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someone should define “legal” to James O’Keefe

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Is it legal to break the law in order to prove a point that it is too easy to break the law? Or if you break the law because you want to prove a point about breaking the law, are you still accountable because you broke the law?

James O’Keefe must believe it is okay to act illegally if you are doing it for the sake of journalism (or at least “journalism”). That must be his defense, right? Because voter fraud is illegal, and if you videotape yourself committing voter fraud and then put that footage on the internet, well, you cannot deny you committed voter fraud. So how else can he defend himself? Think of it this way: “It’s against the law to steal, so if you go out and steal and then put up a video and say, ‘Look, I stole something,’ that’s a crime.”

Did you hear this story? It’s fascinating in a “god you’re stupid” kind of way.

The conservative activist James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas pals voted in the New Hampshire primary election, using the identity of dead people and having no ID. He claims he wanted to show the laxity of voting laws that do not require ID and how fraud in our elections is blah blah blah. Instead, well, he might be in serious trouble. Like going to prison trouble. Because, as we mentioned above, voter fraud is illegal. And so is identity theft. Does it matter why you did it? There are all kinds of laws to prosecute voter fraud, but also pretty strict wiretapping and eavesdropping laws in New Hampshire, which “specify that it is illegal to record an election official without permission.” Well, now there are 10 minutes of video footage all over the internet that do nothing but show the group committing voter fraud and illegally videotaping election officials over, and over, and over.

So, congratulations James. You might have proven your point that it’s too easy to vote as someone else. But by doing it, you proved an ever bigger point. You’re a dumbass, and if you go to jail, I won’t feel too sorry for you. Which may just inflate your ego and boost your “neo-con cred.” But, oh well.

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Written by Christopher ZF

January 12, 2012 at 13:53

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