More on James O’Keefe Case

As I mentioned the other day, James O’Keefe has been charged under Title 18, Section 1036 of the U.S. Code, which prohibits persons from entering “any real property belonging in whole or in part to, or leased by, the United States… by any fraud or false pretense.”

A thing that strikes me about the James O’Keefe case is that people enter Congressional offices all the time under false pretenses. They say they want to talk to the staff or the Congressman in the District office, but once there, they stage a sit-in to stop logging, to demand climate change action, to demand an end to the Iraq War, or to demand sanctions against one country or another.

Yet, the media greets them as heroes and O’Keefe as a criminal.

ACORN, by the way, has a long history of orchestrating sit-ins. I’m sure its members don’t always come in and say, “Hi, I’m Jane Doe, I represent ACORN and I’m here to stage a sit-in. Would you mind terribly if I brought a few hundred of my friends in, too?” Obviously, Code-Pink has done it, too.

If at the end of the day the charges against O’Keefe are merely that he entered a federal office under false pretenses and all these lefties have denounced him for doing so, they’ll have denounced him for doing essentially the same thing they do all the time.

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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