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10 Years in Jail for Posting a Policeman’s Face on Facebook

Written by Gary North on October 17, 2012

A woman in Texas faces up to 10 years in prison for posting the face of an undercover narcotics agent on her Facebook page.

The police are not denying that he is an undercover officer. They arrested her because they said she had violated a Texas law against unlawful retaliation against a police officer.

Is posting a photo on Facebook unlawful. Her lawyer will have to persuade a judge or jury that it isn’t.

She made this mistake of referring to him harshly.

Maybe if she had written “nice government man,” the way that coin dealer Franklin Sanders (www.The-Monechanger.com) always refers to regulators, she might not be facing a trial.

The police can legally use information extracted from Facebook accounts to go after suspected criminals. Why should it be illegal to use Facebook to publicize police officers?

This case reminds us that there are laws on the books that can be used to get revenge on citizens who resist encroachments on their liberties. Anyone can be blind-sided without warning.

In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand puts these words into the mouth of Dr. Ferris.

Did you really think we want those laws observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against. . . We’re after power and we mean it. . . There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.

R. J. Rushdoony wrote a book about this: The Politics of Guilt and Pity. It’s available online for free.

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36 thoughts on “10 Years in Jail for Posting a Policeman’s Face on Facebook

  1. Since he was an undercover agent she put his life in jeopardy by posting it and also compromised any cases he might be working on.. How would she like it if someone did that to her.

  2. It was a dumb move on her part, but the government war on drugs is even dumber. Which is an even bigger joke ever since the feds got into the international drug trade big-time during the Vietnam war era. An acquaintance living in LA in the early 70's said the high-grade heroin flooding the streets literally reeked of formaldehyde from being shipped in the body bags coming back from Southeast Asia.

  3. As an undercover agent the last thing he needs is his picture posted on Facebook! She went to far. Why did she do it?

  4. I am glad that she was arrested. I served as Chaplain on the Sapulpa, Oklahoma police department. I can tell you from personal experience that our police are in enough danger every day. They don't need this kind of thing to increase that danger.

    Just imagine what it is like to have to put on a bullet proof vest every time you get dressed to go to work.

  5. She broke the law , its as simple as that, they have to start enforcing our laws all the time, not pick out the ones they want. We need new judges and new law enforcement to do that . The ones we have have been in there to long and there so corrupt its pitiful, But there a mirror image of our Government. That has to be changed also.

  6. I don’t know every law.. Federal and my State. However, I have common sense. She has jeopardized the undercover agents life and the safety of his family as well… If she new he was an undercover agent and posted his photo on Facebook, she should be arrested and go to jail..

  7. I'm sure that this woman had other ways to legally settle a complaint against a police officer in her state. Publishing a photo of an undercover police officer on Facebook is a way of getting him KILLED. She needs to be punished. Maybe 10 years is a little too much time for this crime, but she should serve some time for endangering his life. This story doesn't tell what their relationship was. X- girl friend? Someone he arested, or gave a ticket to. Knowing might shed some light as to how much, if ant, time she should get!

  8. Emma Freeman says:

    Danno, your commentary on the effectiveness of the war on drugs is irrelevant to LaNell's point about the FB poster putting the officer's life in jeopardy, which is reason enough to throw her in jail. EVERYONE knows (unless you've been hiding under a rock) that outting an undercover agent has serious consequences. If you do it, you must expect reprisal. Unfortunately, the FB culture of pseudo-anonymity dulls the common-sense chromosome and makes people stupid.

  9. Texas Chris says:


    That police officer was a drug narc. His job is to put people in jail for activities that harm only the user. A moral authoritarian. A tyrant.

    What this woman did was self defense, and defense of her fellow man.

  10. Texas Chris says:

    "Everyone" knows? Personally, a narc takes the risk of being outed. If he's outed, then he got his cover blown and needs to get out. Risked his life? No way.

  11. Texas Chris says:

    Because he's a drug cop. He's fighting an illegal war on immorality. She defended herself and her neighbors.

  12. Texas Chris says:

    Our police are in danger because they are asked to enforce unconstitutional laws, laws that attempt to override the law of supply and demand. They are fighting a war, and wars are (shocking!!!) DANGEROUS!

    End the drug war. Let the police be peace officers, and cease to be "law enforcement".

  13. Texas Chris says:

    An unjust law.

    "Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God, An Unjust Law is No Law at All." -Thomas Jefferson

  14. Texas Chris says:

    He is enforcing an unjust law. He is also voluntarily undertaking the risk of being outed by going undercover. What she did was non-violent. Police use Facebook to prosecute laws, this woman simply used the same tools to wage a counter.

  15. Texas Chris says:

    How did he blow his cover?

    Regardless, it's blown, pull him out.

  16. What government contractor or Washington PR firm do you work for?

  17. Actually, with all the scandals of drug squads carrying out no-knock raids on the WRONG addresses and killing completely innocent homeowners, it's not the agents who are being put in harm's way. Then there are the summary executions carried out by cops, Kelly Thomas , Oscar Grant and Andrew Scott come to mind.

  18. "An unjust law is no law at all" — St. Augustine

  19. The "drug war" has lead to no-knock warrants, causing the death and injury of countless innocent victims of "wrong address" home invasions, it has lead to the militarization of our local police forces, and it cannot possibly be won (just like prohibition could not succeed). End it and lay off all the narcs and the SWAT teams.

  20. Sorry, "lead" should read "led".

  21. When you have 2 sons who are police officers, come back and talk to me then.

  22. My son is a state trooper. He does an excellent job and is the kind of man we all want in the job-a thinking man who lives by principles. He worries about retaliation aimed at his family. You have no idea of the kind of people he has to deal with. They have no mind left after the family abuse,drug use and drinking.
    An undercover agent depends on secrecy. You are going off the deep end here Gary. Would you like to be exposed in a similiar fashion if you were an undercover agent? The couple was going to put up flyers with the guy's picture and information in addition to the facebook page. And it was in retaliation for a drug arrest of a family member.
    The idiots who responded on the comment page for the original article want all police gone. Who are they going to call when they need help? Who are you going to call Gary? There are bad cops but you know nothing about this guy. Your article was really unbelievable. I have been reading your writing for at least 25 years and I expect better from you than this kind of sensationalism.

  23. I have a question. If it was so important that he not be known as a undercover cop, why did he tell her he was one? He should have reported what he saw, as far as the crime she supposedly committed, to another uniform police officer and let him/her make the arrest. If a person is working undercover, don't tell anyone who you are. If you do, well, you the one that made it public knowledge.

    If the woman did not break the law to begin with, then why did he tell her is was a undercover cop?

    Sounds to me like the undercover cop needs to learn how to keep his mouth shut.

  24. AD Roberts says:

    I live in Texas. I know the context of the retaliation. The woman was trying to make sure that the undercover officer never put any other drug dealer in jail again by outing him.

    And with as much trouble as we have with drug dealers, I assure you that this is NOT a small point.

    I think that 10 years is about right. Maybe by the time she gets out she will have been without her drugs and drug dealing boyfirend long enough to straighten out her life. Probably not.

    As to the last statement by the last guy, she went to court when her boyfriend was being tried for drug dealing. That is how she knew he was undercover. Dalek seems to be trying to argue that she was not guilty. LOL. She posted his picture all around the neighborhood like you would post for a garage sale.

  25. AD Roberts says:

    Irrational. Let's use the same argument for murder. The laws against murder have NOT worked. And we still have murders all over the place. You would say, with your twisted thinking, that we should stop dealing with it and cancel all laws against murder.

    Just because a fight against evil and things that destroy society is not sucessful does not mean that we should quite fighting. Just think about the thousands who are killed by alcohol every year. Did our repealing prohibition stop the deaths? No, they continue to increase.

    Get a life.

  26. AD Roberts says:

    Illogical. Hiring a hit man can be construed as being non-violent too. But the results of the action are DEFINITELY violent.

    If you are going to criticize the cops, do so for what are real excesses and not for trying to protect those who serve.

  27. If he was in court testifying, then the information and his face is public.
    We jail more people in this country (2.3 millions) that any country in the world mostly due to the stupid war on drugs
    We are so concern about the tax money we spend in Medicaid and welfare and we forget that it cost an average of 100K per year to keep a person in jail

    This is just another example of our justice system going overboard. If he can not be undercover anymore, transfer to homocide. How do that compare to a woman 10 years in prison costing us 100K per year

  28. Because the War on Drug is as stupid and damaging to the fabric of our nation as Prohibition was back in the 20's

    People have been drinking, getting high and hiring hookers even before Adam and Eve. What makes the US Government think they can stop them by making criminals out of most of us and throwing over 2 million people in jail (destroying their life in the process)? Legalize and tax the vices.

    Our Police State and our Military Industrial complex are our biggest drain of our tax dollars at both State and Federal level

  29. BJ
    Please do not over do it
    Police work is not even among the 10 more dangerous professions and they are well compensated and have great benefits.
    I save my respect for fire fighters, they save lives and property and do not go around bullying and shooting innocent people

  30. Where and how did she obtain a picture of the officer? It seems to me that the officer making his likeness available to the public has some responsibility in this fiasco.

  31. The law should also have some responsabillity before they put you on a national criminal list (for money) for low type offences

  32. Barack Obummer says:

    I think we are missing a few details here but as I seem to recall Gary North is used to publicizing supposed insults without supplying all the information. Why did the woman post the officers' face? Was she in fact doing it for retaliation. Was she arrested on some drug charge by this officer? Let's get all the facts before we start criticizing the actions of the police. I am always suspicious of the police but I also am suspicious of complaints that do not give all the information. This appears on the face to be another attempt by Mr. North to insinuate wrong doing where there is none. How about it Mr. North. What are the FACTS???

  33. Pathfinder0100 says:

    Since you know absolutely nothing of the incident you should keep your stupid mouth shut!!

  34. So gary& chris , if you disagree with foreign policy you can disclose the identity of CIA agents? its not thd govt yhats radical… it’s you.

  35. Name calling already? That says a LOT about you and what you think you know. I may not have been there but from what I know about how cops work, undercover cops don't tell people who they are. This one seemed to have forgot that part.

    Now back to your liberal tactics of name calling.

  36. God Help America says:

    Drugs are NOT only harmless to the user! People are being shot due to the transport of drugs! Murders by drugged-up people are throught the roof! Ask their families how they've been impacted by the Druggie! Financial ruin! Be real!