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WP: Conservative Activist Admits To Plot

From a shamelessly mendacious Washington Post:

Conservative activist admits to plot in Landrieu’s office

By Carol D. Leonnig
Saturday, January 30, 2010; A07

The conservative activist accused this week in a plot to tamper with telephones in the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) admitted to the scheme Friday, conceding that he "could have used a different approach" in trying to determine whether she was avoiding calls from opponents of the health-care reform bill.

This is simply and blatantly untrue. Mr. O’Keefe did not admit to plotting “to tamper with telephones in Sen. Landrieu’s office.

You can read his statement here.

This is libelous.

Federal prosecutors allege that James O’Keefe helped carry out a plot in which two friends impersonated telephone repairmen to get access to Landrieu’s office in downtown New Orleans. O’Keefe, 25, waited inside the office and used his cellphone to record his two colleagues saying that the senator’s phone was not receiving calls, according to charges unsealed Tuesday.

O’Keefe, who is charged with entering federal property on false pretenses, said in a statement Friday that he undertook the project "as an investigative journalist."

Notice that the Washington Post goes out of its way to avoid calling Mr. O’Keefe a ‘journalist.’

They have their high standards, you know. As this article amply demonstrates.

"I learned from a number of sources that many of Senator Landrieu’s constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell her that they didn’t want her taking millions of federal dollars in exchange for her vote on the health-care bill," he wrote. "The sole intent of our investigation was to determine whether or not Senator Landrieu was purposely trying to avoid constituents who were calling to register their views to her as their Senator."

Again, this is no admission to plotting to tamper with anyone’s phones.

O’Keefe became a hero to some conservatives last fall when he conducted a hidden-camera exposé targeting the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Posing as a pimp, he captured several employees on tape appearing to give him advice on concealing his illegal prostitution business. ACORN officials have said he doctored some of the tapes to make the liberal-leaning organization look bad.

Yes, it is clear that these innocent ACORN employees were tricked into saying the things they said.

Hopefully, they will sue ACORN for wrongful termination of their employment, and recoup millions in damages.

In the statement, O’Keefe acknowledged that he videotaped the visit to Landrieu’s office and said that federal prosecutors are reviewing the videos.

If convicted, O’Keefe could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

If convicted of videotaping in a Senator’s office? Or if convicted of entering a Senator’s office under false pretenses?

Or if convicted of tampering with a telephone line, which does not appear to have been the purpose of Mr. O’Keefe’s visit.

Under a judge’s order, he is required to reside with his parents in New Jersey pending future court hearings.

In case anyone was wondering about how far our judicial system has run amok at every level.

Mr. O’Keefe is 25 years old.

This was done to try to humiliate and embarrass him.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “WP: Conservative Activist Admits To Plot”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The only thing he can be convicted of is what he’s charged with. Nothing more, nothing less.

    That is unless Eric Holder comes up with a new, seldom used (or heard of) “annoyance of the liberals’ minds” charge.

    Hopefully it won’t be a kangaroo court and the judge will see to it that justice is carried out IAW the law. If so, the AP will have precious little to say.

    The whole wire service has picked up on the “phone tampering” BS, which as Steve has said, is nothing even close to the truth. No tampering, or attempted tampering occurred. Hopefully, that will also come out in the hearing.

    But the damage is done and O’Keefe has the right to pursue charges against every news “entity” that reports this. Even if an apology is issued.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    Eric Holder just might try these guys as terrorist or enemy combatants I would think. Just the opposite of KSM. I would like to get on this jury “if there is ever one” which I doubt. But if so, I have already made up my mind. “Not Quilty” because there are a Hundred Million $$ reasons for this not guilty verdict. Landrieu is a snake.

  3. proreason says:

    He dared to expose Acorn, Obamy’s womb.

    So, like the dissidents in any communist country, he has to pay the price…..as Pravda ralles the proles against him.

    But my question is…..how exactly is this different from what the investigative journalists of 60 Minutes have been doing for the last 35 years.

    Other than that he’s a conservative investigative journalist, of course.

    It appears that is enough to send him to the gulag.

  4. canary says:

    O’Keef is now a prisoner when there is not a shred of evidence he is a danger or threat to society. Where’s the ACLU?

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Under a judge’s order, he is required to reside with his parents in New Jersey pending future court hearings.”

    … with his folks in Jersey? What .. no GITMO??? No “off with his head”???

    Holder and o-blah-blah will probably get to it.

  6. canary says:

    How come Obama isn’t charged under false pretenses, while in a federal building. ?

  7. White_Polluter says:

    If he gets 10 years, maybe he can visit in prison with the Florida couple who taped the Gingrich phone calls back in the 90’s. I’m sure actually intercepting cell calls, which required much more complex equipment that a video camera, would require a harsher sentence than what was done here. Does anyone know how many years those two got in prison?

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