First, to attempt to prevent violent tragedy
on our island at the hands of those who have tried, but failed, to shut down speech by
exposing a serious cultural problem in our community and by appealing to islanders of conscience to
address it before
the worst is realized. We believe our island culture is ripe for violent tragedy.
We will attempt to highlight our culture of extreme intolerance
by focusing on the plight of one Bainbridge Islander, Richard Rynearson.
His ongoing experience is unusually well documented, owing to the nature of his interactions
in the community taking place almost entirely via social media.
Additionally, unlike many other neighbors
who have experienced similar intolerance and who have also fled our island, Rynearson successfully fought for his legal right
not to be excluded from Bainbridge Island. Rynearson's struggle garnered
national media attention (despite
largely being suppressed locally by an organized effort) and Rynearson gained the public support of
organizations including the ACLU
of Washington and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Rynearson's story is particularly
egregious, as his legal victories led to a hateful mob and multiple death threats to accomplish
what Moriwaki's court action and multiple calls to police did not, bolstered by an organized effort of defamation and manufactured fear.
The attempt to silence neighbors is by no means rare on our island. Nor is the swelling
of censorship and violent threats and use of force-over-speech limited to our Bainbridge Island. Extremist
intolerance for the opinions of others, fused with violence, has
struck other cities when communities
failed to act in time. History demonstrates that apathy can turn entire nations into silent
spectators of even the most terrible injustices committed in their presence and through their silence.
Evil is a spectrum and we hope to
take a stand with other neighbors of Bainbridge Island who understand that action defines us rather than words, and to work together
to end the cycle of hate that exists in our community before hateful rhetoric becomes bloodshed.
Rynearson's story in a nutshell: Like the Capital Gazette, Rynearson published public,
true civil criticism of an individual who labeled truthful criticism "slander" (without showing falsity) before a
court ruled otherwise. The individual criticized
on our Bainbridge Island was Clarence Moriwaki, spokesman
for the public Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, who Rynearson had publicly criticized for:
remaining silent on
a law passed
military indefinite detention without charge or trial of American citizens in America, and
vocally supporting politicians
responsible for that law, and
refusing to publicly support Washington State
that would make it unlawful for Washington State officials
to cooperate with federal officials exercising the power to indefinitely detain
the Maryland shooter, however, Clarence Moriwaki lost his attempt to silence truthful critical
him when the order was appealed. Beyond that, Rynearson also sued the State in federal court, and had our
State's "cyberstalking" law
struck down for violating the Constitution. As a result of the loss in State court, the organized mob and media
against Rynearson increased its efforts to silence criticism from Rynearson or from anybody
Rynearson. These efforts ranged from banning people from popular island social media sites, to severe
defamation, multiple false reports
the Bainbridge Island Police Department, to multiple
to Rynearson or those suspected of being associated with Rynearson online.
Second, we intend to make the argument that this ongoing effort of intolerance is not simply
result of one or two bad actors limited to the Rynearson situation, but is evidence of a larger and
troublesome entrenched fascist agenda on our island, and in our State, that requires immediate
and serious attention. We realize the word "fascist"
is troublesome, but we use it to mean an organized effort to control people, and
media that is critical of those in power, using the levers
of government combined with the use of an organized mob, similar to the employment of
silence criticism in the 1940s.
We are certain that there is a very
real and very powerful fascism existing on our Bainbridge Island and we believe we make the case
Third, we intend to expose the primary actors that formed the fascist mob organized
against Rynearson and which hampers civil liberty and diversity in our community through lies,
threats of violence, intimidation, and
corrupt judicial activism from our island court system and a weak or failed local political process.
We tell the story across the pages in our menu, sourcing our claims with links to source documents
and audio that automatically go to the specific segment supporting the claim made. We recommend
readers move across
the top of the menu from left to right. We have created a Timeline to put events in chronological
order and to provide a simple way to see the breadth of what has transpired on our island so far with minimal editorial.
For serious researchers, we have assembled a list of news
articles about the situation and gathered an extensive collection of public documents and audio.
We have also created
a Mob/Media Strategy page dedicated to exposing the hateful mechanics of the fascists who hold a tight grip on
our island mechanisms of communications, and who use that grip to exclude certain voices and to target
their perceived opponents. We will update that page frequently. Finally, we have an open forum where
neighbors can challenge our assertions or provide their own inputs to make this page better. All voices are welcomed.
None of us are perfect and we have all fallen short. Even the most vile actions can be admitted and overcome to bring
closure to a victimized community. Those wishing to sincerely own up to their actions and to apologize to our community
for their lies and for the waste of taxpayer resources may contact us at ncmbi.forum (at gmail.com) or on our forum.
We hope that we are able to update this website to reflect that Bainbridge Islanders with real values and
community came together to address this unchecked situation by condemning the actions of Clarence
Moriwaki and his organized mob and by publicly condemning the death threats and damage that has resulted from his horrendous
actions which do not reflect our professed values on Bainbridge Island.
Our community's grave situation is not one to be dismissed despite the psychological and social impulses to do so. The claims
of several, reminiscent of the critics to whom Dr. King responded to in his letter from a Birmingham jail, that this is a mere neighbor dispute that should be solved on Strawberry Hill are entirely
misplaced. A community that is notorious for calling out the most trivial social offenses, from Halloween costumes to service pets, that does not take a firm public
stand against the despicable and ongoing intolerance that plagues our island is one eerily comparable to examples of corrupt small towns from the Deep South in our history books, and is a community that is in deep denial.
That level of detachment from
reality is a powder keg that threatens us all.
If the environment of fear and intimidation that exists on our island prevents our
community from voicing their commitment to let it not happen again,
we will seek greater media and political exposure to
assist our island in fixing the hate, intolerance, and corruption that islanders are too frightened
tackle themselves, before it turns into tragedy. History suggests we have no time to lose to prevent even
darker media headlines about our island.