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.