TPM Reader PHB points out just how over their heads O’Keefe and company were in their failed attempt to bug the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu, not realizing that the GSA has a bunch of different security protocols meant to resist espionage, let alone twenty-something right-wing cranks …
The FBI account of the attack reads like a bad script from an episode of the A-team. To me it seems pretty clear that having successfully bamboozled the minimum wage employees of Acorn, the O’Keefe four were rather full of themselves. They don’t appear to have considered the fact that the security procedures in place at GSA run facilities are explicitly designed to resist espionage attempts by the KGB, GRU or any other world-class intelligence agency.
We are obviously going to be seeing a lot of RNC attempts to downplay the significance of this episode. I expect to see it being described as a lark, a prank, a bad joke gone wrong. But there really shouldn’t be any doubt that the perpetrators understood they were performing a criminal act.
He continues in his own blog post.