Saturday, January 30, 2010
So I was distressed to learn this past week of his arrest, along with three other young people, in the office of a senator in New Orleans. Somehow, I knew the immediate press judgments of Mr. O'Keefe and the lack of detail surrounding the story meant that there was probably more to it than met the eye. If the press had asked me (which they didn't) what I thought of the whole thing, I would have said I needed to wait until I had more information.
When the left says tolerance, and keep an open mind, they don't really mean that for themselves, do they? Did they allow their minds to remain open about James O'Keefe? Did they give him any tolerance?
Oh, and conservatives are distancing themselves. Yes, since they asked O'Keefe to give a speech next week when he'll still be under orders to remain at home, since they need a new speaker for the event, the press labeled that "distancing". Yes, that seems fair and tolerant and unbiased of the press.
My first thought was not, "Oh my gosh, the guy who busted Acorn is busted so let's discredit the heck out of him and 'distance' ourselves from him." First of all, we still believe in innocence until proven guilty in this country. Or at least, I do. Apparently the press and the left leaners don't.
My first thought was, Who is this senator, and why were James and his friends interested in her? What's going on in that office? A question I still find inadequately addressed by the press. Her phone's been off the hook? Her constituents can't reach her? Is she ignoring the voices of those she represents whom she disagrees with? What's going on there?
Secondly, I find it amazingly funny that the press runs away with the "wire tapping" story, when there was no evidence of what exactly the young people were trying to do there. I think wire tapping can be done without going directly into an office and asking to look at the phones. Duh! If you were trying to be secretive, would you actually operate that way? Obvious to me is the fact that the boys WEREN'T there to wire tap. Wire tapping, it seems to me, could be done quite effectively in secret. I bet the networks are digital these days. I bet Chloe Sullivan would be able to hack into the system and find out what's going on via the computer. THEN the FBI could trace the hack and someone would REALLY be arrested for "digital wire tapping" or whatever they call it. The fantastic thing is, when someone thought of the words wire tapping, everyone else did, too. And no one stopped to think, oh, wait a minute--I don't think people actually "wire tap" anymore. Or if they do, they don't have to physically go into the office to do it.
So then, could it be possible that until we hear from the four boys, we really don't understand the situation or what they were trying to do? Could that even exist as a possibility in people's minds for a little while? I hear there will be a hearing on Feb 17, I wonder, could we wait till then to find out what it is they were trying to do?
And one more thing. The FBI. Why were they there? I mean, yes, the four were there, and yes, they weren't telephone repair people. But they didn't have weapons, they weren't threatening anyone, they didn't seem to have any violent tendencies, nor did they resist arrest. They didn't appear to have made off with anything of value, nor did they even attempt to take anything. So, the FBI. Again, why? Local police couldn't have come by and asked, What are you boys doing here? Have the FBI been following James and his friends around? Have THEY been "wire tapping" or following them on Twitter or Facebook, or hacking into their cell phones, just to see what they're cooking up next? Hmmmm. Because O'Keefe is so dangerous, exposing government fiscal corruption and senators ignoring their constituents is such a violent crime, I suppose.
Despite the press, I am, now more than ever, interested in hearing from James O'Keefe.
You can listen to a podcast interview where I talked with James here.