Thursday, September 17, 2009

Acorn again and investigation by whom?

James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and Big Government strike again, this time in the sunny clime of San Diego, California.  As they note, San Diego would be a perfect place to smuggle underage Salvadorean girls across the border into the US, but as Juan Carlos from ACORN advises, why bother?  Just set up the brothel in nearby Tijuana, where O’Keefe and Giles can operate outside US law.  In fact, the ACORN worker offers to partner with them if they do, because he’s got connections across the border:

He’s got a lot of connections, and apparently Juan Carlos is shopping for some social interaction, too:
In the second video, O’Keefe plays with Juan Carlos, telling him that he went to ACORN because some unnamed organization in Oceanside called the cops on them when they started talking about trafficking in 13-year-old girls. Even though Juan Carlos says he has cousins who are cops, he assures O’Keefe and Giles that he won’t drop a dime on them, and that he’ll help get the girls across the border. “Trust the Mexican people,” Juan Carlos says a number of times.

Surprise: ACORN audit to be conducted by panel full of leftists and cronies

In the other four undercover projects, ACORN offered advice on tax evasion and hiding child prostitution, which was despicable enough. In San Diego, the ACORN staffer wanted a piece of the action. Is this a normal way for ACORN to raise funds?
I can’t do better than Karl’s summary so I’m going to steal it: “A Soros hack, an SEIU thug, someone who pleaded to lying to the FBI, and a Kennedy.” All that’s missing are a few pimps and prostitutes for “technical expertise.” Hardest-hitting internal investigation evah:
In a press release, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis says, that as “a result of the indefensible action of a handful of our employees,” the group will immediately stop accepting anyone into ACORN office for service programs, will conduct in-service training of staff, and begin an audit “to review all of the systems and processes called into question by the videos,” to be conducted by the group’s Independent Advisory Council.
The Council includes many prominent Democrats, including the man who helped President Obama Transition Team, John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Andrew Stern, International President of the Service Employees International Union; and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros here. They’ll have the place cleaned up in no time. Meanwhile, you’ll be glad to know that the White House has now formally deemed this seemingly endless series of videos about covering up child-sex-slave trafficking — and it is seemingly endless, per the latest hint dropped by Big Government editor Mike Flynn — to be completely unacceptable.” 

Whether that means The One will sign a bill to defund the organization should it pass the House is unclear. Presumably the point of this absurd whitewash-slash-“audit” is to create enough cover for Democrats to say they deserve a second chance, which is all the more reason why it’s important for Big Government to keep the clips coming. The more there are, the more systemic this is, the more pathetic the idea of some investigative panacea becomes.

Unless you’re okay with a taxpayer-funded nonprofit colluding in sex slavery, the politics of Breitbart, O’Keefe, and Giles would seem to be somewhat tangential to the real story here.

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