Skip to comments.4 charged in phone scheme at La. senator's office
Posted on 01/26/2010 2:05:44 PM PST by ColdOne
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A conservative activist who posed as a pimp to target the community-organizing group ACORN and the son of a federal prosecutor were among four people arrested by the FBI and accused of trying to interfere with phones at Sen. Mary Landrieu's office. Activist James O'Keefe, 25, was already 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
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If true, dumb move and possibly highly illegal.
Agreed, if this is true it is a very, very stupid move by O’Keefe. Wire tapping a senator? Wow...
I admired what they did to Acorn, but this illegal stuff is different.
If you want to do something, do something legal and effective. The press in NO is very much for the Landrieu clan so illegal won’t get any play unless it’s good enough for BreitBart...and even then shooting yourself and Conservatives in the foot is stupid and childish.
Not a good idea if this story is true...
On the other hand, the left is anxious to make an example of O'Keefe & they're definitely not above setting him up.
I'll need more info.
What journalist have you known who came in as phone repair people and to what end?
Tapping the phones would be illegal.
I don’t know if those passing as phone company people were even related to the other young man, but there are lots of legal problems potentially here.
Hope they weren’t stupid.
I think the difference is messing with recording phone calls.
Given how much the issue was brought up on how the ACORN stuff WASN’T illegal because it didn’t involve a phone call, you would think that they would know this was way way worse.
Bullet proof kids meet reality.
This is beyond stupid. If what we are reading is true there no possible explanation they could have that could make this go away. Shaking my head in disbelief.
I hope O'K wasn’t stupid enough to try and get that phone tapped.
Reading the article...doesn’t sound too bad.
just a bad move if true....
What was the punishment for the kid in KY or TN who had hacked into Sarah Palin’s email account?
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2010
United States Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
Contact: (504) 680-3000
"....the complaint alleges that OKEEFE and DAI assisted FLANAGAN and BASEL in the planning, coordination, and preparation of the operation. The men were apprehended by the United States Marshals Service soon thereafter."
If convicted, FLANAGAN, BASEL, OKEEFE, and DAI each face a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
The United States Attorneys Office reiterated that the complaint is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The investigation is being conducted by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Deputy Marshals with the United States Marshals Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.
I'm thinking this is theatre. And look at all the attn it's getting. It may be Mary Landrieu who is sweating bullets.
Not sure he’s been tried or punished yet, but he was hit with some big charges: fraud, unlawful electronic transmission of material and attempts to conceal records to impede an FBI investigation. I remember he could get somewhere around 5 years. We’ll see.
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