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“The ACORN Journalists” Arrested for Allegedly Impersonating Civil Servants and Attempting to Bug Louisiana Senator Landrieu’s Office

Posted by invizweb on January 27, 2010

from AlterNet, by Joshua Holland

Four young right-wing activists were arrested by Federal marshals for attempting to bug the Louisiana Senator’s office.

James O’Keefe, the young right-wing activist who posed as a pimp to “break” the ACORN “scandal,” has been arrested by the FBI, along with three alleged accomplices, for attempting to bug the New Orleans offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

According to a federal affidavit, O’Keefe, along with Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24 years of age, entered the federal building on Monday dressed as telephone company repairmen. According to the Times-Picayune, O’Keefe had entered the office and told a staffer that he was waiting for someone else to arrive. The three other men wore “jeans, fluorescent green vests, tool belts, and hard hats.”

By accounts, it was a clownish operation. Basel and Flanagan said they were there to repair a phone problem, gained access to the phone system, and were caught when they told a General Services Administration employee that they’d left their credentials in the car. According to the Times-Picayune, O’Keefe attempted to record the entire incident on his cell phone.

The rest is here.

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