You know...This whole bizarre Adam Chamberlin and the Animals story first cropped up (for me) last Thursday afternoon, when I got a tip about it. A few hours later, the request was up on the Sheriff's Facebook page, it was posted here, and hundreds of people were commenting on it. That was by Thursday evening.
Well, don't you know the Peninsula Snaily News has finally gotten around to covering this story. Except that their coverage is more like a minimalist cover-up. The following is their entire "article" on this subject:
Although a public records request for information on more than 2,000 pet owners and their animals has been rescinded, Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict has indefinitely suspended the county’s mandatory pet licensing program while privacy issues are addressed.
Benedict said Friday that Adam Chamberlin of Port Angeles has dropped the June 30 request for “a CD containing all of the licensed pets in Clallam County, including license numbers, owner information, and all other pertinent information,” according to the request.
Not a lot there, is there? The Sheriff's Facebook posting - which is where they obviously cribbed this - contains a lot more information than this "article." It's clear that they didn't even talk to Sheriff Benedict. It's also clear, and even more revealing, that they didn't talk to Adam Chamberlin, the three time loser convicted felon, and ask him what he was up to. The silence on that particular point is deafening.
In continuing to state the obvious, let's note that this all, somehow, is clearly tied up in the attempts by both the PDN and Adam Chamberlin and the "Our Town" clowns to drive Dale Wilson down and out. Let us further note that it seems likely that Judge Porter and Mark Nichols have their slimy little fingers in there somewhere as well. Which, to wrap it all up, shows just how corrupt, incestuous and vicious the existing power structure is in Clallam County.
Constitutional rights mean nothing. The right of the people to know means nothing. The responsibility to protect the public trust (via the press and the law) means nothing. Protecting the ability of a favored few to scam and steal is all that matters. Those who would expose or oppose the crooks will be destroyed.
So, yes, Port Angeles is officially, as is often pointed out here, a "distressed" community. But that distress doesn't come from homeless people, or drug users, or bureaucrats in Olympia or Washington D.C. That distress comes right from the top of the (dung) heap in Port Angeles itself.