posted by Loretta Nall at
Hold up before you buy ‘Never Get Busted’
Some new information is coming to light in the uproar over Barry Cooper’s Never Get Busted video and website.
There is a HUGE discussion going on in the drug policy reform community about all of this. It seems pretty evenly divided to me with half saying it has the potential to be a wonderful thing, if it is legit, and the other half saying that this guy has no right to profit from information that the public has already paid for. They also say that if he wanted to atone for his sins as a narc he would give the info away for free.
I, on the other hand, know first hand how difficult it is to be an activist and find funding for this work. If this guy is now on our side and is making this information available, and it is real information that could keep people out of jail (even if we have to pay for it) then it is a good thing.
A few things that bother me though.
1. This just in from a reformer I work with and will vouch for
Watching the discussion about Barry Cooper and “Never Get Busted Again” there appears to be facts that have been missed, or are not known by everyone.
My understanding is that Barry Cooper ‘discovered’ LEAP two or three weeks ago, and presented LEAP with credentials which appeared to qualify him as a speaker. Mr. Cooper told LEAP about his video and asked if he could mention LEAP in connection with it. LEAP told him NO, very clearly. Yet Mr. Cooper not only put LEAP’s name all over his website, he also went on TV shows and radio, using the LEAP name, saying he was a speaker – yet he has never made a presentation as a LEAP speaker.
His target audience for his video (or videos, there are indications that it is a series, with more to come before you will have all his knowledge about how not to be busted) is clearly folks who do not want to be busted because they are either using or selling currently illegal drugs.
So you buy his video. He then has a mailing address to mail it to you. Oh, you MUST buy it with a credit card, no money orders, postal or otherwise accepted.
With these two items of information a government agent could easily work with local law enforcement, monitor your activities and your bank account, to see if you in fact are doing something illegal.
Can anyone say for sure, beyond any doubt, that Mr. Cooper has simply not obtained a position at a higher level of law enforcement, the DEA perhaps, and is simply running an scheme to help find more folks to bust?
His lack of integrity in his dealing with LEAP should lead prudent folks to be concerned, I would think.
2. He did the same thing with NORML. Yesterday on the nevergetbusted.com site there was a paragraph about NORML and High Times endorsements as well as LEAP. He also mentioned in a video that he worked with NORML. Today the references to NORML and LEAP are gone.
The hairs on the back of my neck are starting to stand up a little bit.
I have ordered my copy and do plan to review the DVD on my site as soon as I get it. It may take up to 6 weeks to get it. I am a widely known pot smoker and drug policy and prison reformer so I have nothing to fear from the law enforcement agencies in the US gaining my info….they already know my drawer size and other intimate details I’m sure. However YOU dear readers are NOT widely known drug policy reformers so PLEASE DO NOT ORDER THIS VIDEO. Let me review it and if it is good I will set up public showings around the state. If it is a bunch of shit from a narc who wants to bust your ass then I am not growing, I do not keep anything in the house, and they know who I am anyway so I can take the heat.
Please pass this new updated and critical information around to everyone who might be considering buying this video.