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Statement from James O'Keefe
BigGovernment.com ^ | Jan 29, 2010 | James O'Keefe

Posted on 01/29/2010 8:29:50 AM PST by BAW

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James speaks.
1 posted on 01/29/2010 8:29:50 AM PST by BAW
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To: BAW

...and speaks well.


2 posted on 01/29/2010 8:32:16 AM PST by texmexis best
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To: BAW

GOOD!

To be falsely accused is a terrible thing.

However, to be falsely accused can lead to great things, if you don’t back down!


3 posted on 01/29/2010 8:32:39 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: BAW

Why did he go to a wiring closet? Or did he?


4 posted on 01/29/2010 8:33:19 AM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: BAW

His explanation makes sense to me. The govt accusations did not.


5 posted on 01/29/2010 8:33:39 AM PST by freespirited (Congratulations Senator Brown. One down, 59 to go.)
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To: BAW

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!


6 posted on 01/29/2010 8:34:43 AM PST by Tucsonican
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To: BAW

If they posed, it’s wrong.

But, good to hear him rebut everything else.


7 posted on 01/29/2010 8:35:28 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: BAW

Oops...looks like crow will be on the menu today in many locales...


8 posted on 01/29/2010 8:35:40 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: BAW

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.


9 posted on 01/29/2010 8:35:50 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: freespirited

Was he or was he not arrested?


10 posted on 01/29/2010 8:36:55 AM PST by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: BAW

“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.....


11 posted on 01/29/2010 8:37:38 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: BAW
Hey Keith Olberfuhrer, how's that crow taste, you cretin?????
12 posted on 01/29/2010 8:39:23 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats!! Congrats to my Army son and his wife.)
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To: raven92876

ping


13 posted on 01/29/2010 8:39:41 AM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: BAW

I have a feeling that James O’Keefe is going to come out as a hero of the people once agains.


14 posted on 01/29/2010 8:39:58 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: BAW
I'll never forget the folks on the Original Thread who couldn't wait to throw this kid under the bus... after everything he risked his neck to do.

If you really want to know why we lose, that thread is a perfect example.

15 posted on 01/29/2010 8:40:28 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Tucsonican

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.


16 posted on 01/29/2010 8:41:29 AM PST by milwguy
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To: BAW

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?


17 posted on 01/29/2010 8:41:32 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: BAW
When the grim reaper shows up...... rats become very frightend


18 posted on 01/29/2010 8:41:39 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
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To: BAW

it seems to me that he could do A LOT of suing and be set for life.


19 posted on 01/29/2010 8:41:40 AM PST by RummyChick
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To: mbarker12474
“Why did he go to a wiring closet? Or did he?”

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.

20 posted on 01/29/2010 8:41:41 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (The End of an Error - 01/20/2013)
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To: BAW

Love this guy...man, we need more young journalists like this.


21 posted on 01/29/2010 8:41:53 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: BAW

Can he sue the newspaper for getting the story wrong and making him look bad?


22 posted on 01/29/2010 8:41:53 AM PST by Feline_AIDS (Boop boop hoop yeah!)
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To: BAW

Well, let’s hope he isn’t telling us how morally correct he is from a Federal prison...


23 posted on 01/29/2010 8:42:56 AM PST by sissyjane (He had a dream. We got a nightmare!)
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To: BAW
Confirms my idea that the phone guys were there as a card to expose a lie. I don’t think they were there to touch the phones, just to expose her staff’s claim that the phones were broke.
24 posted on 01/29/2010 8:43:01 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

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.


25 posted on 01/29/2010 8:43:21 AM PST by Heartlander2
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To: Feline_AIDS

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.


26 posted on 01/29/2010 8:44:22 AM PST by milwguy
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To: Oldpuppymax; BAW
It has been amazing to witness the journalistic malpractice committed by many of the organizations covering this story

Well when you attack one of Pravda's sacred cows, they will do all in their power to take you down.....

Pravda speaks!


27 posted on 01/29/2010 8:45:29 AM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: BAW
"The public will judge whether reporters who can’t get their facts straight have the credibility to question my integrity as a journalist.

It sounds like a case for a judgement in favor of a damage lawsuit for James O'Keefe.

28 posted on 01/29/2010 8:46:02 AM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fascism.)
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To: mbarker12474
"Why did he go to a wiring closet? Or did he?"

The state run media said he did! It must be true!!

(dripping with sarcasm)

29 posted on 01/29/2010 8:46:04 AM PST by airborne ("Peace, Love, Dope" has now become "Hope, Change, Obama" !!!)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

There is certainly no shortage of candidates willing to form a circular firing squad around here.


30 posted on 01/29/2010 8:49:40 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
If you really want to know why we lose, that thread is a perfect example.

And there are many, MANY more examples like that thread!!!

Thank you for pointing this out.

31 posted on 01/29/2010 8:49:52 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: BAW

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.


32 posted on 01/29/2010 8:49:58 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN
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It was reported that they sought access to and went into the phone wiring closet. That would be trouble if true.

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.

33 posted on 01/29/2010 8:50:22 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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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.


34 posted on 01/29/2010 8:53:02 AM PST by ruralvoter
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To: HereInTheHeartland

“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?


35 posted on 01/29/2010 8:53:53 AM PST by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives -)
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Well...at the very least, he’s brought a lot of attention to the story of Mary Landrieu and how her constituants have been trying for weeks to call and complain about her (bought and paid for) vote on the Health Care Reform legislation.

...and for some unknown reason have had difficulty getting through.

Hmmm...

36 posted on 01/29/2010 8:56:15 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: airborne
"Why did he go to a wiring closet? Or did he?"
The state run media said he did! It must be true!!

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.

37 posted on 01/29/2010 8:59:41 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
I'll never forget the folks on the Original Thread who couldn't wait to throw this kid under the bus... after everything he risked his neck to do.

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.

38 posted on 01/29/2010 9:00:32 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: BAW

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”?


39 posted on 01/29/2010 9:00:59 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Heartlander2; tgusa; Just A Nobody
"The great failing of conservatives is that they do not retrieve their wounded."
- Whittaker Chambers
40 posted on 01/29/2010 9:01:36 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: BAW

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.


41 posted on 01/29/2010 9:04:33 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

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.


42 posted on 01/29/2010 9:06:09 AM PST by AlmaKing
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To: bigbob
James and his cohorts lied about who they were and why they were there, that’s true, but where is the “crime”?

The same could be said for Obama & Co. They lied about who they were and why they ARE there in DC.
Just sayin.
43 posted on 01/29/2010 9:07:04 AM PST by domeika
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To: 9YearLurker

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.


44 posted on 01/29/2010 9:07:46 AM PST by AlmaKing
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To: dead

And what happened to the fourth guy who wasn’t in court?


45 posted on 01/29/2010 9:08:55 AM PST by justrepublican (Screaming like a keynote speaker at a Wellstone memorial...............)
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To: sauropod

Al Sharpton was arrested. Didn’t seem to hurt his popularity with the left media.


46 posted on 01/29/2010 9:09:32 AM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Kansas58

Yep. This just gives more publicity to the fact that Landreau isn’t taking calls from her consituents.


47 posted on 01/29/2010 9:09:37 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

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.”


48 posted on 01/29/2010 9:11:18 AM PST by TrueFact (Liberty Rules!!)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

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.


49 posted on 01/29/2010 9:12:10 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: BAW; onyx; hoosiermama; Liz; STARWISE; SE Mom; abb

PING!


50 posted on 01/29/2010 9:13:01 AM PST by maggief
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