Skip to comments.Statement from James O'Keefe
Posted on 01/29/2010 8:29:50 AM PST by BAW
The government has now confirmed what has always been clear: No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieus office. Nor did we try to cut or shut down her phone lines. Reports to this effect over the past 48 hours are inaccurate and false.
As an investigative journalist, my goal is to expose corruption and lack of concern for citizens by government and other institutions, as I did last year when our investigations revealed the massive corruption and fraud perpetrated by ACORN. For decades, investigative journalists have used a variety of tactics to try to dig out and reveal the truth.
I learned from a number of sources that many of Senator Landrieus constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell her that they didnt want her taking millions of federal dollars in exchange for her vote on the healthcare bill. When asked about this, Senator Landrieus explanation was that, Our lines have been jammed for weeks. I decided to investigate why a representative of the people would be out of touch with her constituents for weeks because her phones were broken. In investigating this matter, we decided to visit Senator Landrieus district office the peoples office to ask the staff if their phones were working.
On reflection, I could have used a different approach to this investigation, particularly given the sensitivities that people understandably have about security in a federal building. The sole intent of our investigation was to determine whether or not Senator Landrieu was purposely trying to avoid constituents who were calling to register their views to her as their Senator. We video taped the entire visit, the government has those tapes, and Im eager for them to be released because they refute the false claims being repeated by much of the mainstream media.
It has been amazing to witness the journalistic malpractice committed by many of the organizations covering this story. MSNBC falsely claimed that I violated a non-existent gag order. The Associated Press incorrectly reported that I broke in to an office which is open to the public. The Washington Post has now had to print corrections in two stories on me. And these are just a few examples of inaccurate and false reporting. The public will judge whether reporters who cant get their facts straight have the credibility to question my integrity as a journalist.
...and speaks well.
To be falsely accused is a terrible thing.
However, to be falsely accused can lead to great things, if you don’t back down!
Why did he go to a wiring closet? Or did he?
His explanation makes sense to me. The govt accusations did not.
This should make an excellent show trial! I highly recommend that Holder’s office arrange for a high exposure public trial in lower Manhatten to properly address this egregious breech of justice!
If they posed, it’s wrong.
But, good to hear him rebut everything else.
Oops...looks like crow will be on the menu today in many locales...
If this had been Michael Moore dropping in on a Republican’s office to see why his constituent’s were unable to reach him, all would be forgiven by now, and the Republican Senator would be the object of invective and ridicule for the heavy handed suppression of Moore’s First Amendment rights.
Was he or was he not arrested?
“But, but, but...this Mother*%*$#* is a CONSERVATIVE!!” “He CAN’T be a journalist!”
The above, soon to be heard on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC.....
I have a feeling that James O’Keefe is going to come out as a hero of the people once agains.
If you really want to know why we lose, that thread is a perfect example.
I think the defense will call David Shuster and Keith Olbermann as witnesses. Their hysterical reporting should be evidence that it is impossible for O’Keefe to get a fair trial. Since MSNBC has such an enormous % of TV viewers, the jury pool has obviously been biased and contaminated by the false accusations of ‘wiretapping’ that MSNBC, the AP, and Wash Post made.
Did he or did he not break any laws? From the sound of his explanation I’d take it he holds that they didn’t, because they weren’t misrepresenting to tamper/break in/bug anything.
But if they didn’t break any laws I’d like them to say so explicitly, and if they did break the law—then they do deserve what the law-breaking brings.
I’d take it there is legitimate basis to the feds holding the videos—or he’d say that there isn’t?
it seems to me that he could do A LOT of suing and be set for life.
That would be the point of crossing the line if it was done.
Nothing wrong with going into the offices. But going into the equipment closets would be a no no.
I would like to see his tapes; I don't believe anyone in today's world.
Love this guy...man, we need more young journalists like this.
Can he sue the newspaper for getting the story wrong and making him look bad?
Well, let’s hope he isn’t telling us how morally correct he is from a Federal prison...
I agree. It’s not just liberals who should have to apologize to O’Keefe. Many were willing to toss him aside without giving O’Keefe time to defend himself.
I think the term made famous during the OJ trial comes to mind here.....’Rush to judgement’ perfectly describes MSNBC’s coverage of the non-event.
Well when you attack one of Pravda's sacred cows, they will do all in their power to take you down.....
It sounds like a case for a judgement in favor of a damage lawsuit for James O'Keefe.
The state run media said he did! It must be true!!
(dripping with sarcasm)
There is certainly no shortage of candidates willing to form a circular firing squad around here.
And there are many, MANY more examples like that thread!!!
Thank you for pointing this out.
Unless you really knew what you are doing, it is very difficult to tap anyone’s phone line (which is why the government does it in the Central Office and not on the suspects site).
I have been in thousands of phone closets, most are dirty, messed up, wires going everywhere, and seldom marked as to what is what.
Add to the fact that most offices have multiple lines, you would have to tap all of them. With modern phone systems a “private number” is just a reference in programming. In coming and outgoing calls for everyone share the physical lines. It is the PBX programming that knows where a particular incoming call should ring.
Add to that a lot of lines are digital and if you were to tap into them all you would hear is a hissing sound.
Wiretapping a business is not as simple as they show it in the movies and on television.
I should add in all my years as a telephone repair tech (it is allowed for us to listen to lines as we troubleshoot) I never heard an interesting conversation. I would guess 90% of the calls I listen too were personal and most of them were boring. Oh, if you got dropped while talking to your BFF that was me getting you off the line so I could do what I had to do.
I should further add I was seldom stopped or questioned as I roamed the hallways with my tool belt on. People just assumed (rightly in my case) I had a right to be there.
If not, the policeman who wrote it up should be questioned and the person who made that claim should be charged with providing false information.
I'm not aware of any "impersonating a phone repairman" statutes, as long as they didn't touch the phone system.
One of the major lessons learned from this is that the feds will go to any length to stop audio and video tapes from going online. It is possible they will trump up charges so they have an excuse to confiscate media. The ACORN tapes embarrassed them. The Town Hall meeting tapes humiliated them. The Tea Party tapes frightened them. Expect more of this.
I am not excusing James’ tactics here, but I remain convinced that it is possible the feds would have pulled in all of his audio and video under one pretense or another.
Why did he go to a wiring closet? Or did he?
HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE REST ROOM
DID IT SAY KEEP OUT OR NO TRESPASSING?
...and for some unknown reason have had difficulty getting through.
The contention that they sought access to the telephone closet was not an invention of the "state run media", it was in the official police report. It was a contention of Witness 1 to the police.
If it's not true, its not the mainstream media's fabrication, but either the arresting officer or the witness.
If you really want to know why we lose, that thread is a perfect example.
It was the same in the Scott Brown threads where multiple Freepers were citing it a lost cause due to potential vote fraud or that Scott Brown was not a true conservative and should not get any support.
It is Freepers like these that need to grow up and stop acting like whipped dogs. When the opportunity to strike at the heart of liberalism presents itself, we should be united in our efforts to win.
Instead, we fall on each other like a pack of jackals.
I read the Affadavit filed by the FBI last night after it was posted on another thread. It seems to me the “crime” if there is one, comes down to ‘entering a federal building under false pretenses’ - or something like that.
I can’t help but think if Cindy Sheehan or someone from Code Pink showed up at, say, an Army Recruiting office with the intention of protesting and disrupting things, but told them that they “wanted to sign up” it would be grounds for arrest. But isn’t it about the same thing? James and his cohorts lied about who they were and why they were there, that’s true, but where is the “crime”?
It’s just scary how the Democrats have the media as the willing lapdog accomplices when it comes to spreading lies, smears and disinformation. A democrat can say any lie no matter how outrageous and the media will dutifully print it.
OldDeckHand, BuckEyeTexan, and a number of others need to come on here and apologize for their immediate condemnation.
The posts are there. NO excuse to hide or say, ‘but, but, but...’
But, most folks on that thread said they wanted to wait for confirmation.
It’s called ‘innocent until proven guilty’. Burden of proving a crime is on the gov’t. The burden of proving innocence is not on O’Keefe.
And what happened to the fourth guy who wasn’t in court?
Al Sharpton was arrested. Didn’t seem to hurt his popularity with the left media.
Yep. This just gives more publicity to the fact that Landreau isn’t taking calls from her consituents.
I agree with you. EVERYONE is so used to believing what they hear from the mainstream media, us included, it is hard to not take what we hear/read/see as anything other than correct. We always lose because we can’t get past this cultural norm. We must get past it. Free Republic is the best at getting past it, but we have to do better by getting others to buy into the fact that the media lies. The government lies. Our culture is highly damaged. We will be fortunate if we survive this crisis of culture. To survive we must all question, push, doubt, demand proof, etc. The fact that the President of the United States could give a State of the Union address so filled with lies (the biggest was the insult to the Supreme Court) is strong evidence of how far we have sunk. All of us need to take a personal pledge to try to fix this problem in each of our own networks. I often ask a “pronouncer” of some fact what is the source of their information. No matter what they say (other than eye-witness) I respond with “so you trust that source? Why?” I don’t argue, I just keep asking questions. Usually I get a “wow, I never thought about it like that.”
Not if escorted or if open to the public. He may have wanted to see it just to take a picture to show there isn’t anything apparently broken in the closet.
But it is getting into a gray area. But so far at worst it would be trespassing and not wiretapping as the appropriate charge.