Wednesday, January 27, 2010

James O'Keefe Arrested

Note:   Due to a few minor computer issues, this post was intended to go up much earlier
Via Memeorandum
NOLA broke the big news that set the blogosphere on fire today, James O'Keefe arrested along with three others for entering federal property under false pretenses and another more serious charge:
Whoever willfully or maliciously injures or destroys any of the works, property, or material of any radio, telegraph, telephone or cable, line, station, or system, or other means of communication, operated or controlled by the United States, or used or intended to be used for military or civil defense functions of the United States, whether constructed or in process of construction, or willfully or maliciously interferes in any way with the working or use of any such line, or system, or willfully or maliciously obstructs, hinders, or delays the transmission of any communication over any such line, or system, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
 The FBI affadavit outlines the sequence of events leading up to O'Keefe's arrest and appears quite damaging:

O'Keefe became famous when he and Hannah Giles  posed as a pimp and a prostitute in order to report on corruption at ACORN.  Andrew Breitbart, who first released the tapes that uncovered the corruption at ACORN discovered through Giles and O'Keefe's investigative reporting, has issued a statement:
“We have no knowledge about or connection to any alleged acts and events involving James O’Keefe at Senator Mary Landrieu’s office.  We only just learned about the alleged incident this afternoon.  We have no information other than what has been reported publicly by the press.  Accordingly, we simply are not in a position to make any further comment.”
Breitbart was interviewed  by Hugh Hewitt where he revealed O'Keefe has been paid by Breitbart in the past and Breitbart holds  first rights of refusal  for O'Keefe's work.  Breitbart maintains he had no knowledge of O'Keefe's actions in New Orleans and hadn't spoken to him for several weeks.
Michelle Malkin reported immediately and issued the following caution:
But for now, let it be a lesson to aspiring young conservatives interested in investigative journalism:
Know your limits. Know the law. Don’t get carried away. And don’t become what you are targeting.
 Michelle also had this video embedded of an eight minute local news report:

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