From our friends at One People’s Project:
How does I watergate senator's tellyphone?
UPDATE: FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes’ affidavit has been posted online.
You might remember James O’Keefe as the guy who dressed as a pimp to “expose” ACORN in a series of videos that made the right-wing case that a group connected to President Obama was corrupt. This made him a hero to conservative activists, but suspect to everyone else as it became apparent that O’Keefe and those he was working with wasn’t telling the whole story about his little visits to ACORN offices around the country. O’Keefe, who by the way is someone we dealt with before his ACORN noteriety back when he was a right-wing activist at Rutgers University, had made a name for himself with his supposed “stings” where he spins situations caught on tape to make it seem as if he caught some liberal in a compromising position. Now he’s in big trouble. Huge. Seems he and three friends were looking to “sting” Senator Mary Landrieu – and got stung themselves. These idiots got it in their head that it was perfectly fine to go into the Senator’s New Orleans offices dressed as telephone company workers, and screw with the telephone system to wiretap the the place. We just hope they didn’t have the nerve to act surprised when the Feds came to snatch them up for entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony. O’Keefe is an example of the kind of people conservatives have become. The only reason why they are throwing O’Keefe under the bus after this episode is because they don’t want to be exposed along with him, but it doesn’t work. Hell, even while Michelle Malkin was doing her best to detach herself from O’Keefe, one guy named Michael Swartz complains in her comments section of “this to be all over the media which ignored the ACORN videos. It will be in an inverse proportion to their previous coverage.” What media ignored the ACORN videos, Swartz? They were on the Daily Show, for Pete’s sake! Truth is, it will be all over the media, and eventually O’Keefe will be another person, just like Tim McVeigh, that conservatives will complain about being brought up all the time. Well, also like Tim McVeigh, they created him, now they have to deal with what comes.
The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.
FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O’Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office’s telephone system.
A fourth person, Stan Dai, was accused of aiding and abetting Basel and Flanagan. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.
A witness from Landrieu’s staff said O’Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be “waiting for someone to arrive.”
“Because the details of yesterday’s incident are part of an ongoing investigation by federal authorities, our office cannot comment at this time,” said Landrieu spokesman Aaron Saunders.
O’Keefe on Thursday gave a speech to Libertarian Pelican Institute for Public Policy in New Orleans. O’Keefe was hailed as a conservative hero for dressing as a pimp and taping ACORN employees offering advice on how he and a partner could get away with running an international under-age prostitution scheme.
The New Orleans event was promoted with this glowing statement about O’Keefe by the Pelican Institute: “James has been a pioneer in the use of new media to drive these kinds of important stories. He will discuss the role of new media and show examples of effective investigative reporting.”