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Undercover Census Fraud Investigation--New Jersey
Big Government ^ | June 1, 2010 | James O'Keefe

Posted on 06/01/2010 9:12:48 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

On April 27, 2010, I got a job with the United States Census Bureau in New Jersey. With a hidden camera, I caught four Census supervisors encouraging enumerators to falsify information on their time sheets. Over the course of two days of training, I was paid for four hours of work I never did. I was told to take a 70 minute lunch break, was given an hour of travel time to drive 10 minutes, and was told to leave work at 3:30pm. I resigned prior to doing any data collection but confronted Census supervisors who assured me, “no one is going to be auditing that that level,” and “nobody is going to be questioning it except for you.” Another Census supervisor only said he’d adjust my pay after I gave him a letter recanting my hours.

As to whether this is an “isolated incident” or if there are more Census videos showing more waste, fraud, and corruption, we’ll let you take a wild guess.

America, real journalism has been dead for a long time now. With $1500 Hannah Giles and I were able to break a story that the New York Times couldn’t have broken no matter how many times they mortgaged their building. The government took our camera, so I bought another. The government put us in jail and deleted our tapes, but we got out and we’ll just make more. My travel was restricted to the state of New Jersey, so that’s where I got back to work. The media establishment is busy doing character assassinations on my friends and me but time and truth is on our side.

(Excerpt) Read more at biggovernment.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2010census; census; censusfraud; corruption; cultureofcorruption; democrats; electionfraud; jamesokeefe; walkingaroundmoney; whistleblower

1 posted on 06/01/2010 9:12:48 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

bttt


2 posted on 06/01/2010 9:13:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Fearless kid


3 posted on 06/01/2010 9:14:25 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good luck, James


4 posted on 06/01/2010 9:14:35 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yeah, you either get travel time or you don’t. Have never seem anyone do increments. This kid might want to go after bigger fish. And stop breaking the law while he’s at it.


5 posted on 06/01/2010 9:20:45 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

...seen anyone...


6 posted on 06/01/2010 9:21:12 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m sure there are some good census workers. But why would anyone think there wouldn’t be corruption in something that Zero has his fingers in?


7 posted on 06/01/2010 9:26:13 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Would you expect LESS in New Jersey?

The state is RUN by Demoncrats.

Christie has his work more than cut out for him.


8 posted on 06/01/2010 9:38:23 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I am in awe of this young man and his friends. I am ashamed that the vast majority of us would not risk a single hour of jail time to expose the corruption in our government. This young man has had his freedom to expose corruption hampered at every turn by a illegal, corrupt governmental system and we sit by and do nothing other than wish this good man “good luck”.

So, who of us will step up to the plate and do something more than simply vote? No need to reply, simply organize a small cell of close friends and plot your own expose of corrupt democrat organizations. Unions, schools, governmental bureaucracies, politicians, judges, non-profits...learn the technology, buy the technology, and DO!


9 posted on 06/01/2010 9:54:23 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: thefactor

“And stop breaking the law while he’s at it.”

That’s what I expect will happen next. The government will come after him for knowingly filing a false time sheet. It would be hard to dodge this charge as he has documented it explicitly in his video.


10 posted on 06/01/2010 10:05:09 AM PDT by DrC
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To: thefactor

“Yeah, you either get travel time or you don’t. Have never seem anyone do increments. This kid might want to go after bigger fish. And stop breaking the law while he’s at it.”

Yeah, and maybe you should do what is apparently impossible for you and grow a brain...miracles do happen.


11 posted on 06/01/2010 10:12:08 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: Wpin
Yeah, let's fight illegal acts with...illegal acts!

Genius.

12 posted on 06/01/2010 10:16:06 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Sounds to me like a low level leader decided to cut corners in the training class and didn’t want the trainees’ time sheets to reflect that fact. It is a local and not a systemic problem.


13 posted on 06/01/2010 10:19:19 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: thefactor
Yeah, let's fight illegal acts with...illegal acts!

What did he do that was illegal?

14 posted on 06/01/2010 10:19:53 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: thefactor

“Yeah, let’s fight illegal acts with...illegal acts!

Genius.”

He did not commit an illegal act, he exposed an illegal act moron.


15 posted on 06/01/2010 10:24:08 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: P-Marlowe; Wpin
"My travel was restricted to the state of New Jersey, so that’s where I got back to work."

Why do you think that is? He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for his little phone fiasco a few months ago. Stop name-calling for a minute or two and do a little research.

Do you defend Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson when they intentionally break the law to make their point?

16 posted on 06/01/2010 10:28:56 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Because $17 an hour isn’t enough for some people to do competent work.


17 posted on 06/01/2010 10:37:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: thefactor
Why do you think that is? He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for his little phone fiasco a few months ago.

A misdemeanor. That is the functional equivalent of tresspassing. Big deal. If I have to commit a misdemeanor to expose government corruption, fraud and abuse, I don't think I would hesitate for a moment. It is a small price to pay. O'Keefe is willing to pay that price. Are you?

Now back to my question. What exactly did O'Keefe do (in this Census expose) that was "illegal"?

Do you defend Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson when they intentionally break the law to make their point?

I supported Rosa Parks. Still do. There are some laws which need to be broken.

Would you have prosecuted Rosa Parks for sitting in the front of the bus?

18 posted on 06/01/2010 10:38:33 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: thefactor
He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor

Yeah, the misdemeanor of entering a Federal office under "false pretenses". Yeah, I know, it is a law; but it's a law that exists solely to take care of people who cause discomfort to those in power and not to actually, like, you know, maintain law and order.

I commend him for not putting up with that sort of officious crap.

19 posted on 06/01/2010 10:41:31 AM PDT by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: P-Marlowe

It was essentially “tresspassing”.

“entering a federal building under false pretenses, a misdemeanor”

He was checking the phone lines (disguised as a phone repairman) and asking the employees about the phones because Senator Mary Landrieu was not taking calls from constiuents. They could call out of the office but no calls were coming in.

The media smear was that he was tapping her phone lines which was a bald faced Pravda Media lie.


20 posted on 06/01/2010 10:42:37 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: P-Marlowe
Uh, the guy entered a gov't officials office with the express intent of committing a crime. People who enter dwellings with the same intent are legally able to be shot and killed in many states. (Castle Doctrine.)

I'm not sure Rosa Parks did quite the same thing.

And no, I usually don't decide what laws I will follow and which I won't.

21 posted on 06/01/2010 10:44:00 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor
Uh, the guy entered a gov't officials office with the express intent of committing a crime.

What crime was he "expressly intending to commit"?

People who enter dwellings with the same intent are legally able to be shot and killed in many states.

Other than entering the building under false pretenses, what crime was he committing?

I'm not sure Rosa Parks did quite the same thing.

It was a crime for a black person to sit in the front of the bus. Rosa Parks entered that bus with the intention of sitting in the front. Should the bus driver have shot her under the Castle doctrine?

And no, I usually don't decide what laws I will follow and which I won't.

So if they passed a law which made it a crime to say anything negative about Obama, would you obey it? Would you just follow the sheeple down the road to tyranny?

22 posted on 06/01/2010 10:48:58 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: P-Marlowe
He copped to committing a misdemeanor.

In my state, at least, burglary is defined as entering a dwelling with the intent of committing a 'crime' which is defined as a misdemeanor or felony.

If he did this in NYS, he could have been charged with burglary.

23 posted on 06/01/2010 10:52:06 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: NonValueAdded
It is a local and not a systemic problem...

Surely I've heard excuses like this before?

"Don't worry, It's only a cold sore."

24 posted on 06/01/2010 11:00:28 AM PDT by gogeo ("Every one has a right to be an idiot. He abuses the privilege!" Groucho Marx)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Way to go, fraud by the obozo administration will be a good part of the money spent from the stimulus. Example the Medicare fraud the US expects fraud to happen at about 6 million dollars a year. This government views 6 million dollars as pocket change. Wonder how much money does Obozo views as really an expenditure. He never has run a company. He views the US Treasury as an ATM.


25 posted on 06/01/2010 11:01:38 AM PDT by hondact200 ( Lincoln Freed the Enslaved. Obama Enslaves the Free. Obama is Americas Greatest Threat)
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To: thefactor
"And stop breaking the law while he’s at it."

Oh, please!

26 posted on 06/01/2010 11:11:06 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Watching the MSM with Obama is like watching Joslyn James with Tiger Woods)
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To: thefactor
You are refusing to answer the questions I have posed to you.

I find your arguments on this thread to be entirely inconsistent with all the statements from the founders that you have on your forum page.

How do you reconcile your attitude towards James O'Keefe and your attitude that there is apparently no law on the books in this nation that you would not be willing to disobey in the cause of liberty with statements like these from your forum page:

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. - Samuel Adams 1776.

Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it. - John Adams

Our founders broke some serious laws in the cause of Liberty. You, however, are not willing to even get a parking ticket in the cause of Liberty.

Take those quotes off your home page. You obviously don't believe in them.

27 posted on 06/01/2010 11:11:13 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: thefactor

Your entire state is run by lawbreakers. Been on them about it?


28 posted on 06/01/2010 11:11:58 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Watching the MSM with Obama is like watching Joslyn James with Tiger Woods)
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To: P-Marlowe
I pointed out to thefactor that his ENTIRE state is run by lawbreakers.

When's he gonna put the cuffs on them?

29 posted on 06/01/2010 11:13:32 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Watching the MSM with Obama is like watching Joslyn James with Tiger Woods)
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To: P-Marlowe
Ah yes. Overthrowing a tyrannical gov't is totally akin to lying and misrepresenting yourself to ask some questions about whether some gov't phones are working or not.

IMHO, this kid is a grand-stander who is off the charts in the "look at me!" category. Please do not compare his cause to the Founders cause.

30 posted on 06/01/2010 11:17:26 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I was at a Mississippi DOT office a couple of weeks ago. When I got there, there were 3 or 4 people sitting around reading newspapers and drinking coffee. When I left 2 hours later, the same guys were sitting in the same chairs.

What’s the difference? A huge number of government employees don’t earn their paychecks and everyone knows it. Hell, you could lay off a full 50% of all government employees and never notice.


31 posted on 06/01/2010 11:23:42 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: thefactor
...lying and misrepresenting yourself to ask some questions about whether some gov't phones are working or not.

So, how much time did your former governor Eliot Spitzer get in the slammer for much more serious offenses?

Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

**crickets**

32 posted on 06/01/2010 11:31:47 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Watching the MSM with Obama is like watching Joslyn James with Tiger Woods)
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To: thefactor

“This kid might want to go after bigger fish.”

Not sure what “bigger fish” you might be referring to but the Census Bureau is a HUGE fish. The census determines how many Members of Congress represent a given state, how much federal money is paid back to local jurisdictions, to schools, for transportation, and on and on and on. It is the baseline from which most federal spending is factored, as it were.

You don’t think it was just pure coincidence that for the first time the Census Bureau’s responsibilities were transferred from the Commerce Dept to the White House? Or that because of the highly questionable transfer, Sen. Judd declined to serve as Secy of Commerce?

You don’t think that millions upon millions are spent, particularly in minority neighborhoods, to assure that census forms are completed and sent in ?

I don’t know what your idea of a “big fish” IS, but the Census Bureau is surely one of them, and its corruption under this Administration absolutely should be publicized.

Maybe ‘this kid’ knows more than certain FReepers.


33 posted on 06/01/2010 11:31:57 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
You don’t think it was just pure coincidence that for the first time the Census Bureau’s responsibilities were transferred from the Commerce Dept to the White House?

I've seen this reference a few times now. What does it mean?

I'm a 2010 Decennial Census temp, and my checks, ID & paperwork come from the Department of Commerce.

34 posted on 06/01/2010 11:36:29 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Watching the MSM with Obama is like watching Joslyn James with Tiger Woods)
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To: EDINVA
Time sheets, long lunches, and travel time???

We get travel time for my job. We get at least 45 minutes even if it is a 5 minute drive. It's in the contract. It's probably in the Census contract too.

It's not against the law to get paid for work you don't think you did. If it's contractual, that's just the way it is.

35 posted on 06/01/2010 11:37:03 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: an amused spectator

The actual DECISION MAKING (i.e, fixing) is done thru the White House, apparently Emmanuel. They maintain the DoC affiliation for ‘lesser’ things than the power wielded by how the census is conducted and analyzed.


36 posted on 06/01/2010 11:46:21 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: thefactor

It’s still a waste of our tax money, and therefore, corrupt.


37 posted on 06/01/2010 12:27:23 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: gogeo

Cute, but not on point. There were no instructions from the top to do what they did. You encounter that same carp in the private sector.


38 posted on 06/01/2010 1:03:42 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: thefactor

Do you really think this is a legitimate government, whereby a young man intent on exposing corruption in our government is harassed by said government and persecuted? Maybe you had better re-think what reality is instead of putting down American heroes so smugly when you really do not have a clue as to what is going on. Mr. O’Keefe is suffering the wrath of tyrants and you want to legitimize it.


39 posted on 06/01/2010 2:06:14 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: EDINVA

Thanks for the added info. I was aware of the Judd situation, but wasn’t aware of the other info. I shall do some research, and make inquiries.


40 posted on 06/01/2010 4:14:37 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Watching the MSM with Obama is like watching Joslyn James with Tiger Woods)
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To: thefactor
Please do not compare his cause to the Founders cause.

Wow, who knew we have our own resident "4 Minute Man" on FR>

41 posted on 06/01/2010 5:12:06 PM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

In my area I see the Census hiring crews having meetings at Starbucks quite a lot — every month or so for the past year and more.


42 posted on 06/01/2010 5:14:30 PM PDT by bvw
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To: thefactor; EDINVA
I've been thinking about the O'Keefe Census factoids since I first saw them today and I'm going to have to agree with you on the time sheets, long lunches, and travel time slam, thefactor. There may at times be some training time slop in the training sessions, but from experience I think it balances out over the course of a Census phase.

None of the people I worked with was able to stopwatch the operation to the second, because we were getting stuff done. My educated guess is an UNDER, rather than an OVER.

I think O'Keefe needs a more meaty stew than this thin gruel. I know his former supervisors are in trouble as we type. They'll probably never eat lunch in Censustown again.

I'll make an observation - O'Keefe could have just written down the hours he felt he worked. HE filled out his own D-308s. The supervisor who counter-signs the enumerator's D-308 checks for data entry errors, for the most part, and perhaps egregious time & mileage errors that may be questioned by the AMA.

I still have a bone to pick with you about O'Keefe, thefactor. If we play by your Political Rollerball rules, the Left wins in a walkaway. All they have to do is make sure every conservative "playa" is snared in the net of the limitless lawbook so well described in Atlas Shrugged. Oh, wait - the same rules DON'T apply to the Left, do they? They couldn't care LESS if one of their stars was a multiple felon, could they?

43 posted on 06/01/2010 8:06:41 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Watching the MSM with Obama is like watching Joslyn James with Tiger Woods)
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To: thefactor
And no, I usually don't decide what laws I will follow and which I won't.

Aren't you the "good German!"

If you can live with that, go ahead.

44 posted on 06/08/2010 8:52:23 PM PDT by tsomer
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