Conservative Video Trying To Prove Border Insecurity Laughably Backfires

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On Monday, Project Veritas, the brainchild of perennial wolf-crier James O’Keefe, released a ‘bombshell’ of a video. In the video, O’Keefe is shown crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. In what is supposed to expose fully how easy it is to cross the border for dangerous terrorists, O’Keefe dons an Osama Bin Laden mask and then crosses the Rio Grande without being stopped by border patrol agents. Considering that O’Keefe was assisted in his ‘sting’ video by a local sheriff, to say this whole thing is an idiotic setup that should NOT be taken seriously is an understatement. However, as soon as it was released, conservative news sites and blogs started hyping the video as another great investigative achievement by O’Keefe and his organization.


Per Adam Weinstein at Gawker, O’Keefe relied on Sheriff Alvin West to give him information about how the border is not secured. Weinstein helpfully highlighted West’s history to reveal the type of person he is. He also pointed out how wrong West and O’Keefe were in the video when stating that there are miles and miles of unpatrolled stretches of the border.

Here are some fun facts you may not learn about West from O’Keefe’s fawning video treatment: The sheriff is famous for arresting celebrities, from Willie Nelson to Fiona Apple, whose pot-filled tour buses use the nearby stretch of Interstate 10; he’s been found guilty of illegally arresting an El Paso police officer and violating his civil rights; and he has a reputation for being a right-wing and anti-immigrant media hound who calls President Obama “full of shit.”

Since 2005, West has gotten so much money for border protection that he’s hired five new deputies and cut crime in half. But EVIL illegals and the DRUG CARTELS who run them are ready to DO MURDER any day now, West says. “[S]ome question whether his other salty tales are based firmly in reality or instead are constructed to drive millions in state and federal money to his department’s coffers,” the Texas Tribune has reported.

All in all, a perfect source for James O’Keefe.

Weinstein also points out that, unlike Jorge Ramos in a piece for Fusion TV last month, O’Keefe conveniently doesn’t show any footage of the perilous hazards, obstacles and patrolled roads that migrants need to cross in order to get to the shallow stretch of the Rio Grande he shows in the video.

Weirdly, in his “six mile” trip from the river border to I-10, O’Keefe’s video never shows him crossing the well-patrolled road that runs parallel to the river, the multiple irrigation canals, the well-maintained parcels of farmland, the two-lane Highway 192 (also called “Esperanza Road,”) or any of the other obstacles that stand between the border and I-10 in every place there isn’t already a permanent outpost. (You can see them for yourself on Google Maps.) Although, at one point, you can see miles and miles of truck-tire tracks in the dirt around O’Keefe and West on the U.S. side of the border, where they’re talking about how desolate and unprotected it is.

Nope, all O’Keefe does is show him speaking with West, claiming that there aren’t enough agents on the border and then does his little skit where he crosses the Rio Grande twice, once dressed as Bin Laden. He doesn’t show how he makes the six-mile trip to get to the river. He shows footage along the U.S. border and states that agents are nowhere to be seen. Of course, the AP has a photo of Border Patrol agents patrolling that exact same area where he and West were standing and lamenting the lack of security. All in all, it is just more of the same from O’Keefe — a heavily-edited video with no real context that is meant to show some kind of evil truth that liberals want to keep secret.

We’ve been down this road with O’Keefe many times. Thankfully, aside from conservative media, nobody really takes him seriously anymore. After legitimate media sources had been pulled into his ACORN scam, which actually led to the organization’s dismantling despite them eventually being vindicated of any wrongdoing, more scrutiny was placed on his little sting videos. After he had to settle with a former ACORN employee for invasion of privacy after misrepresenting his actions and statements on video, along with his pleading guilty to a reduced charge regarding his break-in at Senator Mary Landrieu’s office, mainstream media basically said they were done with O’Keefe.

Apparently, due to this lack of faith in his ‘work,’ O’Keefe is now forced to beg for money to finance his videos. With the lack of mainstream interest in his special brand of investigative journalism, O’Keefe is asking for donations on the Project Veritas website to cover the expenses of this latest video. O’Keefe is claiming that he spent $74,242 and he is looking to recoup the funds. It looks like he doesn’t have big donors bankrolling his little endeavors anymore. I guess that’s what happens when you constantly burn bridges and make those who support you look like idiots down the road.

51 Replies to “Conservative Video Trying To Prove Border Insecurity Laughably Backfires”

  1. Its just incredible what extent these right wing radicals will go to just to make the POTUS look bad, a point they would have NEVER considered when GW was is office. Oh I know, dubya was always right, as far as the brain dead are concerned.

  2. I say one thing for these un American baggers. They do know how to grift and they know their marks.

    You can be quite sure some poor white people in their trailers will send him a donation from their welfare checks.

  3. Our president said something that the conservatives have yet to latch on to and spin. But Mourning JoKe had to put in his 2cents worth and called Obama’s remarks partisan and not correct. What Obama stated that can be proven, is that the Republicans are anti-science, anti fact anti climate control and espouse an ideology that is based on emotion rather than pragmatism. On the other hand Democrats do not espouse or even believe the conspiracy theory and embrace such an anti reality agenda. Here is another event to prove our president and we Sane Democrats are the only ones in our…right minds..

  4. Wish the Mexican Authorities had arrest O’Keefe for illegally entering their country. I O’Keefe was in a Mexican do you think he would feel safe? Hehhe

  5. Well, the ‘bomb’ part of ‘bombshell’ is probably right. I mean, it can’t be that easy to cross the border.

  6. Of course they had to choose a secluded spot to shoot the video. If O’Kweef had been shot by militia members because he looked Muslim they would be terribly off-message:

    “Yee Haw! I done shot me a mooslum! USA! USA!”

  7. All the right does, when not lying, cheating, and stealing to win elections, is fear monger.
    No wonder their voters cling to their guns. Fox news, politicians, right wing radio talk show host, book writers, have them fearful of EVERYTHING!!

    Why bother getting up in the morning? No wonder they cling to their guns, they live in fear 24/7. That’s a terrible way to live.

    Now here comes O’Keefe, dressed in a ridiculous looking Osama bin laden getup adding to the fear. Now the fear factor has been upped a notch. No wonder the right has so many batshit crazy people!

  8. Does anyone know what he spent $74,242 on? Burritos? Burros?
    He has been caught lying to may time I am shocked even the RWNJ’s believe anything he says

  9. Oh yes O’Keefe did pull his insane stunts while Bush was in office.

    The right-wing was outraged that Federal funds were going to ACORN and ACORN was using those funds to register people to vote.

    This is the O’keefe that dressed up like a pimp, with his girlfriend dressed up like a prostitute and they visited several ACORN offices in an attempt to “prove” how corrupt ACORN was and video taped their “interviews”.

    Based on the “video” (awful) and “information” (false) gathered by this creep, the Republicans were able to get a bill passed to defund ACORN. Which pleased the right-wing no end. They practically danced in the isles. Can’t have those damn people registering Democrats to vote.

    So this a..wipe is at it again. When does this crap stop. Sorry for the language, but this is totally disgusting.

  10. I have warned my family and friends, that I no longer will allow hate spewed towards us by Republicans, family, friends or not.

    It rocked the family and they’re still baffled as to why I would say such a thing.

    I provided examples of their behavior one time, and I will no more.

    It’s over, there’s nothing we can do to change their warped alternate reality, but I don’t and won’t accept the name calling, snickering & tension whenever there’s a family function.

    Stated to them plainly, your hatred ruins all gatherings, where my wife and I are the targets.

    Therefore, be warned that anytime in the future, if you call us a name or start an argument you will be required to leave our home, and we will no longer join functions if you’re in attendance.

    If you continue, especially towards my wife (their blood family member) I will call the police.

    Enough is enough, facts, reality, misery and all Republicans’ brought to the country, and I’m supposed to take it from them?

    Get …

  11. Why are so many teapublicans domestic terrorists? They seem to want violence when they’re caught in their lies and cheating.

  12. Is he allowed to leave the country now?

    I know he illegally left the US and then reentered it illegally, sans U.S. Customs… but, during that time when he changed into the OBL costume, could he have picked up a planted parcel to safely carry it into the US undetected?


    So the questions are:

    1) Is he even permitted to leave the country, or is his parole status over?

    2) Are there no problems for someone who knowingly leaves the country and re-enters it?

    3) Could he have carried something back, that was undetected?

  13. I wonder why he and those like him always pick the Mexican border. Why didn’t he do this on the Canadian border. Couldn’t a terrorist also come across there or is it just dark skinned Indian Mexicans that he hates? Osama terrorists can come through Canada as well, but then this is Texas, isn’t it? Remember the Alamo and how them Mexicans attacked us Americans on American land—wait, wasn’t it still Mexico then? I forgot that God gave us the right to take what we want through Manifest Destiny. We continue our historic and racist legacy using God for our excuse.

  14. If O’Keefe was to be shot by militia members while doing a stunt like that I would call it poetic justice after I stopped laughing so hard at it.

  15. I kept waiting to see how this video backfires, yet he proves his point. The border is not secure, he walked across it. He was not shot. He was not arrested.

    “Wish the Mexican Authorities had arrest O’Keefe for illegally entering their country. I O’Keefe was in a Mexican do you think he would feel safe? Hehhe”

    But he wasn’t and that was his point. The border is open. Wide open. So open Children have to search out the border patrol to get arrested.

  16. How does anyone even know he was at the border with Mexico? He could have been lots of other places and just lied. Seems he is good at that.
    I thought he was on probation. Isn’t this a violation of his probation?
    He should be in jail.

  17. They have to rile up the lowinfo gunnuts somehow. You should have to pass an IQ test before getting a gun. That would cut our guns down about 95 percent.

  18. Alvin,

    Did you read the part about the sheriff being in the middle of this stunt? That is not undetected.

    Law Enforcement change positions and have multi-jurisdictions on the Border.

    It is called HIDRA – high intensity drug trafficking area

    This has been a ‘thang’ for 20 years.

  19. The children dont get arrested. The idot Keefe had the entire thing set up with the sheriff. DO you think everyone is as as stupid as you? Do you think anyone was going to arrest him there with a sheriff there? Did you miss out on how set up the entire fake film was?

    Are you kidding?

  20. How laughable is it when we have well over 10 million illegal aliens in this country who have successfully done what O’Keefe demonstrated?

    What is tragic and sad is the length to which people who support these illegals in gaining amnesty without consequences that are equal to the crime. And yes, all 10 million committed a crime, and yes not all came in under B.O’s watch but he should be closing the border not accelerating the influx of aliens.

  21. We spend so much time parsing out factions and spewing devisive speech that we forget to look at the facts. We are all Americans first and we need to stop fighting eachother and start looking at the threats that face us. If we don’t we are no longer Americans with differing opinions but prisoners of the invaders that take control.

  22. Memo to Sheriff Alvin West:

    The state of New Hampshire has an outstanding warrant for James O’Keefe on the charge of VOTER FRAUD.

    James O’Keefe knowingly tried to Vote in the state of New Hampshire in 2012 using FAKE ID.

    Please ARREST James O’Keefe as soon as Possible.

  23. He should have paid a coyote to help him cross so that he would have been left for dead like the real immigrants crossing into this country.

  24. So who is going to work in all those jobs that American’s are too lazy to to work in? So what is a farmer going to do when all he haves is a white population to hire from when he knows that 99 percent of them would rather be broke than actually be working?

  25. We only have this man-child’s word for it that he actually filmed this at the border. Given his propensity for lying, there’s no reason to believe he was ever there.

    “A tree is a tree and a rock is a rock. Shoot it in Griffith Park.”
    –Samuel Goldwyn

  26. EXACTLY!! I can walk 2 miles in any direction from my front door and find creeks,brush and terrain like that even though I live 1500 miles from the area he supposedly traipsed around in….
    I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out he filmed it in his own backyard…..somewhere in or near dumbfu*kistan.

  27. Well, duh. Of course it is that easy to cross. That is how thousands do it every day. They just walk across. No fence along most of border, and woefully to few border patrol. Anyone could make a video like this, with a Osama mask on just like he did.

  28. It takes a special kind of stupid to be fooled twice by this idiot.

    “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”

  29. It’s white pimp daddy. Is he still alive? I would have thought he’d pissed off somebody enough by now not to be. Maybe that’s why the disguise.

  30. Of course the border is secure! That’s how tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arrived here. Oh… wait.

  31. The Soviet Union, East Germany etc. managed to do it.

    Online live satellite images and volunteer watchers who would call in locations. There would be plenty of volunteers. Think outside the box. Oh, wait…it’s the government.

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