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Morning, City Desk.
Bad news: Police are “fairly confident” they’ve found the remains of Morgan Harrington, the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who disappeared in October after getting separated from her friends at a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. The remains were found at Anchorage Farm by owner David Bass, who said he was out checking fences on a remote part of the property he visits only about once a year. Virginia State Police said the body has been taken to a forensic lab in Richmond so it can be identified and a cause of death confirmed.
How’s this for a twist in the story plot of the guy who played the pimp in the undercover pimp-and-prostitute ACORN video that got the liberal grassroots group in hot water with Congress? Said guy, James O’Keefe, 25, has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly trying to bug the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).
The Washington Post writes:
Federal investigators allege that James O’Keefe was among a group of four men who created a ruse to enter Landrieu’s downtown office for the supposed purpose of repairing the lawmaker’s telephones. O’Keefe and another man, Stan Dai, are accused of aiding the plot, while two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, are accused of pretending to be telephone company employees, according to federal court records (PDF) unsealed today.
All four, including O’Keefe, were arrested Monday and charged by federal prosecutors with entering federal property under false pretenses and with the intent of committing a felony. If convicted, Flanagan, Basel, O’Keefe and Dai face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
How’d they do it? Wearing a tool belt, of course! From the FBI press release:
FLANAGAN and BASEL were each dressed in blue denim pants, blue work shirts, light green fluorescent vests, tool belts, and construction-style hard hats when they entered the Hale Boggs Federal Building, located at 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Once in the building, FLANAGAN and BASEL sought access to the offices of Senator Landrieu. O’KEEFE was already present in the office, holding a cellular phone so as to record FLANAGAN and BASEL. Once inside Senator Landrieu’s reception area, FLANAGAN and BASEL told a member of Senator Landrieu’s staff that they were telephone repairmen, and they requested access to the main telephone at the reception desk. FLANAGAN and BASEL then manipulated the telephone system. FLANAGAN and BASEL next requested access to the telephone closet because they needed to perform work on the main telephone system. They were directed to the main office of the United States General Services Administration, also inside the Hale Boggs Federal Building, where they again represented themselves to be employees of the telephone company and stated that they needed to perform repair work in the telephone closet. Both FLANAGAN and BASEL stated that they had left their credentials in their vehicle….
ACORN’s reaction on Twitter to O’Keefe’s arrest: “Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving soul.”
The GW Patriot, a journal of politics and culture at George Washington University, reports that Stan Dai was a former editor there; Robert Flanagan is the son of the acting U.S. attorney for the western district of Louisiana. Whoops.
If you missed it yesterday, check out Rend Smith‘s police blotter, “Officer to Burglary Suspect: Stop Resisting Arrest (and Grabbing My Junk).”
And don’t forget about the street closures on Capitol Hill tonight. Some big speech going on.