Not surprised they took this one step too far, just wondering what took so long.Activist filmmaker arrested in senators office
Man who exposed ACORN accused of seeking to wiretap Landrieus phones
NEW ORLEANS - A conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos shone a spotlight on alleged corruption by the liberal activist group ACORN was arrested with three other men and accused of plotting to wiretap the New Orleans offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.
The FBI said in an affidavit that James OKeefe was among the four men who were arrested Monday. Special Agent Steven Rayes said OKeefe was helping two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who were dressed as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the offices telephone system, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported Tuesday on its Web site.
Flanagan is the son of William J. Flanagan, the acting U.S. attorney for western Louisiana, a Democratic official told the political newspaper The Hill.
The fourth man was identified as Stan Dai. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.
An FBI criminal complaint charging the men was unsealed Tuesday, and a magistrate set bond at $10,000 each after they made their initial court appearances wearing red prison jumpsuits.
None of the defendants commented on the allegations in court.
"It was poor judgment," Robert Flanagan's lawyer, Garrison Jordan, said in a brief interview outside the courthouse. "I don't think there was any intent or motive to commit a crime."
Eddie Castaing, who represented O'Keefe, Dai and Basel, said he had no details on the allegations.
"We are just grateful that they were not detained ... and they can go home to their families," he said.
OKeefe, who calls himself an investigative journalist and filmmaker, made a sensation on YouTube last year when he produced reports exposing alleged corruption within the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which promotes housing for low-income people.
OKeefe was in New Orleans last week to give a speech at the Libertarian Pelican Institute. A witness on Landrieus staff told the Times-Picayune that OKeefe showed up in Landrieus office Monday and claimed to be waiting for someone to arrive.