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Conservative Activists Arrested Over Alleged Infiltration Of Senator Mary Landrieu’s Office

February 2, 2010 by  

Conservative activists arrested over alleged infiltration of Senator Mary Landrieu's office Four men have been arrested and charged by the FBI with trying to wiretap the phones in the New Orleans office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, according to media reports.

Identified as James O’Keefe, Stan Dai, Robert Flanagan and Joseph Basel, all in their 20s, the men are known for their GOP ties. O’Keefe gained notoriety last year for making undercover videos of the liberal community-organizing group ACORN.

On January 25, the four allegedly attempted to gain access to Landrieu’s office while posing as telephone repairmen, and the event has already been dubbed "Louisiana’s Watergate."

"The individuals responsible have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony," Landrieu stated.

She added, "I am as interested as everyone else about their motives and purpose, which I hope will become clear as the investigation moves forward."

On account of some of the men’s ties to Republican Senator David Vitter, the latter has been called upon to denounce their actions, but the lawmaker refused, citing pending investigation.

"We’re blessed with an extremely competent U.S. attorney’s office in New Orleans, and I know they’ll handle this as aggressively as they have other serious cases," according to his official statement.

The men posted a $10,000 unsecured bond and were released. Their next court date is expected to be on February 12, CNN reported.

If convicted, the men would each face a possible maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison.
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  • JeffH

    These guys did what other news journalists have been doing for decades.
    They were trying to expose the fact that Senator Mary Landrieu’s Office was ignoring the phone calls from her constituents about her bribe from Pelosi/Reid. I don’t believe they were trying to tamper or phone tap her phones, I believe they were do “undercover” journalism, trying to set the record straight.

    • JeffH

      doing

    • Smilee

      They are not journalists, and what they did is against the law, criminals go to jail

      • s c

        OOOPS! That old, ultraliberal progressive cat is once again out of its hypocritical bag. How convenient it must be to live according to the Napoleonic Code. Merely accuse someone of having done something ‘wrong,’ and you don’t need a court of law to protect the innocent or the accused.
        How ultraliberal progressives love to RANT. We’ll see what happens. For my money, this is simply a matter of ultraliberal progressives banding together at all costs because Mary Landrieu may have done something very wrong herself, and she can’t afford a scandal (lord obummer must be protected, and she ‘owes’ him MUCH).
        Let the Inquisition begin!

        • JeffH

          Ouch! You hurt someones feelings, but not mine.

  • Michael J.

    I can’t help noticing how the Obamedia has pounced on this story like vultures on fresh roadkill, while they praticaly ignored the Acorn scandal.

    • JeffH

      They are simply ACORN scoundrels. Would you expect anything less from the Obamedia?

    • eyeswideopen

      Michael, did someone from ACORN dress up in a disguise, go into a Federal office of a Senator and try and bug the phone banks? Actions speak louder than words. Those that you are defending broke the law. Last time this happened it was called Watergate.

      • Harold Olsen

        Actually, I agree with you on this. The kid who broke the ACORN scandals was one of these guys. He was a hero for what he did before. But, if he went into Landrieu’s office in disguise for the purpose of bugging her office then he should be treated like a common criminal. But you know, with the mentality of the left, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Obama regime doesn’t decide to treat this as an act of terrorist and ship these guys to Gitmo to be tried by a military tribunal. To Obama, whom I believe to be a Muslim extremist, they must be much more dangerous than the people who are trying to destroy us. He’ll Mirandise REAL terrorists so that we can not obtain any intelligence from them but people like these burglars he’ll go to extremes. In any case, Landrieu probably needs investigating. Isn’t she the one who, a few months ago, said that meeting with her constituents was beneath her??

        • Curtis S

          You wouldn’t be surprised if these kids were shipped to Gitmo? C’mon, that’s just way too much drama. Why not focus on the fact that the kid looks Oklahoma City bomber? Why not focus on the fact that these kids’ ethics and integrity were being questioned by Sean Hannity? Seriously, when Sean Hannity questions your ethics you’re in big trouble… but you’re NOT going to Gitmo.

      • Michael J.

        EWO,
        What I think is that it is inevitable that some will fall in the struggle against tyranny.

      • JeffH

        If you were so as rightgeous as the words you print I would say you had some credability with your comment. But your hate fills the air of reason. This guy was no more “bugging or wiretapping” than the man in the moon. As I said in my previous post, it is common practice for these investigative jouralists to be deceptive and appear to be someone they aren’t. But I wouldn’t expect you to understand that. You thought the ACORN videos were wrong also.
        He got caught and we will see just what transpires from it. That is the chance they took.

        • Tinwarble

          JeffH,

          Your right, there is nothing in the indictment about wiretapping, and he appears to only be charged with entering a Federal Building under false pretenses. And that appears to be confirmed by law enforcement officials who have said that they were not trying to intercept or wiretap phones.

        • eyeswideopen

          Jeff, I happened to be watching Fox news, (gretta) on this day. You view the fox news interview and you decide. http://Mediamatters.org/mmtv/200910210046
          But two wrongs never make a right. He broke the law. Why did he ask where the phone banks were? Just curious, was he?
          Talking smack and acting like you are some big sex trader is not breaking the law. I trust that the FBI investigated the Acorn employees and determined that they weren’t in the sex trade. They lost their funding what else do you want to do, kill the kids who were playing big man on campus? You want to justify O’keef’s stupid actions, but not another ones stupid mouth.

          • JeffH

            I am not justifying anyones actions. I am also not the one that “assumes” that he was there to “bug or wiretap” the phones. His approach is a common tactic used by tabloid journalists. You could see it almost any evening on cable or network TV.
            I might add that the FBI’s investigation of ACORN is far from over.

      • DaveH

        Only one problem. He denies that he was bugging any phones. Who do we believe? This country has become like Russia was 40 years ago, where lying was common. That was the only way they could protect themselves from the intrusive Government.

        • eyeswideopen

          So, the kid got all dressed up in a disguise and went there to do what? To look like a telephone repair man and ask where the phone banks are is the new “cool” thing to do? He was just there in a disguise to make sure they had phone banks?? You all are funny.

          • JeffH

            He has explained what and why he was there. Figure it out for yourself instead of using your ” I’m stupid” methods. Or maybe you could post another meaningless link.

          • eyeswideopen

            Jeff, if he was there to complain that she wasn’t answering her phones, why did he have to dress up in a disguise and ask where the phone banks were?

    • Harold Olsen

      Why would the media have pounced on the ACORN story?? It’s been said that ACORN is an arm of the Democrat party. I disagree. I believe the Democrat party is an arm of ACORN. ACORN owns them body and soul. Therefore, there is no way the media will cover the ACORN story, especially MSNBC, Obama’s propaganda network.

  • DaveH

    The Foxes are guarding the Henhouse. What else can we expect? Liberals have turned wrong to right and right to wrong.

  • Robert

    To most of us normal Americans, what else does the media expect. They surely aren’t calling for an investigation of the bribery that took place behind closed doors by the democrats to get their needed votes on the health care deform bill. Lucky for this low life so called representative that these folks were just looking for evidence and were not explosive experts. Oh yeah, I forgot, if they were explosive experts and muslims, the justice department would immediately have them read their Maranda rights and lawyered up. Then the media would report them as ALLEGED PERPS. And Obama would have another opportunity to hold another National News campaign speech. Of course this is all Bush’s fault. As His Emporer in Chief said during his State of the Disunion speech, you folks just don’t get it. Get it, stupid, that’s why we have to run your lives. You’re all too stupid to do it yourselves. And then God Obama rested.

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