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ACORN gotcha man among four arrested for attempting to bug Mary Landrieu's office
The Times-Picayune ^ | January 26, 2010 | David Hammer

Posted on 01/26/2010 12:41:17 PM PST by Cheap_Hessian

The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.

FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O'Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office's telephone system.

A fourth person, Stan Dai, was accused of aiding and abetting Basel and Flanagan. All four were charged with entering fedral property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

A witness from Landrieu's staff said O'Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be "waiting for someone to arrive."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: acorn; fbi; jamesokeefe; landrieu; louisiana; marylandrieu; okeefe; wiretapping
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1 posted on 01/26/2010 12:41:20 PM PST by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Whoops...


2 posted on 01/26/2010 12:43:37 PM PST by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Ruh-Roh....

This kid had a promising future that he just threw away.....


3 posted on 01/26/2010 12:44:28 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Cheap_Hessian

this is what happens when you embarrass a dictator


4 posted on 01/26/2010 12:44:28 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Personally, I’d have gone after Pelosi or Reid’s office, but hey, great try.


5 posted on 01/26/2010 12:44:30 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

What an idiot.


6 posted on 01/26/2010 12:44:44 PM PST by gop4lyf (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Damn..... just damn...


7 posted on 01/26/2010 12:44:44 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Wonder how this is going to play out.


8 posted on 01/26/2010 12:44:45 PM PST by Portnoy (Visit me at www.thehipposass.com or follow me on Twitter @thehipposass)
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To: DwFry

Hmmmn.

So O’Keefe is with the ACORN Staff?

This doesn’t sound right: ACORN ought to know she’s a loyal democrat.


9 posted on 01/26/2010 12:45:08 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Good idea. Wish it had worked & you’d caught her red handed. Don’t get caught next time.

I mean... they’re innocent until proven guilty - maybe this is all some mistake..


10 posted on 01/26/2010 12:45:20 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
A witness from Landrieu's staff said O'Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be "waiting for someone to arrive."

I wonder what thats about?

11 posted on 01/26/2010 12:45:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I smell a “setup” as payback for the damage to ACORN. This IS New Orleans, after all.

But I suppose you never know.


12 posted on 01/26/2010 12:46:09 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Dumb Ass.


13 posted on 01/26/2010 12:46:26 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

“Personally, I’d have gone after Pelosi or Reid’s office, but hey, great try”

I wonder how they got caught? The court documents would be interesting to see. What’s wrong with a little bugging anyway, unless they’ve got something to hide, right?..


14 posted on 01/26/2010 12:47:24 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Honestly I don’t believe he’s that stupid.


15 posted on 01/26/2010 12:47:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

WTF, James?

You should have stayed with exposing ACORN. Landrieu probably would have been voted out next time she was up anyway, you didn’t need to do this.


16 posted on 01/26/2010 12:47:39 PM PST by hattend (Mary Jo, this one's for you! (Thank you, Massachusetts - welcome back to the union))
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To: Cheap_Hessian

If so, this is very bad. It will be used to discredit his prior work against ACORN. It is a damn shame!


17 posted on 01/26/2010 12:47:47 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: GeronL
A witness from Landrieu's staff said O'Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be "waiting for someone to arrive."
 
Maybe he was waiting for the cops? /s

18 posted on 01/26/2010 12:47:55 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Bottom line...we owe this filmaker a lot for exposing ACORN.


19 posted on 01/26/2010 12:48:17 PM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

The headline is a bit confusing. “Acorn gotcha man” means “the man who pulled a gotcha on ACORN”, not a gotcha man with ACORN.

I suspect a frame up here. I can’t see O’Keefe resorting to illegal wiretaps, when all he’d need to do is put on the pimp outfit.


20 posted on 01/26/2010 12:49:37 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade ("I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys, I'm on the good guys' side." -Sarah Palin)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
IF this is true than he's an idiot. It wouldn't surprise me, though, if there is more to the story.
21 posted on 01/26/2010 12:49:37 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I believe someone is lying.


22 posted on 01/26/2010 12:49:55 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Portnoy
Wonder how this is going to play out.

No need to wonder. The MSM will blow this up to look like a scandal on the order of the Watergate break-in, and will beat our side over the head with it until the cows come home.

James O'keefe just gave the Dems a much-needed distraction from Obama's floundering administration, and the Democrat implosion.

23 posted on 01/26/2010 12:50:10 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Vendome

Something doesn’t smell right.

“A witness claims” he was there?


24 posted on 01/26/2010 12:50:20 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

They did not get a wire tap in place, if that was their goal. If they were actually trying to break the law, I’m glad they got caught. This Pimp has some explaining to do.


25 posted on 01/26/2010 12:50:30 PM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar. ---- "OBAMA: THE GREAT MISTAKE OF 2008")
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
So O’Keefe is with the ACORN Staff?

This doesn’t sound right: ACORN ought to know she’s a loyal democrat.


I don't understand your question and statement. O'keefe is the guy who has been making videos busting ACORN. He was arrested for trying to put a wiretap in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans. The dude is likely in some serious trouble.
26 posted on 01/26/2010 12:50:33 PM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Something about this story is weird.
The FBI guy says he ALLEDGEDLY aided and abetted. HOW??????


27 posted on 01/26/2010 12:50:36 PM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Amateur field engineers.

You don’t need to expose yourself like this to listen in on phone calls or bug an office.

I’d have sent a few nice trojan horse devices in via mail....
They would not have been smart enough to figure it out...not in Landrieu’s office.


28 posted on 01/26/2010 12:50:42 PM PST by Bobalu (General Peritonitis is no doctor.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
 
 
 
Everybody just hold on - it's just an accusation and an arrest at this point - no one's proven squat yet.
 
 
 

29 posted on 01/26/2010 12:51:07 PM PST by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Ouch! That is going to leave a mark.


30 posted on 01/26/2010 12:51:38 PM PST by ColdOne (:^))
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To: Portnoy

Do you think he was set up somehow? Seems like he would be smarter than this.


31 posted on 01/26/2010 12:53:10 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I want to hear their side of the story before I start throwing rocks.

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A conservative activist who has caused problems for the community organizing group ACORN and the son of a federal prosecutor were among four people arrested and accused of trying to interfere with phones at U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office.

Activist James O’Keefe, 25, was already in Landrieu’s New Orleans office Monday when Robert Flanagan and Joseph Basel, both 24, showed up claiming to be telephone repairmen, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office. Letten says O’Keefe recorded the two with his cell phone.

Once inside the reception area, Flanagan, the son of acting U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan in Shreveport, and Basel asked for access to the main phone at the reception desk.

After handling the phone, “Flanagan and Basel next requested access to the telephone closet because they needed to perform work on the main telephone system,” Letten’s office said.

The men were directed to another office in the building, they’re accused of again misrepresenting themselves as telephone repairmen.

They were arrested later by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Details of the arrest were not available. A fourth man, Stan Dai, 24, was also arrested, but Letten’s office said only that he assisted the others in planning, coordinating and preparing the operation.

Federal officials did not say why the men wanted to interfere with Landrieu’s phones or whether they were successful. Landrieu, a moderate Democrat, declined comment Tuesday. She has been in the news recently because she negotiated an increase in Medicaid funds for her state before announcing her support for Senate health care legislation.

An FBI criminal complaint charging the men was unsealed Tuesday.

http://www.newser.com/article/d9dfla3g1/apnewsbreak-acorn-antagonist-among-3-charged-in-scheme-to-interfere-with-la-senators-phones.html


32 posted on 01/26/2010 12:53:23 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Cheap_Hessian

My initial reaction is that O’Keefe is way to smart and careful to involve himself in any such plot. I think I’ll wait and see how this works out.

Do I think they would go to any lengths to harm him. Why, yes I do.


33 posted on 01/26/2010 12:54:58 PM PST by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Bet this has the Dims nervous.....


34 posted on 01/26/2010 12:55:50 PM PST by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I have a few thoughts about James. One of his first appearances after the tapes were released was on Fox and he was dressed up as a pimp. Sometime later he appeared on Glenn’s show. Glenn asked him if this was all a joke to him and O’Keefe seemed to have a little trouble answering that question. I came away with the impression that, although he may be a conservative and distrusts ACORN, ultimately he was doing this for attention. Perhaps this stunt was an attempt to get back into the spotlight (I’m not assuming he’s guilty of anything yet, just playing devil’s advocate).

Secondly, as another poster mentioned, I’m not entirely sure he’s guilty or perhaps this is just being overstated in order to get a little payback from the whole ACORN scandal.

Just a side note, wasn’t the ACORN office in N.O. raided a few months ago? Could there be a connection between these two stories?

Finally, even though it probably wasn’t the best idea to dress up like a telephone company employee and try to tape a government official’s phone, it just seems to me that maybe James had some inside knowledge of what was going on inside the office. I mean, you don’t just wake up one day and decide to tape the phone of some random (I know Mary really isn’t random) law maker. He had to have some sort of tip that something nefarious was going on. Also, I would like to know how they got caught. Did one of the employees recognize him from a photograph?


35 posted on 01/26/2010 12:57:21 PM PST by camerongood210
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To: Cheap_Hessian

If true, he’s a dumb ass...


36 posted on 01/26/2010 12:57:33 PM PST by sissyjane (He had a dream. We got a nightmare!)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Good idea. Wish it had worked & you’d caught her red handed. Don’t get caught next time.

Even if he had caught her 'red handed' he's still in bigger trouble. Wire tapping anyone is a felony. Wiretapping a federal official is a big time felony.

These idiots are going to do some serious hard time.

37 posted on 01/26/2010 12:57:34 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I agree it is quite possible it was a setup. Take note of the fuzzy language in the accusation:

“FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O’Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office’s telephone system. “

So, O’Keefe himself was not dressed as a telephone company employee, but he supposedly “aided and abetted” them? If he were dressed as a telephone worker, I’d have much less cause for doubt.

Also, it says that attempted to “interfere” with the office telephone system. That seems rather vague.

It would not surprise me at all if a couple of felons were offered a deal or paid to show up at Landrieu’s office, when O’Keefe had an appointment there, and say he was working with them to bug the phones.


38 posted on 01/26/2010 12:57:39 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade ("I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys, I'm on the good guys' side." -Sarah Palin)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I’m learning not to believe initial reports, especially if they are vague. OK, sometimes I fall for it, but in this case I want more details and substantiated facts.


39 posted on 01/26/2010 12:57:58 PM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

It would appear the cold civil war between the Right and Left is heating up a few degrees.


40 posted on 01/26/2010 12:58:34 PM PST by Ronbo1948
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To: Cheap_Hessian

41 posted on 01/26/2010 12:58:44 PM PST by GeorgeSaden
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To: Cheap_Hessian
I'm sure as soon as the Black Panther's are dealt with in their voter intimidation charges that O'Keefe et al will be dealt with.

What?

Oh, never mind.

What were the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth

42 posted on 01/26/2010 12:59:14 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Portnoy

This`ll be the lead story on all the lamestream media
for the next week trying to discredit conservatives


43 posted on 01/26/2010 12:59:35 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

I bet they were planning an undercover bit and the feds turned it into a “wiretap”.


44 posted on 01/26/2010 12:59:52 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Jim Letten busts yet another Louisiana criminal.

Way to go Jim!


45 posted on 01/26/2010 12:59:58 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
If so, this is very bad. It will be used to discredit his prior work against ACORN. It is a damn shame!

True. But his and Giles' work stands on its own, being actual video and not just based on their say-so. This will call additional attention to it. I'm glad Giles wasn't involved in this incident.

46 posted on 01/26/2010 1:00:09 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: GeronL

A witness from Landrieu’s staff said O’Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be “waiting for the electrician
or some one like him”.

Don’t crush that dwarf, hand me the pliers!


47 posted on 01/26/2010 1:00:14 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I’ll wait to hear ... the rest of the story.


48 posted on 01/26/2010 1:01:40 PM PST by carmody
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Sounds like a set-up to me


49 posted on 01/26/2010 1:01:59 PM PST by dps.inspect
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To: Cheap_Hessian
snip ...the FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.

Ok - so there is a law about plotting a wiretap? Is plotting a crime?

snip...FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O'Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office's telephone system.

Ok - so Okeefe is sitting in the reception area when two clowns in costume try to mess with the phones. So I suppose "plotting" and being there when the guys try to mess with the phones is not good.

...A fourth person, Stan Dai, was accused of aiding and abetting Basel and Flanagan. All four were charged with entering fedral property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

Entering a federal property under false pretense - thats kinda vague.

It could all be a set-up. OKeefe makes an appointment to interview, goes in there and waits, and then BAM these arrests and how does he defend himself. Set up is a very high possibility.

50 posted on 01/26/2010 1:02:10 PM PST by corkoman
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