

Keeping people in jail longer than necessary to boost population numbers is wrong. Denying bail or PR (personal recognizance) to people who aren’t public safety or flight risks to boost numbers is wrong. Incarcerating people in the first place who aren’t public safety or flight risks to boost jail numbers is wrong. Repeated court continuances to boost jail numbers is wrong. Manipulating jail population numbers in any form is wrong and you know that.

It’s also wrong to personally profit from a government sector public safety plan that you, as an elected official, have personally manipulated into one carefully defined direction when it’s crystal clear that other viable and cost-effective options do exist. That alone warrants further investigation and I do hope someone is on that. I would and could, because I have the skills and the training, but I just don’t have the time.

In closing:

Despite all of the recent redefining of the term ‘integrity’ into something that sounds warm and fuzzy, like a verbal hug, integrity is not about ‘how you treat people.’ Integrity is about doing what is right. Even if it’s inconvenient. Even if no one else is watching.  It’s honesty, even when it costs you and even when it hurts to do so. Integrity is an unwavering adherence to truth and facts, period.

You, along with the willing co-horts, will probably dismiss this with a wry chuckle as a ‘disgruntled former employee’ or some such thing, but this isn’t just some random, anonymous ‘rant on the internet.’ I have my own personal firsthand experiences with ‘the county,’ 11 years worth, and you for a short time, to rely on that I think other citizens of this county need to know about as well.

Since you, the Bellingham Herald and KGMI can’t suppress, filter or censor this, there’s a good chance some of your voters will see it and may even read it. I’ll let the reader decide for themselves what it is or isn’t. If this costs you even one vote, I will consider it worthy of any scorn directed at me, my time and my effort to write it.

You should also know that I do plan to vote for Joy Gilfilen to replace you. She and I don’t agree on a lot, but we do agree on the important things, like local economics, senseless taxation, government overreach, over spending, protecting the ‘little guy’ and such. Perhaps most importantly, I’m confident that she does have integrity and that things would have turned out differently for me if she were the county exec.

Good day,
Paul Murphy

The Louwsy Jail Deal: A Whatcom County Jail Boondoggle…

Public Corruption Files: The Louwsy Jail Deal: A Whatcom County Jail Boondoggle…

….that put a few cool million in Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws’ pockets. $4.19 Million to be exact.
(Edit:  I’ve been corrected on the dollar amount since it’s really not known exactly how much Jack Louws made on his property deal. It’s believed to be closer to $3 million and I said ‘Oh, is that all?’  Apparently he had to pay a company to construct a building on that property first, before selling it,….a company he owns…..;/ )

Well no wonder Jack Louws is so set on railroading the project and ramrodding the suspiciously ‘chosen’ jail location….. that Whatcom County residents have already paid for, $150,000 per acre, in an area that is assessed at an average $30K per acre.

That’s kind of a coin-ki-dink, isn’t it?

What other purpose would Jack Louws have had to buy an adjacent property in a nowhere location,….unless he knew in advance that would also be the location he would himself secretively select, stick to and defend, when many other much more cost effective options exist, as the one and only location that would be acceptable for a jail project that he is also pushing?

This is unacceptable and the way this process has been undertaken from the outset is corrupt.

Sorry, but there is no other word for it.

It didn’t quite make sense then, but I can see now why Jack repeatedly denied my well proven whistleblower complaints, requesting he intercede in Bill Elfo’s manufactured termination of my employment from Whatcom County.

Good work over at Northwest Citizen. I wish I had more time to do that sort of gumshoe investigative work, but I can’t. I’m too busy trying to survive.

Click here for the original report by Northwest Citizen.

‘David vs Goliath’

I just heard about this podcast today. Figured I’d share it here, since if I hadn’t heard about it, I’m guessing most Whatcom County people hadn’t either.

Yours truly is discussed from 16:45 to 22:00 on the 07-04-15 Dick Donahue’s Wealth Wake Up Program with Glen Morgan.

Although I am puzzled that to this date, no one locally has sought my firsthand perspective of what happened and why, I would like to thank Dick and Glen both for telling the other side of this. There’s actually quite a lot to what happened. It’s long and it’s ‘complicated’ as people say today, but this was still a pretty good summation.

For the record, there was no ‘severance.’ I was wrongly fired on trumped up nonsense and Whatcom county essentially admitted to it when they came running to us with a $300K settlement offer and rolled back Elfo’s termination so I could ‘resign.’

That may sound like a lot of money, but trust me, after the attorney is paid and costs are calculated, there’s not much left. We came away from it in the black, but very upside-down from what it actually cost me in terms of reputation, career, retirement, etc.

Still, I stand a totally vindicated man now in spite of what Elfo et al have publicly stated on several occasions and for that I am very grateful.

Note: I called in to the KGMI radio show the day Dillon Honcoop and Bill Elfo teamed up to rail against me and publicly trash my reputation on air with what are now proven falsehoods. Honcoop wouldn’t even accept the call to at least hear my side of the events and KGMI hasn’t returned any calls at all since that time. It was a totally one-sided, very slanted slam job against me and my character, presumably to help defend Elfo and if I do say, a totally unprofessional way to conduct a program. I know why Honcoop has a beef with me, but I won’t get into it here. Let’s just say it was ‘duty related’ from when I was on patrol. The point is that KGMI as a radio station has been in Elfo’s back pocket on this issue and continues to block my comments and responses on their website posts even now.