Skip to comments.Filmmaker Who Targeted ACORN Appears in Court on Felony Charges
Posted on 01/27/2010 2:06:59 PM PST by ColdOne
Three of four men charged with illegally entering the New Orleans office of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu returned to court Wednesday for pretrial meetings with authorities.
Suspects Defendants James O'Keefe, Joseph Basel and Stan Dai all carried suitcases and declined comment. The fourth suspect is Robert Flanagan.
Federal authorities said two of the men posed as telephone workers wearing hard hats, tool belts and fluorescent vests when they walked into the senator's office inside a federal building in New Orleans on Monday. The other
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affidavit pdf link
Aw, that was the juiciest part.
What a joke.
That was interesting. My big question is why would O’Keefe start filming the two “workers” with his cell phone, if what they were doing or intending to do was commit a crime? It doesn’t make sense. There’s more to this story than’s been revealed.
Secondly, O'Keefe is represented by the FBI to have aided and abetted the 2 phoney repairmen. Does video recording of any individual in a public building constitute "aiding and abetting"? I don't think so. Did O'Keefe participate in the manipulation of the phones, or block any staffer's view of activities performed by the repairmen? I don't think so. If I witness a bank robbery and take photos of the robbers with my cell phone am I aiding and abetting them? If ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC or CNN did this ( and they have done stuff like this before) they would be screaming "Hands off us! We're Investigative Journalists".
Another left-wing media double standard.
I don’t believe these guys really broke the law. They’re being railroaded by the pro-Commie liberals in the FBI and the Justice Department.
And if they did break the law, they did it for a good reason - to expose corruption in the Louisiana Democrat Party. That’s more important than the law.
Sounds pretty stupid to me unless this is what they wanted.
Hey now, the old coots who taped Newt Gingrich’s phone call(s) were eventually fined $500.
This proved Landrieu and her staff were lying about their phone system being out of order.
Sounds like this should get kicked down to ‘disorderly conduct’ or ‘tresspassing’ at most. I’m pretty sure this is going to fall apart for the prosecuting side rather quickly.
Notice the dramatic "wiretapping" charge has been quietly dropped.
Week-a$$ charges and even weaker probable cause is a specialty of the federal gubmint.
Yep, I heard that today....something about a video he was making having to do with a rally outside her office the day before?
Evidently the protesters were complaining about the phone system being shut down to ignore them.
Remember those silly vids he did in college?
Maybe they took it too far this time.
Maybe a stupid question, but why did they bring suitcases? Is that in anticipation of spending the night in jail?
Also, just out of curiosity, how much is the bail for something like this?
Suitcases ... I think they were going to Guantanimo for waterboarding.
Put em away for 50 years
My O’Keefe Theory
Since everyone else is running with their smears, hopes, fears, rampant wild speculation (a lot documented at Patterico’s site), etc., I thought I’d throw our what I think is a somewhat reasonable theory as to what James O’Keefe and company were doing in Sen. Landrieu’s office.
Looking at the affidavit, I noticed an interesting fact on page 2, section 6:
BASEL requested to be given access to a telephone in the office, and WITNESS 1 allowed him access to the main telephone at the reception desk. WITNESS 1 observed BASEL take the handset of the phone and manipulate it. BASEL also tried to call the phone with a cellular phone in his possession. He stated that he could not get through.
Now. If Basel is telling the truth, then it lends credence to the fact that people calling the reception desk telephone at Landrieu’s office could also not get through to the main phone.
As such, I am postulating that the group was trying to document (with video camera) that Landrieu’s office had either disconnected or re-routed the phones to deflect incoming calls - hence, why they couldn’t get through. There have been anecdotal reports that Landrieu’s office has received complaints that it has been inaccessible by phone, particularly around the time when she was bought off by the Democrats for the now-infamous Louisiana
Her people have falsely told her constituents that the phones don't work ~ but obviously the phones do work!
In most cases you have to pick it up on an incoming cellphone call to find out what it is ~ unless, of course, the PBX jockey has rigged it to give you the DIN, then you're sunk!
The sequence of the filming operation strongly suggests they succeeded in making a call out, and then returning it to the same number. If one of them said they couldnt' get a call, I'd want to hear a tape!
If they told lies later, it's not about getting in.
I’m not so sure being arrested and charged with a felony was or was not in O’Keefe’s plan, but recall how the ‘roll out’ of the ACORN scandal was handled. One tape released, furor from the left, denial of any untoward behavior, it was aberrant, etc. Then another tape release, and another, until all excuses were exhausted and ACORN was locked into its position. There may be a method to what appears as O’Keefe’s ‘madness.’
Probably because they were finished with their business in NO and going home after the hearing.
The US marshals show up so they had been following James or wiretapping him. I cann not see the office worker picking up the phone and call in the Feds. If he was wiretapped how could the justice dept authorize this. In Calif there was a tape where our Attorney General Brown told Acorn not to worry for they either had them covered and the outcome known or the fix was in.
Hmmm—what does O’Keefe know that we don’t....
Supplement that with a bit of work with your cellphone and you could do office business as though nothing was wrong.
So, that's the view from inside the office.
Now, the next thing ~ someone didn't believe the phones were all busy in all the offices so they visited one of 'em.
The first thing they did was try an outgoing call to their cellphone numbers. That worked.
Then, they tried an inbound call from their cellphones. That didn't work (hence the alleged witness saying one of them allegedly said he didn't get a call).
It all makes sense now.
O'Keefe could have stopped right there if he knew something about modern computer driven PBX operations because he proved they'd set their phones to report "busy" on all incoming calls.
Obviously he didn't know what he needed to know about PBX operations and he continued the trick when he should have simply left.
BTW, that scenario accounts for the office geeks being able to contact the US Marshalls and the FBI to come on down and get these people. They'd still be able to escape in time though the second the call didn't go through.
In the future O'Keefe should consult with people who know how to work PBXs.
Good to see that on our side for a change, let's hope he learns some lessons from this, and I hope he does not go to jail.
Its obvious he is a right winger
Are you a troll?
sarcasm ...look it up on google
you are flat out pathetic.
Excellent bit of deduction!
I am looking forward to see if you hit the mark. Being a betting man I would lay 2 large that you are very close!
Good idea to add an “/s” when adding sarcasm. I was thinking the same thing.