Skip to comments.Man Posts On Facebook About “Police State” And Guess Who Shows Up?
Posted on 01/19/2014 8:44:49 AM PST by lowbridge
We use Facebook for many things, some of us use it for posting pictures of our food, others for posting the infamous selfie, and some of us to vent our frustrations with thegovernment and politics as a whole. No matter the reason you use Facebook, you expect to be able to post just about anything you want(aside from death threats to the President) without being hassled since our right to free speech is protected.
Well thats not the experience Blaine Cooper from Humboldt, AZ had. The 34 year old posted a rant on Facebook showing his frustration with the country and within 24 hours he was contacted by the police and FBI. On August 23, Officer Jason Kaufman of the Prescott Valley Police Department contacted Cooper and told him that he needed to come down to the station for questioning with the FBI. He complied and the interview, with federal agents present the whole time, lasted 45 minutes then Cooper was released after it was determined he wasnt a threat.
They had every Facebook post I had ever made in a huge file, along with all my wifes information, and parents information,
Cooper stated that complying with the request for an interview saved him from having his home raided by the Feds, and that by complying he was diffusing the situation, according to police who said his home may have been raided otherwise.
(Excerpt) Read more at freepatriot.org ...
Never speak to the FBI...even if they ask nicely. And if pressed remember don’t say anything without a lawyer.
They are not your friend......
Should he have had to comply with coming to the station to be questioned to begin with?
HITLER S ALIVE AND WELL..
This is bothersome —
I don’t think his being asked to come in for questioning had anything to do with gathering information. They already knew everything they needed to about him. If he was a true threat, they would have knocked down his door one night. No, I think that little “come down to the station” tactic was just to let him know his place.
Posting rants on Facebook maybe not such a great idea.
If you have a FB account,close it. If you don’t, never start one. Not even MySpace or any social networking site. Even LinkedIn, a professional networking site.
It is way past bothersome.
Here's a visual pictorial of Facebook (See hole in ground):
The 1933 to 1939 pre-war years were strange for the average law-abiding German. There was prosperity and high employment, yet everyone lived in secret fear of a visit by the Gestapo. People pretented not to notice their neighbors suddenly just gone.
Should he have had to comply with coming to the station to be questioned to begin with? No.
If the police show up at your door for no reason, answer their questions nicely. Do not invite them in. If they ask to come in, politely decline and tell them you can answer what they want right there.
At the first hint that they suspect YOU of anything, stop answering questions. Tell them you are uncomfortable answering any more of their questions and will only do so with a lawyer present.
Nothing to do about asking questions.
This is pure federal intimidation.
Go along, get along, don’t question the status quo, or the feds will show up at the “wrong” address, and shoot you and your dogs. Got that?
Wow...i am a police officer of 23 years and would have told the FBI to do their own dirty work...WTF
Looks like it was a little more involved than a Facebook post.
a video of a townhall meeting that apparently took place sometime in September, in which Marine Blaine Cooper called out John McCain on his treason for aiding and abetting the enemy of the United States.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/marine-blaine-cooper-to-john-mccain-i-would-have-you-arrested-for-treason/#6Csjl12VheWYPtj4.99
It seems like our political system has really gone down the crapper in the last ten years or so. I was not in favor of the patriot act, because I knew it would be abused by democrats. There is no respect for the taxpayer anymore and no consideration for how bad laws impact freedom. They just pass laws to make it look like they’re doing something.
And there is a huge difference between being asked to come down and being told he needed to come down...at that point I would argue it was a seizure...
Being harassed by the cops is no fun, admittedly.
But letting them scare you out of your constitutional rights is throwing your rights away.
People have died for those rights. The least we can do is exercise them in the face of bullies.
I agree with you 100%!
You cannot “unsay” something once it’s posted.
I use FB, but I never get into political discussions at all on there... too many of my relatives are lefties and would have heart attacks. I do enjoy sharing pics and stories with friends, old classmates, old co-workers, etc... and don't see a problem with that sort of activity.
On the other hand, the Feds would have no trouble tracking any of us down for posting in FreeRepublic if they wanted to... and the day may come when they do.
He was stupid to not have shown up without a lawyer.
The moment you demand your Constitutional rights is the time they will invade your home and trash it, along with your car and your life.
Well don’t say anything naughty on FB and you won’t have that problem. :)
Res ipsa loquitur...
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...
FBI, IRS, NSA: Jackbooted Thugs.
I saw that video last fall and I knew then Mr. Cooper was in for a hell of a ride, wait until he files his taxes this year. That is when the real intimidation and destruction of him will start. mccain is a true s.o.b. and will take his time getting his revenge for Mr. Cooper calling him out.
Anyway, keep up the good work but be a little more carefiul about what you link to.
How "Orwellian" the times we are living in...
Posting anything on Facebook is a bad idea.
Isn't it, though?
And half of the country is sitting back cheering it on...
Nice find/link, it was the same Blaine Cooper who called out McCain.
I hope Arizona learned its lesson on electing McCain.....
Actually, you can offer to speak with the FBI, but only if they allow you and your lawyer to record the conversation.
But, then you won’t speak with the FBI, because its agents do not allow recordings of interviews. They only allow agents to take notes of the interview, and those notes are the only authoritative record of what was said.
I’m wondering what you have to say on FB to make waves. I mean, my feed is EXPLOSIVE with anti-government rants, threats and egging-on.
Not a peep.
Not that it isn’t an important story, because it is, but didn’t this happen several months ago? I don’t think it’s new.
My last posting on FB was June 12, 2013. It read:
SINCE THIS REGIME IS SO F’NG INTERESTED IN WHAT I POST ON FACEBOOK, I WILL NO LONGER POST ANYTHING UNLESS AND UNTIL THEY STOP SPYING ON ME AND FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS EVERYWHERE.
No visits or contacts by law enforcement. Yet.
Posting rants on Facebook maybe not such a great idea....Posting on Facebook is not such a good idea. Unless you want to impress...somebody?
I’m guessing it was more than just one “rant” that got this Marine a visit.
Even if it was, this isn’t going to slow me down. Eff ‘em...
Curiosity question, do the Lefties treat you with the same respect?
The reason I ask is that I have BIL who manages to get one last dig in every year in the Christmas letter he sends out.
“Never speak to the FBI...even if they ask nicely. And if pressed remember dont say anything without a lawyer.
They are not your friend......”
Sure as hell NEVER talk to the Barack Obama/Eric Holder FBI without your lawyer. Holder and his operatives have corrupted ATF, FBI and other components of the DOJ. The ambitious civil “servants” in those agencies may have welcomed the corruption as a way to gain promotions and other favors. The cancer is spreading.
Only my relatives and close friends know my political positions on things, and they just "tolerate" me as a result. Most of the "friends" I have on FB are old co-workers, school mates, models (I do glamour photography now) and they don't know from my posts what my positions are. I get work from FB (photography), so I don't want to burn bridges that way.
And record the conversation visably in front of them and your lawyer.
Actually, posting rants in any social forum is a GREAT idea. Do we or do we not have a 1st Amendment Right?
Social media forums can be argued to be the new town square, without the need for ‘permits.’
Real question: are anti-regime comments on FR being monitored, & individual FReepers’ attitudes noted, by the NSA po-po? Is it as risky as doing so on Facebook?
Correct he should be suing them for intimidation tactics and potentially violating his 1st Amendment Rights.
So he excercised free speach in public as well? Clearly a threat to the state.
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