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Exclusive: ‘Drug war insurgent’ Barry Cooper may face prison for ‘false reports’ to police
http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0703/austinbased-drug-war-insurgent-barry-cooper-arrested-released/
By Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 -- 1:37 pm



One former drug cop's crusade of civil disobedience against America's drug war 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.

Former Texas police officer Barry Cooper was in handcuffs in front of the state's capitol building on Friday morning, after he'd turned himself 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 now fashions himself an anti-prohibition activist and filmmaker who's being called a "drug war insurgent" by some Texas media.

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, the 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.

Cooper says that as a result of his stunt and legal research put in by his team, Yolanda Madden, an Odessa woman jailed in 2005 on possession of methamphetamine, was freed from federal prison. Federal judge Rob Junell ordered Madden's sentence vacated in Dec. 2009 because the prosecution had withheld evidence that might have negated a key piece of material evidence, according to The Odessa American.

He added that neither the Odessa police nor the U.S. District Attorney's office appeared to be involved in wrongdoing in the case. Prior to a retrial, Madden brokered a deal with prosecution that ensured her continued freedom by pleading guilty to lesser charges.

Over a year and a half later, the Texas Rangers issued a warrant for the arrest of Barry Cooper, along with his wife Candi, accusing them of a Class B misdemeanor: Making a False Report to a Peace officer.

The Coopers contend that delivery of an anonymous letter to a religious leader in the community is not the same as making a false report to police, but authorities in Texas are determined to let that be decided by the courts.

The Coopers both have a separate charge of Making a False Report to a Peace Officer that's connected to another so-called 'KopBusters' sting he pulled in Williamson County earlier this year. He claims to have tricked an officer into believing a suspicious package contained drug money, which he says the officer kept. Police raided the family's home after Cooper confronted officers in Liberty Hill with what he says is video evidence of the theft.

Williamson County's charges were even more tenuous than those stemming from Odessa: central Texas police claim Cooper's voice could be heard in the background audio of a false report, which they felt warranted a search warrant on the family's home. Barry insisted they were looking for a large-scale marijuana grow operation, but instead found only a couple smoked marijuana cigarette roaches.

After the search, police additionally charged Barry and Candi with possessing a small amount of marijuana, then seized their files and electronic equipment. Shortly thereafter, Candi lost custody of her 8-year-old son to his estranged father in Upshur County, who claimed he did not want the boy in an environment with illegal drugs potentially present. The child custody battle was ongoing at time of this writing.

In a series of allegations police filed with Child Protective Services (CPS), Williamson County officers claimed that because the Coopers taught their children to mistrust government, they were "unsuitable parents." A CPS investigation led by Travis County Assistant District Attorney Dayna Blazey concluded that children in the couple's care were safe and healthy, and that the Coopers appeared to be fit parents.

Barry's arrest at the Texas capitol building on Friday ended a three-day standoff with the Texas Rangers, who'd arrested his wife earlier in the week outside their home in south Austin. They claim a women knocked on their front door insisting she'd backed into their vehicle and needed to trade insurance information. When Candi opened the door, she was immediately arrested.

Criticizing the elite law enforcement unit's actions was Michael May with the Texas Observer, who wrote of the emerging "drug war insurgent":

    It’s not surprising that the Rangers want to put him in his place, but our police should be above petty vendettas -- and it’s hard to see how putting elite officers on the trial of a misdemeanor offense is anything but a petty vendetta. In short, they’ve done nothing but prove Barry’s contention that law enforcement priorities in this state are skewed at best, and corrupt at their worst.

May added in an update on Cooper's arrest that it was the second time police used such heavy-handed tactics on the family over an alleged misdemeanor: "evidence," he said, "that the agencies are taking his work personally."

Outside the capitol building on Friday morning, which had been shut down due to a threat of bombs going off at 9 a.m., Cooper told reporters he'd written the words "JURY NULLIFICATION" across his forehead to promote the mostly-forgotten right of citizen juries to vote not guilty if they find the law or its application to be morally repugnant.

Wearing a white shirt, sporting dreadlocks and tattoos, he spoke for several minutes about the detriment of the war on drugs and the horrors of prison life, then had his attorney inform officers of his warrant. He was taken away in the front seat of a patrol car moments later.

Cooper's attorney denied any involvement with the bomb threat on the capitol, which had already attracted area television media to the scene. They were filming at the exact moment of Cooper's arrival, causing a sudden flurry of activity on an otherwise locked-down capitol lawn. Police later cleared Cooper of any relation to the threat after identifying the exact phone that placed the call and spotting a man on security cameras who looked nothing like Barry.

Cooper told reporters gathered on the scene that he'd scrawled the words "constitutional obedience" across his white because the phrase means "civil disobedience" to him.

"I'm sorry and sad that humans still treat people like this," Cooper said as he sat in a patrol car. "It doesn't make any sense."

After his release around 10:30 p.m., Cooper related his experience in the booking facility, which he said was full with "maybe 30 or so" people.

"I'm telling you, like at least 25 of those people were there for non-violent drug crimes," Cooper claimed. "Like, pot, ecstasy, prescription abuse, cocaine ... Then there were like four or five that had like, burglary, assault, armed robbery, that sort of thing."

He also said that once in the jail, a number of the officers revealed themselves to be fans of his activism. One, Barry said, stood up and shook his hand, claiming to be "a big Ron Paul supporter" and "totally in support" of Cooper's anti-prohibitionist cause. While others allegedly said they believed his cause to be wrong, still more spoke up in favor and something of a civil debate among the Travis County jailers ensued. Barry said he was also asked about "jury nullification" more than once, by officers and prisoners.

"I mostly just tried to talk to the cops and the prisoners to expand they way they think about American rights and freedoms," he said. "Everyone was very depressed. Jail is a very depressing place and we've got to stop arresting so many non-violent citizens and taking away their freedom."

Barry faces a maximum of six months in prison if convicted on the charge from Odessa. A Williamson County court date is scheduled for later in the week, which could also result in a similar amount of time behind bars.

This video of Cooper's press conference and arrest was published to YouTube on Friday, July 2, 2010.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSrteBXg40Q
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Hope ya whoop their ass again Barry, got all your vids and am a great fan, you stand for truth and honesty now, you were in that evil nest of snakes and realized how wrong it was to kick-in mobile home doors w/ 40 armed swats invading childrens bedrooms and working familys lifes...
folks this guy is a huge asset to the fight, he's exposing the illegal cops @ a huge price on his own life & family because he was one of Texas' best narc guys @ one time!!

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Their house of cards is imploding, everyone now sees the lies. All they can do is act like what they are...thugs. If you actually expose their sysytem, they attack the truth with thug tactics.

No one is arrested from this...



Report: US banks laundering money for Bilderberg drug lords

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0702/banks-laundering-money-mexican-drug-war/
By Raw Story Friday, July 2nd, 2010 -- 5:00 pm


US banks are playing a crucial role in the running of the Mexican drug trade, allowing their facilities to be used to launder money in a drug war that has taken the lives of more than 22,000 people in the past four years, a new investigative report reveals.

According to a report from the August, 2010, issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine, both Bank of America and Wachovia are implicated in drug-money laundering schemes to purchase jets to smuggle drugs.

The report, by Michael Smith, chronicles the seizure of a DC-9 jet at a Mexican airport in 2006 which contained $100 million-worth of cocaine. Investigators found that drug smugglers had bought the plane with money laundered through BofA and through Wachovia, which was bought out by Wells Fargo in 2008.

Smith reports:

This was no isolated incident. Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers -- including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.

Bloomberg obtained a copy of an agreement (PDF) between prosecutors and Wachovia, signed in March, in which the bank admitted it had not done enough to watch for money-laundering schemes among some $378 billion it transferred between its branches and Mexican currency-exchange houses from 2004 to 2007.

"The investigation has identified at least $110 million in drug proceeds that were funneled through the [currency-exchange] accounts held at Wachovia," the agreement states.

“Wachovia’s blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations,” Bloomberg quotes federal prosecutor Jeffrey Sloman.

Wachovia agreed to pay $160 million to settle the court case in exchange for charges being dropped, a move Sloman described as "historic."

Bloomberg also reports that a former Wachovia executive in charge of anti-money laundering operations "quit the bank in disgust" after managers ignored his reports that drug money was being laundered through its facilities.

“If you don’t see the correlation between the money laundering by banks and the 22,000 people killed in Mexico, you’re missing the point,” Woods said.

Bank of America and UK-based HSBC have been connected to money laundering schemes, according to the Bloomberg report.

Drug traffickers used accounts at Bank of America in Oklahoma City to buy three planes that carried 10 tons of cocaine, according to Mexican court filings.

Federal agents caught people who work for Mexican cartels depositing illicit funds in Bank of America accounts in Atlanta, Chicago and Brownsville, Texas, from 2002 to 2009. Mexican drug dealers used shell companies to open accounts at London-based HSBC Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest bank by assets, an investigation by the Mexican Finance Ministry found.

Drug-related violence has been spiraling out of control along the US-Mexican border in recent years. Ciudad Juarez, across the river from El Paso, Texas, has recorded 700 murders so far this year. Earlier this week, a "clash" between rival drug gangs left 21 people dead.

The violence has even begun to permeate Mexican politics, with three drug-related assassinations against government officials in just the past two weeks. A mayor and city councilor were killed Wednesday evening. Hours later, a deputy attorney general in Cihuahua state was killed. The recent disappearance of a former presidential candidate has drawn speculation linking the incident to the drug wars.

All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately

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How the hell those dummies interpretted the law that he had filed a false police report, I'll never know. They just don't like being set up and looking like the dummies they apparently are. I hope he hands them their collective asses in court, and hopefully, i nthe forthcoming lawsuits agaisnt the City/County. he should certainly avoid filing suit agaisnt hte individual officers, as that would alienate them far more than wake them up.
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How the hell those dummies interpretted the law that he had filed a false police report, I'll never know. They just don't like being set up and looking like the dummies they apparently are. I hope he hands them their collective asses in court, and hopefully, i nthe forthcoming lawsuits agaisnt the City/County. he should certainly avoid filing suit agaisnt hte individual officers, as that would alienate them far more than wake them up.

because they have an extra special boner for this guy....he's one of their own, that they trained, taught the ways of the darkside.....and he betrayed & exposed their unlawful Order....;)

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because they have an extra special boner for this guy....he's one of their own, that they trained, taught the ways of the darkside.....and he betrayed & exposed their unlawful Order....;)

Yeah, I've had a few get mouthy with me for breaking ranks on a few things...But I'm not exactly out there setting up fake grow houses either to set them up for failure. Although that does sound kinda fun...[mental note, no written letters, just word of mouf.]
The resistance starts here. Unfortunately, the entire thing is moving beyond the intellectual infowar. I vow I will not make an overt rush at violent authority, until authority makes it's violent rush at me and you. I will not falter, I will not die in this course. For that is how they win.

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Yeah, I've had a few get mouthy with me for breaking ranks on a few things...But I'm not exactly out there setting up fake grow houses either to set them up for failure. Although that does sound kinda fun...[mental note, no written letters, just word of mouf.]

they busted a kid here yesterday (20yo) for i think for distributing pharms to his friends....well he worked @ PapaJohns, delivering pies......kops call up and order one last night...Papa John Delivered!!!....DOHHHHHHH

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they busted a kid here yesterday (20yo) for i think for distributing pharms to his friends....well he worked @ PapaJohns, delivering pies......kops call up and order one last night...Papa John Delivered!!!....DOHHHHHHH

If he had only been selling pot, I'd advocate for him. But these dumb kids today will pop a pill and not think twice about what it can do to them. They think just because it's a pill, it has to be safe. But how often do we come out agaisnt big pharma on this board?
The resistance starts here. Unfortunately, the entire thing is moving beyond the intellectual infowar. I vow I will not make an overt rush at violent authority, until authority makes it's violent rush at me and you. I will not falter, I will not die in this course. For that is how they win.

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Re: Barry Cooper turns himself in (VIDEO) - Jury Nullification
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2010, 04:33:26 am »

Good points on how powerful a tool jury nullification is.

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Re: Barry Cooper turns himself in (VIDEO) - Jury Nullification
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2010, 04:49:40 am »
juries cannot be punished for their verdicts
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Re: Barry Cooper turns himself in (VIDEO) - Jury Nullification
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2010, 06:35:29 am »
juries cannot be punished for their verdicts

Did someone say they could?

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Re: Barry Cooper turns himself in (VIDEO) - Jury Nullification
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2010, 06:42:35 am »
Did someone say they could?
i was adding to/complimenting "jury nullification" by reminding everybody that juries cannot be punished for their verdicts.

http://juryimmunity.org/
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Re: Barry Cooper turns himself in (VIDEO) - Jury Nullification
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2010, 07:34:07 am »
i was adding to/complimenting "jury nullification" by reminding everybody that juries cannot be punished for their verdicts.

http://juryimmunity.org/

ah, ok--I thought maybe there was something in the video I missed.


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Sounds like the cops are just getting a taste of their own medicine.  Poor Barry needs to realize their lordships are immune from the laws they make for us small people.

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...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, the trap was set...

The Coopers contend that delivery of an anonymous letter to a religious leader in the community is not the same as making a false report to police, but authorities in Texas are determined to let that be decided by the courts.

The snitch-police relationship is sacred; how dare Cooper tamper with that!

:D :D :D

This is great work.  He's in the right.  It should be very embarrassing for that police department, and a valuable lesson about snitching.

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The snitch-police relationship is sacred; how dare Cooper tamper with that!
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 :D Funny, insightful too J, very interesting.

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great guys barry and candy. they have just started their own never get busted live shows on their site and youtube.