‘ACORN’ film-maker arrested by FBI in wiretap plot

Posted this afternoon by the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.

FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O’Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office’s telephone system.

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157 comments Add your comment

Gayelle

January 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

Looks like Obummer is getting back at O’Keefe for his criminal friends at ACORN. I hope you idiots are happy for voting for Obummer. Impeach Obama ‘10.

Courtney

January 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

Just like Hitler and Chavez. Fear the Left!

wesleywhatwhat

January 26th, 2010
4:26 pm

another right wing loony doing something illegal and immoral? SURPRISE!

Chris

January 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

Hey Gayelle,

Get a life and turn off Fox news. You don’t know nothing so quit talking!

wesleywhatwhat

January 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

oh, and look – some right wing loony comments trying to twist the story and spread fear. SURPRISE!

Brent

January 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

Just like when Clinton unleashed the IRS on Herman Cain, looks like the Dems have taken a page from Stalin. Perceived enemies of the state will not be tolerated.

Gayelle'saHater

January 26th, 2010
4:28 pm

You’re the idiot. Regardless of what you & others may say, He is your President of the United States of America. If you don’t like it you can go to New Orleans and purchase a passport, you can get it one day. And get the hell out!!!

Rob

January 26th, 2010
4:31 pm

Well, you idiots seemed happy voting for W so we are returning the favor. Funny how that works ain’t it? Its even funnier that this criminal got caught. BTW, who do yall plan on running in 2012, there does not seem to be many top notch candidates floating around without cheating scandals or the wrong religion.

Robert M

January 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Gayelle, impeach him for what? Maybe you should read the law to determine what an impeachable defense is. And it is amazing that you are blaming the President for someone’s illegal activities. I am SURE the President had something to do with this. Of course, he has nothing better to do than frame four guys.

GaBlue

January 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

I don’t get it. How exactly did Obama force those men to break existing laws?

rome

January 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Wow, I wonder if the GOP news network A.K.A. Fox News will cover this story. And if they do will they try to blaime obama for it

taxpayer

January 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Government going after the whislebloweres now……..We still know ACORN is wrong and needs to be disbanded. And the whole point of sharing ideas is that it IS MY country and I can speak up, protest things I do not like and vote for someone else soon enough. I am not some right wing nut. Until very recently I was a democrate. Somehow maturity and paying taxes changed my views.

Come on 2012!

January 26th, 2010
4:35 pm

Actually, one of the great things about this country is that we are free to criticize our leaders, and in fact are expected to when we disagree with them. Many of us disagree with the current tone and tenor (look it up, there’s no way you know what it means) of the government and can’t wait for our opportunity to do on a national scale what the good people of Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey have done on a state scale. The fact remains, if Obama had been O’Bama and irish american, jewish american, german american, or even good old, plain old american instead of african american, he would have been trounced during the primaries by the current Secretary of State.

Yahooooooo

January 26th, 2010
4:36 pm

This guy has finally gotten caught breaking the law. He glorifies in settting up politicians and organizstions to make himself look credible. Karma is a b****

irony

January 26th, 2010
4:36 pm

If O’Keefe was a liberal Oflaba would have made him his COS by now. We all know how much Oflaba loves those law breakers!!!

wpf

January 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

This is get back surprised it took this long.

Jack P

January 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Cool it people. Bush did it!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Taxpayer, do you even know what a Whistleblower is? It is a person who works INSIDE an organization who reports it?

Did any of the people making this video work for Landreui or ACORN?

Sounds like we need more taxes for education so your children don’t grow up to be as stupid as you are.

And it sounds like the knee jerk defense of the Water Gate Plumbers idiot jr. cousin is yet another example of why MOST conservatives are not rational or reasoning beings.

CenterisGood

January 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

What is it about Left wing people. You ever notice how Lefty Hard Core’s are like the monkeys at the zoo slinging poo at the tourist.Why always so hateful and petty? Here’s to the next blogger blaming Bush for all our problem. Let’s ask Clinton about his great job in office too. I voted for Bill once and I voted for Bush too, so you hard left and hard righters can bite my cheeks. Obama is a narcissitic socialist. It’s just a fact, not a thought.

Come on 2012!

January 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

If the guy gets off for this, highly unlikely, my guess is that he will then ‘mysteriously’ get audited by the IRS. Jeremiah Wright and the rest of the Chicago mafia will make sure their puppet does not let this guy off.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

So noted:

Attention Democrats…it is now totally acceptable for all of us to illegally wire tap all Republican senators. Surely they have nothing to hide.

All the conservatives on this site will defend you as ‘whistleblowers.’

Mike

January 26th, 2010
4:40 pm

Rob says: Well, you idiots seemed happy voting for W so we are returning the favor. Funny how that works ain’t it? Its even funnier that this criminal got caught. BTW, who do yall plan on running in 2012, there does not seem to be many top notch candidates floating around without cheating scandals or the wrong religion.

Hey dude..um in case you missed it…the republicans just won a senate seat in Mass., so I think the backlash to socialist politics is under way already. I guess you and all of the other Obamabots like paying taxes to support people to lazy to support themselves. Here’s looking forward to a flashback of the Carter years when he screwed the demmies for the following twelve years!!!

Don't Drink the Kool Aid

January 26th, 2010
4:40 pm

“Get a life and turn off Fox news. You don’t know nothing so quit talking!”

Hey Chris…looks like your the one who “don’t know nothing.” Maybe they didn’t teach you what a double negative was before you dropped out of school.

RJ

January 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

Shame on CNN for putting this news on the front of their website and airing it on television. It took more than 4 videos and a lot of pressure for CNN to air anything about the original ACORN videos, but they are reporting this right away. I think there will be more to this story as if they were going after someone strong, they would have not chosen a moderate Dem. And yes, for those about to question me, Fox News is also reporting this.

Mary

January 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

Wow…Its funny how “they” try to blame and point fingers at OUR president. Blaming the president who’s been in office for a year cleaning up MESS Bush did for 8 years. Idiots…

Coon Dawg

January 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

Enter your comments here
Wiretapping is far less a crime than treason. Impeach Obama the muslim marxist pretender! Tar and feather Pelosi, Reid, Frank and Dodd! I hate communists!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

Hey mike ‘dude’ in case you noticed it Senator Zoolander had a lot of Democrats angry about the man (small m) failing to fight for health care reform. Don’t think we’re not going to be actively voting try and toss out Republicans who have sat on their ass and done nothing.

lmno

January 26th, 2010
4:44 pm

“Dems have taken a page from Stalin. Perceived enemies of the state will not be tolerated.”

Uh, these people tried to wire tap her office. They were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There is nothing partisan in that.

If they were trying to wire tap a republican senator, they would also be arrested.

But its interesting you say “Enemy of the State”. It sounds like “Enemy Combatant”.

And to those commentiing on Obama, his name is nowhere in the article. What are you talking about?

Josephine

January 26th, 2010
4:44 pm

@Courtney — Hitler was a right-winger.

Democratic Hack

January 26th, 2010
4:44 pm

Looks like the Democratic Hacks have taken over this site.

Kamchak

January 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Yeah RJ! Shame on CNN for calling out Hypocrites and actually doing their job instead of being fronts for whatever you want them to say and hear like Fox news!

butch

January 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Enter your comments here I LIKE TEDS COMMENT

Michael

January 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Hey Chris you dont know nothing? You sentence shows hom nuch you know.

GaBlue

January 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

I’m headed over to Isakson’s office now, dressed as a missionary with a fake campaign donation check from a fake anti-choice organization. While I’m there distracting him with my godly virtues, my collegue is going to slip some bugging devices around the office. Y’all don’t mind, do ya? Who’s coming with?

(just kidding! don’t send the cops after me. I’d never pose as an anti-choicer.)

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Hey Demo Hack,

Count the comments. Moronic Conservafreaks out number dems.

Burdell

January 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

Wow! I thought the discussions stooped pretty low between the Tech and UGA fans on the sports blogs…this has the sports blogs beat hands down!!

lmno

January 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

“Shame on CNN for putting this news on the front of their website and airing it on television. It took more than 4 videos and a lot of pressure for CNN to air anything about the original ACORN videos, but they are reporting this right away.”

I agree that the story involving the non-profit group ACORN was news and CNN dropped the ball by not airing it earlier. However, the first story was about a low level employee of non-profit organization giving advice on how to avoid income taxation for a prostitute, and the second is people entering a US Senator’s office by means of deception with the intent to illegally wire tap her. The stories do not compare.

Nope

January 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

Conservatives crack me up! You rant and rave about Obama, yet you support these baffoons for committing a felony. Your ire is a joke.

Democratic Dope

January 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

Josephine,

Hilter was a leftist
Grow up and read

1bighammer

January 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

Roosevelt, Kennedy, Clinton, and now OBAMA. Another in the Line of Democratic Presidents that used the IRS and or FBI to see retribution on their enemies.

He may be my President…buyt I don’t have to like him or his policies.

CenterisGood

January 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

ewh..ewh…there it is….there is it…. JACK P blaming Bush. I love it, it didn’t take long

anybody missing the point about ACORN? yeah the film maker is a dork for the illegal wire tap, but he didn’t make up the ACORN stuff.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

Democratic Dope,

Read yourself. Fascism is a mixture of business and the state ala what Roberts just did with the Republican funded effort to allow unlimited Corporate free speech.

You and all those like you are the fascists.

butch

January 26th, 2010
4:48 pm

I LIKE TEDS COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

1bighammer,

So, you don’t mind if I listen in on your phone conversations? Please post your phone number.

CenterisGood? Anyone missing the point about HYPOCRITES. You don’t get to pretend to be a concerned citizen and break the law to do so. A ‘dork’ for listening in on a United States Senator?

Would that make anyone listening in on Republicans ‘dorks’ but not change the backroom deals that they’re making with K street ‘dorky’?

Laughing at the Imbeciles

January 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

I love it! It only takes two paragraphs of a news story none of you know anything about for you to throw down your partisan gauntlets and began verbally assualting one another. Everyone can hide behind a keyboard and computer screen, but no one wants to do what it takes to implement real change. Bravo!

butch

January 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

PUTNEY SWOPE ANYONE?

Mike

January 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

Hey there AB vs Mexico (wrong citation by the way)…I look forward to both the demmies and repubbies voting each other out and making way for some libertarians to clean up the god forsaken mess started by W and now exacerbated by O. We need to cut taxes and stop giving handouts to every person to lazy to help themselves. Reward hard work and innovation and discourage lazeabouts…

jimbo

January 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

impeach obozo , get rid of peonlosi and reid. acorn is all about obozo and he is all about acorn.
Keep then stupid and keep them poor
and they will come back for more!

Oh, what about drug testing for welfare? A couple dollars will save thousands per year for each rejected. Thousands X Thousands.
Oh, sorry – that sounds racist.

Know guns, know peace, know safety.
No guns, no peace, no safety

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

I’m slamming people who defend wiretappers before anything else.

Laughing at imbeciles without laughing at the ACTUAL imbeciles is imbeciliy Laughing at the Imebelices.

Thus making you an Imbecile.