Remember James O’Keefe? He’s the young buck who became famous for catching all those ACORN criminals on tape talking about breaking the law to setup a house full of illegal underage prostitutes. Now he’s in jail for illegally entering Senator Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office under false pretenses in what looks like a failed attempt to plant a listening device on her telephone line. What. A. Dumbass.
From HotAir here:
According to the FBI affidavit, Flanagan and Basel entered the federal building at 500 Poydras Street about 11 a.m. Monday, dressed as telephone company employees, wearing jeans, fluorescent green vests, tool belts, and hard hats. When they arrived at Landrieu’s 10th floor office, O’Keefe was already in the office and had told a staffer he was waiting for someone to arrive.
When Flanagan and Basel entered the office, they told the staffer they were there to fix phone problems. At that time, the staffer, referred to only as Witness 1 in the affadavit, observed O’Keefe positioning his cell phone in his hand to videotape the operation. O’Keefe later admitted to agents that he recorded the event.
They then told the staffer they needed to perform repair work on the main phone system and asked where the telephone closet was located. The staffer showed the men to the main General Services Administration office on the 10th floor, and both went in. There, a GSA employee asked for the men’s credentials, after which they stated they left them in their vehicle.
The US Marshalls swept up four men, O’Keefe included. The story continues at Nola here and says:
The four men appeared in federal magistrate court Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Louis Moore wearing red inmate jumpsuits from St. Bernard Parish Prison. Moore is allowing the men to be released on $10,000 bond each.
Even if these four men had strong suspicion of crimes being committed by the Senator, you do not enter a Federal building under false pretenses and absolutely do NOT try to bug the freakin’ phone lines! This kid probably just ended any career aspirations he had in politics and he will likely never get a security clearance. And he may end up with a couple of years in the Big House. And one thing’s for sure- of all the prisons in the US to pick to spend a few years hiding from rapists, you don’t want the one in New Orleans. Dumbass.
UPDATE: Alaska Infidel has it right. The original headline said he was in jail for attempted wiretapping of the Senator’s phone system. According to the FBI affidavit, he was jailed because he aided and abetted malicious interference of the Senator’s phone system.
It is interesting to note that the NOLA story quoted above that an “anonymous official” said that one of the four was busted with a listening device. I haven’t heard much more on that, but a listening device can be something as simple as an iPod touch with skype installed.
An official close to the investigation said one of the four was arrested with a listening device in a car blocks from the senator’s offices. He spoke on condition of anonymity because that information was not included in official arresting documents.
However, I maintain that O’Keefe was a dumbass in this attempt to do whatever journalistic stunt he was planning. It obviously failed epicly. I think the prevailing message coming from Breitbart and O’Keefe is that the stunt was supposed to catch Landrieu not answering telephones, which, who cares if she doesn’t? Bad planning and worse execution for a gotcha story that really doesn’t matter much.