Longtime conservative provocateur James O’Keefe apparently attempted to have an employee of his go undercover and spew cop killing rhetoric, at a January “Black Lives Matter” rally in New York City. The allegations first surfaced on Tuesday, when the New York Post reported that Richald Valdes, an ex-employee of O’Keefe’s, was considering suing his former boss, for wrongful termination.
Valdes, a former top staffer with O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, claims he was fired for failing to coerce a Muslim employee, Mohammed Alhomsi, to go undercover and impersonate a cop hater at a New York City protest. The Muslim operative was given a script which included the lines:
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?
However, the employee balked at the assignment and he e-mailed both O’Keefe and Valdes, stating:
I will not say words that will jeopardize my entity, especially when they involve an illegal act of murdering police.
Valdes claims he respected Alhomsi’s objection to the assignment, but he contends that O’Keefe then fired him, “for being unwilling to strong-arm the guy to do his dirty work”.
On Friday, Talking Points Memo released portions of e-mail transcripts supplied to them from Valdes’ attorney. According to those transcripts, O’Keefe supplied his undercover agent with the following script, to use to incite protesters during the demonstration:
As a minority and a Muslim, I know what it’s like when the police treat me unfairly. They have even searched my little daughter’s body. Can you believe that? Do you know what it’s like to have your rights violated because of the color of your skin or because of your name? -PAUSE-
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? -PAUSE-
What would you do if we could get Officer Pantoleo (who killed Eric Garner) right here in this crowd? What would you do to him?
O’keefe has a long history of engaging in dishonest practices to undermine left-leaning organizations and politicians. Encouraging an operative to incite people to kill police officers may be sinking to a new low, however, even for O’Keefe.
O’Keefe rose to prominence when he selectively edited video footage to imply that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was supporting illegal activities, including prostitution. Although ACORN was never found guilty of any crime, the false narrative, pushed by O’Keefe killed the organization and they ended up filing for liquidation in 2010. O’Keefe was forced to pay a 100,000 settlement to one of the falsely maligned ACORN workers, but that generated little press coverage. The phony corruption story had succeeded in bringing down ACORN, and their efforts to organize low-income voters.
O’Keefe was also convicted of entering Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s Office under false pretenses in 2010. He was sentenced to three years probation, a 1,500 dollar fine and 100 hours of community service.
O’Keefe has long been lionized by right-wing pundits like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and the late Andrew Breitbart, as a “pioneer in journalism”, and a “courageous” American hero who deserves a Pulitzer Prize. Now that their favorite pimp is trying to incite people to kill police officers, how long will it take for the right wing media to distance themselves from O’Keefe’s menacing criminal behavior? Clearly, O’Keefe has never exhibiting anything approaching journalistic integrity, but sending his stooges to actively encourage the murder of police officers is a new low even for James O’Keefe. Eventually one of his deceptive stunts will land him behind bars for a long time. Or at least it should.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.