Tuesday, January 26, 2010

James O'Keefe Arrested: ACORN Buster O'Keefe

James O'Keefe, one-half of the famous prostitute and pimp duo, who exposed ACORN for fraud and illegal services at numerous ACORN offices around the country last summer, has been arrested for allegedly, "maliciously" interfering with the telephones in Senator Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office.

O'Keefe was arrested along with Robert Flanagan, the son of acting U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan, Joseph Basel, and Stan Dai, each 24-years-old.

You'll remember that Andrew Breitbart and BigGovernment broke the ACORN story. Breitbart issued the following statement today:

“We have no knowledge about or connection to any alleged acts and events involving James O’Keefe at Senator Mary Landrieu’s office.  We only just learned about the alleged incident this afternoon.  We have no information other than what has been reported publicly by the press.  Accordingly, we simply are not in a position to make any further comment.”
An FBI arrest affidavit says the men, on or about January 25th:
...entered and attempted to gain entrance to the office and telephone system of the United Sates Senator Mary Landrieu, located in the Hale Boggs federal Building, Room 1005, 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
Dai is said to have "aided and abetted" Flanagan and Basel in the execution of the plan." A witness said James O'Keefe was already in the Senator's office when Flanagan and Basel showed up, and told Witness 1 "he was waiting for someone to arrive."

According to Witness 1, Flanagan and Basel said they were there to "fix problems with the telephone system," and she believed O'Keefe was taping the conversation with his cell phone.

Flanagan and Basel allegedly asked for entry to the main phone system. They told a second witness they needed to access the main phone system. Witness 2asked for credentials, which they said they left in their vehicle. The affidavit states that neither of the men are employed by the telephone company.

O'Keefe and Dai have also admitted to federal agents that they worked with Flanagan and Basel in the planning, coordination, and preparation of the operation." O'Keefe admitted to recording some of the conversation.

The affidavit states there is "probable cause" to believe there was "false and fraudulent pretense" to enter the Landrieu's office, and "maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated and controlled by the US of America," a violation of Title 18, US Code, Sections 1036, 1362 and 2." View the arrest affidavit pdf here..

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