James O’Keefe, Violent Agitator
[su_r_sky_ad]If you happen to stumble upon right-wing media – online or on the air – when the topic turns to the ugly picture of institutional racism in Ferguson, Mo, you will inevitably hear the term “violent agitator.”
That label can now be applied accurately to troublemaking reactionary activist James O’Keefe, whose latest, dangerous scam for “Project Veritas” [sic] was exposed by an employee he had fired for refusing to go along with it.
[O’Keefe] is being accused of trying to incite anti-police protesters by saying, “I wish I could kill some of these cops,” to provoke them into making outrageous statements.
A former top staffer with Project Veritas, Richard Valdes, said the incident occurred in January, when an undercover operative assigned to infiltrate the protest groups was given a script that included the startling comment.
Valdes said he was fired by the group’s founder, James O’Keefe, for not following through on the bizarre assignment.
Valdes said Veritas assigned a Muslim undercover agent pretending to be anti-cop to attend protest meetings and utter the following statement: “Sometimes, I wish I could just kill some of these cops. Don’t you just wish we could have one of the cops right here in the middle of our group?”
But the undercover agent refused, according to Valdes.
“I will not say words that will jeopardize my entity, especially when they involve an illegal act of ‘murdering police,’ ” the agent wrote in a Jan. 9 e-mail to Valdes and cc’d to O’Keefe.
Valdes claims O’Keefe, known for hidden-camera tactics against liberal groups, fired him “because he was unhappy with me for being unwilling to strong-arm the guy to do his dirty work.”
Valdes and his lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, are threatening to sue for wrongful termination.
“Project Veritas would never do anything that we believe would incite violence against police officers. Anyone suggesting otherwise is clearly unfamiliar with our body of work,” Veritas spokesman Dan Pollack said.
Does anyone else find it a little ironic that O’Keefe’s stunt was outed by the arch-conservative tabloid The New York Post?
Roctuna March 18th, 2015 at 9:34 am
OK, the straight line is “How can you tell if James O’Keefe lying?”
The punch line is…..
Larry Schmitt March 18th, 2015 at 10:12 am
Roctuna March 18th, 2015 at 1:55 pm
I was hoping to trigger a wave of witty replies from all the usual clever suspects. Didn’t work out that way today, except for you.
tiredoftea March 18th, 2015 at 3:35 pm
His lips are moving.
Hirightnow March 18th, 2015 at 4:31 pm
There’s a “y” in the day’s name.
Rush Limbaugh says “I” or “me” more than 10 times on his show.
There’s a black man in the President’s office.
He’s saying something.
William March 18th, 2015 at 9:35 am
Wait-a-minute, I thought Jimmy and his crack team of Faux news investigators were in the slammer or something.
StoneyCurtisll March 18th, 2015 at 4:19 pm
They all look really good in orange~!
jybarz March 18th, 2015 at 9:44 am
I hope a$$hole O’Keefe gets it instead of the cops soonest! What a low-life!
Larry Schmitt March 18th, 2015 at 10:16 am
Would O’Keefe be satisfied if one of his people used that line, and some off-his-rocker cop beat the guy up, or worse? And would he take responsibility for it? We know the answer to that one. O’Keefe is not about responsibility.
illinoisboy1977 March 18th, 2015 at 10:35 am
If you send a man out into a crowd and give him a script to read, you’ve acted with criminal intent to incite violence. Your agent doesn’t even have to commit the act, for you to be criminally culpable, because there was intent behind your action. If it can be proven that O’Keefe really did this, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Larry Schmitt March 18th, 2015 at 10:49 am
Haven’t heard that one in years. I always liked, “If their brains were dynamite, they wouldn’t have enough to blow their nose.”
Pilotshark March 18th, 2015 at 11:45 am
That`s a good one as well. it also fits.
anothertoothpick March 18th, 2015 at 10:56 am
Who is sponsoring this guy? Where is he getting the money to pursue his insanity!
jasperjava March 18th, 2015 at 11:44 am
No doubt from one of those shadowy Koch Brothers front groups.
tracey marie March 18th, 2015 at 2:09 pm
brietbart finances some if not most of his stunts.
anothertoothpick March 18th, 2015 at 2:30 pm
That makes sense.
tracey marie March 18th, 2015 at 2:46 pm
I remeber when brietbart was a semi human and mentoring o’keefe.
bluejayray March 19th, 2015 at 12:16 am
Well, as much sense as that combo can possibly make.
oldfart March 18th, 2015 at 10:57 am
i would much rather see o’keefe on the receiving end of a riot stick.
I’d even watch faux news to see it.
bluejayray March 19th, 2015 at 12:15 am
I wouldn’t put it past him to don blackface and infiltrate the crowd. He IS, after all, the master of disguise. My favorite so far is his little pimp suit. I’m going to love it when his butt finally is sitting in a prison cell.
tracey marie March 18th, 2015 at 2:07 pm
Wasn’t he bragging about how dangerous his next stunt would be…send this trash to the garbage heap
tiredoftea March 18th, 2015 at 3:37 pm
As if we need any more proof that the right is utterly unconcerned with anything other than its own petty pranks, along comes this sleaze for another gulp of attention.
JimmyPete March 18th, 2015 at 3:54 pm
isn’t this punk on Federal Probation?
StoneyCurtisll March 18th, 2015 at 4:18 pm
Was on probation..;(
StoneyCurtisll March 18th, 2015 at 4:15 pm
Seems like O’Queefe may be falling out of grace with certain parts of the right wing media.