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January 26, 2010

ACORN Exposer Arrested by FBI

James O'Keefe: boneheaded move

All ACORN’s dreams have come true.

NEW ORLEANS – A hero of conservatives who bruised the liberal group ACORN by posing as a pimp on hidden camera is now accused of orchestrating an attempt to tamper with phone lines at Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office inside a federal building. It’s not clear what James O’Keefe, 25, and three other suspects were trying to accomplish Monday at the New Orleans office of Landrieu, who has been criticized for securing more Medicaid benefits for her state in exchange for her support on health care legislation.

It sounded like a Watergate-style operation, but federal officials have not yet said why the men wanted to interfere with Landrieu’s phones, whether they were successful, or even if the goal was political espionage. All four have been involved in conservative politics in the past.  A staff member in the office told the FBI that two of the suspects, including the son of an acting U.S. Attorney, wore white hard harts, tool belts and flourescent vests and said they needed to fix a problem with the phone system.  According to an FBI affidavit, O’Keefe was already sitting in the waiting area and recorded the men on his cell phone when they walked 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.  As he got into a cab outside the jail, O’Keefe said, “The truth shall set me free.”  His biography on a Web site where he blogs says he works at, though that Web site does not currently work.  The fourth suspect, Robert Flanagan, the son of Shreveport-based acting U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan, was released earlier Tuesday. His father’s office declined comment.

All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Only Flanagan lives in Louisiana. Basel is from Minnesota; O’Keefe, New Jersey; and Dai, the D.C-Virginia area.

Dems finally catch a break.

Talk about a bad call.  Clearly a case of youthful overzealousness and stupidity.  Although the MSM did everything in their power to overlook James O’Keefe’s existence when he was airing out ACORN’s dirty laundry for all to see, this isn’t a story they’re going to ignore.  On the contrary, I suspect they’re licking their chops over this one.  Let’s keep tabs on this in the weeks to come and see how much airtime they give this one compared to the “non-story” that was ACORN.