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Was James O’Keefe Victimized By Tyrannical Government Police?

It is starting to seem this way.  We know how O’Keefe works — clever, over the top scenarios that prove the hypocrisy and law-breaking of the elitists in power stealing our taxpayer money.

Seems increasingly like that was his M.O. with Project Landreiu.

From Patterico: Looks like law enforcement and James O’Keefe’s supporters agree: he did not intend to wiretap Mary Landrieu:

A law enforcement official says the four men arrested for attempting to tamper with the phones in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) were not trying to intercept or wiretap the calls.

Even the Washington Post is now walking back their hysterionic reporting. Again from Patterico:

Earlier versions of this story incorrectly reported that James O’Keefe faced charges in an alleged plot to bug the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu. The charges were related to an alleged plot to tamper with a phone system. The headline incorrectly referred to a plot to bug the phone and a caption incorrectly referred to an alleged wiretap scheme.

Patterico continues:  So there was no intent to wiretap. Let’s dispel that idea now. Nobody is claiming he was trying to bug Landrieu. Everyone who compared this to Watergate was wrong, wrong, wrong — and should be embarrassed. Period.  The only question now is what he and 3 other men did intend to do.

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Precisely.  And the other question that I want to know is this:  What does James O’Keefe know about the Senator or her staff that resulted in Mary Landrieu wanting to call in the Federal thugs to stop that information from getting out to the public?

I predict that pretty soon MSNBC will no longer report on this story.  Why?  Because it will become a DEMOCRAT scandal.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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18 Comments

  1. Was James O’Keefe Victimized By Tyrannical Government Police?

    Not so much. Did the left wing media and blogosphere go into hysteria out of something that’s looking ever more trivial? Yeah, pretty much.

    Comment by V the K — January 28, 2010 @ 9:45 am - January 28, 2010

  2. Allahpundit and Ace think we now know a bit more about what O’Keefe was up to. Start here:
    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/27/revealed-what-okeefe-was-really-up-to/

    Allah summarizes:

    Ace’s post not[es] the two subtly but crucially different possibilities here. If theory one is correct, that O’Keefe and company were trying to determine whether Landrieu’s staff had disabled the phones at any point to avoid angry voters, then arguably they didn’t “interfere” with anything. If theory two is correct, that O’Keefe and company intended to disable the phones themselves to see how the staff would react, well, that sure sounds like “interfering.”

    Either way, it sounds like a well-ish-meaning but possibly ill-conceived stunt gone awry.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 28, 2010 @ 10:16 am - January 28, 2010

  3. Let’s face it, all charges will be dropped, because he is poor white trash. This Tuesday, James O’Keefe was arrested by the FBI, for entering a federal property under false pretenses with the intent to commit a felony and maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated and controlled by the United States of America. They were dressed up as telephone company employees with tool belts and fluorescent jackets. It appears to be a bungled attempt to wiretap the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, in Louisiana and paid by Andrew Breitbart.

    Comment by Milton — January 28, 2010 @ 2:14 pm - January 28, 2010

  4. It makes no difference if O’Keefe knew something bad about the senator or not. The law is the law, something I think most conservatives would agree on, and I give kudos to Michelle Malkin and even Glenn Beck for spelling it out very clearly – this was a crime, no matter how noble the goal may have been. If Landrieu’s sins were so onerous surely there are ways to expose them without committing a felony. This notion that he must have known something Landrieu wanted to hide is a dead end because it is totally irrelevant.

    Imagine for a moment, if you will, that this had been a group of American-born Yemenis breaking into your Republican senator’s office. Even if they had all sorts of reasons to believe that senator had done something terrible, imagine the uproar. And it would be justified, because this is a crime, no matter who commits it. Maybe your perspective is clouded because you like O’Keefe, but justice doesn’t work that way. A felony is a felony is a felony, period.

    Comment by richard — January 28, 2010 @ 2:42 pm - January 28, 2010

  5. Imagine for a moment, if you will, that this had been a group of American-born Yemenis breaking into your Republican senator’s office.

    Actually, let’s make it better. Let’s make it a group of American-born thugs and criminals who were standing outside a polling place with weapons, threatening voters of a certain skin color and using racial epithets — with several witnesses around and on tape.

    What happens? No investigations. No arrests. No charges. Case closed. Barack Obama, the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Obama administration, the Obama Party, and liberals stated that this is not a problem, even though it clearly is a violation of Federal law.

    So clearly, richard, you and your Obama Party DON’T think something is a crime regardless of who commits it. In fact, you are supportive of people who commit crimes and proactively dismiss charges against them as long as they do so in support of your Obama regime.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 28, 2010 @ 4:56 pm - January 28, 2010

  6. I see. Two wrongs make a right. Let’s abandon the notion of criminality altogether. An odd response, but then, what else can you say? Like, someone is accused of a crime, and you defend him because in the past someone else was accused of a crime and justice wasn’t served. Interesting and telling. Thanks.

    Comment by richard — January 28, 2010 @ 5:47 pm - January 28, 2010

  7. I see. Two wrongs make a right.

    Actually, Richard, you don’t see, because you have yet to declare the example I provided a wrong.

    When you come back and state that Barack Obama, the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Obama administration, the Obama Party, and liberals were wrong in the case I cited and that the behavior was indeed criminal and that it is a problem, then you may try making that argument.

    You are the one who denies criminality, Richard. Your hypocrisy on these matters and your support of this voter intimidation make it clear that you are nothing but a partisan bigot. Furthermore, if partisan bigots like yourself are going to turn a blind eye to criminal activities against law-abiding citizens and voters, why should those citizens and voters not respond in kind? You expect us to obey the laws while you and your thugs do not?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 28, 2010 @ 5:53 pm - January 28, 2010

  8. They may well be wrong. From what I read in that link you provided, it seems that two men pointed a stick at people and cursed. I condemn this and if they committed a felony they should be charged. I fail to understand why we are talking about this, however. If the Justice Department screwed up, they should be condemned for it. But are we sure that is what happened? Maybe there’s more to it than that.

    First of all, a Justice Department spokeswoman told the Independent it has obtained an injunction prohibiting the man who brandished the night stick from doing so again, and added: “The top career attorneys in the Civil Rights Division determined that the facts and the law did not support pursuing the claims against three of the defendants.”

    Also, it’s not obvious why the Obama DOJ would feel compelled to intervene on behalf of a group of fringe activists — the New Black Panthers don’t even have a formal tie to the Black Panther party that became famous in the 1960s — or in what sense the men can even be considered “political allies.”

    Finally, it’s not clear who the men sought to intimidate. As Weigel wrote, Obama won the precinct over McCain by 596 to 13. In 2004 and 2000, George W. Bush won 24 and 8 votes respectively. So the intimidation effort doesn’t seem too have been too well targeted.

    Now, maybe you’re totally right and there was a gross miscarriage of justice. It happens, and O’Keefe, too, may walk. But to frame the issue as if we should only look at the O’Keefe case in comparison to the Black Panther case is an interesting proposition.

    Furthermore, if partisan bigots like yourself are going to turn a blind eye to criminal activities against law-abiding citizens and voters, why should those citizens and voters not respond in kind? You expect us to obey the laws while you and your thugs do not?

    I request that you please reread my comments and tell me on what basis you conclude I am a “partisan bigot” and a “thug”? Is this, in your opinion, truly indicated by my words, and if so, which words did you find thuggish or bigoted? For now, I have to guess that this is a matter of projection. I am not a bigot; I am a gay guy who writes an anti-communist blog and have never before been called either a bigot or a thug, but maybe I said something I wasn’t aware of that led you to think I’m both. If so, my sincere apologies for any misunderstanding.

    Comment by richard — January 28, 2010 @ 6:33 pm - January 28, 2010

  9. No matter how you look at, my opinion is that O’Keefe is being victimized by Obama-controlled law enforcement for the felonies the kid committed during his righteous crusade to prove that somebody wasn’t answering the phone.

    Comment by D. Aristophanes — January 28, 2010 @ 7:30 pm - January 28, 2010

  10. No one forced him to trespass with the intent to commit a felony, should the charge be true. To try to blame this on Obama in any way is utterly and completely bizarre. Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck have said the same.

    Comment by richard — January 28, 2010 @ 8:12 pm - January 28, 2010

  11. I request that you please reread my comments and tell me on what basis you conclude I am a “partisan bigot” and a “thug”?

    With pleasure.

    Note how you respond to an activity where you have no video, no real evidence, a cryptic description, and no real idea as to the charge.

    And it would be justified, because this is a crime, no matter who commits it. Maybe your perspective is clouded because you like O’Keefe, but justice doesn’t work that way. A felony is a felony is a felony, period.

    Now view how you respond to a situation in which multiple witnesses in affadavits have confirmed what is known to be an outright felony violation of Federal law caught and easily shown on video.

    From what I read in that link you provided, it seems that two men pointed a stick at people and cursed. I condemn this and if they committed a felony they should be charged. I fail to understand why we are talking about this, however.

    In short, if they are white, taking video, and don’t support Obama and the Obama Party, they are automatically guilty of a Federal crime.

    If they are black, waving weapons and threatening violence, and do support Obama and the Obama Party, they aren’t committing a crime at all.

    Now, Richard, let’s demonstrate your partisan bigotry. Since you insist that what your fellow Obama partisans and thugs did is not a crime, how about we post white people with sticks in front of polling places and have them yell at black voters, “You about to be ruled by the white man, n****r”?

    Would you support that? Would you say that the Department of Justice was wrong to prosecute it and should ignore it?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 28, 2010 @ 11:45 pm - January 28, 2010

  12. You have put words in my mouth. I said if the men threatened people and cursed, if they broke the law, they should be punished. The bigotry you ascribe to me is projected because you can’t conceive of a liberal being un-bigoted. But there was no bigotry in my words, only in your tortured extrapolation of them. I am against any breach of the law, whether it’s by air-headed liberals or conservatives, and why you are seeking to paint me with a brush of bigotry is utterly beyond me, as is your hostility. I asked you to quote words where I demonstrate I am a bigot or a thug. Your proof are these words of mine:

    From what I read in that link you provided, it seems that two men pointed a stick at people and cursed. I condemn this and if they committed a felony they should be charged. I fail to understand why we are talking about this, however.

    I’ll leave it to others to decide whether those words are outrageous, bigoted or indicative of thuggishness. This is a post about four men in New Orleans who attempted to commit a felony, or at least so it appears. And if the affidavit is correct, there is a victim to their crime (government property). I am still not clear why you then divert the discussion to a crime from last year in DC in which it’s not even clear who the victims were. And even if there were victims, how is it relevant to whether O’Keefe and his band of merry men sought to commit a felony?

    I see we aren’t going to get very far. But I think everyone can see pretty clearly what you’re attempting to do.

    Comment by richard — January 29, 2010 @ 12:25 am - January 29, 2010

  13. This is what makes matters rather interesting, Richard.

    I am still not clear why you then divert the discussion to a crime from last year in DC in which it’s not even clear who the victims were.

    Let us refresh your memory.

    The episode—which Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, calls “the most blatant form of voter intimidation I’ve ever seen”—began on Election Day 2008. Mr. Bull and others witnessed two Black Panthers in paramilitary garb at a polling place near downtown Philadelphia. (Some of this behavior is on YouTube.)

    One of them, they say, brandished a nightstick at the entrance and pointed it at voters and both made racial threats. Mr. Bull says he heard one yell “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!”

    In the first week of January, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring voters with the weapon, uniforms and racial slurs. In March, Mr. Bull submitted an affidavit at Justice’s request to support its lawsuit.

    So let’s see. You got the city it happened in wrong. You deny there were any victims when you have people in plain sight making affadavits.

    Did you even read the link? Or did you just see that Barack Obama, the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Obama administration, the Obama Party, and liberals stated that it wasn’t a problem and start spinning from there?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 29, 2010 @ 12:51 am - January 29, 2010

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  15. I would like the same question answered… Why call the feds, and not the local PD? What was the exact timeline of the arrest, and who were the first responders? This thing stinks.

    http://makesmybrainitch.blogspot.com/2010/01/confused-by-okeefe-arrest.html

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