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Landrieu office arrests: Did they want to get caught?

The bugging attempt looks so very, very clumsy that it's hard to believe the conservative perps didn't want to get caught, and succeeded in doing so. Why would they want to do that?

Well, if they shopped around for a sympathetic judge -- and it's hard to believe they couldn't find one in Lousiana -- they'd have a tremendous platform to espouse their cause, and get the full winger martyrology treatment, too.

Just a cynical thought. And it's not like it hasn't been done before.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

you are scaring me.

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Submitted by Valley Girl on

you think these current perps are playing 11 dimensional chess? I say not.

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According to the FBI affidavit, Flanagan and Basel entered the federal building at 500 Poydras Street on Monday about 11 a.m., 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 affidavit, 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 Flanagan and Basel went in. There, a GSA employee asked for the men's credentials. They said they left them in their vehicle.

The U.S. Marshal's Service apprehended all four men shortly thereafter.

Perhaps the question to ask is: What was this a diversion for?

An investigation into Landrieu's phone system and its integrity would involve subpoenaing call histories, any glitches in the local network? What are they pointing to, through this buffoonery?