I filed a number of Data Practices Act requests with the state, specifically the DOH, in September seeking information on critical topics like the value of masking, incidental hospitalizations, reinfections and breakthroughs, but most importantly on the state’s messaging around these issues. (Those requests are all available in a post I published at that time.) The state has completely stonewalled providing any responsive documents. They have instead given me hundreds of pages of “filler”, useless documents that make me waste time looking at garbage that isn’t really relevant. Two of my requests related to specific remarks made at briefings by DOH representatives, but somehow there isn’t a single email, memo, note or other document relating to the subject of these remarks, or at least not that the state has produced. I know that I am being singled out for slow-rolling a response. I know that the administration is trying to run out the clock on these requests. I am not going to let that happen. I have given the state several opportunities to be forthcoming and they won’t do it. So unlike others who just give up, I am going to sue them and I am going to publicize their hiding of this information. You can help by writing your legislators and demanding that this data be released and asking the media why they are insisting on getting it. And you can support the Upper Midwest Legal Center, which is helping me in this effort.
When we finally see the truth, we will learn that DOH has and wouldn’t release to the public data showing that masks were not effective in stopping transmission, either in general or in schools; that there are high numbers of incidental hospitalizations, especially among children; that it delayed reporting on breakthru events as long as possible, until forced to do so, and most importantly that DOH has decided what data and information to release on the basis of whether it supports messaging and political goals. In other words, they decide on the message first, regardless of what data and research says, and then only look for and release data that supports their message. This is what they did in the youth sports case and in the closing of bars and restaurants and it is the same with everything else. I may not win, but I am not going to accept this kind of conduct from government.