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Ex-Employee: James O'Keefe Wanted Him To Incite Violence In Ferguson

This is what Koch money buys -- instigators and ratf*ckers.
Ex-Employee: James O'Keefe Wanted Him To Incite Violence In Ferguson

This story is totally believable, right down to the crappy script:

The former director of operations for Project Veritas, Richard Valdes, said O’Keefe planned to send an unidentified Muslim man working for him to infiltrate a group of demonstrators in January. Neither the protest he was supposed to join nor the location have been identified.

The man was also allegedly given a script to recite at meetings, in which he would say, “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 man reportedly emailed both Valdes and O’Keefe that month and refused the assignment.

“I will not say words that will jeopardize my entity, especially when they involve an illegal act of ‘murdering police,’” he wrote.

Valdes told the Post that O’Keefe subsequently fired him for “being unwilling to strong-arm the guy to do his dirty work.”

O'Keefe, of course, denies anything like this happened. According to a statement from his spokesman to the New York Post, he claims, “Project Veritas would never do anything that we believe would incite violence against police officers. Anyone suggesting otherwise is clearly unfamiliar with our body of work."

Oh, it is because we are familiar with O'Keefe's body of work that I am inclined to think it did happen just as described.

I would not be surprised at all to see edited Ferguson video pop up one of these days. Just because this guy didn't do the deed doesn't mean there isn't some unscrupulous money-grubber willing to take Koch money in exchange for principles.

Be careful out there, protesters.

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