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ACORN foe James O'Keefe arrested by FBI in plot to tamper with phones in Landrieu's office

Updated 7:30 a.m.
By Carol D. Leonnig and Garance Franke-Ruta
The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group with his undercover videos has been arrested for allegedly trying to tamper with the phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's News Orleans office.

Federal investigators allege that James O'Keefe was among a group of four men who created a ruse to enter Landrieu's downtown office for the supposed purpose of repairing the lawmaker's telephones. O'Keefe and another man, Stan Dai, are accused of aiding the plot, while two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, are accused of pretending to be telephone company employees, according to federal court records (PDF) unsealed today.

All four, including O'Keefe, were arrested Monday and charged by federal prosecutors with entering federal property under false pretenses and with the intent of committing a felony. If convicted, Flanagan, Basel, O'Keefe and Dai face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Flanagan, 24, is the son of acting U.S. Attorney William J. Flanagan, who runs the Western District of Louisiana federal prosecutors' office in Shreveport. U.S. Attorney Flanagan declined to comment through an office assistant.

O'Keefe, 25, became a conservative hero last year when he and a friend pretended to be a pimp and a prostitute while secretly videotaping several regional offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). O'Keefe then broadcast the conversations with ACORN housing counselors, who appeared to encourage the pair to conceal their purported illegal prostitution business in order to get housing help.

The undercover videos led Congress to recommend banning all federal funding for ACORN and led the damaged group to launch an internal audit of its operations.

In the New Orleans incident, Flanagan and Basel were each dressed in blue denim pants, blue work shirts, light green fluorescent vests, tool belts, and construction-style hard hats when they entered the Hale Boggs Federal Building on Poydras Street in New Orleans, according to the FBI affidavit. The pair said they were telephone repairmen and needed access to the office's main reception desk telephone. O'Keefe was already inside the federal building and using a cellular phone to record Flanagan and Basel entering the office, according to the court record of the complaint against the men.

"This is a very unusual situation and somewhat unsettling for me and my staff," said Landrieu in a statement released Tuesday evening. "The individuals responsible have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony. I am as interested as everyone else about their motives and purpose, which I hope will become clear as the investigation moves forward."

Andrew Breitbart, whose Web site BigGoverment.com published O'Keefe's ACORN videos, denied any connection to his most recent alleged actions. "We have no knowledge about or connection to any alleged acts and events involving James O'Keefe at Senator Mary Landrieu's office," Breitbart said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "Accordingly, we simply are not in a position to make any further comment," he said.

O'Keefe on Thursday gave a speech to Libertarian Pelican Institute 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."

After being released from prison Tuesday, O'Keefe took to Twitter to defend himself. "I am a journalist. The truth shall set me free," he wrote.

Research editor Alice Crites contributed to this report.

An earlier version of this blog item incorrectly reported that O'Keefe and his partners were charged with entering the building under false pretenses as part of a plot to bug Landrieu's phone. They are charged with entering the building under false pretenses to commit a felony, but as part of a plot to tamper with Landrieu's phone.

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First, let me "teabag" this story and the comments thread ~ turns out I was right from the very first, and all the Leftwingtards, as well as the "newsies" who hopped on this were wrong.

Up Down Up Down Up Down ~ Teabagging Complete

(In videogame parlance it's how you do a victory dance over your opponent)

(Tebagging to a gamer means WINNING)

(Tebaggers are gamers who win all the time)

Seems O'Keefe is probably going to sue the lying liars who lied ~ and misrepresented, particularly when they knew the truth, and the US Attorney who "leaked stuff" is definitely in some trouble, if not now under the Eric Holder Regime, eventually when there's a new, and hopefully capable and honest AG on the job.

The lesson is with the Internet a story progresses much faster than in the good old days, and reporters have to watch out for libel and slander ~

Posted by: muawiyah | February 2, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@ smbrinich

Why was he recording his buddies? Because the point, like with ACORN, was to catch the whole thing on tape. Landrieu claimed constituents angry about the "Louisiana Purchase" on Health Care couldn't get through to her office due to phone lines being jammed. So these guys were trying to record embarrassing undercover video of her staff saying there was nothing wrong with the phones.

Funny how people are angry about guys (and a gal) who exposed an organization full of people willing to use taxpayer money to support child sex trafficking...but I guess progressives are cool with that kind of stuff.

Posted by: washingtonpostsuckshard | January 28, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

How is it that this guy sat in prison for over 24 hours without an attorney after asking for one, while the "Christmas Underwear Bomber" was Mirandized in under an hour and treated with kid gloves? Also, why didn't the guys working at the federal building not check IDs? Looks like they're in the same vein as the heroes working for the TSA.

Oh and epic fail on your part - such yellow journalism that you were forced to issue a retraction on the wiretapping allegation. I guess why this is known as the Washington Compost.

Posted by: washingtonpostsuckshard | January 28, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Why was this guy recording his co-conspirators on a cell phone? Insurance? (i.e. flip to save his own neck and throw them to the wolves)

Posted by: smbrinich | January 27, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I think O'Keefe's next interview will be an in depth look at why you need soap on a rope in prison.

Posted by: Rax359 | January 26, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group.

ROFL, Spoken like another Media Pimp,
Hey, A##hole news person, the ACTIONS of the Crooks at ACORN tarnished their OWN reputations. The so called conservative young filmmaker just RECORDED IT...Thank goodness somebody is doing the investigation that the government failed to do...
BTW, these are the same WP media pimps that PROTECTED the other A##hole, Edwards...worthless media...

Posted by: sophic | January 26, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group.

ROFL, Spoken like another Media Pimp,
Hey, A##hole news person, the ACTIONS of the Crooks at ACORN tarnished their OWN reputations. The so called conservative young filmmaker just RECORDED IT...Thank goodness somebody is doing the investigation that the government failed to do...
BTW, these are the same WP media pimps that PROTECTED the other A##hole, Edwards...worthless media...

Posted by: sophic | January 26, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

And Michael Moore should make a youtube video about this.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 26, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Throw this anti-American terrorist in Guantanamo. Waterboard him till he tells the feds who else (FauxNews? Glenn Beck?) was in on the crime to infiltrate this federal facility.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 26, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear MS_,

"I think the responsible press has given these subjects the attention they deserve"
___________

I am neither a crazy teabagger nor a crazy pink grandma.. don't even have access to FOX TV but do read WP, NYT & watch CNN international + BBC - just an independent citizen like you with the same rights to not be insulted for asking questions.

Do you really think the press, given the atmosphere during the campaign, would have treated the multiple case we read (on page 20, then no follow up) about donors like "doodad pro" and the Palestinian brothers donations if they had done so for the GOP?

I sent several US new services a link to an article in a major Swiss newspaper about one of several Swiss citizens (not dual citizens) running an official group in California for the Obama campaign... no interest...

No the press did not cover stories in a balanced way and still are not doing so as much as they should - unfortunately opening the doors to, I agree, further imbalance and causing the division and distrust we now have among over 50% of the population (not all "undeducated" teabaggers either, by the way - see MA senatorial election).

Posted by: sally62 | January 26, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Just waiting for more information. If O'Keefe is singing to the FBI then its likely there is more to learn. This is major. Its sophisticated too. Not something you pick up at radio shack. This took training. Its also a conspiracy since others were involved in the execution with possibly others in training.

So much for that GOP momentum.

Now lets see, who could have taught him or his buddies how to bug phones? Wonder if he got his training in remote areas of Pakistan or some dark corner of a Fox News station. Should he be given the rights of a common criminal or does this come under some Bush policy on indefinite detention? I'll leave that to the republicans to decide...

Posted by: Fate1 | January 26, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone's gonna be tossin' the salad!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=077UtUWGQOA

Did their hardhats say 'Tonka' on them? Is this what we have to look forward to from all the bright young conservative minds? G Gordo must be pouring a tall one right now.

I am glad to see ACORN outed- we got shook down by them in Baltimore in 1986 for minority participation through coercion. But this knucklehead is a little too full of himself and now can look forward to being full of all the guys in his cellblock! Hope to see footage of that someday.

Posted by: spudwrench | January 26, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"A person may become a member of a conspiracy without knowing all of the details of the unlawful scheme, and without knowing who all of the other members are. So, if a person has an understanding of the unlawful nature of a plan and knowingly and willfully joins in that plan on one occasion, that is sufficient to convict him for conspiracy even though he did not participate before, and even though he played only a minor part."

Looks right to me. But this also sounds like it would also apply to all the board members of ACORN who hid the theft of a around million dollars for years, No? Would Mr Pike of the TIDES foundation who appears to have paid off the Rathke theft also be an accomplice? Would Mrs T Kerry also be an accomplice because of her big role in TIDES?

No, noone will go there... these organizations and people have the right cover. Only those asking embarrasing questions will be prosecuted.

Another opportunity for C-Span?

Posted by: sally62 | January 26, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"A person may become a member of a conspiracy without knowing all of the details of the unlawful scheme, and without knowing who all of the other members are. So, if a person has an understanding of the unlawful nature of a plan and knowingly and willfully joins in that plan on one occasion, that is sufficient to convict him for conspiracy even though he did not participate before, and even though he played only a minor part."

Looks right to me. But this also sounds like it would also apply to all the board members of ACORN who hid the theft of a around million dollars for years, No? Would Mr Pike of the TIDES foundation who appears to have paid off the Rathke theft also be an accomplice? Would Mrs T Kerry also be an accomplice because of her big role in TIDES?

No, noone will go there... these organizations and people have the right cover. Only those asking embarrasing questions will be prosecuted.

Another opportunity for C-Span?

Posted by: sally62 | January 26, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Just when I think it's impossible for Republicans to say anything stupidier then what is already in the general news along comes georges2 post. This one is a real gem and worth repeating for our amusement:

"I have it on good authority that this was a total set-up by Obama's Leftists. There is no way O'Keefe would have done this on his own. It stinks - and the stink is coming from the White House!"

Congratulations georges2. That could be the most moronic statement I have heard in my 59 years. Your parents must be very proud to know they raised a brain dead child.

What's your scenario? Some nefarious unnamed leftists controlled by Obama paid O'keefe to commit a crime so he could be caught and hopefully not traced backed to these shadowy leftists? I bet you actually believe these same terrible leftists put together Watergate to take Nixon down as well. There is no doubt you should have your voter registration card revoked for being too stupid to vote.

Posted by: boblund1 | January 26, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"interesting. I wonder where this will go especially with the press who have been so unwilling to follow up on the multiple cases of what may have been illegal activity from the Obama campaign ..."

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You mean like Obama's Kenyan birth certificate or his membership to the Communist Party and Church of Satan?

I think the responsible press has given these subjects the attention they deserve and the Republican controlled press, e.g., Fox News and AM radio, has given these subjects the attention necessary to fool the ignorant rubes they manipulate.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of trash posters. I particularly like this guy _Cowabunga_

Anywhere near MI? How about we get down and see who wins. I so want to abort a RAT

Posted by: MrTee1 | January 26, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Interesting.

I wonder where this will go especially with the press who have been so unwilling to follow up on the multiple cases of what may have been illegal activity from the Obama campaign funding (blocked checking mechanisms for credit cards, cash cards, huge foreign donnors/money), obscure exchanges of funds between multiple parts of "ACORN" and a million dollar theft & cover up by the Rathe brothers and so many other unpallatable stories.

In this environment, to more and more Americans, there appears to be two separate "justices" today:
- the "softly softly" one for Politically Correct related people & groups (ACORN, tens of Dem Congress members ethics investigations going nowhere, Fort Hood terrorist, Christmas bomber)
and
- the "no holds barred" for the non PC.

Interesting..

Posted by: sally62 | January 26, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/01/26/olson-okeefe/

Lawmaker who sponsored resolution honoring O’Keefe says he doesn’t ‘condone’ unlawful investigations.

In October, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and 31 Republican co-sponsors offered a resolution praising Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe for their “investigation in the fraudulent and illegal practices and misuse of taxpayer dollars” by ACORN. In light of O’Keefe’s arrest for allegedly attempting to wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) office in New Orleans, ThinkProgress contacted Olson’s office for comment and received a statement that further praised O’Keefe’s ACORN work, but also offered mild criticism of the allegations:

Individuals who lawfully expose wrongful activities by an entity like ACORN receiving federal tax dollars should be praised. However, if recent events conclude that any laws were broken in the incident in Senator Landrieu’s office – that is not something I condone. Citizens have an important role in helping to expose waste and/or fraud when their tax dollars are being spent, but it must be done in a lawful manner.

James O'Keefe and Stan Dai
Update Dave Weigel notes that Olson's office refused to tell him whether the congressman would be withdrawing his resolution.

Posted by: omaarsblade | January 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see the video.

Posted by: member8 | January 26, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

RedBAnkViews

Yes, in the same way that Nixon was a traitor to democracy by George I think you could consider him an enemy combatant. Anyone who attempts to subvert our democracy is a traitor far as I'm concerned. Of course they are free to opening speak, petition and campaign for a different form of government if that's their view but I agree, when they subvert our government they're enemy combatants. Nice post.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | January 26, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Here are the requirements that the government must fulfill to win a conspiracy charge:

What the evidence in the case must show beyond a reasonable doubt is:

First: That two or more persons, in some way or manner, came to a mutual understanding to try to accomplish a common and unlawful plan, as charged in the indictment;

Second: That the person willfully became a member of such conspiracy;

Third: That one of the conspirators during the existence of the conspiracy knowingly committed at least one of the methods (or 'overt acts') described in the indictment; and

Fourth: That such 'overt act' was knowingly committed at or about the time alleged in an effort to carry out or accomplish some object of the conspiracy.

An 'overt act' is any transaction or event, even one which may be entirely innocent when considered alone, but which is knowingly committed by a conspirator in an effort to accomplish some object of the conspiracy.

A person may become a member of a conspiracy without knowing all of the details of the unlawful scheme, and without knowing who all of the other members are. So, if a person has an understanding of the unlawful nature of a plan and knowingly and willfully joins in that plan on one occasion, that is sufficient to convict him for conspiracy even though he did not participate before, and even though he played only a minor part.


http://www.lectlaw.com/def/c103.htm

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Barack:

Better check every Democratic Congressmans Office. Highly unlikely they got caught on the 1st attempt.

Archibald Cox

Posted by: jeesq | January 26, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

To you moron repubicans that say...but but but WaPo didn't report on Acorn story - blah, blah, blah, cry, whine, lie - look towards top of page, see where it says News, politics, opinion, etc? Now look right under that. See where it says search? Good, now type in the Acorn and kiss your worthless lieing little scumball butts goodbye.............morons.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | January 26, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The unsurprising part is that Fox News hooked up with that spoiled a--hole.

Posted by: JPRS | January 26, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Do I hear someone singing?

Posted by: member8 | January 26, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I think 5 years in a Louisiana prison ought to give him some real ground work into some of the problems facing the poor in America. Then I'd like to see what kind of movies that he makes and see if he has learned anything.

Posted by: glenglish | January 26, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't O'Keefe be considered an enemy combatant, i.e. trying to harm the United States on the battle field? Probably as a legal matter no, however keep in mind that the battle fields are apparently global, and not limited to outside the United States borders. O'Keefe’s established method of operation is to set someone up and catch them in a politically unsupportable, or at least embarrassing, situation. In turn he uses the captured information to discredit individuals or groups, he opposes. Modern day character assassination is his stock and trade, a shining example to the public and the world of misdirected and counter-productive ingenuity coupled with a disdain for American values of hard-work, fairness and integrity. An ally to Bin Laden, in the sense that his objective was to commit an offense against a duly elected official of the United States, i.e. the United States, i.e. YOU and ME. O’Keefe should be prosecuted as an enemy combatant as he intended to assassinate Senator Mary Landrieu’s political and legislative being, which is the same as attacking the innocent and unsuspecting United States citizens and their love ones.

Posted by: RedBAnkViews | January 26, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, the Patriot Act will save us.

Posted by: member8 | January 26, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

This dim-wit Watergate break-on wanna be must be related to either the Bushes or the Cheneys! The ACORN executive was on tonight looking very pleased. These clowns did NOT act alone.

When you commit a crime against a US Senator - it's Federal Crime. Dimwit is looking at 10 years in jail. I am embarrassed that this guy is from New Jersey. However, I think it would be awesome if they put him in jail in New Orleans. I hope they show a picture of him in his pimp outfit to the inmates. lol

Posted by: Julescator | January 26, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

According to the FOX news website:

"O'Keefe, 25, already was in Landrieu's New Orleans office Monday when Robert Flanagan and Joseph Basel, both 24, showed up claiming to be telephone repairmen, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said Tuesday. Letten says O'Keefe recorded the two with his cell phone."

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 26, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"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."


No doubt his next series will be centered about prison life lol.

Posted by: steve_in_severna_park | January 26, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

My God all of the Tea Baggers, Rednecks, un-informed, Fox News lovers and repuke's are posting their "self appointed" genius smarts. I guess this pimp will promote himself as a ho in the slammer.

The party of NO only knows "no" and has no memory. HA, too funny

Posted by: Royh1 | January 26, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

What role did the GOP have in TeaBuggerGate ??

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Tea Bugger Gate.

ROTFLOL!!

First "Squirrel Sandwich Eaters" and now this.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

THIS is the best news I have had all week !!!

Posted by: Towards_Light | January 26, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The guy gets caught and he admits his guilt. Like Larry Craig, he confesses to everything.

In addition, given the location, the whole thing is probably on film anyway.

And conservatives still claim that the guy was set up by Obama.

But heck, it's only the Fox News audience they have to fool on this one.

So can you blame then?

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

This just in:

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 the FBI affidavit.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/26/james-okeefe-arrested-in-_n_437506.html

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

What role did the GOP have in TeaBuggerGate ??

I want to know who in the Republican party supported James O'Keefe in wiretapping the Democratic senator?

I think there needs to be an investigation. What did the Republican's know and when did they know it?

Seriously. Press them on it. In public. On the House floor, in the media.

Do. Not. Let. Them. Run. Away. from this and deny what they support and have fomented.

They are up to far more that no one knows anything about.

The US needs to be vigilant against these terrorist.

Posted by: Rubiconski | January 26, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

As Bugs Bunny would say, "What a maroon".

Very simple procedure. Let's get the grand jury to issue a 17-count indictment, lying to a federal agent, false pretenses, oh, I'm sure a good leaf through the statute book will pick up a few. Then let's see who cracks first and wants to sing. Hopefully it won't be O'Keefe who I am very sincerely hoping takes this to a New Orleans (giggle) jury. With luck he'll be sitting in jail until the end of Palin's second term.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 26, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

No problem, these are fine upstanding conservative activists, not liberals. They can always do the "we did it for patriotic reasons" line and the right will make them instant spokespeople. Worked for G. Gordon Liddy and Ollie North. Not to mention Cheney/Bush. Now if they were liberals, they'd be working toward the overthrow of the American system. But they're red-blooded conservatives. They did this out of love, to save America.

Posted by: tvanzandt | January 26, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"James has been a pioneer in the use of new media..." Well I guess that's one way of putting it.

Posted by: clintatl | January 26, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

have it on good authority that this was a total set-up by Obama's Leftists. There is no way O'Keefe would have done this on his own. It stinks - and the stink is coming from the White House

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You got to be joking right??? hA HA HA

Posted by: patisok | January 26, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"'The foundations that have been keeping ACORN going, they've cut ACORN off at the knees,' said Peter Dreier, a professor at Occidental College who teaches community organizing."

"Before California's defection, ACORN claimed 400,000 dues-paying members in 38 states. California represented about an eighth of its national membership."

"Keith Rohman, president of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission and chairman of ACCE's advisory council, said the new California group "is an opportunity to ... leave behind what was not so good."

Los Angeles Times 1/14/10

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The actually connected conservative insiders walk for their crimes. If not, rove, cheney, addington, yoo, rumsfeld, wolfowitz, rice, and others we don't even know would be living on far less taxpayers money than they currently are.

However, this is a MAVERICK! He did this carp on his own. No backstop. Nothing like getting caught trying to bug the offices of a US Senator and not even having the criminal syndicate known as the republicon party to get your back.

No doubt fux and talk radio will be holding rallies and concert to raise fuds for his legal fees and claiming that the President set him up....

....they watch too much 24......

Posted by: John1263 | January 26, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"In 2008, it was revealed that top ACORN leaders had tried to hide the embezzlement of nearly $1 million from the organization nine years ago by the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke." Los Angeles Times 1/13/10

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Just a couple of weeks ago Obama fired the inventor of law case street theater.

Wouldn't be at all surprising to find Greg Craig show up as their defense attorney.

What a riot!

So far, however, other than the pro forma allegations prepared by an guy working for the FBI, there's little if any evidence of a crime.

I'm sure wearing brogalises to visit your Senator is not against the law, nor is fiddling with the receptionists "office phone" she makes available to visitors who need to make a call.

At the same time you just know each and every US Senator has a chief of staff who has today spent a good deal of his time calling his field office people to see if they've had visits.

The FBI will have a very difficult time proving any case at all. At the same time these guys will probably get off with the same sort of penalty folks get hit with for ducking into a Commerce Department doorway to get in out of the rain during one of their anti-Capitalism riots ~ a $15.00 bond at the federal lockup.

Posted by: muawiyah | January 26, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

___________

These persons are alleged to have entered Senator Landrieu's office pretending to be employees of a phone company, attempting to get at the phone system.

That's surely criminal if true.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Republican howls of agony of the form "The Washington Post wouldn't be covering this felony attempt by Republican partisans to wiretap a Democratic United States Senator, if it were joined to Rush Limbaugh at the hip as it ought to be" serve only to underline what a potential gold mine these goofs have just bestowed upon a beleaguered Democratic party.

Really reminds me of 1972, when the USA was Nixon's oyster, till the man and his supporters just couldn't help himself when it came to his darker urges.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 26, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

For all those left people, if the United States Government, who up until recently was completely controlled by Democrats and those from the left, distance themselves from ACORN, don't you think that they may be the crooked organization that they are?

Fidel Castro would hand ice cream out to the little kids of Cuba when he first came into office. That was a nice thing to do, go to a kids school and give them a cool sweet treat on a hot summer day, but he also would have them pledge allegiance to himself and then would scare voters into voting for him until he had the whole country by the balls.

It's a classic way to distract the masses, do something really good and make a big deal out of it, then no one will be able to see the other things you do under the table.

Posted by: equilox | January 26, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse
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Is this guy kidding? Yes, the Democrats have the majority but that does not mean they have the power. Republicans under a less of a majority were able to shove the Iraq war, "medicare" reform, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, the Patriot Act because they have a much narrower viewpoint in ther rank and file. There are no liberal Republicans. But there are Socialistic Dems, Liberal Dems, middle of the road Dems, corporatist Dems (majority) and conservative Dems. That doesn't even touch the cultural diversity within the Democartic party. The Democarts can even get togther on the most basic of HC issues that need fixing to help people and you say they "completely controlled the gov"??? Whatever...

Posted by: dwdave67 | January 26, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Anyone say "karma?"

He is a real sleazebag and obviously a disciple of rove, who was a disciple of roger ailes and lee atwater. Both were devottees and campaign staff for tricky dick "watergate" nixon. atwater actually repented for his crimes against the United States shortly before he died, but ailes is still polluting our great nation as head of fox news. rupert "the Australian" murdoch hired ailes because of his prowess in lying for nixon and as a gop strategist for all those years. This boy is going to have some fun acornholing for a while in federal prison. Maybe h he'll have an jailhouse conversion like Charles "evil genius" colson, another nixon criminal, who now runs prison ministries.

Posted by: John1263 | January 26, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority that this was a total set-up by Obama's Leftists. There is no way O'Keefe would have done this on his own. It stinks - and the stink is coming from the White House!

Posted by: georges2 | January 26, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

John1263 ~ oh, you poor boy. So much experience; so little common sense.

No, these guys walk. No crime; no dime.

Posted by: muawiyah | January 26, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

O'Keefe is just like PETA nut_bags. Watch this PETA nut_bag slam a pie into the face of high ranking govt official in Canada:

http://stormydanielsinpolitics-worldtravel.blogspot.com/2010/01/peta-terrorist-label-canadian-mp.html

Posted by: SidR | January 26, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Just a couple of weeks ago Obama fired the inventor of law case street theater.

Wouldn't be at all surprising to find Greg Craig show up as their defense attorney.

What a riot!

So far, however, other than the pro forma allegations prepared by an guy working for the FBI, there's little if any evidence of a crime.

I'm sure wearing brogalises to visit your Senator is not against the law, nor is fiddling with the receptionists "office phone" she makes available to visitors who need to make a call.

At the same time you just know each and every US Senator has a chief of staff who has today spent a good deal of his time calling his field office people to see if they've had visits.

The FBI will have a very difficult time proving any case at all. At the same time these guys will probably get off with the same sort of penalty folks get hit with for ducking into a Commerce Department doorway to get in out of the rain during one of their anti-Capitalism riots ~ a $15.00 bond at the federal lockup.

Posted by: muawiyah | January 26, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

For all those left people, if the United States Government, who up until recently was completely controlled by Democrats and those from the left, distance themselves from ACORN, don't you think that they may be the crooked organization that they are?

Fidel Castro would hand ice cream out to the little kids of Cuba when he first came into office. That was a nice thing to do, go to a kids school and give them a cool sweet treat on a hot summer day, but he also would have them pledge allegiance to himself and then would scare voters into voting for him until he had the whole country by the balls.

It's a classic way to distract the masses, do something really good and make a big deal out of it, then no one will be able to see the other things you do under the table.

Posted by: equilox | January 26, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

He is also being sued in Philadelphia for his little scheme at the ACORN offices here. Seems that he and his little ho did some law breaking trying to get people doing good in the community in trouble. Typical rove/bush/atater/ailes republiscum conservative. Anyone betting how long until he gets to play act at being the ho in prison? Hope he likes it rough.

Posted by: John1263 | January 26, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

With this guy Okeefe and the activist conservative Supreme Court, any voice the poor thought they could have in governemnt will soon be gone. Much to the delight of the corporatists.

Posted by: dwdave67 | January 26, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I still believe that somebody put him and his buddies up to this and offered to pay a nice sum of money, which they thought they could pull off.

Whoever it is, or whoever they are that put him up to this saw what O'Keefe was capable of doing during the ACORN scandal and hired him and his buddies to bug Landrieu's office.

Otherwise, why would O'Keefe target Landrieu and what in the hell was he doing in LA?

Is he from LA?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 26, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Any real Republican that isn't a RINO knows that all you have to do is put on your tin foil hat, and the bugs that the feds and the UN and the trilateral commission on taking your guns away and making us all gay can't hear your thoughts. Sheesh. Oops. Dukes of Hazzard is on. Gotta go.

Posted by: steveboyington | January 26, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The guy wasn't pretending to be a pimp, HE IS A PIMP!!!

Posted by: LeftGuy | January 26, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives show their true criminal colors again. Where is Archibald Cox and Senator Ervin when we need them.

Posted by: fudador | January 26, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Hope the sucker enjoys some jail time. Repukes, rejoice in your conservatard hero!!

Posted by: LABC | January 26, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Give 'em all the maximum fine and five years in the clink.

Posted by: dlopata | January 26, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

docwhocuts:

here's my take on your post.

ACORN, if torn to the basics gets almost all it's money from govt handouts (3 Million dollars)... who is funding it (Non-profit charitable contributions)? people getting handouts... local chapters getting state/fed hand downs... sure on paper it's only 10% directly from the feds.... ACORN, several members going to jail for fraudulent voter registration schemes. Helping poor people... yeah set up brothels...(You tell me which organization is completely devoid of illegal schemes??? The banks? The Auto Industry? The gov?)

Blackwater: group of ex-GIs protecting(mercenaries is the correct term) ambassadors in the WORST of conditions (bias doesn't allow military protection). Private firms employ the best... so they went with blackwater. If you were in Iraq and not with military escort (We should never have been in Iraq and we wasted 1 Trillion and counting for what again???)... you'd be dead... unless a blackwater group was protecting you. (I notice you didn't bother to address the ripping off of taxpayers, I guess if they use guns.... stealing from taxpayers is ok in your book, and so is undermining US strategy as messed up it is when you invade and occupy a country that did n't attack us and was never a threat to the US)

I'll take ACORNS mission to give poor people a voice over private companies taking over our military and civilian control anyday.

Posted by: dwdave67 | January 26, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I am starting to feel a little sad for this young man.

He has such an innocent face, which is not going to play out very well for him in prison.

If he does end up prison, maybe they can keep him locked up in solitary confinement to keep him safe.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 26, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Too bad they were arrested.

In one of the most politically corrupt states (and with a Democrat in that office), you just know there was some juicy leftist corruption stuff going on with Landrieu.

Posted by: RickWaters | January 26, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

as O'Reilly would (and should) say, this guy is a real pinhead. As Beck would (and should) say he is a real moron.

Beware the coverup. Read him his rights, prosecute him, and hang him from the yardarm.

I wish we still had stocks, like the Puritans had, so that we could all throw tomatoes at him.

Posted by: miglefitz | January 26, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

hitpoints wrote:
"kwoods2, how about your take on today's news?"
___________________________________________________
My take is that they didn't get enough ACORN ballots stuffed in Massachusetts because all eyes were on ACORN.

Not only that, even ACORN knew Coakly was a loser.

Isn't that what everyone else gleaned?

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, the ACORN folks are also suing Mr. O'Keefe.

http://americasright.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/conway5.pdf

Doubt they'll win because such a win would interfere with investigative reporting, but you never know.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Where will the Tea Baggers, Rednecks, un-informed and the repuke's that praised this pimp stand now? This is too funny, do they remember how well Watergate worked for them? I'm sure they all will say with a republican doing it, it's OK.

Posted by: Royh1 | January 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the guys to say they were journalists and doing investigative reporting, so its ok, ya know, 60-minutes type stuff. nothing illegal here....

Posted by: Fate1 | January 26, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The headline of this blog should have been "Fox News consultants arrested for Watergate like break in." I want to know what Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, and when did he know it. The xenophobic network salivated on the schemes of these clowns at ACORN offices a few months back and today, of course, there is not a word on their network. I also want to know what did David, the Southern John, Vinter know and when did he know it. What about the talking heads at Fixed Noice? What did 'O'Reilly,Annity know about this and when did they know it. What about the republicans in congress? They voted to "recognize and congratulate this guy." What did they know and when did they know it. I see the hand of FOX News, Freedom Works, and the Tea Party movement behind this Watergate like break in.

Posted by: fgerald0204 | January 26, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Liberals gleefully lynching a young activist shows how far liberals have moved out of freedom and into conformity.

No place left now so better head to the right!
~~~~

He was an activist, before he was a criminal, and now he's a criminal.

What is it that you don't get?

That's what happens to criminals when they get caught.

Criminals no longer have any FREEDOMS, so move to the RIGHT as far as you can where you belong.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 26, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

mgd1 "Liberals gleefully lynching a young activist ....."

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Your hero is an admitted .... ADMITTED .... felon.

You forgot to mention that.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Liberals gleefully lynching a young activist shows how far liberals have moved out of freedom and into conformity.

No place left now so better head to the right!

Posted by: mgd1 | January 26, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

And O'Keefe calls himself a conservative political 'Activist'.

Political Activist my arse.

He's a political activist, alright. One of the criminal mindset.

Let's see how politically active he's going to be in prison.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 26, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

“I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House. I suspect that you would have been leading the charge in condemning such a program -- and I would have been at your side denouncing such heavy-handed government action.” Cornyn

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

these guys will talk,talk and then talk.i dont think they could last a weekend in the system.watch out for jack ruby.someone funded these guys.i hope the congressmen that exalted this idiot will come forward and support him now .its the medias job to front these honorable men of congress.

Posted by: donaldtucker | January 26, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

“I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests,” Cornyn

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

And you know what, Acorn can actually sue the government, and Fox news, Beck, and republicans for slander. This arrest should clear ACORN'S name with damages.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 26, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

This stuff is so illegal, it is not even permitted to be used in a court of law. Of course, this does not apply to interceptions of communication obtained after a warrant is issued by a judge. The relevant statute:

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 119 > § 2515

Prohibition of use as evidence of intercepted wire or oral communications

Whenever any wire or oral communication has been intercepted, no part of the contents of such communication and no evidence derived therefrom may be received in evidence in any trial, hearing, or other proceeding in or before any court, grand jury, department, officer, agency, regulatory body, legislative committee, or other authority of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision thereof if the disclosure of that information would be in violation of this chapter.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"wonder what Hannity and ilks would say or cover on his show about this...."

That's easy. They'll try their hardest to deflect attention from this kid's felony crime with a ridiculous mix of insinuation and innuendo. Just look at the comments from CANDYZKY and a few others for a preview of the far-right talking points on the subject, which will sound something like this: "Mary Landrieu must have been up to something really crooked for Obama's FBI to step in and protect that ultra-liberal Democrat from this truth-seeking patriot. P.S. Obama's FBI is soft on terrorism too!"

Unfortunately, it's as predictable as the sun rising in the morning.

Posted by: Shadow9 | January 26, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he should go pop some Oxycotons with Rush Limbaugh while he's still a free man.

Posted by: OliverH2 | January 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives need to learn that you cannot go around in society trying play out the scenes that you saw on the Fox network series 24.

All of the people on the show are actors, including Jack.

More importantly the show was written for e-n-t-e-r-t-a-i-n-m-e-n-t and not for you folks to go running around society trying to play out the scenes in real life that you saw on T.V.

Otherwise, you will get caught by the REAL FBI and you will be charged with committing a REAL FEDERAL CRIME.

Don't ever tell anyone that you have not been warned, because I warning you now. Don't do it!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Let us hope that Mr. O'Keefe and his little band of "brown shirts" get sent away for a few months in jail for this stunt. This is a felony crime and one of these young men whose father is a U.S. Attorney won't be able to save them from a little jail time. Good riddance!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | January 26, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

____________

It should be years. Senators discuss national security matters on occasion.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

What's with the right wingers and their fetish for breaking and entering?

Must be some genetic thing, it was dumb in the Nixon days, it's dumb now.

Posted by: plaza04433 | January 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

dwdave:

here's my take on your post.

ACORN, if torn to the basics gets almost all it's money from govt handouts... who is funding it? people getting handouts... local chapters getting state/fed hand downs... sure on paper it's only 10% directly from the feds.... ACORN, several members going to jail for fraudulent voter registration schemes. Helping poor people... yeah set up brothels...

Blackwater: group of ex-GIs protecting ambassadors in the WORST of conditions (bias doesn't allow military protection). Private firms employ the best... so they went with blackwater. If you were in Iraq and not with military escort... you'd be dead... unless a blackwater group was protecting you.

Posted by: docwhocuts | January 26, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

dwdave67

ACORN who gets minimal gov funding who actually helps people in the lower classes... enemy of the right...

___________________________________________________
Thanks for admitting that ACORN is an enemy of the right.

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The intent appears to have been to bug the phone line of a US Senator! That remains to be proven, but that is surely what it looks like. Here's the problem with attempting to bug ANYONE.

§ 2511. Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited

(1) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter any person who—
(a) intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept, any wire, oral, or electronic communication;

. . .

shall be punished as provided in subsection (4) or shall be subject to suit as provided in subsection (5).

. . .

(4)
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection or in subsection (5), whoever violates subsection (1) of this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

(b) Conduct otherwise an offense under this
subsection that consists of or relates to the interception of a satellite transmission that is not encrypted or scrambled and that is transmitted—

(i) to a broadcasting station for purposes of retransmission to the general public; or

(ii) as an audio subcarrier intended for redistribution to facilities open to the public, but not including data transmissions or telephone calls,
is not an offense under this subsection unless the conduct is for the purposes of direct or indirect commercial advantage or private financial gain.

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Really, really serious stuff. It's hard to see what else was intended but the interception of communications of one of the highest ranking government officials in the US.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Fast fall from PIMPDADDY heroe to BIATCH.

BUT ConservaTEABAGGERS - don't worry - they can continue with their careers shooting INSIDE SOURCE FOR
MSNBCs LOCKUP

Posted by: kare1 | January 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group.

ROFL, Spoken like another Media Pimp,
Hey, A##hole news person, the ACTIONS of the Crooks at ACORN tarnished their OWN reputations. The so called conservative young filmmaker just RECORDED IT...Thank goodness somebody is doing the investigation that the government failed to do...
BTW, these are the same WP media pimps that PROTECTED the other A##hole, Edwards...worthless media...

Posted by: sophic | January 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Incredibly stupid move, even worse than the Nixon burglars.

Posted by: Beckola | January 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Fast fall from PIMPDADDY heroe to BIATCH.

BUT ConservaTEABAGGERS - don't worry - they can continue with their careers shooting INSIDE SOURCE FOR
MSNBCs LOCKUP

Posted by: kare1 | January 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group.

ROFL, Spoken like another Media Pimp,
Hey, A##hole news person, the ACTIONS of the Crooks at ACORN tarnished their OWN reputations. The so called conservative young filmmaker just RECORDED IT...Thank goodness somebody is doing the investigation that the government failed to do...
BTW, these are the same WP media pimps that PROTECTED the other A##hole, Edwards...worthless media...

Posted by: sophic | January 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Let us hope that Mr. O'Keefe and his little band of "brown shirts" get sent away for a few months in jail for this stunt. This is a felony crime and one of these young men whose father is a U.S. Attorney won't be able to save them from a little jail time. Good riddance!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | January 26, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

ACLU has already stated that the spy-on-your-neighbor program was a violation of First Amendment rights.

The criminal code against such behavior is:

Section 241 of Title 18 which "makes it unlawful for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same)."

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

we cant try them in civil court can we?they should be turned over to the military for more interrogation right?imhofe will have to rethink his profiling idea.

Posted by: donaldtucker | January 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know why Fox news has the highest tv cable news(yeah right) ratings? It's a day like this, when Fox and there bozo's lie through there teeth, and they end up being the great big lie themselves, that keep people watching. I think more people watch Fox news BECAUSE they constantly lie and people want to catch there lie, then actual people that watch Fox news for NEWS!! Just like Dick Cheney's mom, having the instinct to call her newborn Satan child DICK, Fox news is perfectly called FOX NEWS. As in, the lying Fox in the chicken pen, killing the chickens and blaming it on anyone else.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Fox News called him a hero but it looks like he was just a common terrorist. Nixon would have loved this guy. Who said the 70's would never come back.

Posted by: Rax359 | January 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

we cant try them in civil court can we?they should be turned over to the military for more interrogation right?imhofe will have to rethink his profiling stragedy.

Posted by: donaldtucker | January 26, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. O'Keefe would face charges under US Code Title 18, section 2:

18 USC Sec. 2 01/08/2008
EXPCITE

TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS HEAD

Sec. 2. Principals

(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.

(b) Whoever willfully causes an act to be done which if directly performed by him or another would be an offense against the United States, is punishable as a principal.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

ACORN who gets minimal gov funding who actually helps people in the lower classes... enemy of the right...

Blackwater, ripped the gov off for millions, and subverted the US mission in Iraq but not being answerable to the military... friend of the right...

That is all you need to know about the right and their allies.

Posted by: dwdave67 | January 26, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

If some brown-skinned guys with accents attempted the exact same thing at a DoD office, what would the response from the Right-wing? Would it be so gentle as their response to O'Keefe being arrested? Would they say "...but but ACORN... hacking Palin... but but"

No, I think they'd be getting their waterboards.

Posted by: hitpoints | January 26, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Frank57 wrote:
"...who have no problems at all stepping on the constitution to get what they want -- a constitution that hundreds of thousands of Americans have died to defend and protect.

As far as I am concerned, this is an act of domestic terrorism and espionage, and he should be treated as a traitor and punished as such.
_________________________________________________
Typical follower of the present occupant in the White House who calls an act of terrorism on a Detroit plane, "the system is working" while implementing spy-on-your-neighbor programs which information has never been made public how it is to be used. Two million Americans have had their Constitutional guaranteed rights deprived by the present administration.

Posted by: Frank57

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. O'Keefe would face charges under US Code Title 18, section 2:

18 USC Sec. 2 01/08/2008
EXPCITE

TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS HEAD

Sec. 2. Principals

(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.

(b) Whoever willfully causes an act to be done which if directly performed by him or another would be an offense against the United States, is punishable as a principal.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"Ms_Morgan, I see, you have an excuse when a Democrat breaks the law"

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Sarah Palin wasn't a Democrat. When she broke the law by using an easily hacked personal email account for state business, and when this email account was, as expected, hacked, I said she should go to jail for this crime.

Just like your heroes here should go to jail for their breaking and entering a state office.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Stupid is as stupid does. This and the fake Census forms sent as fund raiser make GOP stupid to the nth degree. They are so good at this suff. Wonder what Fox will say. My guess nothing, but if it was Dems it would be wall to wall coverage.

Posted by: patisok | January 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

It has SO been on fox.

their website, on at least two different occasions this afternoon.

thought I'd correct the previous liar

Posted by: docwhocuts | January 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

But don't worry, squirrel-sandwich eaters, your poster boy will surely be very popular in prison.

~~~~

Squirrel-sandwich eaters?????

ROFLMAO!!!!!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 26, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Here's one crime the set appears to have committed:

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 47 > § 1036

Entry by false pretenses to any real property, vessel, or aircraft of the United States or secure area of any airport or seaport

(a) Whoever, by any fraud or false pretense, enters or attempts to enter—

(1) any real property belonging in whole or in part to, or leased by, the United States;

. . .


shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The punishment for an offense under subsection (a) of this section is—
(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if the offense is committed with the intent to commit a felony; or
(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both, in any other case.

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Very, very serious stuff.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Ms_Morgan,

I said she was an idiot for illegally using an unsecure state account for state business and I said she was an idiot for using such a simple minded password on such an important account.

I also wondered why she broke the law by using this unsecure account and wondered what she was trying to hide.
_______________________________________________
I see, you have an excuse when a Democrat breaks the law but when it's someone else doing something questionable, it's "broke the law".

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, I've watched Fox News this afternoon, not one word.

Hannity is on at 9pm tonight. We will see if he is man enough to mention it.

I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: Nosh1 | January 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

The right wing nut jobs including those that sit on the supreme court will do anything to keep our president, and the country down in their cesspool.

Posted by: caryfnp | January 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah -- such a good little rethuglican! No doubt following in his idol Tricky Dick Nixon's footprints.

Of course, as a convicted felon, once released from prison, he'll belong to that exclusive rethuglican club of other ex-cons -- all nothing more than a load of wingnut gasbags who have no problems at all stepping on the constitution to get what they want -- a constitution that hundreds of thousands of Americans have died to defend and protect.

As far as I am concerned, this is an act of domestic terrorism and espionage, and he should be treated as a traitor and punished as such.

.

Posted by: Frank57 | January 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

jato11 wrote: "Upon further reading I'm curious who trained this minor leaguer to mess with phone systems?"

All republicans are taught from birth how to wiretap. Never know when it will come in handy. Ask Nixon's men, Linda Tripp, and Bush's NSA. But I think O'Keefe is a middle eastern name. Yea, sounds Yememesese. Is Dick Cheney around and where does he keep his dunk tank?

Posted by: Fate1 | January 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

when the wingnuts come on and say there doesn't appear to be any crime here, recall that these idiots have already confessed everything.

The same wingnuts screamed "where's the crime" after Larry Craig plead guilty.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

kwoods2, how about your take on today's news?

Posted by: hitpoints | January 26, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody read the PDF? Two guys go into a Federal managed building. They ask to see the telephone closet claiming to be "telephone repairman."

Where's O'Keefe and the other guy that was mentioned, that are "accused?" Where is the "connection?" Was there any gear placed in the closet to show who was being tapped, if there was going to be a tap?

Too many holes and too much supposition.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | January 26, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?

OBAMA: You know, if -- frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

Yah, sure, ya betcha, the counsel for ACORN "didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money".

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

All four should be charged with treason against the U.S. Government and given the severest of punishment. Home-grown terrorists they are. Nuff said.

Posted by: gil31 | January 26, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Nemo24601 "I'm curious what your response was when Governor Sarah Palin's e-mail was broken into"

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I said she was an idiot for illegally using an unsecure state account for state business and I said she was an idiot for using such a simple minded password on such an important account.

I also wondered why she broke the law by using this unsecure account and wondered what she was trying to hide.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

In the current environment, you know, The Wart on Terror, these home grown terrorist should get the full treatment that Dick Cheney advocates against out terrorist enemies.

Posted by: jmcauli1 | January 26, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

This is the balloon boy story on steroids. I do hope young James has thought to adequately lawyer himself up for this new adventure. His upcoming date with prison promises to be both exciting and memorable on a very personal level.

He will surely need a good lawyer. I cannot think of a single person in America right now who is going to embrace his felonious activities. Therefore, I say let the prosecutions begin.

Oh, and just out of curiosity. Exactly how long did it take the Washington Post to get around to covering the original ACORN scandal? Mr. O'Keefe certainly needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but where was the hunger of the press for this guy's original claim to fame?

Nevertheless, felonies do matter in this country no matter how bad a person wants to extend his 15 minutes. Still, I am just keep wondering if the mainstream media felt the same way about the systemic corruption of the ACORN workers?

Posted by: pgould1 | January 26, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"while the original ACORN videos, which are probably a lot more outrageous, sat ignored by most of the mainstream media for a very long time."

I'm tired of this revisionist lie (but I'm sure it will persist). The ACORN videos put on YouTube by O'Keefe in September and October were reported on by the mass media right away. CNN reported on it the same day as Fox. Huffington Post covered the October video the same day Breitbart did.

Posted by: hitpoints | January 26, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

When the burglars behind the break in at the Watergate Hotel were first busted, Republicans were quick to call it a meaningless third-rate burglary.

It turned out to be orchestrated at the highest levels of power and brought down Republican President Richard Nixon.

31 House Republicans recently supported a resolution honoring today's accused felon.

These scary freaks are heroes to a frightening conservative movement that reaches from militias and racists in every dark nook and cranny of the nation clear to the senior Republican leadership in the House and Senate.

Today's conservatives: breaking the law, blaming someone else, and trying to change the subject at every turn.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | January 26, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group.

ROFL, Spoken like another Media Pimp,
Hey, A##hole news person, the ACTIONS of the Crocks at ACORN tarnished their OWN reputations. The so called conservative young filmmaker just RECORDED IT...Thank goodness somebodies doing the investigation that the government failed to do...
BTW, these are the same WP media pimps that PROTECTED the other A##hole, Edwards...worthless media...

Posted by: sophic | January 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group.

ROFL, Spoken like another Media Pimp,
Hey, A##hole news person, the ACTIONS of the Crocks at ACORN tarnished their OWN reputations. The so called conservative young filmmaker just RECORDED IT...Thank goodness somebodies doing the investigation that the government failed to do...
BTW, these are the same WP media pimps that PROTECTED the other A##hole, Edwards...worthless media...

Posted by: sophic | January 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

ACORN, the cause celebre of the right wing nuts, was never more then a few hundred votes, if even that, for Obama. Nothing that even came close to impacting the election. Now, we have to wonder if even that past "evidence" against ACORN was manufactured. However, this seems to be the Republican Way. When they couldn't find enough negative on Kerry, they made some up, hence Swiftboat. Now, when they can't find enough on Obama, it goes from accusing him of having a fake US birth certificate, all the way over to calling him a "socialist," because he continued Bushes policy of bailing out the Banks to prevent economic disaster. The nuts worry about Obama taking away their rights, their guns, and all kinds of other fanciful delusions. When they get desperate, then the paranoia kicks in, then we have the break-in's, the spying, the sabotage. How sad and pathetic.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | January 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO!

Posted by: AmericanLiberalElite | January 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

ass--les usually get theirs --- only this is much more serious, JAIL TIME - Republican heroes! Oh! I forgotten to mention they must be patriots....

Posted by: whamtwo1 | January 26, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Upon further reading I'm curious who trained this minor leaguer to mess with phone systems? Same with that veneer of a pimp. Look, if you live in any reasonably credible city you could tell this guy couldn't get a date with a zoo animal let alone pimp a gallon of gas.

Posted by: jato11 | January 26, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

A little "waterboarding" would go a long ways into finding out who these punks work for,..as if we didn't know already.

(LOL)

Posted by: abelito | January 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Once in a blue moon, I read a story of real actual justice in this world. Although it seems to always fall on the foot soldiers and never the commanders, this one is still pretty sweet. I hope his cellmate is really unpleasant and horny.

Posted by: geezjan | January 26, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if William Flanagan is involved in this. Would you Feds mind asking him?

Posted by: RIVASF1@WESTAT.COM | January 26, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if when the money is followed it leads us to Yemen? Why else would good Americans be bugging a senator's office? I mean, really?

Posted by: Fate1 | January 26, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Before doing something like this, Mr. O'Keefe should have thought, even for two seconds "if I did this to anyone else, would I get arrested?" Surely, he would have said YES.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

look at all the paranoid wingnuts crying that this moron was "set up"!! bwaahahahaha! oh that is just too funny! that is hysterical!

You people are seriously in need of help. The rest of us are embarrassed to call you Americans, you are so stupid!

This idiot brought it on himself.

But don't worry, squirrel-sandwich eaters, your poster boy will surely be very popular in prison.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | January 26, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse


Nemo24601

There is no way the government should agree to less than a felony and actual jail time. Bugging a US senator (I imagine he hoped to get dirt on the "Lousiana Purchase" as they called what was needed to get ML's vote on health care). The end does not justify the means. Let's see how pretty boy does in a group shower with Bubba.

_________________________________________________
I'm curious what your response was when Governor Sarah Palin's e-mail was broken into, but hey that was O.K., right?

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

No doubt this is a story that deserves coverage, but it's curious that this leaps to the top of the headlines immediately, while the original ACORN videos, which are probably a lot more outrageous, sat ignored by most of the mainstream media for a very long time.

Posted by: blert | January 26, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

This scenario sinks bad. Did OBAMA's FBI set the whole thing up? AG Eric Holder would do anything to discredit the attackers on his pals at ACORN. Time--may--tell all.

Posted by: chazz60 | January 26, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you can read the confession. I guess when he was asked if he wanted a lawyer the Agent said he'd forward all of it to his dad.
He dum.

Posted by: jato11 | January 26, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Breitbart must be sweating bullets at biggovernment.com
He promoted and paid James O'Keefe

This is one of those perfect storm moments when the bottom feeding opposition operators of the Conservative Big Oil-Ideologues-Big Business Thinkers get caught out like roaches when a light is shined on them.

The Pelican Institute's claim to fame is opposing light rail for Louisiana and parrots Cato, AEI, etc.....
Big Oil Neo-Cons find the small petty ideologues useful. And discard them just as abruptly

This is just the opening scenes of the battle royal to come over funding light and high-speed rail and alternative energy.

http://biggovernment.com/2010/01/26/james-okeefe-arrested-in-new-orleans/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | January 26, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

O'Keefe should know better.

We don't need to record the corruption of Senator Landrieu. She takes her bribes out in the open.

Then again, it is hysterical to watch liberals get excited over this.

After all, It's been a rough week for conservatives:

1) A Republican wins a Senate seat in Massachusetts previously held by John F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. Last held by a Republican in 1953.

2) Health Care reform is not going to be rushed. Socialism took a step back. I believe there are many people on the record saying that Obama's Presidency is over if he does not pass comprehensive health care reform.

3) The Supreme Court changes 100 years of campaign finance laws in favor of the First Amendment. You can tell it was good for conservatives based on the extent of Senator Schumer's commentary.

4) Beau Biden runs and hides from a Senate run. A seat his father held.

I'll add the fifth if the news coverage proceeds as I believe it will.

5) Liberals will try to use the arrest of O'Keefe to delegitimize the video tape evidence of ACORN employees giving advise on running a business that involved the prostitution of illegal alien underage girls. Thus supporting the ACORN policy of giving advise on running a business that involved the prostitution of illegal alien underage girls.

In other words, the liberals will crucify O'Keefe for trying to get information on a crooked politician, but look the other way on ACORN giving advise on how to make a profit from the statutory rape of underage girls smuggled into the country illegally.

All in all, a bad week for conservatives as liberals stand on their principles.

Posted by: Washington13 | January 26, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the HOUSE,
The Judiciary Committee hid from ACORN like a frightened mouse.

Teenage hookers were shipped into the Committee with care,
To play with the Democrats without underwear.

The Judiciary Committee were all snug in their beds,
With smiles on their faces, and said "Boy, were we fed".

Chairman John Conyers with a hooker on his lap,
Swore to ACORN, "We'll beat this rap".

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
It was the rest of the committee climbing up ACORN's ladder.

"Away with the truth" cried Conyers with a flash,
"Bring me more hookers, you know the ACORN trash"!

The films that were taken made quite a show,
And shone light on the ACORN corruption below.

When what to a thinker's wondering mind should appear,
But Obama was ACORN's legal counsel reindeer.

With a rotten old mind so nasty and sick,
we knew he'd protect ACORN and protect them quick!

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 26, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

It's no big deal to enter Federal property under false pretenses. Just ask Sandy Burglar.
Why should anybody have to bug a Democrats office anyway? They are all about transparency and doing the peoples business. What is Senator Landrieu trying to hide?

Posted by: rpatoh | January 26, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how the GOP gropes for it's victimhood in this.

Of course, we won't hear a peep from the wingnuts until after 12:15 tomorrow.

Limbaugh has to give them their talking points before they will dare speak in public.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

someone wrote: "Just look at that smug punk. I'd love to wipe that smirk right off his self-satisfied overpriviliged puss."

He probably thinking about his new to be discovered love life.

Posted by: jato11 | January 26, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

There is no way the government should agree to less than a felony and actual jail time. Bugging a US senator (I imagine he hoped to get dirt on the "Lousiana Purchase" as they called what was needed to get ML's vote on health care). The end does not justify the means. Let's see how pretty boy does in a group shower with Bubba.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 26, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

As it was with Nixon's plumbers is now and ever shall be with these characters.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 26, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jneill7854 | January 26, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

No matter how much of a gadabout this man is, he should have asked an attorney's advice before committing a felony.

Posted by: Martial | January 26, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

The FBI needs to threaten these clowns with the maximum sentence right up front - and clearly explain to them that a ten year Federal Sentence means that you serve ten years and not a minute less.

The FBI then needs to explain that when the ten years are up, these guys will be old news and untouchables. And that any profits arising from the crime would be confiscated anyway.

Next the FBI needs to ask them who was encouraging this conduct and explain that if they finger someone really high up, there might be a plea bargain in this for them.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | January 26, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"He will discuss the role of new media and show examples of effective investigative reporting." I'm sure his cell mates will appreciate it.

Posted by: duce275 | January 26, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Hope they filmed their own crime. Anyway, why Landreau? She's as user friendly a Senator the Republicans have. Perhaps she'll rethink things...

Posted by: jato11 | January 26, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Last time he dressed like a pimp, now he has a chance to dress like a prison inmate.

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Posted by: sfdgerygyhjujedtgfhfg | January 26, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Saw it on tv and the rest is history. Lock'm up. Damn stupid and very illegal.

Posted by: jato11 | January 26, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Who paid off O'Keefe and his buddies to bug Landrieu's office?

The FBI should consider the "money trail" as a part of their investigations.

They may not be too surprised to where it leads.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 26, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Watergate rerun. Some people always think that the end justifies the means and those people always think that they're the only ones who have the "real" truth and are "real" Americans.

Posted by: karela | January 26, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Mike Steele should put him in touch with Duke Cunningham so he can get some GOP pointers on prison life. Of course, I know he will never go to prison but one can always hope, can't one?

Posted by: Freethotlib |
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I'm surprised anything is illegal in Louisiana.
If they can't get Cunningham, just get Jefferson the Freezer. He is from Louisiana and will be close by.

Wonder if he hid the money in the freezer by the cabbage? heh heh.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 26, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

His 15 minutes of fame just turned into infamy, I'm sure his pappa must be very proud. This sotry broke four and half hours ago, I just wanted to see it on WaPo. I don't know anything about his father, maybe his father is a good man I don't know but he sure did a lousy job raising his son. I'm outta here.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | January 26, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Got Pimp ?

Posted by: clearspt | January 26, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse


hartwr1: "If the WAPO covers this story with the same vigor it covered the ACORN story, it won't be covered at all."


Uh, not exactly. The Washington Post would give this topic of the new "plumbers" at least 55 mentions over the next year, because that's how much coverage that gave to the overhyped phony "prostitute" story.

Posted by: straighttalkespresso | January 26, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

If he had offered Landrieu 300 million bucks it would have been a non-story.

Glad to see the WaPo got on this story so fast. It kind of dragged its feet on the original ACORN story.

Posted by: grunk | January 26, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The gang that couldn't shoot straight! Wingnuts are always comedy gold. They basically write John Stewart's material themselves.

Posted by: whirlwind81 | January 26, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Just look at that smug punk. I'd love to wipe that smirk right off his self-satisfied overpriviliged puss.

Posted by: nicekid | January 26, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Tis the "nut" in "wingnut"

Posted by: zackool | January 26, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Waterboard O'Keefe. Make him spill all the beans. Tell him it'll be just like an episode of '24'.

Posted by: sirmarglar | January 26, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Conservative zero.

Posted by: SarahBB | January 26, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: omaarsblade | January 26, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Nixon is dead right? The GOP will never learn.

Posted by: jjgrah | January 26, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican behavior.

Posted by: jrw1 | January 26, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Freethotlib

I think you can do a lot more than just hope this guy is going to jail. The FBI is not in the habit of arresting anybody unless they fully intend to prosecute and have an open and shut case. In fact, the FBI very seldom loses a case. This guy is toast for up to a decade...at least five years I'd think. FBI does not arrest people for nothing. They have limited resources and a huge task. Wait and see, this ought to be fun.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | January 26, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

And Jethro's father is a prosecutor. You know, one that goes after someone who breaks the law. But Jethro's a republican and his father is too so that makes it okay. Right Fox news?

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 26, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Hope he does jail time with some of the CEOs of the Banks that have been ripping the American people off.

And not soft jail time - get them breaking rocks.

Posted by: WillSeattle | January 26, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

These morons need to be tried, found guilty and jailed. Will it happen? OF COURSE NOT! Why would a democrat put a republican in jail--it wouldn't be bipartisan.

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 26, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

TO: infantry11b4faus who wrote:
“So far I see two people maybe doing something illegal - playing phone man - but that is all.”
_____________

That’s all it takes for a conviction. This is the office of a United States Senator for goodness sakes.

You’d have to be dumb as a bag of hammers not to know that’s the property of the United States Federal Government and thus a felony.

I just can’t stop laughing at the fanatics who do these kinds of things because they’re just obsessed with bringing down the government and/or other pet peeves they have.

People really need to get a grip and think before they act.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 26, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

How funny!! The guy that acts like a pimp now has the opportunity to act like a felon -- for real. I guess he isn't old enough to have heard of Nixon and Watergate.

Mike Steele should put him in touch with Duke Cunningham so he can get some GOP pointers on prison life. Of course, I know he will never go to prison but one can always hope, can't one?

Posted by: Freethotlib | January 26, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Telephone repairmen......plumbers? What does this remind me of? And where do they get their support from?

Self-appoined protectors of America. If they suspect Sen. Landrieu of something nefarious, I believe there are official law-enforcement agencies they can contact with their concerns. But then, in their paranoid us-vs-them-or-else world it is rational to believe that allerting the proper authorities would be counter-productive since the federal authorities, the law in general, and the restrictions of that pesky Constutution thingy, are part of the problem, by defenition. Wire-taps for everybody...of everybody...for ALL!!

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | January 26, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Here is David Feith in the Wall Street Journal praising the Pelican Institute

How to Bring Innovative Ideas To a Machine-Politics State
AUGUST 9, 2008
By David Feith

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121824246529126197.html

Remember the name Doug Feith?
David Feith is his son.

Republicans sure keep it in the family.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | January 26, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Damn, this guy even looks like a real Jethro hillbilly doesn't he? Good, he'll be going to jail now for sure. He broke a Maryland law too but DoJ didn't want to appear partisan but you can't try to eavesdrop in on a sitting United States Senator and expect not to go to jail if caught. I'm thinking 5-10 ought to be about right. So long Jethro..........

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | January 26, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

so far i see two people maybe doing something illegal - playing phone man - but that is all.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | January 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow! If the WAPO covers this story with the same vigor it covered the ACORN story, it won't be covered at all.

But wait--while the WAPO ignores wrong doing by liberals, the give immediate front page coverage to potential wrong dong by conservatives.

No media bias here.

Posted by: hartwr1 | January 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Republican conservative scums should be put away for 10 years and pay the maximum fine. These people never seems to do anything in an open and honest way. They got caught because they are not too smart.

Posted by: truth1 | January 26, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

More proof God has a hell of a sense of humor. This is gold, pure gold folks. Meanwhile Fox, and the tea bagggers who have ranted about no more government spending will be outraged now that President Obama will freeze government spending the next 3 years. And tea baggers, don't forget to pay your $600 dollar fee to watch Sara "the quitter," Palin give a speech in super duper, coded tea bagger language that only tea baggers can understand. I can here Sara now, "hello my REAL AMERICAN friends, glad to be here with some real Americans, not these phony Americans we have running this country. Today, we must join hands, take out the K2 operators, dismiss the carrots and the lettuce, and put it in a sandwich with 100% beef. My real American friends, today we are here to celebrate the fact that dogs pee on things, and if we can all band together, we can stop the dogs from peeing all over the place."
Worth the price of admission?
You betcha' One fun filled day of misspelled words, conspiracy theories, and KKK signs. Talk about a laugh a' thon.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 26, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Poetic justice indeed.

I think this is most appropriate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSV-VtJfwRw&feature=related

Posted by: sasmontagova | January 26, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Noted recently that the word "privilege" is defined in the OED as "A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by an individual, corporation of individuals, etc., beyond the usual rights or advantages of others." So these sons of privilege probably felt that normal laws don't apply to them (as it the case for so many politicians as well .. not to mention the Supremes). Throw them in jail, and melt down the key. They should have been busted for the slime job they did on Acorn, but, hey, it all evens out in the end, I guess.

Posted by: calbooster | January 26, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

What is the problem Bush/Cheney have been spying on phone calls from Business, Overseas and citizens for 8 years without warrents now all of a sudden it's illegal. What's didn't now? We saw every law broke by Bush/Cheney even violating the Constitution yet no one News Paper or Media News said a word but supported every crime done for 8 years. Now we're expected to believe a law was broken that has been going on for 8 years with full support.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 26, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Whoa.. It looks like all you lefties are still smarting from the drubbings the Democrats have been taking recently. Scott Brown and health care reform really hurt, huh? President Obama panicking with a promised spending freeze is not exactly a lefty's dream, is it? The underpants bomber lawyering up for domestic criminal trial makes Holder, Obama's appointee, look pretty bad, doesn't it? This tiny bit of positive news appears to be downright uplifting to some of you. I especially like the angry few with violent homoerotic fantasies alluding to lips and lube and these guys getting raped in prison ... Geez. Well, enjoy it while it lasts and save up whatever strength this gives you. I have a feeling that lots more bad news for the left is on the horizon.

Posted by: stamer1 | January 26, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

O'Keefe's last speaking engagment was to Lousiana's Pelican Institute - (client in this operation against a Lousiana senator?). Following is the Institute's mission statement (the part on individual liberty is priceless):

"The Pelican Institute for Public Policy is a non-profit research and education institution that conducts scholarly research and analysis of Louisiana public policy. The Institute's mission is to advance sound policies based on the principles of free enterprise, individual liberty, and limited government. Institute staff pursues this mission by conducting timely research on important issues and then marketing the findings to elected leaders, the media, business leaders, community organizations, and individual citizens."

Who are they marketing to in this case? Follow the money.

Posted by: sr31 | January 26, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Veritas my behind. Should I be impressed that the spoiled little brat knows a word of Latin?

Looks like we've got another Nixon in the making.

With Nixon, Cheney, Libby and now these guys, Republicans are starting to have a really good track record of thinking they're above the law.

What elitists. And they have the nerve to call other people elitists. What gives them the right?

Dishonest as the day is long. Who would seriously want these people governing them?

Posted by: sasmontagova | January 26, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Taking about poetic justice! What the devil meant for evil, God turned it to good. I hope the CEO of ACORN attend the trial everyday and sit on the front row.

Posted by: sun52shine | January 26, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

It won't be long before Fox News will have them on justifying why it was fair and balanced.

Posted by: deano1 | January 26, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

What's ironic is that Landrieu recently strongarmed a $100 million bribe out of the health care bill, and THAT was legal.

Posted by: postfan1
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Well, LMAO...the boys shoulda just took that little "fact" and ran with it instead of getting themselves in a heep of trouble trying to prove something else on Landrieu, LMAO...yeah, the lady took a legal $100M bribe, or yeah, I broke into her office and taped her phone...guess which one yields a 10 year felony prison sentences...come on now; I know you are a Rethuglican and we all know you folks aren't that bright, but this here ain't rocket science, LMAO!!!

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 26, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I have to react to the numerous referrals to O'Keefe having "got" ACORN. It has been established that O'Keefe traveled around the country to multiple ACORN office's with out any luck in gathering evidence of any wrong doing. The video that was released was heavily edited. O'Keefe has refused to release the raw footage and some experts who have examined the released video have suggested that it may have been edited and overdubbed to such an extent that it is impossible to verify the accuracy of what appears to have been said. IMO this latest stunt throws even further doubt upon the ACORN video. Maybe his next project can be an insiders view to the federal department of corrections.

Posted by: mik661 | January 26, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from stupid people? They do stupid things. Then they act even dumber trying to tell us why what they did wasn't stupid. You couldn't fill a thimble with the collective intelligence of the republican party today.

Posted by: boblund1 | January 26, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

They've got too much money . They'll never see a jail. I think Chief Justice Roberts is representing them.

Posted by: jerseydevil | January 26, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Funniest story of the day. I always believed this pimptard and his partner were only partially role-playing. Well, this joke got his wish: he is among the ranks of the convicts from the Nixon and Reagan regimes, and the W. Bush domestic spy specialists. We should donate lube in case he gets the Halliburton backdoor treatment in prison. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | January 26, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000"

Lucky for them they weren't caught sharing music. The fine would be much higher..

Posted by: wizard2 | January 26, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

From what I understand or heard from underground little birdies, these guys have actually got the dirt they needed on Landrieu and were taking the equipment out. I think ol Mary needs to be nervous. The useless FBI going after this guy, but not taking responsibility for reading a terrorist thug his miranda warnings instead of treating him like the enemy creep he is? Give me a break!

Posted by: candyzky
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LOL...I sure as hell hope so, LMAO...who gives a rats azz about Landrieu if she's doing something illegal, but it sure as hell does make for good story that these idiots will share a home with her in federal pen...probably longer than she for being so conservatively stupid, LMAO!!!

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 26, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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O'Keefe yeld as loudly as he could

Sean!! Beck !!! Hannity!!! Mr.Murdock!! HEELP!!!!

The Fox Family replied... O'Keefe who?

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Posted by: A-Voter | January 26, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Clearly now is the time for blanket statements, generalizations and broad brush strokes. Let's define political parties as narrowly as possible. Let's connect the dots between these guys and all 58 million Americans who voted for John McCain in the last Presidential election. The lemmings here have got it down. Word.

Posted by: lingering_lead | January 26, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Hint, hint, hint.

Dirty tricks to discredit light and high speed rail funding. Dirty tricks to try to discredit alternative forms of energy.

Follow the money.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | January 26, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The wingnuts are silent because Limbaugh has not yet given them their talking points.

Expect them to begin braying tomorrow at about 12:10 PM.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | January 26, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Mister Beck, would you care to comment on this arrest?
Glenn Beck..no comment.
Fox and friends...no comment.
Rush Limbaugh...no comment.
Sean Hannity...FUC# OFF!

Where would republican be without wiretaps, Witch hunts and phony outrage? Up a creek without a paddle that's where.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 26, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

So, the right has talk radio... and what do the lefties have? Why, the comment section at the end of Washington Post news articles of course!!!

Posing as telephone company repairmen? I think these guys have been watching too much TV.

But you gotta love seeing ACORN nailed. Isn't that right all you lefties?

Posted by: stamer1 | January 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Hope they have Lipstick and Lube when they hit the pen.. stick out your lips and squeal like a pig!!

Posted by: VietVet68 | January 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What's ironic is that Landrieu recently strongarmed a $100 million bribe out of the health care bill, and THAT was legal.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

He was heard saying that his Uncle Dick said it was legal.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

These young Tea-bagger Ku Klux Klansmen were really just having a little fun. They are good old boy Kluxers who never meant any harm to the good Senator from Louisiana by tapping her phone, recording her personal phone conversations and taking them back to the other Kluxers for a few laughs.

The Tea-bagger Ku Klux Klan are just good old boys who have taken off the sheets and hoods and moved into the mainstream. No more lynchings, murders and cross burnings, just tapping a U.S. Senator's phones and having a few guffaws.

Is America a great country or what?

Posted by: DCSage1 | January 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Karma.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 26, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

'O'Keefe on Thursday gave a speech to Libertarian Pelican Institute in New Orleans'

Another astro-turf conservative org.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | January 26, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Follow the money!

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Right to the RNC.

Posted by: sr31 | January 26, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Follow the money!

Posted by: wiatrol | January 26, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how much coverage this horrible incident receives - especially on Faux News. Is this considered terrorism?

Posted by: rlj1
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Arruuugghhh....scretcccch...boommmmm...damn, damn, damn, this is a ploy by the Rethuglican Congress...damn, damn, damn, they are trying to corner the President at his State of the Union Address tomorrow night...if he addresses it they will call for him to resign because he hates White people, and if he don't address it they will say that he is afraid to call out the terrorist...why couldn't we see through this folks, those smart azz Rethuglicans are at it again, LOL!!!

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see the Republican teabagger party defense funds pop up. These criminals will end up with millions just like Sarah Palin.

Posted by: sr31 | January 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"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."
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Looks like he will be doing a report instead about anal fissures developed as a result of jail house rape.

Posted by: trenda | January 26, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

spoiled rich kids

Posted by: HardyW | January 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Interesting !! I'd be curious as to why these four took the risk unless they were sure Mary had something to hide. These guys are not stupid and they had a reason to try this. There will be an effort at a coverup to protect the Senator. The democrats are up to here with problems. Watch what happens !!

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | January 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse
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"These guys are not stupid and they had a reason to try this."

LMAO...REALLY???!!! So they thought they might commit a felony--federal felony that is to uncover a hypothetical, LMAO...and that's not stupid...REALLY????!!! I suppose you think your comment is not stupid either, huh, LMAO...let's see how important is anyone's crime to me that I would commit a 10 year felony to undercover it...NOTTA, LOL!!! I guess us liberals are RUSHing to judgment, huh, LOL!!!! Anyway where are all of your people...the noise boxes...the teapartyers...the Rush crew...waiting for your talking points, LOL...guess you have to wait until tomorrow, because your leader has left the stage, LOL...

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This is not only illegal but creepy. Wiretapping? Placing bugs in "enemy" offices? What do these guys think they are, the KGB?

I hope they get real jail time for this. Ha, should be awkward for the acting US attorney, with his son involved!

What a bunch of disgusting and inept clowns.

Posted by: catherine3 | January 26, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Castaing, who represented O'Keefe, Dai and Basel, said he had no details on the allegations.

"We are just grateful that they were not detained ... and they can go home to their families," he said.

If you're a Republican this is called a 'youthful indiscretion' and you're released to go home to your family.

If you're poor or a Democrat.....

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35083861/ns/politics-more_politics/

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | January 26, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

5 Held in Plot to Bug Democrats' Office Here
By Alfred E. Lewis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 18, 1972

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/05/31/AR2005111001227.html

And we know where that story ended up. Can't wait to see how this unfolds. Absolutely delicious!

Posted by: WashingtonPostGuy | January 26, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Will Hannity cover this on FOX tonight?

Probably not.

But I'll check it out anyway, just in case, to catch his rationalization. Love it. What goes around comes around!

Posted by: sr31 | January 26, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I love james_m_reilly1's comment - "Interesting !! I'd be curious as to why these four took the risk unless they were sure Mary had something to hide. These guys are not stupid and they had a reason to try this. There will be an effort at a coverup to protect the Senator. The democrats are up to here with problems. Watch what happens !!"

Listen, pal, this is plain old GOP dirty tricks - it's Watergate redux. To say that the victim of the crime (Landrieu) "had something to hide" is akin to saying that the rape victim was asking for it.

And bill_delgrosso: "i have no love lost for ACORN, but lets be honest folks, if this camera crew were going undercover to investigate some conservative group, or some conservative member of congress you'd be singing their praises to the Pulitzer Committee."

Uh, no. First of all, this was no "camera crew", surreptitiously filming a story a la "60 Minutes". This was a break-in of a government office, and the "camera crew" was a gang of burglars and covert operatives. To call them a "camera crew" gives them undeserved justification.

And secondly, I wouldn't be singing the praises of any such group, hired by either party, even if the group was exposing the lies of Karl Rove or Dick Cheney. There are legal means of pursuing the truth through the media. This was not one of them.

Posted by: borntorun45 | January 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh. Heh Heh Heh. Beavis ur a dumba$$.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | January 26, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Much more interesting is the arrest of the son of the acting U.S. Attorney in Western Louisiana William J. Flanagan.

Acting U.S. Attorney William J. Flanagan also serves as the Deputy Crisis Management Coordinator on their Critical Incident Reponse Team.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/offices/personnel/LAW.html

"It was poor judgment," Robert Flanagan's lawyer, Garrison Jordan, said in a brief interview outside the courthouse. "I don't think there was any intent or motive to commit a crime."

Really? Really?

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | January 26, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

hahhaha,
reading the comments is more fun than read about those stupid crooks.
i love this

Posted by: hunfng | January 26, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

whats important is that the hot girl from the videos was not arrested...

Posted by: DwightCollins
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She will be cast in the role as the distraught hooker girlfriend, LMAO...Karma is a Biouch!, LOL

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 26, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Twenty four and 25 and already felons. Yep, they're Republicans. Maybe they should pray to the Lord for help. :-)

Posted by: gce1356 | January 26, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Never fear teabagger-nation, their Fox-News financiers should be able to afford a good lawyer!

I hear Gonza (former Attorney Gen) needs a job!

LoL

Posted by: free-donny | January 26, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Clinton was somehow at fault, or Obama. No way this nice man could be up to no good. By the way, did he every release all the video tapes he made, not just the edited versions which made ACORN look bad?

On a more serious note, just what the he77 did they think they were doing anyway? This will be jail time. I mean, bugging a senator's phone? And I agree with a previous poster, who funded them and gave them the tools? Nixon dirty tricks once again.

Anyone want to bet which republican will jump to defend them. Limbaugh is not included since we know he will.

Posted by: Fate1 | January 26, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

We'll show 'em!

"Holder! Send 'em to New York for a show trial"!

Posted by: JAH3 | January 26, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see who helped these young main line Republicans, i.e., who else was in on the conspiracy.

And given the the nature of the sentence, tens in the Federal Prison, we might just see someone talk in exchange for a little reduction in time.

Recall that you do ten years under a ten year Federal Sentence.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | January 26, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

These good American fellows were framed by the Kenyans and Obama and the Democratic Indonesians from Hawaii and the MSM liberal Hollywood. Also, it all comes back to the whole liberal thing with the...with the...you know...ummm..errr...

OK I give up!
I just can't spin this anymore.

Posted by: hayden1 | January 26, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"Flanagan, 24, is the son of acting U.S. Attorney William J. Flanagan, who runs the Western District of Louisiana federal prosecutors' office in Shreveport. U.S. Attorney Flanagan declined to comment through an office assistant."

i wonder if Federal Prosecutor Flanagan sold himself as being "tough on crime" when he took the job. personally, i think our criminal justice system is FUBAR. but that ain't going to help these kids.

Posted by: millionea7 | January 26, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

So will the media treat this with as much breathless reporting as they did the ACORN scandal? I'm betting they won't...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 26, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope that plenty of evidence was gathered and all participants were properly Marandized. The media attention and trial should be exciting political theatre.

Posted by: rwjlaw | January 26, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Pretty moronic considering Landrieux has less grey matter than they do. What did they expect to find out, how she didn't help the citizens during Katrina or her Louisiana purchase gift in healthcare which will end her chances of re-election.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 26, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Typical right wing crook. Nixon would be proud.

Posted by: vztownes | January 26, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse


LMAO!


Are they creationists, too? 'cos them just some stupid boys. Just sayin'.

Now what's "conservative" about breaking the law?

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | January 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I am a rock solid Democrat and liberal to boot. However, as much as these individuals are distasteful to many (including myself), please remember that they are innocent until proven guilty. So called evidence described in the media just doesn't count.

If guilty, this also doesn't negate the efforts or beliefs of others of like minds. It just means that these particular individuals are both stupid and corrupt. Being stupid and corrupt however DOES call into serious question any other activities or investigative reporting they have done. Much as the conservatives bemoan the fact, it is still true that these individuals have massively discredited themselves (if proven guilty).

Posted by: reussere | January 26, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Not that I give a damn about ACORN one way or another, but I'm glad to see these creeps get what they deserve. What you got to say now, Fox News? Hopefully, Palin's the next one in jail.

Posted by: fbutler1 | January 26, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

So The Post NOW finds it convenient to cover the vote fraud group we subsidize ... How convenient.

mjapr wrote:

While we're on the subject of "things the liberal media forgot on Jan. 20, 2009 ...

Whatever happened to Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, the anti-war movement?

All were "useful idiots" for the media for eight years.

Now they're on milk cartons.
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You didn't see anything on ACORN in the MSM? You're either blind as a bat or a stone cold liar.

Posted by: st50taw | January 26, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who financed this "job"?

Posted by: JRM2 | January 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The GOP hasn't changed much since Nixon but we knew that already.

Posted by: alexadav | January 26, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"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."

No. James is a criminal.

Posted by: kathleen_oconnor | January 26, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

ChipShirley in its comment says it all:
Yay
Yay-Hooray
Chip Chip Hooray.....LOL

Posted by: sabestu | January 26, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

follow the money... here we go again.....

Posted by: JustaPlugger | January 26, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Picture of O'Keefe in a nice orange jumpsuit chained at the wrists and ankles.

Priceless.

Posted by: st50taw | January 26, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

whats important is that the hot girl from the videos was not arrested...

Posted by: DwightCollins
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Where is she?

Posted by: beeker25 | January 26, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget that these guys were hailed as heroes by Fox News and they were encouraged by Fox News to keep up the good work. This has Fox News Special Report all over it. Wonder why it isn't being covered on Fox News today? Not a word yet. Oh, and that Republican/conservative party! Remember Watergate? Some things just never change.

Posted by: mawheelz
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The site to really watch will be Andrew Bartbreit's: he's the clown who fronted these losers when they peddled their ACORN vids to 15 minutes of glory.

Not surprisingly, nothing on Andrew's site yet, but keep an eye on it: those folks are working overtime on spin now and Fox will simply parrot what they say..... (http://biggovernment.com/)

Posted by: abqcleve | January 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

These fine young American God-fearing men were probably hypnotized and then drugged by those cruel and satanic liberals. Then they were manipulated by some sort of remote control device to go into the Federal building to look as if they were committing a crime. This is totaly bogus you stupid Liberals. We can see right through your scheme.

Posted by: hayden1 | January 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

For those who don't remember, Nixon's infamous Watergate caper was to copy Democratic party documents and tap its phones. Is this guy a Gordon Liddy wannabe?

Posted by: rkerg | January 26, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The term "criminally stupid" was never more appropriate.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | January 26, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Interesting !! I'd be curious as to why these four took the risk unless they were sure Mary had something to hide. These guys are not stupid and they had a reason to try this. There will be an effort at a coverup to protect the Senator. The democrats are up to here with problems. Watch what happens !!

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | January 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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Ah ha, R-I-G-H-T.... and unicorns, and rainbows, and the leprechauns and their luck charms, and..um...and Mr. Sandman..... (please fill in the rantings and ravings of your deranged dogmatic mind here...)

Posted by: htruman1 | January 26, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how much coverage this horrible incident receives - especially on Faux News. Is this considered terrorism?

Posted by: rlj1 | January 26, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

You boys in a heap a trouble now. I'll bet some of those former ACORN clients who are now running the yard at Levinworth will be reallllyyy glad to see these guys show up. Take a hint, boys. Just don't drop the soap!

Posted by: dlpetersdc | January 26, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

MOVE! MOVE! MOVE!

Posted by: MarkinJC
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Very funny post: thanks!

What a bunch of amateurs! Heck, you don't need to bug Landrieu: just follow her around town with a video camera. She's from LA: she'll do SOMETHING illegal every 6 hours....

Posted by: abqcleve | January 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I want some of what AWWNats and candyzky are smoking. I bet it isn't medecinal either!!!

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | January 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

So The Post NOW finds it convenient to cover the vote fraud group we subsidize ... How convenient.

While we're on the subject of "things the liberal media forgot on Jan. 20, 2009 ...

Whatever happened to Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, the anti-war movement?

All were "useful idiots" for the media for eight years.

Now they're on milk cartons.

Posted by: mjapr | January 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that this will in fact, if given the same play in the press, work to clear ACORN of wrongdoing. If the wrongdoing that the British researchers perpetrated discredits all other global warming science then this criminal behavior tarnishes anything else O'Keefe has done.

Is it possible that O'Keefe paid the people in his videos to be that stupid? It's a lot more plausible then someone in public service helping to set up houses of prostitution.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | January 26, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Give him 10 years, suspended sentence. It will not harm his legal film-making, just if he violates the law again, he goes to jail. Wire tapping is wire tapping.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | January 26, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

If the inmates where he's going pass around a picture of this bozo dressed up like a pimp in no time flat he'll be working the other side as a prostitute which is the natural occupation of conservatives. I mean look at the Supreme Court five conservative prostitutes and not one pimp.

Posted by: rodneythecat | January 26, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase William Faulkner, poorly, those to whom sin is only a matter of words than the law is only a matter of words, too...

Am I the only one who is tired of these sanctimonious "conservatives" telling people how to live when they play fast and loose with law and rules?

If there is a sex scandal these days you can be sure a republican is involved. If you don't like the law buy yourself some judges who will change it for you.

My guess is that the "conservative" movement will still hail the little jack-ass as a hero.

If you want to get into the mind of the modern true blue republican read 1984 and pay careful attention to what Big Brother tells you.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | January 26, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I know that Laddy Weymouth's Brat and Freddy Hiatt have ordered the entire Washington Post staff to ignore this story. Milbank's already written his missive telling Mary Landrieu to guzzle another bottle of Mad B Rhymes with Witch Beer. Charlie The Kraut's called the Fed Marshals in New Orleans anti-Semitic. George Will has blamed the thugs' arrest on global warming.

But get off your lazy asses and report the damn story.

Slap Milbank's pool boy, Christopher, in the head. Get off your butts and get to work.

Seems that the Post has a history with stories involving political break-ins, wiretaps, and the like. Contact Slick Bobby Woodward for details.

MOVE! MOVE! MOVE!

Posted by: MarkinJC | January 26, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group..."
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How about adding,

"Carol Leonnig, liberal activist writing for the Washington Post, slandering the reputation of a filmmaker who exposed corruption of a radical activist group..."

... you know, something unbiased and factual like that.

Posted by: AWWNats | January 26, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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The reporter did not need to "slander" this poor young film maker, because, hmmmm, he just earned the distinction of felon on his own merits.

Posted by: htruman1 | January 26, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget that these guys were hailed as heroes by Fox News and they were encouraged by Fox News to keep up the good work. This has Fox News Special Report all over it. Wonder why it isn't being covered on Fox News today? Not a word yet. Oh, and that Republican/conservative party! Remember Watergate? Some things just never change.

Posted by: mawheelz | January 26, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Double funny!!

Posted by: AMQ1 | January 26, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call them "right wing zealots", misguided and if true, stupid. They are not above the law.

Posted by: eriksorenson | January 26, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Too funny!

Posted by: bigbrother1 | January 26, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

How low will they stoop to tarnish a group/or somone's reputation? And to prove what to whom? Oh! I forget, being under-hand the only tactic these tea baggers/conservatives have to play relevant. In the world's largest democracy with so many ways to prove a point, on this, someone has gone nuts! Throw the key away! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NZCWsbvS50

Posted by: Victoria5 | January 26, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be fun listen to the nutty, improbable conspiracy theory the main line Republican Party will cook up and serve to the rubes in order to paper this over.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | January 26, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: DurhamBully | January 26, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Woodward and Berstein know how they feel.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 26, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"The conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of a liberal activist group..."
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How about adding,

"Carol Leonnig, liberal activist writing for the Washington Post, slandering the reputation of a filmmaker who exposed corruption of a radical activist group..."

... you know, something unbiased and factual like that.

Posted by: AWWNats | January 26, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

james_m_reilly1,

"The ends justifies the means" defense? Really?

Sorry, illegal behavior is not excused because YOU think "That there is something rotten in the state of Denmark." Regarding a Senatorial coverup, stop indulging in conspiracy theories and start dealing with factual evidence.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | January 26, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

O'Keefe will get to meet/greet some REAL pimps now. Bless his heart.

Posted by: valskeet | January 26, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Why am I not surprised that these guys were uber right wingers. The Acorn folks deserved what they got, but these guys, like so darn many rightwingers, see themselves as being above the law. Like so many of their evangelical brother and sisterhood, they tend to be hypocrites to the nth degree!

Posted by: RogerNoVa | January 26, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Watch, Rush and Fox will spin these soon-to-be-convicted-felons as "victims" of some kind of liberal conspiracy.

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives will now give us an ear full about Landrieu's breaking of the law as their heroes go to trial for a Federal Felony and then spend the next ten years in Leavenworth.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | January 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

no end to fanatical action by lunatic fringe brain dead fools that use their political beliefs to do harm to others. of course they bend the constitution to justify criminal activity. aclu and the like are equal in representing these sickos

Posted by: pofinpa | January 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Yay

Hooray

Chip Chip Hooray !

Yay

Hooray

Chip Chip Hooray !

Yay

Hooray

Chip Chip Hooray !

Posted by: ChipShirley | January 26, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Throw these punk-a**ed people in jail for a while. This must make the judge feel good. What a ding-dong he raised. And I can't say anything good for the others. Stupid? No, I think they are criminals. But lawyers will get them off so they can continue to carry on their criminal activities.

Posted by: skyjumperdave | January 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If you've "got something" on someone, you go to the police or the FBI. You don't break the law in hopes of making a neat video. That you conservative idiots are on her trying to raise the red herring of "Mary's guilt" is predictable, but you should be ashamed of yourselves. Screaming and wailing about ACORN breaking the law and then you pass right over this blatant felony. Which way is it, boys? Law and order every time, or only when it's convenient?

Posted by: dan_of_dc | January 26, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

It's the Watergate break-in, without Nixon or Liddy or Watergate or a break-in.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 26, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It is tantamount to stupidity to their zeal to go after a Senator. I am thinking that after being successful going after ACORN, they thought they could break the law to break-in to wiretap (it is a felony).
I wonder what Hannity and ilks would say or cover on his show about this....
Not surprised by their actions.. You will get the usual shifting away the blame elsewhere from the their ilks.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 26, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Once again we know which political party is supports criminal activities. Wire tapping a federal office is against the law for good reason. We know that O'Keefe is a an enemy of freedom and our nation. Why else would he commit a felony that was put into law to protect our nation from terrorist such as O'Keefe?

Posted by: bradcpa | January 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

james_m_reilly1, no, I think they actually are that stupid. I mean, look at that first Acorn video he made. What kind of a moron would dress like that and think that was how pimps actually dress? He loves the limelight and it fed his ego.
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Agreed, looking at that guy, there is NO WAY anyone would believe he was a pimp, including the ACORN workers who fed him lines of bull because he was so obviously dressed like he was a white suburban kid at a Halloween party...and a loser kid at that.

Posted by: kreator6996 | January 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Is there really someone out there who thinks planting a listening device in a senator's office isn't going to get him in a boatload of trouble?

This "filmmaker" is an example of someone who finds a little fame and then decides to swim out way beyond his depth. He's sort of like Sarah Palin agreeing to be interviewed by Katie Couric (or anybody).

Posted by: oxhead1 | January 26, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Irony the name is ACORN's foes, because really, you right wingers are just fn nuts.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | January 26, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

i have no love lost for ACORN, but lets be honest folks, if this camera crew were going undercover to investigate some conservative group, or some conservative member of congress you'd be singing their praises to the Pulitzer Committee.

Posted by: bill_delgrosso | January 26, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

There is never any excuse for this type of criminal conduct. I hope they meet some new friends in the joint.

Posted by: LawyerTom1 | January 26, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Rabid Republican pond scum on the job. If there is any justice in this country these little trails of GOP cat sick will be hung by their balls along with their RNC sponsors. And "candyzky" needs to drop the GOP playbook of lies, innuendo, and half-truths and contact his/her proctologist about a brain scan.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | January 26, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

james_m_reilly1, no, I think they actually are that stupid. I mean, look at that first Acorn video he made. What kind of a moron would dress like that and think that was how pimps actually dress? He loves the limelight and it fed his ego.

Posted by: nuzuw | January 26, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

not what I've heard candyzky

Posted by: jmfromdc | January 26, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

still doesn't let acorn off the hook...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 26, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

whats important is that the hot girl from the videos was not arrested...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 26, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

O'Keefe made a deal with the devil in order to become a hero of the radical right. True story.

Posted by: EZE33 | January 26, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Positively Nixonian. Then again, this is how Republicans operate. It's how they've always operated -- as a bunch of law-breaking thugs. Dirty politics, always.

Posted by: monk4hall | January 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Interesting !! I'd be curious as to why these four took the risk unless they were sure Mary had something to hide. These guys are not stupid and they had a reason to try this. There will be an effort at a coverup to protect the Senator. The democrats are up to here with problems. Watch what happens !!

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | January 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

From what I understand or heard from underground little birdies, these guys have actually got the dirt they needed on Landrieu and were taking the equipment out. I think ol Mary needs to be nervous. The useless FBI going after this guy, but not taking responsibility for reading a terrorist thug his miranda warnings instead of treating him like the enemy creep he is? Give me a break!

Posted by: candyzky | January 26, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Is he going to wear his pimp outfit to prison? You can always count on the ultra right to self-destruct!

Posted by: BushMustGo | January 26, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Fix News will portray these people as martyrs. Prosecute them to the FULL extent of the law.

Posted by: jimjohnd | January 26, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Typical of right-wing zealots who think its OK to break the law and trample on others' rights so long as their own political agenda is advanced. Nixon, McCarthy and the rest of their heroes would be so proud. And one the son of a federal prosecuter; wonder who appointed him?

Posted by: wmorgan3 | January 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe the monumental stupidity of some people. Wonder how much time O'Reilly and Hannity will give this story tonight? Probably about as much time as they gave to the Haiti benefit concert last Friday. I'd like to know who his accomplices are -- and who planted this idea in his empty little head.

Posted by: EAHarrison | January 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Very curious as to where this might go. if it's true, it's monumentally stupid.

Posted by: EricS2 | January 26, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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