Right-Wing ACORN Activist Arrested

MassResistance will be hosting a fundraising banquet in early March where right-wing “journalist” James O’Keefe is scheduled to be a featured guest speaker:

James O’Keefe is an investigative journalist and filmmaker. He came to national prominence in 2009 when he filmed and produced an investigative report that helped expose corruption within ACORN — including ACORN employees providing individuals they believed to be involved in an international under-age prostitution scheme with advice on how to break the law. Congress voted to defund ACORN shortly after the videos were released.

James began his career as a journalist as the founder and editor-in-chief of The Centurion at Rutgers University. He has helped start over a dozen campus newspapers nationwide. His past projects include an investigation of Planned Parenthood, where his reporting exposed the organization’s willingness to ignore apparent instances of statutory rape and eugenics-based racism. He currently posts as VeritasVisuals (on YouTube), and blogs at BigGovernment.com.

Whether or not O’Keffe actually manages to make this engagement remains to be seen, because it looks like he just got himself in a lot of trouble:

The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.

FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O’Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office’s telephone system.

A fourth person, Stan Dai, was accused of aiding and abetting Basel and Flanagan. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.