‘Drug war insurgent’ Barry Cooper may face prison for ‘false reports’ to police

Posted: July 6th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

by Stephen C. Webster, RawStory

One former drug cop’s crusade of civil disobedience against America’s drug war establishment has turned into a nightmare for his family, which now faces the very real threat of losing a father and husband for up to six months or more.

Barry Cooper stood handcuffed in front of the state’s capitol building on Friday morning, after he’d turned himself in on a warrant for allegedly making a False Report to a Peace Officer. Once one of the Permian Basin Narcotics Task Force’s most successful agents, Cooper has refashioned himself an anti-prohibition activist and filmmaker; or, America’s “drug war insurgent,” as area media declared.

With the help of a benefactor who hoped to embarrass the Odessa Police Department, Cooper and a team of researchers, videographers and lawyers staged a high-media assault on the west Texas cops in late 2008. By setting up a fake marijuana grow-house retrofitted with small pine trees and high-heat light bulbs, then ensuring the delivery of an anonymous tip about the home to a local pastor, a trap was set.

After the pastor went to officers with the anonymous letter, Cooper says he suspects police peeked into the home with infrared cameras, which is illegal without a search warrant. They would have seen the numerous, hot bulbs and what appeared to be plants growing, along with the location of the home’s heat vent, but could not have known for sure that it was marijuana.

A local judge then signed a warrant based solely on the anonymous tip — a practice which has also been barred by the Supreme Court — and officers raided the home, only to discover they were on camera, duped by one of their own.

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Comments (3)


  1. hangman says:

    It doesn’t read that Barry filed any report. His offense was to embarrass those pigs. The fascist police state that has been smothering America has got to stop.

  2. Bet the jackbooted thugsters scrubbed his forehead clean before his booking photos.

    Glad to see he took our advice on affixing “Jury Nullification” to his forehead even though our method was tattooing so the thugsters couldn’t scrub it off.

    It should also be noted that the subverted judicial system never allows the letters “FIJA” to be assembled in that order and visibly present in the courtroom or the courthouse. They also prohibit the assemblage of the letters “JURY NULLIFICATION” as well.

    Can’t have jurors and the public gaining greater knowledge and understanding of the Fully Informed Jury Association and Jury Nullification…

    Why, those jurors and commonfolk might put themselves in the places and circumstances of the accused and might well decide that they think nullification is a great idea!

    Individual Secession and Juror Nullification are perhaps the most feared empowerment of the Sovereign Individual over the Mobocracy Looter Minions and their Tyrant Overlords.

    We only promised the truth, nothing more…

    Dark days ahead Brothers and Sisters, dark days indeed…

    Starving The Monkeys and Ending The Looterfest,
    John and Dagny Galt
    Atlas Shrugged, Owners Manual For The Universe!(tm)


    • Militant Libertarian says:

      Well, they apparently let him sit through trial with that written on his forehead and wearing that t-shirt. Probably because of all the media present. That in itself is pretty awesome.

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