Filmmaker Who Outed ACORN in Prostitution Sting Arrested
Based upon other news reports:
A news release from the US Attorney's office in eastern LA said the four men walked into Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans on Monday. Flanagan and Basel were dressed as phone repairmen. O'Keefe was already in the office with a cell phone camera recording his alleged accomplices.
"Because the details of yesterday's incident are part of an ongoing investigation by federal authorities, our office cannot comment at this time," said Aaron Saunders, Landrieu's communications director.
Calls to the FBI and U.S. Atty's office in New Orleans were not immediately returned. If convicted, all 4 could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250K fine.
Also, based upon early blog reporting, Flanagan appears to be linked to the Pelican Institute. O'Keefe was reported to have addressed the group this past weekend. Flanagan's attorney believes his client is employed by the Pelican Institute.
O'Keefe on Thursday gave a speech to the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, a libertarian group in New Orleans.
Last fall, O'Keefe was hailed as a conservative hero for dressing as a pimp and taping ACORN employees offering advice on how he and a partner could get away with running an international under-age prostitution scheme.
The New Orleans event was promoted with this glowing statement about O'Keefe by the Pelican Institute: "James has been a pioneer in the use of new media to drive these kinds of important stories. He will discuss the role of new media and show examples of effective investigative reporting."
The blog report also pointed to a Stan Dai based in Washington who may fit the profile one would expect for one of O'Keefe's accomplices. However, it is unconfirmed as to whether or not it is the same Dai who has been arrested as a result of the alleged wiretapping scheme.