Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe: Facing Jail Time for Exposing ACORN's Corruption?

ACORN doesn't seem to care that a man interested in running for Congress wants to organize an underage sex trafficking ring. In fact, they are quite willing to help him and his prostitute girlfriend out by giving them advice on how to get housing and claim the young El Salvadorian sex workers as dependents on their taxes.

If ACORN cares so little about the integrity of our nation's future leaders, what does that say about their support of our current leaders? ACORN and Obama have a long history together. That's not an outright indictment of Obama or his policies, but an indictment of ACORN's motives and judgment when it comes to identifying a worthy candidate. I hate to sound like a broken record, but ACORN offered housing help and tax cheats to a man who said he planned to run for Congress after he made enough money by pimping his prostitute girlfriend and her dozen or so underage El Salvadorian charges.

Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe posed as a prostitute and her boyfriend pimp with his sights set on Congress in order to expose ACORN's corruption in a way that conservatives crying, "FOUL!" over and over again could not.

On September 10, 2009, posted video and a transcript of two ACORN employees advising Giles and O'Keefe on how to set up a phony business for the prostitute in order to establish a history of work income so she can qualify for housing assistance. The tax specialist takes great care in selecting the business code for the prostitute, finally settling on "Performance Artist." When the couple share that they plan to bring 13 underage El Salvadorian girls into the country for the purpose of working in the sex trade, the tax specialist assures them that they can claim up to three of the young girls as dependents (but not all 13, because that would "raise a flag" to the IRS) and receive child tax credits.

Naturally, ACORN's response to the airing of the video and transcript was to fire the two workers and insist that they were a couple of bad apples in the shiny ACORN barrel, and not representative at all of the organization.

That was a pretty good story, until yesterday, when O'Keefe and Giles made public their video from the Washington, D.C. ACORN Housing office. The two reprised their roles as pimp/boyfriend/Congressional hopeful and prostitute, with very similar results.

ACORN now claims that the whole effort was masterminded by Fox - not the two young independent undercover journalists - in an effort to "smear" the good name of ACORN.

Let's take a look at that good name. ACORN:
  • is implicated in voter fraud in 15 states
  • has had many of its members indicted for said fraud, and more under investigation
  • has been ratted out by a Las Vegas area field director, who plead guilty and had 13 felony counts against him dismissed in exchange for his testimony
  • has received millions of federal dollars - your tax dollars - to operate their organization, the ethics of which are now being called into question
  • found "numerous discrepancies" in 888 of 1,400 voter registration cards - over half - collected by its own workers in Homestead, Florida
  • has been accused of campaigning for Barack Obama (Why is our current administration so hip to continuing to give federal funding to ACORN? Hmmmm...)
Now, it appears that the Maryland State Attorney General's Office may be preparing to prosecute James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles for their part in uncovering ACORN's corruption, citing laws against recording conversations and disclosing them.

What do you think? Should Giles and O'Keefe be prosecuted for their acts?

If they are prosecuted and, as ACORN claims, the filmmakers have ties to Fox, will Fox provide for their legal defense?

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Cathy said...

So what if it was Fox that was behind this? They weren't... Fox is the only network/cable company covering it... but again, so what? What those 2 young people did is just good old fashioned investigative journalism. Instead of blindly flying the flag of the Obama administration, others in the "news" industry should take note and expose more of the corruption in Washington.

The Gonzo Mama said...

My hunch is if they are prosecuted, they'll get a light sentence or possibly no jail time in consideration of the public outcry it would raise.

Even so, prosecution will skyrocket James and Hannah to a notoriety that allows them to take any media job they might ever want. They'll be the next Glenn Becks.

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Nickie Goomba said...

Elections have consequences. ACORN insured Obama's bif victory and they are owed Big Time. Holder and the Feds will insist that the states pursue prosecution if for no other reason than it will cloud the veracity of the charges.

The Gonzo Mama said...

@Nickie - I haven't had a chance to research it yet, but I'm wondering if the actions of O'Keefe and Giles may fall under a whistleblower statute of some kind. I don't know, at present, if Maryland has such a statute or not.

We'll see.