Skip to comments.ACORN gotcha man among four arrested for attempting to bug Mary Landrieu's office
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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Oh, never mind.
What were the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd?
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth
This`ll be the lead story on all the lamestream media
for the next week trying to discredit conservatives
I bet they were planning an undercover bit and the feds turned it into a “wiretap”.
Jim Letten busts yet another Louisiana criminal.
Way to go Jim!
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.
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!
I’ll wait to hear ... the rest of the story.
Sounds like a set-up to me
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.
BTW they are using a modified Watergate protocol. Nobody ever said that members of the Democrat mafia were creative
Something is not sitting right with this story.
Posted on January 26, 2010 at 2:04 PM
Updated today at 2:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS Four men posing as telephone repairmen trying to get inside Sen. Mary Landrieus office on Poydras Street and access the telephone network were arrested and with charged in a criminal complaint with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony, said U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Joseph Basel, 24, Robert Flanagan, 24, James OKeefe, 25, and Stan Dai, 24 were arrested Monday by police after trying to gain access to Landrieus office.
According to the complaint, Flanagan and Basel were each dressed in blue denim pants, a blue work shirt, a light green fluorescent vest, a tool belt and a construction-style hard hat when they entered the Hale Boggs Federal Building, said a statement from the U.S. Attorneys Office.
Once inside Senator Landrieus reception area, Flanagan and Basel told a member of Senator Landrieus staff that they were telephone repairmen, and they requested access to the main telephone at the reception desk, said the U.S. Attorneys Office. Flanagan and Basel then manipulated the telephone system.
According to the unsealed affidavit, the men told officials from Landrieus office that the phones were not working properly and that they needed to access the telephone closet to repair the system.
When Flanagan and Basel were questioned by authorities, they said they left their credentials in their car. They were apprehended by U.S. Marshals a short time later, said U.S. Attorneys Office.
According to the affidavit, the men admitted they werent telephone repairmen and posed as such to get inside Landrieus office.
The four men, if convicted, face a maximum term of ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
You mean like the hard time doled out the dem operatives who recorded Gingrich and passed the illegal wiretap to a dem Senator.
Something is not sitting right with this story.
Set up-BIG TIME
ACORN is still not off the hook.
I hope the allegations are untrue. It’s fine to imply you’re a pimp, but to get folks (who aren’t phone company techs) to don uniforms of phone company techs, and thereby gain access to areas that would be “trespassing” for others, isn’t kosher.
Any info on U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan?
I can’t find any info right off the top.