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Gayle in MD
01-27-2010, 08:02 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">James O'Keefe charged in alleged plot to bug Senator Mary Landrieu's office

James O'Keefe, left, and Stan Dai, are accused of aiding two men in the alleged wiretap scheme and face up to 10 years in prison.
By Carol D. Leonnig and Garance Franke-Ruta
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 The conservative young filmmaker whose undercover sting damaged a liberal activist group last year faces federal criminal charges in an alleged plot to bug the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

James O'Keefe was among four men who created a ruse to enter the lawmaker's downtown office, saying they needed to repair her telephones, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. O'Keefe used his cellphone to take pictures of two men, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who are accused in an FBI agent's sworn affidavit of impersonating telephone company workers. Stanley Dai is accused of aiding the Jan. 25 plot.

All four were taken to a suburban New Orleans jail and charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony. If convicted, each man faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Flanagan, 24, is the son of William J. Flanagan, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Shreveport. William Flanagan declined to comment through an office assistant.

<span style="color: #000066">Notice how the post doesn't mention the fact that this is the very position which Vitter has secured by blocking the nominated replacement since last June!. </span>

Landrieu said Tuesday, "I am as interested as everyone else about their motives and purpose, which I hope will become clear as the investigation moves forward."

Last July, Landrieu proposed a replacement for William Flanagan, and last week, President Obama nominated that person, Stephanie A. Finley, for the job.

O'Keefe, 25, became a conservative hero last year after he and fellow activist Hannah Giles secretly videotaped several regional offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) while posting as a pimp and a prostitute. O'Keefe's videos showed ACORN staffers <span style='font-size: 20pt'>appearing </span>to offer them housing help and advice on concealing their purported prostitution business.

The furor over the videos led Congress in September to recommend banning all federal funding for ACORN, and the group, facing major questions about its housing work for the federal government, was forced to launch an internal audit of its operations. The ban never took effect: In December, a federal court ruled that singling out ACORN for punishment was unconstitutional and ordered the federal government to honor its existing contracts with the group.

Given that history with O'Keefe, Democrats gleefully pored over the details of the criminal charges Tuesday, while Republicans either spoke about waiting for all the facts to come out or kept their thoughts to themselves.

Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, who helped champion O'Keefe's undercover work on his Web site BigGovernment.com and advised him on how best to release the videos over time, said Tuesday that he didn't have enough details about the New Orleans charges to comment.

"We have no knowledge about or connection to any alleged acts and events involving James O'Keefe at Senator Mary Landrieu's office," Breitbart said. "We have no information other than what has been reported publicly by the press."

According to the FBI affidavit, Flanagan and Basel were dressed in blue denim pants, blue work shirts, light green fluorescent vests, tool belts and white construction-style hard hats when they entered the Hale Boggs Federal Building on busy Poydras Street. The pair told Landrieu's staff members that they were telephone repairmen and needed access to the office's main reception desk telephone.

O'Keefe was already inside the office, telling a Landrieu staffer that he was waiting for someone to arrive. The staffer told an FBI agent that O'Keefe had "positioned his cellular phone in his hand so as to record Flanagan and Basel," the affidavit stated.

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>On Thursday, O'Keefe delivered a speech to the Pelican Institute, a libertarian think tank based one block from Landrieu's office. He was hailed in promotional materials for the event as "a pioneer in the use of new media to drive these kinds of important stories. . . . He will discuss the role of new media and show examples of effective investigative reporting." </span>
<span style='font-size: 20pt'>In October, 31 members of Congress signed a resolution, authored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.), to honor O'Keefe and Giles "for their diligent investigative journalism exposing the fraudulent and potentially illegal activities" of ACORN. </span>

"Hannah and James should be applauded for their efforts to root out corruption and abuse of federal tax dollars," Olson said, adding that they were "setting an example for concerned citizens across America that we can hold those who receive taxpayer funds accountable."

Olson said Tuesday that he understandably supported exposing the misdeeds of a government contractor. "However, if recent events conclude that any laws were broken in the incident in Senator Landrieu's office -- that is not something I condone," he said in a statement.

The earlier videos put ACORN, and many of the Democratic lawmakers who supported it, in the hot seat for nearly a month. ACORN, whose subsidiaries have federal contracts primarily to offer housing counseling, is best known for its robust registration of low-income and minority voters, who typically vote Democratic. Its efforts in 2008 were credited with helping to elect Barack Obama president.

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>Last fall, ACORN accused O'Keefe of doctoring some of the videos, including by deleting comments by ACORN staffers that indicated they thought his pimp act was a joke. </span>
ACORN President Bertha Lewis said Tuesday that O'Keefe's arrest is "further evidence of his disregard for the law in pursuit of his extremist agenda" and that it supports the organization's view that many videos were edited to make it look bad.
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"From the day that O'Keefe's undercover 'sting' videos came out, ACORN leadership pledged accountability for its own staff while pointing out that the videos had been shot illegally and edited deceptively in order to undermine the work of an organization that has empowered working families for four decades," she said. "Unfortunately, during the rush to judge ACORN, both the media and Congress failed to question the methods, intent and accuracy of Mr. O'Keefe's videos." </span>
O'Keefe is well-known, but Flanagan, Basel and Dai are not. Flanagan worked last year as a paid intern for Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.); he now works at the Pelican Institute as a blogger.

Dai, who is from Alexandria, is a Chinese immigrant and was president of the Conservative Student Union at George Washington University in 2005, student records show.

Basel, a Mankato, Minn., native, and O'Keefe became friends as fellow founders of conservative newspapers at their respective colleges, O'Keefe at Rutgers and Basel at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

In a joint interview given to CampusReform.org two weeks ago, O'Keefe and Basel were quoted about their frustration with what they considered to be the liberal bent of college media. O'Keefe urged young conservatives to think and act boldly to avoid complacency.

"The more bold you are, the more opportunities will be open to you," O'Keefe said. "The less bold you are, the less opportunities in life will be open to you."

Research editor Alice Crites contributed to this report.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con...ST2010012604182 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/26/AR2010012604145_2.html?hpid=topnews&sid=ST2010012604182)



<span style="color: #000066">LMAO! Republicans couldn't praise this dorky little beady eyed, common crook enough!

Politics is a dirty business, but when Republicans are involved, it's a filthy dirty business.

Ha ha ha...thirty one Republicans trying to pass a resolution of praise for this little scumbag!

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Deeman3
01-27-2010, 08:09 AM
Well, I guess this means ACORN was a good organization with nothng to hide all along. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Gayle in MD
01-27-2010, 08:12 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Well, I guess this means ACORN was a good organization with nothng to hide all along. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

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Yes it was. Anyone can create a video, edit it to look the way they want it to look by deleting SOME of the reactions and words spoken by the accused.

If you can't see through this fiasco, you couldn't possibly have seen through the eight year long Bush Fiasco!

Oh, wait a minute, you didn't see through the Bush Fiasco, right?

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LWW
01-27-2010, 08:15 AM
And if he broke the law he should face the punishment of the law.

A position, sadly, the O-cult will never take as regards ACORN.

So long as it is a group which supports dearest leader, the Obamatrons will support those who promote and engage in election fraud, murder, illegal importation of immigrants, child prostitution, and slavery.

It is indeed a sad time for America that a cult as evil as this one is has taken hold of the nutty 20% of the US adult population.

LWW

Gayle in MD
01-27-2010, 08:57 AM
Last year, the mainstream media treated O'Keefe's exploits against ACORN as an example of investigative "gotcha" journalism, with few pointing out that he doctored the videos and never released the original footage.


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pooltchr
01-27-2010, 10:21 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">And if he broke the law he should face the punishment of the law.

A position, sadly, the O-cult will never take as regards ACORN.


LWW </div></div>

She already told you ACORN is a good organization with nothing to hide! Don't you listen?????????????

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Steve

sack316
01-27-2010, 11:16 AM
ACORN's follies have been around long before O'Keefe came along.

Starting with (to my knowledge) Dale Rathke over ten years ago, and seems to have continued with always something weird or shady going on ever since.

Now if O'Keefe broke the law, and did wrong, then he reaps what he sows... that's all well and good. That doesn't change a thing about ACORN, though.

It's like if I broke into a house to rob it, and found a drug ring going on. Sure, I'm guilty of some breaking and entering... that doesn't make the homeowners any less of scum.

Sack

LWW
01-27-2010, 11:58 AM
What's funny is that down here where we have air people realize the MSM ignored the ACORN expose', the entire video was released, and nobody has ever found any evidence of it being altered other than shortened in length to the highlights for broadcast.

LWW

sack316
01-27-2010, 02:04 PM
Well, to be fair there was the 'independent' (cough, cough) investigation by Harshbarger /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

I've got an idea, subpoena the tapes, and play them uncut and unedited in their entirety. That'll clear things up.

Sack

Deeman3
01-27-2010, 02:25 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Last year, the mainstream media treated O'Keefe's exploits against ACORN as an example of investigative "gotcha" journalism, with few pointing out that he doctored the videos and never released the original footage.


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<span style="color: #FF0000">The absolute very last thing ACORN wants is full release of the full, uncut footage. Their leader made that clear to O'reilly last year. What they want is it forgotten about. It, of course, was "gottcha" journalism. After Palin's experience, you have a problem now with that? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
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cushioncrawler
01-27-2010, 02:54 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> .......O'Keefe, 25, became a conservative hero last year after he and fellow activist Hannah Giles secretly videotaped several regional offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) while posting as a pimp and a prostitute. O'Keefe's videos showed ACORN staffers <span style='font-size: 20pt'>appearing </span>to offer them housing help and advice on concealing their purported prostitution business.......</div></div>Gayle -- It looks to me that acorn did its housing job here -- the advice about concealing prostitution etc iz neither here nor there.
But i hav some worryz about the law coming down on o'keefe -- the constitution should giv citizen's a measure of freedom to snoop -- the "Snoopy Amendment".
Even tho o'keefe iz a lying bastard.
madMac.

Deeman3
01-27-2010, 03:35 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> .......O'Keefe, 25, became a conservative hero last year after he and fellow activist Hannah Giles secretly videotaped several regional offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) while posting as a pimp and a prostitute. O'Keefe's videos showed ACORN staffers <span style='font-size: 20pt'>appearing </span>to offer them housing help and advice on concealing their purported prostitution business.......</div></div>Gayle -- It looks to me that acorn did its housing job here -- the advice about concealing prostitution etc iz neither here nor there.
But i hav some worryz about the law coming down on o'keefe -- the constitution should giv citizen's a measure of freedom to snoop -- the "Snoopy Amendment".
Even tho o'keefe iz a lying bastard.
madMac. </div></div>

Mac,

I have to disagee as in our country, there is a reasonable expectation of privacy even in a public office in terms of phone conversations. So, no matter the rightousness of his feelings against the lady, he is and should be limited to lawful recording, such as in the ACORN case. Good intensions don't override our laws unless you are a Democrat. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Gayle in MD
01-27-2010, 05:37 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> .......O'Keefe, 25, became a conservative hero last year after he and fellow activist Hannah Giles secretly videotaped several regional offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) while posting as a pimp and a prostitute. O'Keefe's videos showed ACORN staffers <span style='font-size: 20pt'>appearing </span>to offer them housing help and advice on concealing their purported prostitution business.......</div></div>Gayle -- It looks to me that acorn did its housing job here -- the advice about concealing prostitution etc iz neither here nor there.
But i hav some worryz about the law coming down on o'keefe -- the constitution should giv citizen's a measure of freedom to snoop -- the "Snoopy Amendment".
Even tho o'keefe iz a lying bastard.
madMac. </div></div>

Absolutely. There was no prostitution involved in the ACORN organization. I listened to the same tapes that everyone else heard. A Federal judge, ruled on the case. I suppose he knows more about our laws, than the radical right.

After all, here we are still tring to climb our way out of the Republican economic philosophical "No government Oversight" "Tax cuts for the wealthy, AND during two wars!" "Unregulated Financial Markets" "Unprecedented Deficit Spending" "Unprecedented Borrowing" of the disastrous Bush Administration, and the radical right wingers are trying to blame the entire financial disaster on Obama!

Now, that is one for the books! Republicans, blocking everything that we need to do to get this country going, and whining about being cut out of the discussion, when they go out and voted against their own measures!

Five committees, in the House and the Senate, by-partisan, Republicans on every single one of them, and they STILL lile and say they were cut out!

One hundred and sixty four Republican Ammendments, and they STILL ALL voted against the Bill.

Who the hell do they think they're kidding!

Bush walked into that White House with a budget surplus, and predictions of a five trillion dollar surplus to come, and walked out leaving two unfinished wars, a totally collapsed economy on the verge of a Depression, predicted to last as long as a decade, a middle class which had lost jobs left and right, and here we have the right, blaming Obama because he didn't do more than pull this economy out of the range of complete disaster!

Republican Policies were proven to be totally wrong, they always were, and always will be. Everytime they get in there, the wealthy get incredibly wealthier, and the Middle Class and the poor, suffer.

The charts prove all of it.

Republicans are chronic liars.

G.

pooltchr
01-27-2010, 06:33 PM
Wake up. It's not just Republicans. The Dems are also starting to distance themselves from Obama's radical agenda. Basic economics teaches that the economy runs on business. Businesses produce something of value, employ people, make profits and grow the economy.
Government takes money out of the economy, and after funding it's burocracy, redistributes it to the supporters of the party in charge. They don't produce anything at all, and therefore, can not in any way stimulate the economy.
Everyone is starting to understand that Obams's policies have done nothing to help the economy, and may in fact be slowing down the recovery.
The best thing the government can do is reverse the spending that has reached new records in the past year, keep the Bush tax cuts in place, and get out of the way so businesses can get back to what they do...drive the economy back up!

Steve

Gayle in MD
01-28-2010, 10:34 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: sack316</div><div class="ubbcode-body">ACORN's follies have been around long before O'Keefe came along.

Starting with (to my knowledge) Dale Rathke over ten years ago, and seems to have continued with always something weird or shady going on ever since.

Now if O'Keefe broke the law, and did wrong, then he reaps what he sows... that's all well and good. That doesn't change a thing about ACORN, though.

It's like if I broke into a house to rob it, and found a drug ring going on. Sure, I'm guilty of some breaking and entering... that doesn't make the homeowners any less of scum.

Sack </div></div>

Sack,
If an organizaation has a bad apple, and gets rid of him, is that organization guilty for life?

Come on, you know and I know that real reason why Fox, and the RW bashes Acorn, is because they bring so many voters to the voting booth.

Anyway, this post is about what these four guys did. They are all, BTW, connected to Republican organizations. One of them even ran a Republican Campaign. They have been praised by Republicans, even with a effor to present them with congressional honors. This little muck, misrepresented himeself, illegally filmed people, edited the film, and set out to destroy ACORN, and the right decided they were supreme journalists, just on that scam!

Surely, you don't agree with the kinds of things this lilttle twerp is doing, or the right's reaction to them, do you?

G.
Admit, I really haven't studied much about ACORN, but apparently, no laws were broken by them, or they would be in jail, right?

G.

LWW
01-28-2010, 10:44 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Come on, you know and I know that real reason why Fox, and the RW bashes Acorn, is because they bring so many voters to the voting booth.

G. </div></div>

Close.

It's that they bring them more than once, that they bring them from south of the border, that they ply them with smokes and alcohol, that they generally wipe their arse with election laws.

LWW