Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ACORN videographer James O’ Keefe arrested

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James O’ Keefe, the man who setup the ACORN undercover videos, has now been arrested by FBI after an alleged failed attempt to bug Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) phones.  O’ Keefe and three other men have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent to commit a felony.  O’ Keefe reportedly tried to videotape the three other men who were dressed as telephone company employees.  Two of the men tried to manipulate the phones in Landrieu’s office.  When one official asked for the men’s credentials they tried to leave in vehicle only to later be arrested by the Marshal’s Service.
James O Keefe (right) and Hannah Giles (left) used undercover cameras on ACORN.  AP Photo, Big Government
James O' Keefe (right) and Hannah Giles (left) used undercover cameras on ACORN. AP Photo, Big Government

After O’ Keefe released his undercover videos of ACORN many liberals accused him of breaking the law by secretly recording the employees.  In addition many accused the released videos of being very heavily edited in such a way as to only show the most incriminating evidence against ACORN.  The ACORN organization subsequently filed a lawsuit against O’ Keefe and his partner, Hannah Giles, alleging a violation of civil rights.  Evidence also emerged that the two had been kicked out of two ACORN offices and reported to the police.
The conservative media was quick to come to the defense of O’ Keefe and Giles at the time.  Various organizations like Newsbusters promoted a legal defense fund for the pair.  Sean Hannity defended the pair’s actions going as far as to joke about breaking Hannah Giles out of jail if she was convicted.
Now that O’ Keefe has been arrested on separate charges it will be interesting to see if conservatives still hold him up as a martyr of the cause.  If O’ Keefe’s recent actions are approved of by conservatives one might ask if there is any line that can not be crossed in an effort to embarrass liberals.

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