Conservative Activist Arrested After Bugging Attempt on Senate Office

What is this country coming to?

Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, 25, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.

Also arrested were Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24. Flanagan is the son of William Flanagan, who is the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, the office confirmed. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

This is seriously scary stuff. An arrest is not a conviction, and allegations are not stone cold facts. But if what appears to have happened actually happened, we have real reason to be concerned about the direction in which this country is going.

The dangers involved in these allegations cannot be overstated. If proven, they represent a shot across the bow to our Democratic system, a signal that some believe themselves to be above the Constitution and our laws. Again, if proven, today's news would represent a very sad day for our democracy.

[UPDATE by Jonathan]: Media Matters reports that 31 House Republicans -- more than one-sixth of the party's caucus -- backed a resolution honoring O'Keefe not all that long ago.

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10 Comments

This Is Particularly Interesting

if these clowns have ties to the GOP.  Anybody know?

by Bob H 2010-01-26 05:15PM | 2 recs
The real question

Is why they were bothering with Landrieu's phones.  She's basically on their side.

by JJE 2010-01-26 05:37PM | 0 recs
RE: The real question

Not exactly.

Yes, Landrieu is a lousy Democrat and a huge thorn in our side.  That said, she did vote for HCR in the end - something that no true teabagger would ever do.

We can't stand the Landrieus and Lincolns and Bayhs of the Senate, but there is no great love for them coming from the teabagger crowd either.  Which is why their actions literally make no sense whatsoever - not only do they piss off progressives, they aren't winning over anybody from the other side, either.

My guess as to why Landrieu specifically was targetted - she got a sweet $300 Million package for a critical HCR vote in November, and I'm thinking that O'Keefe was fishing to try to prove that something shady was going on.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2009/1124/healthcares-dealbreakers-mary-landrieu-likes-her-300-million

by Obamaphile 2010-01-26 05:50PM | 0 recs
RE: The real question

The stupidity is compounded by the fact that very little real business would be going on in the New Orleans offices.  It's just a district office, and probably not even Landireu's home state office. If they wanted to "find something", the only real place would be to try and big the D.C. office... but, even if they DID find something... leaking it would only reveal the underlying crime!

Maybe, they wanted to put on another "show" and record it... but, it would be easier to just wear a wire like they did before.

Incredibly stupid... absolutley insane...

by LordMike 2010-01-26 06:50PM | 0 recs
The irony

There is actually a reasonable argument that O'Keefe violated state law in creating the original ACORN videotapes, because some states prohibit the recording of a conversation unless all parties (not just one) consent.  Of course, since he ended up catching them in highly embarrassing conduct, no one seemed to care.

by Steve M 2010-01-26 06:04PM | 0 recs
RE: The irony

Witness the power of the conservative media in pushing themes. The rest of us can just wash in awe as they push the supposed "journalists" aside. Reminded me of a mini-Iraq Invasion scenario. ya, who cares that the claims were false, the "evidence" fabricated or tampered with, and was obtained illegally. Saddam Huessein was responsbile for 9/11 and had WMDs in his underpants too.

by vecky 2010-01-26 06:28PM | 0 recs
Watergate Redux!?

Isn't this how E. Howard Hunt started down the long sad trail?

 

What did Boehner know and when did he know it?

by martinlomasney 2010-01-26 06:13PM | 0 recs
RE: Watergate Redux!?

Even the legal defense argument of the break-in is the same:

-snip-

"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.”

 

As to your question, we'll see, but so far it's only the G Gordon Liddy  and Cubans portion of it.  Investigate the money trail (who paid for those snazzy telephone repair man outfits!) , look at campaign contributions, etc., any plans to kidnap too? 

by KLRinLA 2010-01-26 07:23PM | 0 recs
People are worried about whether Obama will be reelected in 2012

I'm worried about whether a President Biden would seek reelection in 2012 :(

If these people will go this far, what's to stop them from violence?

by NoFortunateSon 2010-01-26 06:53PM | 1 recs
So these 4 got caught...

How many other young republicans are out playing and filming for Rovian accolades?   There's going to be a lot of muffled meetings on busy streets now.

by Palli 2010-01-27 10:23AM | 0 recs

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