ACORN “Exposer” James O’Keefe and Buds Caught Playing “Watergate, Cajun Style”
Apropos of nothing, this is the 15,000th diary on Pam’s House Blend! Do I get a cookie or a T-shirt or something? 😉
Omigawd. Quite the story coming out of Louisiana…
Time to use the Watergate photo!
A conservative activist who made undercover videos of the liberal community-organizing group ACORN was one of four men charged Tuesday with attempting to illegally access and manipulate the phone system in a district office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
Joseph Basel, 24; Robert Flanagan, 24; James O’Keefe, 25; and Stan Dai, 24, were charged with entering Landrieu’s New Orleans office under “false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony,” according to a news release from the local U.S. attorney’s office. The office is federal property.
But as fun as that one may be to bat around, my prediction is that the bigger story will be this- that William J. Flanagan’s son Robert, a former intern for Representative Mary Fallin, R-OK, was also arrested.
Anyway, O’Keefe became a hero and 31 house representatives loved this conservative Michael Moore so much that they wanted the United States Congress to declare a proclamation praising him for “saving taxpayers millions of dollars” (that are now being paid to more expensive organizations) when he helped make ACORN a pariah to any elected official. Of those 31 co-sponsors were, you might want to sit down because this is going to utterly not shock you – Oklahoma representatives Tom Cole and Mary Fallin.
Why is this supposed to be embarrassing? Well, while Fallin and her cohorts might call ACORN’s advice to a fake pimp “illegal activities” it really isn’t. You know what is illegal? Wire tapping a United States senator. That’s what O’Keefe has just been accused of doing.
That, by itself, probably isn’t really enough to accuse Representative (and Governor hopeful) Fallin of impropriety. On the other hand, having one of O’Keefe’s co-conspirators, Robert Flanagan, on her payroll suggests some influence. Even better is that Flanagan, the son of one of the U.S. Attorneys who feels that warrantless wiretapping was constitutional, had the role of advising Congresswoman Fallin on matters of national security. Now he’s accused of using that practice for the purpose of helping a documentary film maker and targeting a political opponent of Flanagan’s former employer.
This will be an interesting story for both Flanagan, Fallin, and the press, to say the least.
More from WaPo:
Flanagan, 24, is the son of William J. Flanagan, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Shreveport. William Flanagan declined to comment through an office assistant.
Landrieu said Tuesday, “I am as interested as everyone else about their motives and purpose, which I hope will become clear as the investigation moves forward.”
Last July, Landrieu proposed a replacement for William Flanagan, and last week, President Obama nominated that person, Stephanie A. Finley, for the job.
This story is continuing to play out and will be updated; more below the fold.More details of the incident and arrest:
Activist James O’Keefe, 25, recorded two of the other suspects with his cell phone as they walked into the office dressed like telephone repairmen and said they needed to fix problems with the phone system, according to an FBI affidavit.
In the affidavit, Special Agent Steven Rayes said O’Keefe was helping Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who were attempting to interfere with the office’s telephone system.
A federal law enforcement official said one of the suspects was picked up in a car a couple of blocks away with a listening device that could pick up transmissions. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not part of an FBI affidavit that described the circumstances of the case.
All four men were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.
It sounded like a Watergate-style operation, but federal officials have not yet said why the men wanted to interfere with Landrieu’s phones, whether they were successful, or even if the goal was political espionage.
Stan Dai– what do we know about him? Well,he has (or had) an “angry penis”…
(h/t Lindsay Beyerstein0
The last of the Fab Four, Joseph Basel?
Even he has some minor claim to fame, as he was once the editor of a monthly conservative publication at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
What ARE the odds of that; a conservative loonytune from Minnesota!
Who would have thunk it?