ACORN filmmaker arrested

ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: tvb On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:21 pm

Caught red-handed:

From New Orleans Times-Picayune: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/ ... d_for.html
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.


His next fifteen minutes of fame will feature the activist filmmaker attempting to salvage his own credibility while simultaneously trying to avoid time in federal prison. :lol: :rofl: :whistle:
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: coalkirk On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:42 pm

tvb wrote:All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

Sounds like a simple act of civil disobedience, something the left has always championed. I'm happy to see them going after bigger fish than Acorn. Landrieu's an extorsionist. ;)
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:15 pm

If I was too drunk to drive but decided to do the right thing and sleep off the bender in my car on private property, should I be arrested for DWI?

Prosecutor would argue "intent".
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: jpete On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:28 pm

I thought the ACORN video was interesting and amusing. But this guy is going to find out what Watergate was all about. I can't imagine thinking you were going to get away with this.

I also heard that a Congress person son was one of the four involved?
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:00 pm

jpete wrote:I thought the ACORN video was interesting and amusing. But this guy is going to find out what Watergate was all about. I can't imagine thinking you were going to get away with this.
I also heard that a Congress person son was one of the four involved?


The good news is that before they could say anything - Obama advised them of their Miranda rights and got em lawyered up right away.
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: tvb On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:36 pm

One the arrrested, Robert Flanagan, is the son the acting US attorney in Western District Louisiana. Flanagan also worked as an intern recently in the office of Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R-OK). Here's the FBI press release: http://neworleans.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/p ... 012610.htm
Four Men Arrested for Entering Government Property Under False Pretenses for the Purpose of Committing a Felony

NEW ORLEANS—JOSEPH BASEL, age 24; ROBERT FLANAGAN, age 24; JAMES O’KEEFE, age 25; and STAN DAI, age 24, were charged in a criminal complaint with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony, announced the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

According to the complaint, which was unsealed earlier today, the arrest of FLANAGAN, BASEL, O’KEEFE, and DAI took place after BASEL and O’KEEFE attempted to gain access to the New Orleans office of United States Senator Mary Landrieu on January 25, 2010, while posing as telephone repairmen. According to the complaint, FLANAGAN and BASEL were each dressed in blue denim pants, blue work shirts, light green fluorescent vests, tool belts, and construction-style hard hats when they entered the Hale Boggs Federal Building, located at 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Once in the building, FLANAGAN and BASEL sought access to the offices of Senator Landrieu. O’KEEFE was already present in the office, holding a cellular phone so as to record FLANAGAN and BASEL. Once inside Senator Landrieu’s reception area, FLANAGAN and BASEL told a member of Senator Landrieu’s staff that they were telephone repairmen, and they requested access to the main telephone at the reception desk. FLANAGAN and BASEL then manipulated the telephone system. FLANAGAN and BASEL next requested access to the telephone closet because they needed to perform work on the main telephone system. They were directed to the main office of the United States General Services Administration, also inside the Hale Boggs Federal Building, where they again represented themselves to be employees of the telephone company and stated that they needed to perform repair work in the telephone closet. Both FLANAGAN and BASEL stated that they had left their credentials in their vehicle. In addition, the complaint alleges that O’KEEFE and DAI assisted FLANAGAN and BASEL in the planning, coordination, and preparation of the operation. The men were apprehended by the United States Marshal’s Service soon thereafter.

If convicted, FLANAGAN, BASEL, O’KEEFE, 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 Attorney’s 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 Marshal’s Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: plumb-r On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:43 pm

There must be some dirt there or they wouldn't have been there. It's to bad they got caught before they dug it up. :lol:
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: mr1precision On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:48 pm

plumb-r wrote:There must be some dirt there or they wouldn't have been there. It's to bad they got caught before they dug it up. :lol:

I'm with you.
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: jpete On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:58 pm

I'll see your right wing idiot and raise you a left wing idiot! :lol:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=9669551

A judge permitted the disclosure for the first time Tuesday that the artist known for his Barack Obama "HOPE" image is under criminal investigation, though details of the probe were not divulged.
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:02 pm

plumb-r wrote: It's to bad they got caught before they dug it up. :lol:


Well....... you never know. They may already have done this elsewhere and got away with it. Guess we'll find out.

They certainly have some gonads, having said that I'll assume they were trying to wiretap a federal building.... Bad idea and if that is the case certainly not something that should be condoned.
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:54 am

Obama just addressed the nation on this tragic event and gave the following summation of the situation.

let's "not rush to judgment" without getting "all the facts" because "we cannot fully know" that motivated these film makers to impersonate telephone repair men.

Shortly after the speech mainstream media reported on harassment on these young men for their political beliefs. This harassment may have contributed to the stress that caused them to crack under the pressure and the Obama administration sent the attorney general to alleged perpetrators that they have the right to remain silent and provided them with the best lawyer money could buy.

This post is of course fictional. No President would be stupid enough to insult our nation in such a way.
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: samhill On: Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:17 am

The Bush administration would have said lets rush a judgement,we already know all the facts we need to know, and on the sidelines Dick would have already ordered a plank & bucket of water to get the real truth. But naturally all of this would have been done without the public ever knowing. These people could be planning a act of terror.
This post is also fictional but I`d bet not too far off.
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:21 am

<sigh>..It's Obama... It's Bush... Does everything have to be about Bush or Obama?

Let's stick to the topics.
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: tvb On: Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:49 am

plumb-r wrote:There must be some dirt there or they wouldn't have been there. It's to bad they got caught before they dug it up. :lol:


You're right because then they would have been in the enviable position of explaining how they broke the law after the fact based upon their own filmed and taped evidence and the charges would be much more severe. Maybe it would even be a twenty year prison sentence instead of the ten year one they are currently facing. Wouldn't that have been a real gas? :lol:
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Re: ACORN filmmaker arrested

PostBy: samhill On: Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:54 am

Sorry about that Richard, indirectly it was on subject, just couldn`t resist a rebutal to stir things up. When there are so few of us Dems. its a dirty job but somebody has to do it.
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