Hidden camera pimp James O‘Keefe arrested, tries to bug Senator’s phone
Las Vegas Democrat Examiner
James O'Keefe, the now infamous pimp with a hidden camera who is best
known for his undercover set up of ACORN workers last year, was arrested with three others and were charged with entering
federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.
In an FBI affidavit James O'Keefe, Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan were arrested Monday. Special Agent
Steven Rayes said O’Keefe was helping two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who were dressed as employees of
a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office’s telephone system, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans
reported Tuesday on its Web site.
The FBI claim that the four plotted to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building
in downtown New Orleans.
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
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 affidavit, 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.
After being asked, the staffer gave Basel access to the main phone at the reception desk. The staffer told investigators
that Basel manipulated the handset. He also tried to call the main office phone using his cell phone, and said the main line
wasn't working. Flanagan did the same.
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.
Federal Marshalls arrested the four soon after.
There is no end to the illegal activities right wingers will go discredit Democrats and now O‘Keefe the darling of
Fox News and his gang will be facing federal charges.