Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Breitbart's ACORN con man James O'Keefe busted by Feds

I'm probably enjoying this story too much, but it is so good to see the karmic kickback once in a while. Con man James O'Keefe, who rose to fame when Andrew Breitbart posted his doctored ACORN sting videos on the Big Gov website, was arrested by the FBI for illegal wiretapping of Louisiana Sen Mary Landrieu's phones. He was busted with three other young men, including a Louisiana US Attorney's son and a guy who apparently runs some kind of bizarre "spy school" to prepare students for a career in intelligence work.

The US Atty's son is connected to a astroturf wingnut think tank whose attorney offers a glimpse of a possible defense.
Robert Flanagan's attorney, J. Garrison Jordan, said he believes his client works for the Pelican Institute. Asked the motivation for the alleged wiretap plot, he said: "I think it was poor judgment. I don't think there was any intent or motive to commit a crime."
Actually, illegally wiretapping a federal office is a crime. Period. And O'Keefe videotaped the crime on his cellphone. Forgive me for hoping they get convicted based on that. Breitbart and his prized "citizen investigator" don't appear to have grasped the concept of rule of law in the past, though Breitbart may be getting a clue. In the instant matter he claims to have no prior knowledge.

And what will the 31 House Republicans who sponsored a resolution honoring O'Keefe have to say now, I wonder? Probably nothing unless the "liberal media" decide to ask them. Don't hold your breath.

TPM has the FBI affidavit and the defendants have already admitted much of their involvement. So far no word on who funded this little criminal enterprise. Can't wait to find out.

Just in: Story keeps getting more amusing. Unconfirmed as of yet, but it's possible Flanagan was an intern for a House GOPer from Oklamhoma. Seems likely to pan out to me. Turning into a big story...

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Blogger skippy said...

it's hard out there for a pimp...

8:56:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

That rule of law stuff gets chucked out the window by the wingers when it interferes with corporat welfare.

7:25:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Goddess forgive me for enjoying another's misfortune so very much. That creep ruined so many lives with his bogus vids, it nice to see him get some comeuppance.

10:48:00 AM  

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