O’Keefe Scammed and Submerged

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        New Orleans      Remember James O’Keefe, the video-scammer, rouge editor, spy poser, convicted miscreant, and damages payer?  Probably not, although certainly given the damage he wrought to ACORN in the USA a dozen years ago, I can’t forget or forgive him.  He and his misnamed Project Veritas were rightwing darlings in the time of Trump, but now only show up on whack-a-doodle far-right websites these days for the most part.  In recent weeks, O’Keefe and his project have become a case study for karma and what-goes-around-comes-around.

Hurricane Ida was a terrible hurricane in Louisiana, especially parishes close to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as New Orleans due to the energy blackout triggered by the storm and Entergy caused in the south.

.  The rains continued to cause havoc elsewhere causing more deaths from flooding than Ida and Energy caused in the south.  New York City and parts of New Jersey experienced a sudden deluge flooding some subways and streets and trapping some in cars.

Project Veritas went underwater as well, according to the Daily Beast,

Hurricane Ida’s Northeast floods and tornadoes showed the visual reality of climate change, including at the headquarters of the “truth-seeking” organization Project Veritas. Photos from the group’s Mamaroneck, New York, base show tables flipped over, chairs stacked on top of one another, and multiple copies of leader James O’Keefe’s 2018 book American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News scattered on the floor. Its mascot, an alpaca named “Retracto,” was soaked.  The setback comes amid a damaging year for Project Veritas, which runs undercover stings in an effort to catch journalists or liberal figures saying embarrassing things. Twitter banned both Project Veritas and O‘Keefe in April for operating fake accounts. O’Keefe later sued Twitter.

I wouldn’t wish that on anybody, but, like it is said, the “arc of justice is long” and karma is amazing.

Wait, that’s not all.  Now, they report that they were scammed.  Wow, I bet wearing those shoes on the other feet pinch.  They were hit by $165,000 rip from hackers in what the authorities call a BEC or Business Email Compromise attack.  According to the Daily Dot,

James O’Keefe, the group’s founder, said that scammers posing as the group’s attorneys were able to convince his team to transfer funds out of their bank account. “So we received an invoice for $165,000 from a few of our attorneys and we intended to pay that invoice so we set up wire transfers for payment,” O’Keefe says. “Within an hour the lawyers reached out to us asking us to pay the invoice via a new account they had set up.”

They even had a picture of the email, almost like they were proud of being tricked by tricksters better than they are.  He went on to argue that his emails are being monitored and that other scammers had given them fake donations for as much as $50,000, then demanded their return, forcing them to pay processing fees.

Big crocodile tears are rolling from my eyes now.  Please believe me!  I’m telling more truth about that than O’Keefe and Veritas have ever managed.

Special thanks for these tips to Dave Clohessey, former ACORN organizer!