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
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.
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.
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!