Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dirty Tricks Embraced by the Republican Right: Beck and Breitbart's Friends O'Keefe Continue Watergate-esque Dirty Tricks!

You would think that the Republican Extreme Right would know better.

Breitbart himself confirms that the felonious O'Keefe was ON HIS PAYROLL when he committed his Felony along with 3 other felonious Right Wing extremists. Now the Republicans who supported O'Keefe and his tactics previously are ALL scurrying away, hiding any connections they may have had in the past.

Here is the affadavit.
O’Keefe and the others have ADMITTED to entering the government office under false pretenses. O’Keefe admitted to planning the operation.

According to the FBI affidavit, Flanagan and Basel entered the federal building at 500 Poydras Street about 11 a.m. Monday, dressed as telephone
company employees, wearing jeans, fluorescent green vests, tool belts, and hard hats. When they arrived at Landrieu’s 10th floor office, O’Keefe was
already in the office and had told a staffer he was waiting for someone to arrive.
When Flanagan and Basel entered the office, they told the staffer they were there to fix phone problems. At that time, the staffer, referred to only as Witness 1 in the affadavit, observed O’Keefe positioning his cell phone in his hand to videotape the operation. O’Keefe later admitted to agents that he recorded the event. After being asked, the staffer gave Basel access to the main phone at the reception desk. The staffer told investigators that Basel manipulated the handset. He also tried to call the main office phone using his cell phone, and
said the main line wasn’t working. Flanagan did the same.
They then told the staffer they needed to perform repair work on the main phone system and asked where the telephone closet was located. The staffer showed the men to the main General Services Administration office on the 10th floor, and both went in. There, a GSA employee asked for the men’s credentials, after which they stated they left them in their vehicle.

Here are the two statutes cited in the affidavit, incidentally: Sections 1036 and 1362 of Title 18. The former, entering federal property under false pretenses, is clear cut, which is probably why the four allegedly already admitted to it. The more serious charge is section 1362:

Whoever willfully or maliciously injures or destroys any of the works, property,
or material of any radio, telegraph, telephone or cable, line, station, or
system, or other means of communication, operated or controlled by the United
States, or used or intended to be used for military or civil defense functions
of the United States, whether constructed or in process of construction, or
willfully or maliciously interferes in any way with the working or use of any
such line, or system, or willfully or maliciously obstructs, hinders, or delays
the transmission of any communication over any such line, or system, or attempts
or conspires to do such an act, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
not more than ten years, or both.
Breitbart, Beck and Malkin as well as most other mainstream Republicans are RUNNING AWAY from O'Keefe and his cohorts. All of them supported them when they illegally taped and stung ACORN offices. Breitbart, Beck, Malkin and the other teabagger leaders promote this type of despicable and illegal behavior. Yet they run and hide when the their offspring get caught committing their crimes. Tsk Tsk! Shame on ALL of them!!


Dee said...

It’s a felony to even ATTEMPT to INTERFERE with any Federal telephone line. You don’t need to wiretap.

Additionally, it’s a felony to enter a Federal Building under false pretenses with the intention of tampering with any Federal telephone, fax, internet or communication line.

Vicente Duque said...

Psychologists study "Confirmation Bias" - This explains why millions follow the "Hate Merchants" : Beck, Limbaugh, Dobbs, Hannity, O'Reilly, etc ...

Before Limbaugh began to speak garbage his audience already existed and wanted to be confirmed in their Racism, Bigotry, Prejudices, Hatred, etc ...

Wapedia on "Confirmation Bias"

Some excerpts of a very long article with many derivations :

Confirmation bias (or myside bias [1] ) is a tendency for people to prefer information that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses, independently of whether they are true. [2] [3] People can reinforce their existing attitudes by selectively collecting new evidence, by interpreting evidence in a biased way or by selectively recalling information from memory. [4] Some psychologists use "confirmation bias" for any of these three cognitive biases, while others restrict the term to selective collection of evidence, using assimilation bias for biased interpretation. [5] [2]

People tend to test hypotheses in a one-sided way, focusing on one possibility and neglecting alternatives. [4] [6] This strategy is not necessarily a bias, but combined with other effects it can reinforce existing beliefs. [7] [4] The biases appear in particular for issues that are emotionally significant (including some personal and political topics) and for established beliefs that shape the individual's expectations. [4] [8] [9] Biased search, interpretation and/or recall have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme as the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs remain after the evidence for them is taken away) [10] , the irrational primacy effect (a stronger weighting for data encountered early in an arbitrary series) [11] and illusory correlation (in which people falsely perceive an association between two events). [12]

Confirmation biases are effects in information processing, distinct from the behavioral confirmation effect (also called self-fulfilling prophecy), in which people's expectations influence their own behavior. [13] They can lead to disastrous decisions, especially in organizational, military and political contexts. [14] [15] Confirmation biases contribute to overconfidence in personal beliefs. [9]

Vicente Duque

ultima said...

O-Keefe is an idiot as are all those who dream up this craziness or support his activities.

Dee said...

You and I agree about O'Keefe and this tactics!

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