ACORN Filmmaker Busted

Ken AshfordCrime, Republicans1 Comment

Remember that conservative filmmaker who posed as a pimp, went into ACORN offices, and secretly recorded what happened?

Quite a coup for the guy, whose name is James O'Keefe.  He got to be on Fox, he pretty much dessimated ACORN (which, despite a few bad eggs, was a very worthwhile community organization), and just a few months ago, 31 far-right House Republicans introduced a congressional resolution to praise O'Keefe's work, claiming he was "setting an example for concerned citizens across America."

So what is Mr. O'Keefe doing now?  Getting snagged by the FBI:

The conservative young filmmaker whose undercover sting damaged a liberal activist group last year faces federal criminal charges in an alleged plot to bug the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

James O'Keefe was among four men who created a ruse to enter the lawmaker's downtown office, saying they needed to repair her telephones, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. O'Keefe used his cellphone to take pictures of two men, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who are accused in an FBI agent's sworn affidavit of impersonating telephone company workers. Stanley Dai is accused of aiding the Jan. 25 plot.

All four were taken to a suburban New Orleans jail and charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony. If convicted, each man faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Bugging a senator…..Well done, conservative model citizen!

UPDATE:  The Salt Lake City GOP has uninvited Mr. O'Keefe to this event:


…and even Glenn Beck weighs in against O'Keefe:

BECK: If they were doing that — that’s Watergate. Insanely stupid and illegal. … I haven’t heard his side, but you don’t do anything illegal, that’s Watergate territory. You just don’t do that. And besides that I don’t think you go dressed up — I mean it’s a senator. For the love of Pete, it’s a senator.

CO-HOST: First of all, it’s different than an ACORN office. Because you’re talking about a U.S. senator here! […]

BECK: It’s exactly the same thing I said for the state dinner. You must not allow — the Secret Service must come down on these peoples in the White House like a box of rocks. You don’t do anything to hurt security for the president or for a senator or anybody else. You don’t mess around with it. Ever, ever, ever, ever.We have enough [evidence] to, I believe, condemn.

UPDATE: Looks like one of the four break-in boys, Stan Dai, is the same Stan Dai who once wrote an anti-feminist piece called "The Penis Monologues".