New Wave Conservative Activists Arrested & Charged in Louisiana
On January 25, 2010, James O'Keefe, Joe Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, the son of the acting U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan in Shreveport, Louisiana, are alleged to have surreptitously entered the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and have been arrested for being involved in tampering with the phones at the office.
Senator Landrieu's office is located in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans.
The four men arrested have been groomed in what is being referred to as new wave activist conservative journalism by the Leadership Institute, founded in 1979.
Founded in 1979 by veteran Republican activist Morton Blackwell, the Leadership Institute has worked with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove and Grover Norquist. The group raked in $6.6 million in 2008, according to its most recent publicly available IRS filings, which doesn’t list donors.
In October 2009, Republican Representative Pete Olsen of Texas and 31 other Republicans honored James O'Keefe and his partner, with a resolution in Congress.
The resolution stated in part the James O'Keefe, " .... “display(ing) exemplary actions as government watchdogs and young journalists uncovering wasteful government spending.”
Mr. O'Keefe is best known as the man who posed as a pimp, secretly taping ACORN employees in 2009.
A sworn affidavit regarding the phone tampering incident states the four men were " .... falsely and fraudulently representing themselves ...." as telephone company employees.
Please click here to view a copy of the FBI affidavit offered by Special Agent Steven Rayes of New Orleans, Louisiana.
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