Update on Barry Cooper, Libertarian for Attorney General of Texas

Updates emailed to contact.ipr@gmail.com by campaign manager Joey Dauben, and posted here by Paulie.

In this youtube clip, Cooper and Dauben are on the way to the Alex Jones radio program. Cooper says he is “99% sure” he is running, and says he has a “stash,” but not more than what he can eat – saying he practices the methods he preaches.

Dauben also emailed us that Cooper has been endorsed by Steve Kubby.

“The War on Drugs is the disease, Barry Cooper is the cure.”

-Steve Kubby

Not everyone in the drug policy reform movement has always been as positive about former narcotics officer Cooper.

For example, Loretta Nall, founder of the US Marijuana Party, Alabamians for Compassionate Care, and 2006 Libertarian Party of Alabama write-in candidate for Governor, engaged in a public feud with Cooper (see here, here, here, here, here, and here). However, Loretta’s latest story about Cooper was more positive….

http://nallforgovernor.blogspot.com/2008/12/im-no-barry-cooper-fanbut-this-is-damn.html

I’ve had something of a long running dispute with Barry Cooper over his first video “Never Get Busted”. Did a couple of write-up’s on it and had some pretty harsh words with Mr. Cooper over the course of the last year or so. But, I gotta give him some credit for his latest venture because despite everything else this is DAMN COOL!!

Barry Cooper, a former Texas police officer with eight years of specialty in drug interdiction, first made waves when he released the film “Never Get Busted Again,” a how-to guide for evading police drug seizures.

Austin, Texas-based Cooper’s latest project is not nearly so benign, and will likely generate for the former drug warrior an army of enemies in law enforcement.

‘KopBusters’ is a reality TV program that aims to sink crooked officers.

“KopBusters rented a house in Odessa, Texas and began growing two small Christmas trees under a grow light similar to those used for growing marijuana,” claims a release from NeverGetBusted.com “When faced with a suspected marijuana grow, the police usually use illegal FLIR cameras and/or lie on the search warrant affidavit claiming they have probable cause to raid the house. Instead of conducting a proper investigation which usually leads to no probable cause, the Kops lie on the affidavit claiming a confidential informant saw the plants and/or the police could smell marijuana coming from the suspected house.”

“The trap was set and less than 24 hours later, the Odessa narcotics unit raided the house only to find KopBuster’s attorney waiting under a system of complex gadgetry and spy cameras that streamed online to the KopBuster’s secret mobile office nearby.

“The attorney was handcuffed and later released when eleven KopBuster detectives arrived with the media in tow to question the illegal raid. The police refused to give KopBusters the search warrant affidavit which is suspected to contain the lies regarding the probable cause.

“It is not illegal to grow plants under a light in your home but it is illegal to lie on an affidavit and plant drugs on a citizen. This operation was the first of its kind in the history of America. Police sometimes have other police investigating their crimes but the American court system has never dealt with a group of citizens stinging the police. Will the police file charges on the team who took down the corrupt cops? We will keep you posted.”

Cooper’s “Never Get Busted Again” was a runaway success, the sales of which serve as financial support for this most recent project.

“The drug war is a failed policy and the legal side effects on the families are worse than the drugs,” Cooper said to the Dallas Observer in early 2007. “I was so wrong in the things I did back then. I ruined lives.”

The ‘Kop Busters’ sting was the feature of a CBS 7 report, aired Dec. 4, 2008.

25 thoughts on “Update on Barry Cooper, Libertarian for Attorney General of Texas

  1. Joey Dauben

    I appreciate you guys posting this. IPR has definitely shown it has the news operation to go hand-in-hand with the editorial side, and I’ve seen the myriad changes since the demise of TPW.

  2. Joey Dauben

    Wow.

    That’s unbelievable. Truly unbelievable. I miss the flood of comments to-and-fro between the various Libertarian blogs.

    I bet Mike Nelson could turn TPW into something useful.

  3. Trent Hill

    Cody Quirk is a decent guy. Brian Holtz, of the LP Reform Caucus also posts there periodically.

    But, despite that—they havent had a post in about 10 days.

  4. Joey Dauben [Cooper for TX AG 2010]

    We’re building the movement for the New Libertarians ladies and gentlemen…

    Tell the other LP TX folks that I will look into all of the questions that were submitted and then post those publicly.

    Barry Cooper’s built-in celebrity status is going to help make this campaign the most energetic, active campaign that Texas Libertarians have seen. That is my ultimate goal. We will promote the platform in various ways, and credible ways at that.

    So enough talk about the “real” Libertarians.

    Like Barry and Candi said on the way to the Alex Jones show, we are the “New Libertarians.” The ones who don’t bore us with hours of hours of philosophy-talk and extremist positions and wacky personal agendas.

    The cause of liberty is too great to be left to extremists and debate-society rejects.

    PS: I’m working with the Web site guy to design a new site for launching soon, so people’s concerns will be addressed that way.

  5. Steven R Linnabary

    My AVAST security sets off alarms whenever I try to log onto TPW. Says there is malware. Same thing happens when I use my “Chrome” browser on a different PC.

    So I just avoid it altogether. Not that there is anything to find there.

    PEACE

  6. Donald Raymond Lake

    [[a] Joey Dauben: ” That’s unbelievable. Truly unbelievable. I miss the flood of comments to-and-fro between the various Libertarian blogs. ”

    To Joey Dauben That’s unbelievable. Truly unbelievable. I missid the FACT that the LIBERTIAN Party Watch was mis named the Third Party Watch and that fair minded folks, as with the mis named INDENPENDENT Political Report were trying to, BUT NOT fooling foks on the broader spectrum.

    Altertnate activists, groups, candidates constantly criticize the Democan and Republicrat establishment duopoly, and then rush out to out do them!

    As much as the Dems and GOP should be ashamed of themselves, we make it sooooooo easy for them! Income tax rates, Federal Reserve Notes, automotive mileage, built it flaws through out the system. And then there is TPW and IPR!

    Stalin, 1936 “He whom votes decides nothing!
    He whom counts the votes………”.

    [b] Cody Quirk is NOT A NICE GUY! His political and or religious views may mirror Trent Hill’s, but is that the bench mark for integrity? He lies, and then hides in the shadows! He literally steals intellectual property and posts it/ them as his own.

    He makes a big deal out of net to nothing. On big deal items he is strangely quiet. He is much of what is wrong with non Democrats and non GOP.

    And the church stuff, pullllllllllllease! Just be cause you like the guy personally does not mean he does not have the ethics of a Democrat or the honesty of a Republican!

    Shame on you Trent, shame, shame, shame!

    [c] Joey Dauben: Pullllllllllllllllease do not call it some fakey dakey general name to hide the agenda a priori!

  7. Donald Raymond Lake

    Pullllllllllllllllease do, the non Lib, non Lib Lite, non theocrat, non paleocon, non neocon voices have been complaining on [so called] IPR and [so called] TPW for months ago.

    The real sad issue is that you did not call TPW poorly. You called it properly: Libertarian Party Watch! That is the real shame!

  8. Trent Hill

    “[b] Cody Quirk is NOT A NICE GUY! His political and or religious views may mirror Trent Hill’s”

    My views do not align with Cody Quirk’s.

    “Pullllllllllllllllease do, the non Lib, non Lib Lite, non theocrat, non paleocon, non neocon voices have been complaining on [so called] IPR and [so called] TPW for months ago. ”

    We dont skew towards any single party or set of parties Lake. Nonetheless, you are welcome to start your own third party blog–though im quite sure it’d be unreadable.

  9. Trent Hill

    I think we’re going to start doing moments in history for third parties–or biographicals of interesting personalities, maybe weekly.

  10. paulie cannoli Post author

    Pullllllllllllllllease do, the non Lib, non Lib Lite, non theocrat, non paleocon, non neocon voices have been complaining on [so called] IPR and [so called] TPW for months ago.

    Are there any Greens or Socialists who have expressed an interest in writing here? I’ve gone out of my way to cover Nader and the Greens, and occasionally some of the Socialist sect parties. We had one Green here, Gregg, but he has not been posting lately. He hasn’t been posting at Green Party Watch either, so I’m guessing he’s still busy with offline stuff.

    We asked Ron Hardy and Kimberly Wilder to write here, and issued open calls.

    Fred Church was covering the socialist/hard left parties but seems to have stopped posting articles also.

    If Don knows writers who would like to cover the Green and Left parties more here, by all means please put them in touch with Trent instead of bitching.

    contact.ipr@gmail.com

    They should be aware that we are looking for people to post news items, not editorials, with possible rare exceptions, and that there is no pay.

    Even aside from just Greens and leftists, if anyone wants to write here they should talk to Trent ASAP. I’ve been doing the overwhelming majority of articles the last few months, but that is because I have been ill and unable to do paying work.

    That will hopefully change soon. I already have several jobs waiting on me, and I will probably take one of them if my breathing does not get worse again after the pills end in a week or two.

    If our fundraising is successful enough, I may start working here part time even before that.

    After I get back to work, I will have little or no time to post articles here. I’ll still do what I can, but it might not be much, and certainly nothing like I have been.

    So y’all please get on that before IPR goes the way of TPW.

  11. Trent Hill

    “So y’all please get on that before IPR goes the way of TPW.”

    nooooot gunna happen.

  12. Jake Witmer

    I’m a big fan of Barry Cooper. I think his decentralist, activist approach will be a shot in the arm for the LP.

    I’m looking forward to working for the Texas Libertarian Party again. 😀 They are a great bunch of people!

    I am starting to believe that the key factor in our success is positive, not negative. As in:
    1) It matters more that we have a very good bunch of libertarians who are all on approximately the same page strategically.
    2) It doesn’t matter so much what the prevailing attitudes of the public are, except that they not be totally statist. (ie: People in the USA are all basically uninformed libertarians.)

    I think Barry is going to do a great job, and perhaps win more votes than a libertarian has ever won in Texas.

    -Jake

  13. Jake Witmer

    I’m a big fan of Barry Cooper. I think his decentralist, activist approach will be a shot in the arm for the LP.

    I’m looking forward to working for the Texas Libertarian Party again. 😀 They are a great bunch of people!

    I am starting to believe that the key factor in our success is positive, not negative. As in:
    1) It matters more that we have a very good bunch of libertarians who are all on approximately the same page strategically.
    2) It doesn’t matter so much what the prevailing attitudes of the public are, except that they not be totally statist. (ie: People in the USA are all basically uninformed libertarians.)

    I think Barry is going to do a great job, and win more votes than a Libertarian has ever won in a statewide race in Texas.

    -Jake

  14. Jake Witmer

    Ooops. The TX police state’s retaliation against Barry and his family came at the time when he should have been filing his paperwork for AG. So he’s not running this time around. (The TX LP was not willing to work with him on the filing deadline, likely a decision prompted by internal politics.)

    Since he’s a libertarian, he decided not to run as an independent either.

    Also, Cooper was arrested today for “filing a false police report” in 2 jurisdictions, which carries a max sentence of 1 year in Williamson Co., and 6 months in Odessa. Of course, in the one case where his undercover sting exonerated the police department’s actions (the one case where the policeman did not simply pocket money made to look like drug money), he was commended for being a citizen watchdog, and not charged with any crime. …LOL!

    So, Barry is in jail now, possibly for just one day, possibly for up to 10 days (although it doesn’t look like that will be the case).
    http://trueslant.com/stephenwebster/2010/07/02/barry-cooper-arrested-on-steps-of-texas-state-capitol-building/

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