Accused along with 3 others accused of attempting to bug Mary Landrieu’s office.
Department of Justice Press Release
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2010
United States Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
Contact: (504) 680-3000
NEW ORLEANS—JOSEPH BASEL, age 24; ROBERT FLANAGAN, age 24; JAMES O’KEEFE, age 25; and STAN DAI, age 24, were charged in a criminal complaint with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony, announced the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
According to the complaint, which was unsealed earlier today, the arrest of FLANAGAN, BASEL, O’KEEFE, and DAI took place after BASEL and O’KEEFE attempted to gain access to the New Orleans office of United States Senator Mary Landrieu on January 25, 2010, while posing as telephone repairmen. According to the complaint, FLANAGAN and BASEL were each dressed in blue denim pants, blue work shirts, light green fluorescent vests, tool belts, and construction-style hard hats when they entered the Hale Boggs Federal Building, located at 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Once in the building, FLANAGAN and BASEL sought access to the offices of Senator Landrieu. O’KEEFE was already present in the office, holding a cellular phone so as to record FLANAGAN and BASEL.
This just seems pretty fishy to me. Would the guy be that dumb after breaking such a big story on ACORN not knowing that he’d be on the radar of many left wing groups? I guess time will tell, or not. I’m sure he’ll be enemy #1 to prosecute.