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by John Rasmussen

Please read a disclaimer for the statements I make on this website accusing judges, politicians and activists of criminal actions.



Index of Public Letters to News Organizations: (Click Hyperlink to Jump to that Letter)

    April 7, 2011            A Public Letter to the Houston newspapers regarding Authur Andersen's ELS fraudulent accounting

    August 30, 2009       A Public Letter to The Seattle Times regarding its failure to report the ELS tax fraud scheme

    October 24, 2008      A Public Letter to the Newspapers of Washington State regarding the November election



April 7, 2011: A Public Letter to the Houston newspapers:

    Dear Owners, Editors, and Staff of the Houston newspapers:

         Before the Enron and WorldCom scandals involving Arthur Andersen, there was the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme involving Arthur Andersen. Since Enron was headquartered in Houston, I assume that many of your readers were harmed by its collapse. Perhaps they would be interested to know that Arthur Andersen should have been under federal investigation for the East Lake Sammamish tax fraud scheme at the time it was providing dishonest accounting for Enron.

         The East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud wasn't prosecuted because federal and King County prosecutors were involved in the crime. That's how things work in King County, Washington. You might have heard about this earlier if federal and state judges in Washington State had not covered-up the crime. What's the chance a judge would participate in a federal tax fraud scheme and then the judges in the courts of appeal would cover-up the mess? If that seems impossible or unlikely to you, I challenge you to do a little research and look at the evidence I provide on my website.

         Here's a link to a page on my website which explains Arthur Andersen's East Lake Sammamish crime.

         http://www.trailofshame.com/I-F-Andersen.html

         The Enron and WorldCom scandals are blamed on corporate greed. I believe that the blame goes deeper and is tied to an arrogant disregard for the rights of common people by our politicians, judges and others in positions of power in our society. The leadership of King County apparently believed that participating in this federal tax fraud was something "good". It's that classic "ends justify the means" rationalization. In this case, the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme made it easier and cheaper for the leadership of King County to provide a bike trail for their citizens. Of course, it also bought these politicians votes in the next election, but I'm sure that was the furthest thought in their minds.

         I believe that the people of King County, Washington owe a moral, if not financial, debt to those defrauded in the Enron scandal as a result of the King County's participation in Arthur Andersen's earlier East Lake Sammamish crime. As for financial compensation, it would be difficult to obtain a fair trial of the evidence in the federal or state courts of Washington. The judges here are invested in that federal tax fraud scheme.

         In order to protect myself, I must state that my accusations in this letter and on my website express my opinion, and are constitutionally protected speech. If you want to determine whether my accusations are true, read the documentation which I provide to justify my statements. There's lots of it, and the folks who committed the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme believe they will never be held accountable. They're probably right.

    John Rasmussen
    Lyle, Washington

    Note: This letter was sent to the following newspapers in Houston, Texas.

         Houston Chronicle
         Houston Business Journal
         Houston Community Newspapers
         Houston Forward Times
         Free Press Houston
         Houston Press



August 30, 2009: A Public Letter to The Seattle Times:

    Dear Owners, Editors, and Staff of The Seattle Times:

         I question The Seattle Times' commitment to report the truth to its readers.

         My name is John Rasmussen. For the past ten years, I've been fighting to expose the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme, a scheme which initially involved the leadership of King County, BNSF, Arthur Andersen, and The Land Conservancy of Seattle and King County (TLC). In the process of covering-up the tax fraud scheme, the participants have grown to include federal and State judges (including many of the present judges of the Washington State Supreme Court), the U.S. Attorney in Seattle, and others, such as The Seattle Times. I first notified The Seattle Times of the tax fraud scheme in an email on November 29, 1999. That email is linked below. Since that time, I've challenged The Times to report the crime a number of times. All of my email correspondence with the Times is posted in reverse chronological order at the following link.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      Email correspondence with The Seattle Times:

         On this website, I've listed the participants in the tax fraud scheme as "active" or "passive". The active participants either took part in the tax fraud scheme, had a legal duty to expose or prosecute the fraud, or actively hid evidence of the crime. The passive participants were informed about the crime, but did nothing while their fellow King County resident's land was being stolen, and their fellow resident's rights were being violated. I have listed The Seattle Times as a passive participant, until today. Today, I place your newspaper on the active list. Congratulations! You have "earned" this status by ignoring your responsibility to report this crime to your readers. In my opinion, The Seattle Times has acted criminally in neglecting this duty. (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         We have many layers of protection against corruption in our government. One of the last is "Freedom of the Press", the constitutional right for news organizations to report corruption in government to the public. With the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme, all the layers of protection have failed to protect us. It's apparent to me that the editors and staff of The Seattle Times have intentionally refused to report the ELS tax fraud scheme. While "Freedom of the Press" is designed to protect your right to report the truth to your readers, it also protects you from being held responsible for failing to report that truth. This public letter is designed to "rub your nose" in the "mess" you have refused to report. Since I don't expect a response from you, I'll forward this public letter to the other daily newspapers in the State and to the schools of journalism. Perhaps they will shame you for the shame you cannot generate for yourself.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         The following is a timeline of significant events in the commitment of East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and its cover-up. Each event is presented as a hyperlink which will take the reader to some documentation.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this timeline are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

    A timeline of the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme:

        My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this Timeline are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.

        1997 The fraudulent ELS railbanking transaction was completed by BNSF, TLC (staffed with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lawyers), and King County. The tax fraud scheme generated a $40 million illegal tax write-off for BNSF.

        1997 Norm Maleng, the King county Prosecutor, knew that he could be prosecuted for his participation in the tax fraud scheme. To hide his crime, Maleng altered public documents and manufactured a dishonest legal argument.

        2000 "Whistle blower" email sent to the leadership of King County after I discovered the ELS federal tax fraud scheme. No member of the King County leadership responded.

        2000 "Whistle blower" email sent to Senator John McCain, Chairman, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, United States Senate. McCain did not respond.

        2000 After enduring months of stonewalling by the County, I expressed my willingness to defend my property and rights with a shotgun, unless King County would explain its illegal actions against my family.

        2000 King County Executive Ron Sims responded to my stand against King County's corruption by threatening me with false felony prosecution.

        2000 King County filed suit against me. King County Superior Court Judge Haley then issued a preliminary injunction against me based on lies by the Prosecutor and perjurious declarations. Haley ignored my description of the ELS tax fraud scheme. We moved the lawsuit to federal court to avoid dealing with Haley.

        2001 Federal District Judge Barbara Rothstein issued a completely dishonest opinion which covered-up the ELS tax fraud scheme. She violated my constitutional rights, misapplied the law, and manufactured facts in order to justify her predetermined outcome. Her opinion is a crime from the bench and identifies Rothstein as an active participant in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme.

        2002 "Whistle blower" report of the ELS tax fraud scheme filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS Form 211).

        2002 "Whistle blower" presentation made to U.S. Prosecutor Jeff Sullivan. Sullivan refused to prosecute King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng. Later, Maleng supported Sullivan's appointment to U.S. Attorney in Seattle. After Maleng unexpectedly died, Chief U.S. District Judge Lasnik appointed Sullivan to U.S. Attorney. Lasnik previously served as Maleng's chief of staff and was close personal friends with Maleng.

        2002 Senior Circuit Judge Betty Fletcher issued an opinion which mirrored every significant dishonest finding in King County v. Rasmussen (2001). Fletcher protected her fellow federal judge, Rothstein, from being exposed as a participant in the tax fraud scheme.

        2002 En banc appeal of King County v. Rasmussen (2002) was denied by the full Ninth Circuit Court.

        2003 Appeal of King County v. Rasmussen (2002) was denied by the United States Supreme Court.

        2004 I filed a Complaint of Judicial Misconduct with the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit. I described the criminal activity of Judges Rothstein and Fletcher. The complaint was dismissed.

        2004 In Ray v. King County (2004), Chief Judge Ronald Cox, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, issued a completely dishonest opinion which mirrored the treasonous opinions by Federal Judges Rothstein and Fletcher.

        2004 With its denial of the Ray v. King County appeal, the Washington State Supreme Court betrayed the people of Washington State by hiding the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and protecting the participants in the crime.

        2008 This website was established in order to inform the public of the corruption and dishonesty in King County government, and in the Federal and State courts of Washington.

        My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in this Timeline are a First Amendment expression of MY OPINION.

    The Seattle Times was notified about the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme many times.

         The Seattle Times' first notification of the ELS federal tax fraud scheme was in November 1999 when the Times was copied in an email from me to Cheryl Fambles, King County Department of Construction Facilities and Management. Here is that email:

      Email from John Rasmussen to Cheryl Fambles, King County Department of Construction Facilities and Management on November 29, 1999:

         I "blew the whistle" on the ELS tax fraud scheme to Norm Maleng on January 31, 2000, and to the leadership of King County on February 7, 2000. I forwarded that "whistle blower" email to Tim Larson of the Eastside Journal on February 9, 2000. Larson had responded to my previous emails. I didn't forward Maleng's email to the Times until October 2002, when Times reporter Natalie Singer responded to an email I had written to her. Here are my emails to Tim Larson on February 9, 2000 and to Seattle Times reporter Natalie Singer on October 16, 2002, describing the ELS tax fraud scheme. Ms. Singer never followed up on the information I provided her.

      Email from John Rasmussen to Tim Larson on February 9, 2000:

      Email from John Rasmussen to Natalie Singer on October 16, 2002:

         The East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme was described in a submission to The Seattle Times opinion page on September 30, 2002. That email was ignored by the Times staff.

      View my submission to The Seattle Times opinion page on September 30, 2002.

         The East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme was described in a submission to The Seattle Times opinion page on January 7, 2003. In that email, I tied the favor Maleng did for Federal Circuit Judge Farris to the favor the Ninth Circuit did for Maleng in covering-up the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. That email prompted an exchange with Times reporter Ray Rivera, who subsequently refused to report the tax fraud scheme.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View my submission to The Seattle Times opinion page on January 7, 2003.

      Email, with attached documents, from John Rasmussen to Ray Rivera on January 7, 2003:

      Email, with attached document, from John Rasmussen to Ray Rivera on January 8, 2003:

         On May 24, 2003, I challenged fifteen Seattle Times reporters to investigate and report the ELS federal tax fraud scheme. Attached to that email was a letter that I had written to all forty-six judges of the Ninth Circuit on May 16, 2003, describing misconduct by federal judges in the cover-up of the ELS tax fraud scheme. The Clerk of the Ninth Circuit Court subsequently returned all the letters to me, refusing to deliver them to the judges. My email was ignored by the Times staff.

      Email from John Rasmussen to fifteen Seattle Times reporters on May 24, 2003:

         On June 7, 2004, I wrote the same fifteen Seattle Times reporters in response to a Times editorial "Outrageous Enron", which had been published the day before. The Times was incensed at the harm done by Enron. I tied the Arthur Andersen crime at Enron to the Arthur Andersen crime on East Lake Sammamish. I then suggested that the Enron scandal grew out of lesser crimes like the ELS tax fraud scheme, and that some blame for Enron should be felt by the Times because of its refusal to report Arthur Andersen's ELS crime. That email was ignored by the Times staff.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

      View my letter to the Times reporters, with submission to The Seattle Times opinion page, on June 7, 2004.

         On October 24, 2008 I wrote to David Boardman, Executive Editor of The Seattle Times, informing him of the establishment of this website and accusing the Times of being a participant in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. I received no response from Boardman.

      View my email to David Boardman on October 24, 2008.

         On May 14, 2009, I wrote an email to James Vesely and awarded him the "Un-Pulitzer" on his retirement because of his persistent refusal to report the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme to his Times readers. That email was also copied to six senior members of the Times staff. I received no response.

      View my email to James Vesely on May 14, 2009.

    I question The Seattle Times' commitment to report the truth to its readers.

         The Seattle Times is considered the "paper of record" for the Northwest. With that reputation comes the responsibility to report the truth to its readers. It appears that The Seattle Times has no concept of the responsibility which comes with "Freedom of the Press". King County government committed a crime with its participation in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. The federal and State judiciary intentionally committed crimes from the bench by covering up the ELS tax fraud. The people of the State of Washington cannot fix the corruption in their government and courts if they don't know about it. The Seattle Times has become an active participant in the ELS tax fraud scheme with its refusal to report the truth about this crime to its readers.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

            John Rasmussen


    Note: Please use the following link to view the email letter which notified members of The Seattle Times about this public letter.

      View my email letter to members of The Seattle Times on August 30, 2009.



    The following members of The Seattle Times were notified of this public letter.

        Executives:

        David Boardman - dboardman@seattletimes.com
        Kathy Best - kbest@seattletimes.com
        Suki Dardarian - sdardarian@seattletimes.com
        Heidi de Laubenfels - hdelaubenfels@seattletimes.com
        Carole Carmichael - ccarmichael@seattletimes.com
        Jim Simon - jsimon@seattletimes.com
        Leon Espinoza - lespinoza@seattletimes.com
        Stanley Farrar - sfarrar@seattletimes.com
        Denise Clifton - dclifton@seattletimes.com

        Editorials & Opinion:

        Ryan Blethen - rblethen@seattletimes.com
        Kate Riley - kriley@seattletimes.com
        Joni Balter - jbalter@seattletimes.com
        Lance Dickie - ldickie@seattletimes.com
        Bruce Ramsey - bramsey@seattletimes.com
        Lynne Varner - lvarner@seattletimes.com

        Investigations:

        James Neff - jneff@seattletimes.com
        Cheryl Phillips - cphillips@seattletimes.com
        Katherine Long - klong@seattletimes.com
        Ken Armstrong - karmstrong@seattletimes.com
        Michael J. Berens - mberens@seattletimes.com
        David Heath - dheath@seattletimes.com
        Justin Mayo - jmayo@seattletimes.com

        Local News:

        Jim Simon - jsimon@seattletimes.com
        Mark Higgins - mhiggins@seattletimes.com
        Matt Kreamer - mkreamer@seattletimes.com
        Cathy McLain - cmclain@seattletimes.com
        John de Leon - jdeleon@seattletimes.com
        Janet Horne - jhorne@seattletimes.com
        Beth Kaiman - bkaiman@seattletimes.com
        Nick Provenza - nprovenza@seattletimes.com
        Richard Wagoner - rwagoner@seattletimes.com
        Nicole Brodeur - nbrodeur@seattletimes.com
        Nancy Bartley - nbartley@seattletimes.com
        Hal Bernton - hbernton@seattletimes.com
        Sanjay Bhatt - sbhatt@seattletimes.com
        Charles Brown - cbrown@seattletimes.com
        Ian Ith - iith@seattletimes.com
        Susan Kelleher - skelleher@seattletimes.com
        Sonia Krishnan - skrishnan@seattletimes.com
        Jim Brunner - jbrunner@seattletimes.com
        Michael Carter - mcarter@seattletimes.com
        Sharon Pian Chan - schan@seattletimes.com
        Christine Clarridge - cclarridge@seattletimes.com
        Sandi Doughton - sdoughton@seattletimes.com
        Keith Ervin - kervin@seattletimes.com
        Andrew Garber - agarber@seattletimes.com
        Susan Gilmore - sgilmore@seattletimes.com
        Sara Jean Green - sgreen@seattletimes.com
        Erik Lacitis - elacitis@seattletimes.com
        Mike Lindblom - mlindblom@seattletimes.com
        Lynda V. Mapes - lmapes@seattletimes.com
        Jonathan Martin - jonathanmartin@seattletimes.com
        Steve Miletich - smiletich@seattletimes.com
        Maureen O'Hagan - mohagan@seattletimes.com
        Nick Perry - nperry@seattletimes.com
        Marc Ramirez - mramirez@seattletimes.com
        Mark Rahner - mrahner@seattletimes.com
        Linda Shaw - lshaw@seattletimes.com
        Kyung M. Song - ksong@seattletimes.com
        Jennifer Sullivan - jensullivan@seattletimes.com
        Lynn Thompson - lthompson@seattletimes.com
        Nicole Tsong - ntsong@seattletimes.com
        Janet Tu - jtu@seattletimes.com
        Lornet Turnbull - lturnbull@seattletimes.com
        Craig Welch - cwelch@seattletimes.com
        Danny Westneat - dwestneat@seattletimes.com
        Christine Willmsen - cwillmsen@seattletimes.com
        Bob Young - byoung@seattletimes.com



October 24, 2008: A Public Letter to the Newspapers of Washington State regarding five candidates who should not be elected in November:

    Dear Owners, Editors, and Staff of the Washington State Newspapers:
    (A list of newspapers contacted is provided at the bottom of this letter.)

         With the November elections rapidly approaching, I'm requesting that you make your readers aware of past criminal activity by five candidates running for reelection.

         The following candidates were active participants in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme. They do not deserve the public's trust and should not be elected, in my opinion.

      Judges Richard B. Sanders, Washington State Supreme Court

      Mary Fairhurst, Washington State Supreme Court

      Judge Ann Schindler, Chief Judge for Division I, Washington State Court of Appeals

      Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General

      Dave Reichert, US Congress representing the 8th Congressional District

         Of the candidates listed above, Supreme Court Judges Sanders and Fairhurst are the most troubling. They have intentionally violated the rights of an innocent couple who appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court. These two judges joined the other members of the court in withholding the couple's constitutional right of due process. By doing so, these two judges have signaled that no citizen of the State of Washington can expect their rights to be recognized in the Washington State Supreme Court. In addition, they have destroyed Washington State common law dealing with property rights. They did this in the most cowardly manner, refusing to overturn and correct a criminally inspired lower court opinion. Judges Sanders and Fairhurst have a sworn duty to uphold the law and the Constitution and have failed to uphold their oaths. These two judges should not be reelected.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         With the election so close, I realize that it is very late for this letter. It will take study, and perhaps legal advice, in order for you to responsibly report that these candidates have participated in a crime. But, you certainly can provide your readers a link to my website without taking responsibility for the information that I post. I hope you will. Let your readers do the study. My website contains truth that the public should know.

         I'm sorry that I was unable to get this website establish earlier. I've been working on the site for more than three years. For the last few months, I've devoted almost all of my spare time to getting it published. There would be no value in me simply claiming that judges intentionally violated constitutional rights and intentionally misapplied the law. Simply claiming this happened would have no power to persuade. On this site, I justify my accusations with facts and documentation. Since the folks who visit this site are not likely to go to a law library to verify the legal citations, I link any significant citation to its location in its complete opinion. This has taken time, lots of time, but provides a foundation for folks to understand the dishonesty in our courts and municipalities. In the judicial opinions discussed on this website, the judges often used short citations which are found to mean something completely different when read in context. That doesn't happen here because the citations will open in the context of their full opinion with a "click". The truth is my friend.

         The daily newspapers in King County refused to report the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme during the time it was happening. I contacted The Seattle Times and the King County Journal a number of times about the crime. Both newspapers refused to investigate and report the tax fraud scheme.

      Understand how the press in King County, Washington, participated in the federal tax fraud scheme by refusing to report the crime to the public.

         The press has become our last court of appeal. When our judges collectively focus on increasing their power at the expense of the Constitution and the law, the appeal process in the courts breaks down and fails. That breakdown and failure is described on this website. In theory, we-the-people then go to congress to impeach the crooked judges. That is how it should happen, but it doesn't. The state and federal congresses have a very poor record of impeaching judges. For example, understand that Federal District Judge Alan McDonald was never impeached despite repeated claims of misconduct. This leaves the press as the last court of appeal. All of the daily newspapers in Washington State are being directed to this letter. Consider this website a formal appeal to the "Court of Last Resort".

      View a discussion about the Role of the Press on my homepage.

         I understand that newspapers do not have the resources to chase down every story. But, I suggest that corruption in King County is a worthwhile subject for the whole state. Many King County officials migrate to state office. Rob McKenna is an example of a King County politician who participated in the ELS tax fraud scheme, and is now in state office. At the top of this page, I suggest that he not be reelected. Further, the influence in the courts of the state by former King County Prosecutor, Norm Maleng, can be seen on this website. It is very likely that Maleng or his former chief of staff, Federal District Judge Robert Lasnik, influenced the judges of the Washington State Supreme Court to deny constitutional rights and misconstrue the law in order to protect Maleng from federal prosecution. Since the Washington State Supreme Court intentionally denied the rights of the Rays in its refusal to overturn and correct Ray v. King County, no citizen in the state can have confidence in our Supreme Court.
        (My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions on this webpage are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.)

         Below, I display a list of the newspapers which I have notified about this public letter. On the chance that a newspaper is short of resources and wishes to pursue the issues I discuss here, that newspaper will have a list of possible collaborators. Further, the list gives to the public the names of the newspapers which were directly contacted with the recommendation to not elect the candidates who participated in the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme.

        Regards,

        John Rasmussen



A list of newspapers notified about this public letter:

Daily Newspapers:

    Aberdeen: The Daily World
    Bellingham: The Bellingham Herald
    Bremerton: Kitsap Sun (The Sun)
    Centralia: The Chronicle
    Ellensburg: Ellensburg Daily Record (Delivered on 10-25-2008)
    Everett: The Herald
    Kennewick-Pasco-Richland: Tri-City Herald
    Leavenworth: The Leavenworth Echo (Delivered on 10-25-2008)
    Longview: The Daily News
    Moses Lake: Columbia Basin Herald
    Mount Vernon: Skagit Valley Herald
    Olympia: The Olympian
    Port Angeles: Peninsula Daily News
    Pullman: Moscow-Pullman Daily News
    Seattle: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
    Seattle: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Seattle: The Seattle Times
    Spokane: The Spokesman-Review
    Tacoma: The News Tribune
    Vancouver: The Columbian
    Walla Walla: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
    Wenatchee: Wenatchee World
    Yakima: Yakima Herald-Republic

Weekly Newspapers:

    Issaquah: Issaquah Press
    White Salmon: The Enterprise