Fox News: Sources close to O’Keefe say it’s “not a case of wiretapping”

posted at 4:26 pm on January 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

Offered as atonement for my own sloppiness in describing what happened yesterday in Louisiana. Breitbart is right: The affidavit didn’t accuse the group of “wiretapping” but of “willfully and maliciously interfering” with a government phone system, which may mean something less sinister in practice (albeit possibly still in violation of the statute). Sorry for the error. If it’s any consolation, WaPo’s reporter made the same mistake — the same reporter, in fact, who famously made the mistake (later corrected) of claiming O’Keefe had a racial motive in targeting ACORN. Fancy that.

You’ll be pleased to know that ace reporter David Shuster is on his way to New Orleans to report on this story firsthand, although it’s not clear why: On Twitter yesterday, he pronounced O’Keefe guilty and sentenced him to prison. What’s left to report? Exit quotation from Frum: “I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict: the James O’Keefe/Landrieu phone interference case will be resolved with a very stern talking to by a judge, no criminal record, and 100 hours of community service each for the four arrested young people.”


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I told you guys! They’ll be vindicated!

Apologetic California on January 27, 2010 at 5:20 PM

whoa something frum may be right on. Im shocked

ousoonerfan15 on January 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Frum is right (can’t believe I just typed that)

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM

BTW Allahpundit, I appreciate the retraction.

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Exit quotation from Frum:

olby would blow a gasket if that actually happens…

cmsinaz on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

It is barely a case of trespassing. The office is public. The big mistake was arresting them before they tampered with the equipment. Kinda like a ticket for intent to run a stoplight.

seven on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Frum!!!! (Khan)

portlandon on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit!

I think I heard that somewhere….

Oh well. If all else fails, there’s always the Chewbacca defense.

Rightwingguy on January 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

unless the judge is a very liberal clintonite and in the pocket of the libs…

cmsinaz on January 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

O’Keefe is a pimp. Landreau is a Ho.

I think it was just fate that brought them together.

Kasper Hauser on January 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Hmmmmm…….Phone interference??? Can hardly wait to see what the ‘real’ story is here

huskerdiva on January 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Heh, the media jackalopes sending crews to LA even though they couldn’t find ten seconds of airtime to mention ACORN a few months back.

Bishop on January 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM

whoa something frum may be right on. Im shocked

ousoonerfan15 on January 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM

He gets one per year. That’s his quota for 2010 – we can expect him to get back to being wrong on everything else now.

Midas on January 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM

O’Keefe is a pimp. Landreau is a Ho.

I think it was just fate that brought them together.

Kasper Hauser on January 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

lol

Midas on January 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM

portlandon

+1

Knott Buyinit on January 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM

James O’Keefe was just trying to install MajicJack in Landrieu’s office to comply with Obama’s spending freeze\cuts.

WashJeff on January 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM

The Washington Post has already printed a retraction saying the charges are not wiretapping:

Correction to This Article

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.

I see lefty heads everywhere, exploding, exploding. Nooooooooo. The humanityyyyyyyyy!

Rational Thought on January 27, 2010 at 5:26 PM

If it’s any consolation, WaPo’s reporter made the same mistake — the same reporter, in fact, who famously made the mistake (later corrected) of claiming O’Keefe had a racial motive in targeting ACORN. Fancy that.

So , you’re in good company..

the_nile on January 27, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I am less concerned with what O’Keefe did then I am with why he was targeting Landrieu. What’s going on?

Mark1971 on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

its still pretty dumb to be messing around with government offices.

tommer74 on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

I knew it wasn’t a case of wire-tapping… in so far as the affidavit doesn’t claim they were wire-tapping. They were only charged with “entering federal property under false pretense” (i.e.; claiming to be telephone repairmen.) And that’s only for two of the four… O’Keefe and the other dude were charged with aiding and abetting entering federal property under false pretense.

Enoxo on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

It is barely a case of trespassing. The office is public. The big mistake was arresting them before they tampered with the equipment. Kinda like a ticket for intent to run a stoplight.

seven on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

–He used false credentials/pretenses (sic) to gain access to a government building. That’s up to six months in prison and a fine even if he didn’t enter the building with an intent to commit a felony (which interfering or attempted interfering with the phones would be).

Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Andrew seems somewhat relieved in his comments, so I will take that as I already had… Wait and see.

di butler on January 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Without any ‘fire’ to go along with the ‘smoke’, the initial publicity of this is going to backfire (pardon the pun) on the SRM.

Juno77 on January 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I am going to sit and wait. Anyone with me? I gots the white (racist) cheddar popcorn and the ice tea.

upinak on January 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

100 hours of community service each for the four arrested young people.”

They can do some investigating journalism in those hours.

the_nile on January 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

You mean it’s not just like Watergate?

Emperor Norton on January 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM

unless the judge is a very liberal clintonite and in the pocket of the libs…

cmsinaz on January 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

I would think the trial would be in New Orleans, Louisiana. Does that answer your question?

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM

The best speculation I have yet read on the caper

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Very plausible! And all y’all who jumped down this dude’s back yesterday…tsk, tsk, tsk.

SouthernGent on January 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I’m working up a really good apology for my Eeyorishness in case this turns out to be some genuinely clever move on O’Keefe’s part instead of the monumental screwup I thought it was. For now – to all those who counseled “wait and see” yesterday… you were right!

Laura on January 27, 2010 at 5:30 PM

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

that is the best story so far. You are correct.

upinak on January 27, 2010 at 5:30 PM

He used false credentials/pretenses (sic) to gain access to a government building.
Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

The government uses false pretenses to gain access to to my wallet. ;-)

WashJeff on January 27, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Just like I said, the facts need to come out. Plenty of wimpy right-wingers wanted to hang him yesterday. Pretty sad.

echosyst on January 27, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I’d always said that you could bluff your way into most buildings with the right uniform, but these guys forgot that this was in Louisiana, where corruption and nepotism are a way of life.

When you give the contract for telephone systems in most places, you have not idea who is going to be the lowest bidder every year, so you get a lot of faces showing up at your door. But in a system rife with nepotism, like in Louisiana, if you’re not somebody’s cousin or uncle, you’re going to stick out like a 6th toe.

J_Crater on January 27, 2010 at 5:31 PM

WashJeff on January 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM

LOL

Mark30339 on January 27, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM

yes, i lived in slidell for a couple of years…that’s why i don’t know if frum’s prediction will come true…

cmsinaz on January 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

I’m sure cr666 and Grows Fins will be along as soon as Soros tells them how to spin this.

Prime Maytag method:

“sources close to O’Keefe” means that they are liars

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I’m going out on a lamb.

Daggett on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

The big mistake was arresting them before they tampered with the equipment. Kinda like a ticket for intent to run a stoplight.

seven on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

There is no crime of attempt to run a stoplight. There is a crime of attempt to interfere with a government phone system.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Exit quotation from Frum: “I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict: the James O’Keefe/Landrieu phone interference case will be resolved with a very stern talking to by a judge, no criminal record, and 100 hours of community service each for the four arrested young people.”

Eh, it better be more than that even if their story is what it is currently… 1 year minimum for stupidity’s sake… unless they have some wild accusations they want to make that makes doing what they did reasonable…

ninjapirate on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Are white males forbotten from visiting congress person offices? If they are imposters. where does that put Barry O?

seven on January 27, 2010 at 5:35 PM

yes, i lived in slidell for a couple of years…that’s why i don’t know if frum’s prediction will come true…

cmsinaz on January 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Stranger things have happened, of course. After all, in 2003 a Clinton-appointed Federal Judge in Manhattan ruled that Iraq played a role in 9/11.

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

100 hours of community service each for the four arrested young people.”

Maybe they can participate in voter registration activities. I hear there is this nice community organization with branches across the country that helps poor people…I think it’s called…SEED, or something like that.

Joe Caps on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

There is a crime of attempt to interfere with a government phone system.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

There’s an alleged crime. Keep in mind that law enforcement officials, such as the FBI agent who wrote out the affidavit, are tasked with getting an arrest, not proving the crime.

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

what did they tamper with?

there’s no mention of any wiretapping equipment in the arrest, it appears they went their to check and see why public office line was always busy, recording what happened.

they checked one phone in the office, probably to see if it had a dial tone, then asked to see the main phone bank to see if anything was amiss there.

They did enter on false premises, and will probably end up copping to a misdemeanor. People were protesting about inability to get through to the senator’s office, and that’s probably what Okeefe and friends were looking to find out about.

I’m thinking the Senator does not want a discovery done on if she was keeping her phone off the hook.

windansea on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Phone interference? Reminds me of a time when I would unscrew the mouthpiece from the handset of my parent’s phone. Hello??!!! Hello!!! Can you hear me!!???

Electrongod on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

–He used false credentials/pretenses (sic) to gain access to a government building. That’s up to six months in prison and a fine even if he didn’t enter the building with an intent to commit a felony (which interfering or attempted interfering with the phones would be).

Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

False pretense, yes.

But not false credentials. When they were asked to show ID, they said it was “out in the car”–i.e.; they didn’t have any.

If they were really there to try to wire-tap the Senator’s office, wouldn’t they have gone so far as to make fake IDs? That’s what makes me think they weren’t there to actually wire-tap (that, and they did not find any equipment on them for wire-tapping, just a random tool belt) and they were doing something else.

Enoxo on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

look at all the trolls….. hmmmm. They are like cockroaches, coming out to feed on the BS.

upinak on January 27, 2010 at 5:37 PM

There is no crime of attempt to run a stoplight. There is a crime of attempt to interfere with a government phone system.
crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Where ya been? There’s been a lot of great threads today about the Dems imploding, Obama going down in flames tonight, and Hillary upstaging her boss today. However, you choose to Troll about a young man who may have made a mistake. Gosh. How brave of you.

kingsjester on January 27, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I’m sure cr666 and Grows Fins will be along as soon as Soros tells them how to spin this.

Prime Maytag method:

“sources close to O’Keefe” means that they are liars

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Spin what? This has little to nothing to do with his guilt. It just means he’s accused of committing a different crime.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Heh. I detect the air hissing out of your balloon. Cheer up,…tonight will be an exciting time. Are you gonna be here on the open thread?

a capella on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Confused

There was little outrage regarding da pimp and his business plan with under age hoes. Now hehas an encounter with a matoore hoe, why the outrage?
She is obviously in a different price range.

seven on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Way to go Frum. I think that’ll be the only time I’ll give kudos to Frum on something.

cubachi on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

indeed…just heard that their court date is set for Feb 12th

cmsinaz on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

So,when does HomeLand Security move to
make O’Keefe and crew,as domestic terrorists!!!

canopfor on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

It’s obviously nothing too nefarious. No wiretapping even attempted. O’Keefe strikes me (from very, very, long range) as a pretty savvy guy; not the sort to walk a couple of associates into prison for small potatoes like proving Landrieu’s phones were off the hook. On the other hand, people do stupid things all time, so who knows? Wait for facts. Facts are good. We don’t have them yet.

Of course, the media doesn’t really bother with facts anymore, so – away they go!!!

jdp629 on January 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM

The best speculation I have yet read on the caper

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Good post and makes more sense than any other speculation or theory out there.

fourdeucer on January 27, 2010 at 5:40 PM

The media ignored the ACORN story. But they are on this story like white on rice. Funny how that works.

SoulGlo on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Okay.

I am waiting for the innocent explanation of why people would dress up in costumes, pretend to be phone repairmen and try to access the switching system for a Senators phone closet.

While someone else films them and someone else (maybe) waits several blocks away with a listening device.

I am sure there is a perfectly harmless explanation. A hundred reasons come to mind…..

Kasper Hauser on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

There’s an alleged crime. Keep in mind that law enforcement officials, such as the FBI agent who wrote out the affidavit, are tasked with getting an arrest, not proving the crime.

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

I know, I meant that the crime of attempt to interfere with a government phone system exists, not that O’Keefe committed that crime.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Spin what? This has little to nothing to do with his guilt. It just means he’s accused of committing a different crime.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

I’m not worried. Holder will be fair. Trial for James in New York City O.K. with you?

a capella on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

I have been saying for the last 2 days .This makes no sense .Some thing else is going on here and we may never know what.There is got to be a reason they choose this Senator.

thmcbb on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Right on schedule.

So you’re saying being accused of something automatically makes one guilty?

BTW, despite what your law professors at Moe Howard University taught you, running a stop light is a legal violation.

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Our own Allahpundit as quick to jump to conclusions about O’Keefe’s guilt as some lefty loon in the WaPo? Fancy that.

Norwegian on January 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

One other thought: If there really is a crime called “attempting to interfere with a government phone system” could the person responsible for making all of Landrieu’s phones ring “busy” when they weren’t busy, be guilty of violating that statute?

jdp629 on January 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

You know, I asked a question and then, in the other comments, I found my answer

“….like proving Landrieu’s phones were off the hook.”

Kasper Hauser on January 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

There is a crime of attempt to interfere with a government phone system.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Attempt? Intent?

What is this, MINORITY REPORT land?

picklesgap on January 27, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM
Heh. I detect the air hissing out of your balloon. Cheer up,…tonight will be an exciting time. Are you gonna be here on the open thread?

a capella on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

–I don’t watch State of the Union messages or political conventions. They’re a waste of time, just like watching the Oscars, Grammys, etc. What may be important is how people interpret/respond to them. And you won’t even start to know that for a few days.

(You’re right about the credentials. I had forgot they kept them in the car. But it’s still false pretences on its face, and they’ve admitted to that according to yesterday’s article).

Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:44 PM

David Douchester

Are white males forbotten from visiting congress person offices? If they are imposters. where does that put Barry O?

seven on January 27, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Such pathetic spelling errors should be verboten.

The Race Card on January 27, 2010 at 5:44 PM

its still pretty dumb to be messing around with government offices.

tommer74 on January 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Yes, there are more than enough very well paid government employees to mess around in government offices.

Jeckle on January 27, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Translation: My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who heard O’Keefe might get a wrist slap, and do 100 hours of community service. I guess it’s pretty serious.

portlandon on January 27, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Our own Allahpundit as quick to jump to conclusions about O’Keefe’s guilt as some lefty loon in the WaPo? Fancy that.

Norwegian on January 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

He didn’t jump. He read.

The Race Card on January 27, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Since we are all speculating, here is the best that I can come up with…

Maybe somebody made a call that was sketchy in one way or another from her office and the number was picked up on caller ID by the recipient of the call. Maybe they were trying to figure out which desk it came from???? That would explain why calls were being placed/received from a cell phone.

Joe Caps on January 27, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I know what they were doing
Heres their inspiration

macncheez on January 27, 2010 at 5:46 PM

jdp629 on January 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Seems like. And from an elected federal lawmaker too.

a capella on January 27, 2010 at 5:46 PM

One other thought: If there really is a crime called “attempting to interfere with a government phone system” could the person responsible for making all of Landrieu’s phones ring “busy” when they weren’t busy, be guilty of violating that statute?

jdp629 on January 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Bingo. That’s why some people think that Landrieu’s office will just let this one be quietly swept under the rug because, if O’Keefe et all go to trial, the office staff can be questioned about that and may be forced to plead the 5th.

teke184 on January 27, 2010 at 5:46 PM

So you’re saying being accused of something automatically makes one guilty?

Err no. Read the entire thread moron..

I know, I meant that the crime of attempt to interfere with a government phone system exists, not that O’Keefe committed that crime.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Ugh, and then there’s this.

BTW, despite what your law professors at Moe Howard University taught you, running a stop light is a legal violation.

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Yeah no sh** sherlock. But as I said, attempt to run a stoplight isn’t. That post was a mess, even for you.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:47 PM

There is a crime of attempt to interfere with a government phone system.

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Put is A-OK for the government to interfere private phone\cable networks (Net-Neutrality).

WashJeff on January 27, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Um, yeah……

About five seconds after i saw this on a blog, i read the article and noticed it didn’t say anything about wiretapping. Can’t help but wonder why so many on the right were so quick to help the left develop a narrative on this and it’s too late to say “oops sorry” now, the public will only remember O’Keefe and wiretapper. Good job.

clearbluesky on January 27, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Here’s the statute that they definitely violated, by the way:

18 U.S.C. § 1036: US Code – Section 1036: Entry by false pretenses to any real property, vessel, or aircraft of the United States or secure area of any airport

(a) Whoever, by any fraud or false pretense, enters or attempts to enter -
(1) any real property belonging in whole or in part to, or
leased by, the United States;
(2) any vessel or aircraft belonging in whole or in part to, or leased by, the United States; or
(3) any secure area of any airport, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The punishment for an offense under subsection (a) of this section is -
(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both, if the offense is committed with the intent to commit a felony; or
(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both, in any other case.

(c) As used in this section -
(1) the term “secure area” means an area access to which is
restricted by the airport authority or a public agency; and
(2) the term “airport” has the meaning given such term in
section 47102 of title 49.

Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:47 PM

. Hello??!!! Hello!!! Can you hear me!!???

Electrongod on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Yes, you have reached the party to whom you are speaking.

Jeckle on January 27, 2010 at 5:48 PM

“Ace reporter” David Shuster is neither an ace, nor is he a reporter.

David Shuster is a certified shill who seems to be right at home among the other insane asylum inmates running around MSNBC these days.

As to being a reporter, this assclown wouldn’t get anything he could “report” get past the Classified pages just next to the Psychic Network page off of any Grade B junk news tabloid taking up space at any local supermarket check-out rack.

pilamaye on January 27, 2010 at 5:48 PM

upinak on January 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I agree. I have no idea what occured, but I haven’t a great imagination. It would never evah have occured to me to pose as a pimp and whore and do to Acorn what those two did.
I have a funny feeling that perhaps the Louisiana machine is being played like a fiddle and it’s gonna be a whole lot of fun.
Again, don’t know what he’s up to, but the arrest may have all been part of the plan.
Please! Dressing as telephone repairmen and entering a public office under false pretense??? O’Keefe just “Ain’t that stupid.”

Chewy the Lab on January 27, 2010 at 5:48 PM

One other thought: If there really is a crime called “attempting to interfere with a government phone system” could the person responsible for making all of Landrieu’s phones ring “busy” when they weren’t busy, be guilty of violating that statute?

jdp629 on January 27, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Now that’s interesting…

I want to thank the MSM and the lefty blogosphere, though, for bringing ACORN’s corruption back to the forefront of people’s minds again. Their hysterical reaction to this story means that a few million more Americans woke up today connecting “ACORN” with “corruption.” That’s awesome. Oh, and a few million more Americans woke up today knowing that their democrat members of Congress turn the peoples phones off when the people are trying to reach their “representatives” and criticize them for taking bribes to vote yes on bills that will destroy the country. That’s awesome, too. So, thanks!

Rational Thought on January 27, 2010 at 5:49 PM

This was a gross violation of labor laws as it would have required at least 8 SEIC union employees to work on any government phones.

Jeckle on January 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Anyway, the question I haven’t seen anyone address is, if they weren’t attempting to tap the phone….what exactly were they trying to do? Fiddle around with it for giggles? Prank call someone?

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Seriously, AllahP, I never, ever heard you so excited as you were last night over the O’Keefe story.

DaydreamBeliever on January 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Oh, and a few million more Americans woke up today knowing that their democrat members of Congress turn the peoples phones off when the people are trying to reach their “representatives” and criticize them for taking bribes to vote yes on bills that will destroy the country. That’s awesome, too. So, thanks!

Rational Thought on January 27, 2010 at 5:49 PM

–Unfortunately, that wasn’t proven, was it, since all they were able to determine is their call on the cell phone didn’t go through.

Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Remember, this IS Katrina Mary Landrieu here, not Mary Poppins. Whatever the boys were up to, I bet it was something very interesting. Save some popcorn for me, upinak!

thebookkeeper on January 27, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Anyway, the question I haven’t seen anyone address is, if they weren’t attempting to tap the phone….what exactly were they trying to do? Fiddle around with it for giggles? Prank call someone?

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

um, to see if it was even connected? word is landrieu unplugged all the phones so no one in LA can call her. hence the affadavit. one guy tried to call the phone number while the other dude checked to see if it would ring. i bet they found proof that the phones were indeed disconnected….

picklesgap on January 27, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Maybe they wanted to put tape over the speaker in the handsets so they couldn’t hear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i kid…

Joe Caps on January 27, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Anyway, the question I haven’t seen anyone address is, if they weren’t attempting to tap the phone….what exactly were they trying to do? Fiddle around with it for giggles? Prank call someone?

crr6 on January 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

You missed the thread from this morning in the headlines. Good LT and myself laid out a case for what they were trying to do.

teke184 on January 27, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I wonder if her phone system is now working, anyone have the phone number?

SC.Charlie on January 27, 2010 at 5:53 PM

He didn’t jump. He read.

The Race Card on January 27, 2010 at 5:45 PM

The blogs swarmed on the story and the incendiary “tapping” word in the headline spread with it. If anyone had read the affidavit before posting, this mistake would not have been made.

The lefties spread misinformation this way, on purpose. For us, this was a terrible mistake and should be a lesson.

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 5:53 PM

The Race Card on January 27, 2010 at 5:44 PM

LOL. That white males phrase really nipped your nerves, didn’t it?

a capella on January 27, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Chewy the Lab on January 27, 2010 at 5:48 PM

5 bucks says you can now get through on any line to her office.
10 bucks.. they did a con call for all phones lines to link to one phone line, and then “Hung” the phone so after a few minutes, you get a busy dial tone.

I have quite an imagination. ;)

upinak on January 27, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Exit quotation from Frum:

But that would make Frum correct, and that really doesn’t seem possible.

azkenreid on January 27, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Please! Dressing as telephone repairmen and entering a public office under false pretense??? O’Keefe just “Ain’t that stupid.”

Chewy the Lab on January 27, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Here’s what O’Keefe did last time around (from a Fox News article): “Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.”

My guess is that O’Keefe didn’t realize there was a difference in laws between a government office and a regular office building.

Jimbo3 on January 27, 2010 at 5:55 PM

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