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
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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.
I’d be surprised to hear that this is true.
O’Keefe seemed to me to be too smart to do something illegal. I hope the early reports are wrong.
I smell BS. Also, too bad they weren’t dressed as Black Panthers.
We'll see what really was going on. All that's known now is that there are arrests.
I smell a big stinking ACORN rat here.
As is well known, the Democommies are after O’Keefe. I wouldn’t put a frame up past them that may involve the FBI.
After all, the FBI is working for President Zero...maybe a certain FBI agent wants a promotion. A frame up of O’Keefe would certainly advance a personal agenda.
Well when your in a era of corruption people take things into their own hands. With cronies in all areas of the government, from the feds, the courts, the state governments, news media what would you expect. Remember Linda Tripp and the Nixon gang at watergate. It will be to bad but if they go to the watergate model instead of looking at government corruption another injustice will be done. Thank God they cannot blame this on Bush
Joseph Basel, Robert Flanagan, James OKeefe, and Stan Dai should cinsider themselves lucky that they will be going to Federal Prison and not “The Farm” in Angola.
Looks to me like Obama and Holder were just waiting for O'Keefe to step in it....
google H Paul Rico -- The fibbies aint' always the good guys.
It could be a set up. It would be hard to believe that he would be involved in doing secret wiretaps since several DA’s looked at prosecuting him for those videos he made.
What better way to shut someone up than by charging them with a federal crime? Your attorney will advise you to not talk about anything until you are cleared.
I am glad Giles wasn’t there too. I can’t imagine what he was thinking. An FBI beef is a bad way to end a promising career.
> Dont get caught next time.
When exposing ACORN, they performed their stings and THEN
televised it as not to tip off subsequent stings.
With any luck, he’s already gotten damning soundbites from
some of the other Senate rat bastards.
IOW, Landrieu is probably not the first in his ongoing operations
to expose the CORRUPTION within our government.
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.
Now, why would O'Keefe deliberately create evidence if his team was truly up to no-good? Obviously, he must have been planning to work the cell-phone captured material into some sort of exposé.
O’Keefe is the guy, I believe. And no, he’s no with ACORN and wasn’t with ACORN on this occasion. It sounds like he may have been attempting to get dirt on this senator.
Yep... just like them. They could have done some hard time but were 'saved' by Janet Reno. (Surprise, surprise) Do you think these guys will get the same break from Eric Holder?
“Even if he had caught her ‘red handed’ he’s still in bigger trouble”
Yeah but it would have been for the good of the nation.
The times have changed and the Right has a much better media.
If this is a frame up by the Democommies, and I smell a big ACORN rat already, it will be the Leftards and maybe the corrupt FBI/US Attorney would will be jacked against the wall, mark my words.
Not much of a set-up here as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Jim Letten is a Republican and was appointed to his job by President George W. Bush.
Letten has down a great job in Louisiana in taking down corrupt politicians of both parties.
It sounds to me like he was there for some other reason and when the bogus phone guys showed up he smelled a story and pushed the record button on his cell.
I'd like to see if he made an appointment or if he was asked to be there.
When you say O’Keefe “admitted it all,” I can’t help but wonder how you define “it all.”
I do not see O’Keefe admitting they intended to tap the phones.
I can't imagine what else they could have been doing dressed as telephone repairmen though.
A major career crushing moron moment for all involved. Plea to lesser charges, get probation, work at K-Mart until death.
second sentence of para 10 is VERY suspicious looking, and means exactly what? What did they (O’Keefe and Dai) “ADMIT”???
I hate it when there’s so many threads!
So now you are questioning the integrity of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Jim Letten?
Good luck with that theory as Letten has done more to clean-up Louisiana politics that anyone in the state’s history.
Just guessing but it sounds like O’Keefe was just getting his usual cell phone video and Landrieu’s office is making it out to be some kind of conspiracy to wiretap.
The fact that the son of a US attorney involved is interesting in itself.
He was THERE. There is no indication that he was dressed as anyone but himself. The only thing that seems to connect him to the “plumbers” is that he was prepared to record them on his phone. Maybe he spotted them as fakes before the staff did and thought, this is going to be good. Maybe it was just a coinkidink. Who nose?
It was in a federal building..
It’ll be interesting to see if the MSM reports this story.
After all, they didn’t report on O’Keefe during the ACORN expose. Will they report now?
Damn! Those tapes would have produced some juicy juicy audio i bet.... DAMN!!! SOOOOOO CLOSE!!!!
He's SUCH a good guy, why do we even need a trial? Wouldn't subjecting his claims to a finder of fact just be questioning the sparkling integrity of the great Jim whatshisname?
Since when does a person get into a Senator’s office, while just waiting on someone. This sounds weird to me...don’t they have a reception area.
It wouldn’t surprise me if this was a setup. I’m sure that obama would love to nail those two who did the ACORN exposes, or either one of them.
Possibly it’s a frameup as well. Let’s hope the FBI doesn’t succeed in pulling off a fast one.
It’s the front page story on the Politico. Nothing on Reuters yet. AP is reporting it as a NewsAlert. Nothing on AFP yet.
how do we know he was not invited to an interview and then set up.
How do we know what the hell is going on yet and how do we know this was a got ya moment or even that he might have done it but to hear some on here this far you would think that there is no need of a court and to think that some say on here the media cannot be trusted.