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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

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To: carmody
I will too! ANYTHING coming out of New Orleans, especially Landrieu’s office is suspicious!
51 posted on 01/26/2010 1:02:41 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Above My Pay Grade
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

Bingo!

BTW they are using a modified Watergate protocol. Nobody ever said that members of the Democrat mafia were creative

52 posted on 01/26/2010 1:02:51 PM PST by Cowman (I'd like to eliminate stupidity in the world but this %$#@ conscience thing is in the way)
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To: Bahbah

Something is not sitting right with this story.


53 posted on 01/26/2010 1:02:51 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Cheap_Hessian

by WWLTV.com

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Updated today at 2:42 PM

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NEW ORLEANS – Four men posing as telephone repairmen trying to get inside Sen. Mary Landrieu’s 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 O’Keefe, 25, and Stan Dai, 24 were arrested Monday by police after trying to gain access to Landrieu’s 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. Attorney’s Office.

“Once inside Senator Landrieu’s reception area, Flanagan and Basel told a member of Senator Landrieu’s staff that they were telephone repairmen, and they requested access to the main telephone at the reception desk,” said the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Flanagan and Basel then manipulated the telephone system.”

According to the unsealed affidavit, the men told officials from Landrieu’s 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. Marshal’s a short time later, said U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to the affidavit, the men admitted they weren’t telephone repairmen and posed as such to get inside Landrieu’s 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.


54 posted on 01/26/2010 1:02:54 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Ditto

You mean like the hard time doled out the dem operatives who recorded Gingrich and passed the illegal wiretap to a dem Senator.


55 posted on 01/26/2010 1:03:06 PM PST by Diplomat
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To: Bahbah

Something is not sitting right with this story.


56 posted on 01/26/2010 1:03:19 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: GeronL

Set up-BIG TIME


57 posted on 01/26/2010 1:03:56 PM PST by homegroan ((keeping track of this crap is a full-time job...and I just punched in))
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To: Cheap_Hessian

ACORN is still not off the hook.


58 posted on 01/26/2010 1:04:21 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


59 posted on 01/26/2010 1:04:44 PM PST by pogo101
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To: TornadoAlley3

Any info on U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan?

I can’t find any info right off the top.


60 posted on 01/26/2010 1:04:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


61 posted on 01/26/2010 1:04:48 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I smell BS. Also, too bad they weren’t dressed as Black Panthers.


62 posted on 01/26/2010 1:04:56 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Cheap_Hessian
If he was doing a simple sting video again, and showed up to gain access to the office with telephone repairmen, but never intended to touch the phone, it's still stupid of him to do.

We'll see what really was going on. All that's known now is that there are arrests.

63 posted on 01/26/2010 1:05:09 PM PST by Lazamataz (Hey Obama, Can You Hear Me Now....? GOOOOoood......)
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To: Bahbah

I agree.

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.


64 posted on 01/26/2010 1:05:33 PM PST by Ronbo1948
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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


65 posted on 01/26/2010 1:06:05 PM PST by wmposh
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To: TornadoAlley3

Joseph Basel, Robert Flanagan, James O’Keefe, and Stan Dai should cinsider themselves lucky that they will be going to Federal Prison and not “The Farm” in Angola.


66 posted on 01/26/2010 1:06:57 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: theDentist
The FBI affidavit is

HERE

Looks to me like Obama and Holder were just waiting for O'Keefe to step in it....

67 posted on 01/26/2010 1:07:26 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Carville "Part of the problem is that Mr Obama was refreshingly naive in believing his own rhetoric")
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To: Ronbo1948
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.

google H Paul Rico -- The fibbies aint' always the good guys.

68 posted on 01/26/2010 1:08:27 PM PST by Cowman (I'd like to eliminate stupidity in the world but this %$#@ conscience thing is in the way)
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To: cripplecreek

http://www.google.com/search?q=william+flanagan+us+attorney+shreveport&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1


69 posted on 01/26/2010 1:08:59 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Lazamataz

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.


70 posted on 01/26/2010 1:10:04 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: cynwoody

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.


71 posted on 01/26/2010 1:10:13 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Cheap_Hessian
"Busted down on Bourbon Street ... setup like a bowlin' pin"
Grateful Dead
72 posted on 01/26/2010 1:10:13 PM PST by tx_eggman (Obama has "Czars" because men with more integrity than he has still use the titles "Don" and "Capo")
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To: chuck_the_tv_out; All

> Don’t 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.


73 posted on 01/26/2010 1:11:07 PM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
From the Houston Chronicle:

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.

74 posted on 01/26/2010 1:12:05 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

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.


75 posted on 01/26/2010 1:12:10 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
O'Keefe admitted it all, according to the Affidavit of accusation.

He's toast.

76 posted on 01/26/2010 1:12:31 PM PST by Lazamataz (Hey Obama, Can You Hear Me Now....? GOOOOoood......)
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To: Diplomat
You mean like the hard time doled out the dem operatives who recorded Gingrich and passed the illegal wiretap to a dem 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?

77 posted on 01/26/2010 1:12:54 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Ditto

“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.


78 posted on 01/26/2010 1:13:17 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Windflier

Watergate redux?

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.


79 posted on 01/26/2010 1:14:48 PM PST by Ronbo1948
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To: greyfoxx39

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.


80 posted on 01/26/2010 1:16:32 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: cynwoody
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.

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.

81 posted on 01/26/2010 1:16:56 PM PST by Cowman (I'd like to eliminate stupidity in the world but this %$#@ conscience thing is in the way)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
"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. "

That speculation is probably far closer to the actual truth than we may ever know.
82 posted on 01/26/2010 1:17:02 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


83 posted on 01/26/2010 1:17:07 PM PST by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Lazamataz
Well, they admitted they entered the office under false pretenses, but they did not admit they were trying to tamper with the phone line.

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.

84 posted on 01/26/2010 1:19:14 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: greyfoxx39

second sentence of para 10 is VERY suspicious looking, and means exactly what? What did they (O’Keefe and Dai) “ADMIT”???


85 posted on 01/26/2010 1:20:54 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68 (CALL CONGRESSCRITTERS TOLL-FREE @ 1-800-965-4701)
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To: Lazamataz

I hate it when there’s so many threads!

GRRR.


86 posted on 01/26/2010 1:21:00 PM PST by onyx
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To: Petronski

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.


87 posted on 01/26/2010 1:21:04 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: Petronski
This is just an opportunity for the left to scream, “throw out the charges against ACORN this guy is a fraud.” Just wait and see.
88 posted on 01/26/2010 1:21:39 PM PST by ChicagoConservative27
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To: Petronski

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.


89 posted on 01/26/2010 1:21:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: cynwoody
Now, why would O'Keefe deliberately create evidence if his team was truly up to no-good?

I can't figure that out, either. Why would you actually record yourself (or your alleged confederates) doing something illegal?
90 posted on 01/26/2010 1:22:37 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: camerongood210

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?


91 posted on 01/26/2010 1:22:42 PM PST by ichabod1 ( I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet.)
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To: cripplecreek

It was in a federal building..


92 posted on 01/26/2010 1:23:16 PM PST by sissyjane (He had a dream. We got a nightmare!)
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To: All

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?


93 posted on 01/26/2010 1:23:24 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: kcvl; All
FOX NEWS STORY
94 posted on 01/26/2010 1:24:04 PM PST by onyx
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Damn! Those tapes would have produced some juicy juicy audio i bet.... DAMN!!! SOOOOOO CLOSE!!!!


95 posted on 01/26/2010 1:24:16 PM PST by JoeCT (celebrities morons ignorant stupid)
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To: trumandogz
So now you are questioning the integrity of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Jim Letten?

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?

96 posted on 01/26/2010 1:24:21 PM PST by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Vendome

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.


97 posted on 01/26/2010 1:25:55 PM PST by kacres
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


98 posted on 01/26/2010 1:27:07 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Velveeta

It’s the front page story on the Politico. Nothing on Reuters yet. AP is reporting it as a NewsAlert. Nothing on AFP yet.


99 posted on 01/26/2010 1:27:22 PM PST by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

hang on

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.


100 posted on 01/26/2010 1:27:30 PM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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