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Obamaphone abuse..Video shows workers offering 'Obamaphones' to those vowing to sell them...for drugs

Posted by on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM
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Video shows workers offering 'Obamaphones' to those vowing to sell them -- for drugs

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    Shown here is an image, from a video released by Project Veritas, of a Philadelphia location for Stand Up Wireless. (Project Veritas)

A Republican senator renewed his criticism of a government-backed program that hands out cell phones after an undercover video showed vendors helping people obtain the phones even after saying they wanted to sell them for drugs and other items. 

The video was released by conservative activist James O'Keefe and his group Project Veritas. It claimed to show undercover investigators visiting Philadelphia locations for phone vendor Stand Up Wireless and locations for one other company. 

In one exchange, the investigator -- posing as someone who wants a free phone -- asks if the phone will belong to him after he gets it. 

"Whatever you want to do with it," the worker says. 

The investigator floats the possibility of getting "money for heroin." The employee responds: "Hey, I don't judge." 

Global Connection Inc. of America, the parent company for Stand Up Wireless, has already taken disciplinary action against the employees in question. 

"Any employee involved has already been terminated," CEO Dave Skogen told FoxNews.com. 

But Sen. David Vitter, R-La., who has long been critical of the phone hand-out program -- which was dubbed the "Obamaphone" during the 2012 campaign -- slammed the initiative in light of the video. 

"The free government cell phones issue just keeps getting more outrageous," Vitter said in a statement. "This phone program has expanded far beyond its original intent, and having Washington force people to pay for free cell phones for others is offensive enough, but the waste, fraud and abuse is beyond words." 

Vitter has previously, and unsuccessfully, pushed legislation to strip funding for cell phones under the Lifeline program. He wants the program to focus only on landline services. 

The 22-minute Project Veritas video showed undercover activists going to several locations and asking about the phones. It's unclear how many locations they ultimately visited before recording the exchanges shown in the video. 

In one exchange, which apparently happened in May, a Stand Up Wireless vendor told the activist that the phone would belong to him if he got it. 

The activist then asked the worker about the phone's value. The worker recommended going to "any pawn shop. They'll be more than happy to tell you." 

"So I could get the phone and then sell it?" he said. 

"Yeah -- I don't care what you do with it," the worker replied. 

Stand Up Wireless issued a written statement late Tuesday saying the workers in the video were shown "falling short of company standards." 

"In response, all team members involved have been disciplined and three have been terminated. All customer-facing team members are receiving additional training. It is not company policy, nor is it beneficial for the company in any way, for our customers to sell their phones," the statement said. "Stand Up Wireless has been and continues to be a law abiding company that operates consistently with all rules and laws in a highly regulated industry." 

The Lifeline program was originally launched under the Reagan administration to help poor people have access to phones for emergencies, job searches and other vital communications. The program is funded by charges that appear on the monthly bills of every phone customer in the country. 

The cost of the program, though, has tripled to $2.2 billion in 2012 from $819 million in 2008, when cell phones were added. The risk of abuse has also risen. 

Only low-income people on welfare and food stamps legally qualify, but some lawmakers say the program is out of control. 

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, was incensed when she got an offer for a free phone. She said earlier this year that the solicitation was a sign that money was "being wasted here." 

The FCC has defended the program as important for helping tens of millions of low-income Americans afford basic phone options. But even they admit the program has holes. Last year the agency tightened the rules for the program and required carriers to verify existing members were eligible. The FCC also said its new rules have eliminated more than 1.1 million duplicate subscriptions and saved $214 million in 2012.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/18/video-shows-workers-offering-obamaphones-to-those-vowing-to-sell-them/#ixzz2WciQIIN2

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pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Yep, those are your tax dollars working hard for the "less fortunate."  Maybe the democrat from Missouri will do something.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM
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Was it called a Bushphone when he was in office?
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by SxyTaco on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM
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Whoops!

I'm sure we can trust him this time!

LOL

O'Keefe and Breitbart ACORN Videos 'Severely Edited'

The right-wing zealots were forced to release their unedited ACORN pimp tapes to California Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown found that O'Keefe had never claimed to be a pimp, and that the editing was creative to the point of dishonesty.

He's not the first to find similar nefarious-ness behind the ACORN tapes. James O'Keefe, an activist who thinks he's a journalist, had claimed that he'd wandered into ACORN offices dressed as a pimp, accompanied by a friend dressed as a prostitute, and found them willing to dispense illegal advice. Previous investigations had found that, and Andrew Breitbart(his mentor at BigGovernment.org, who aired the videos) had done some, um, creative editing.

But Brown's findings are the most damning yet. Here, via MediaMatters, is one excerpt from Brown's office's report, and another from their press release. The findings echo those of all the professionals — including the Brooklyn DA's office — who have looked into the matter. ACORN was by no means perfect, but:

O'Keefe stated he was out to make a point and to damage ACORN and therefore did not act as a journalist objectively reporting a story. The video releases were heavily edited to feature only the worst or most inappropriate statements of the various ACORN employees, and to omit some of the most salient statements by O'Keefe and Giles.

Videotapes secretly recorded last summer and severely edited by O'Keefe seemed to show ACORN employees encouraging a "pimp" (O'Keefe) and his "prostitute," actually a Florida college student named Hannah Miles, in conversations involving prostitution by underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes. Those videos created a media sensation.

Evidence obtained by Brown tells a somewhat different story, however, as reflected in three videotapes made at ACORN locations in California. One ACORN worker in San Diego called the cops. Another ACORN worker in San Bernardino caught on to the scheme and played along with it, claiming among other things that she had murdered her abusive husband. Her two former husbands are alive and well, the Attorney General's report noted. At the beginning and end of the Internet videos, O'Keefe was dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.

O'Keefe asked for, and was granted immunity from prosecution for breaching California's privacy laws in exchange for the unedited tapes. There's so much more, and links to the unedited tapes (if you can sit through them) here.

grandmab125
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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 Did you even bother to watch the video, or is this just your usual kool-aid drinker's response?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Whoops!

I'm sure we can trust him this time!

LOL

O'Keefe and Breitbart ACORN Videos 'Severely Edited'

The right-wing zealots were forced to release their unedited ACORN pimp tapes to California Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown found that O'Keefe had never claimed to be a pimp, and that the editing was creative to the point of dishonesty.

He's not the first to find similar nefarious-ness behind the ACORN tapes. James O'Keefe, an activist who thinks he's a journalist, had claimed that he'd wandered into ACORN offices dressed as a pimp, accompanied by a friend dressed as a prostitute, and found them willing to dispense illegal advice. Previous investigations had found that, and Andrew Breitbart(his mentor at BigGovernment.org, who aired the videos) had done some, um, creative editing.

But Brown's findings are the most damning yet. Here, via MediaMatters, is one excerpt from Brown's office's report, and another from their press release. The findings echo those of all the professionals — including the Brooklyn DA's office — who have looked into the matter. ACORN was by no means perfect, but:

O'Keefe stated he was out to make a point and to damage ACORN and therefore did not act as a journalist objectively reporting a story. The video releases were heavily edited to feature only the worst or most inappropriate statements of the various ACORN employees, and to omit some of the most salient statements by O'Keefe and Giles.

Videotapes secretly recorded last summer and severely edited by O'Keefe seemed to show ACORN employees encouraging a "pimp" (O'Keefe) and his "prostitute," actually a Florida college student named Hannah Miles, in conversations involving prostitution by underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes. Those videos created a media sensation.

Evidence obtained by Brown tells a somewhat different story, however, as reflected in three videotapes made at ACORN locations in California. One ACORN worker in San Diego called the cops. Another ACORN worker in San Bernardino caught on to the scheme and played along with it, claiming among other things that she had murdered her abusive husband. Her two former husbands are alive and well, the Attorney General's report noted. At the beginning and end of the Internet videos, O'Keefe was dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.

O'Keefe asked for, and was granted immunity from prosecution for breaching California's privacy laws in exchange for the unedited tapes. There's so much more, and links to the unedited tapes (if you can sit through them) here.

 

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by SxyTaco on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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Why watch it when he is a known cheat and that he edits his videos? 

Quoting grandmab125:

 Did you even bother to watch the video, or is this just your usual kool-aid drinker's response?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Whoops!

I'm sure we can trust him this time!

LOL

O'Keefe and Breitbart ACORN Videos 'Severely Edited'

The right-wing zealots were forced to release their unedited ACORN pimp tapes to California Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown found that O'Keefe had never claimed to be a pimp, and that the editing was creative to the point of dishonesty.

He's not the first to find similar nefarious-ness behind the ACORN tapes. James O'Keefe, an activist who thinks he's a journalist, had claimed that he'd wandered into ACORN offices dressed as a pimp, accompanied by a friend dressed as a prostitute, and found them willing to dispense illegal advice. Previous investigations had found that, and Andrew Breitbart(his mentor at BigGovernment.org, who aired the videos) had done some, um, creative editing.

But Brown's findings are the most damning yet. Here, via MediaMatters, is one excerpt from Brown's office's report, and another from their press release. The findings echo those of all the professionals — including the Brooklyn DA's office — who have looked into the matter. ACORN was by no means perfect, but:

O'Keefe stated he was out to make a point and to damage ACORN and therefore did not act as a journalist objectively reporting a story. The video releases were heavily edited to feature only the worst or most inappropriate statements of the various ACORN employees, and to omit some of the most salient statements by O'Keefe and Giles.

Videotapes secretly recorded last summer and severely edited by O'Keefe seemed to show ACORN employees encouraging a "pimp" (O'Keefe) and his "prostitute," actually a Florida college student named Hannah Miles, in conversations involving prostitution by underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes. Those videos created a media sensation.

Evidence obtained by Brown tells a somewhat different story, however, as reflected in three videotapes made at ACORN locations in California. One ACORN worker in San Diego called the cops. Another ACORN worker in San Bernardino caught on to the scheme and played along with it, claiming among other things that she had murdered her abusive husband. Her two former husbands are alive and well, the Attorney General's report noted. At the beginning and end of the Internet videos, O'Keefe was dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.

O'Keefe asked for, and was granted immunity from prosecution for breaching California's privacy laws in exchange for the unedited tapes. There's so much more, and links to the unedited tapes (if you can sit through them) here.

 


grandmab125
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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 Well then, your reply isn't worth the space it took to post it.  Rather pompous and self-righteous of you to criticize something that you didn't even check out.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Why watch it when he is a known cheat and that he edits his videos? 

Quoting grandmab125:

 Did you even bother to watch the video, or is this just your usual kool-aid drinker's response?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Whoops!

I'm sure we can trust him this time!

LOL

O'Keefe and Breitbart ACORN Videos 'Severely Edited'

The right-wing zealots were forced to release their unedited ACORN pimp tapes to California Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown found that O'Keefe had never claimed to be a pimp, and that the editing was creative to the point of dishonesty.

He's not the first to find similar nefarious-ness behind the ACORN tapes. James O'Keefe, an activist who thinks he's a journalist, had claimed that he'd wandered into ACORN offices dressed as a pimp, accompanied by a friend dressed as a prostitute, and found them willing to dispense illegal advice. Previous investigations had found that, and Andrew Breitbart(his mentor at BigGovernment.org, who aired the videos) had done some, um, creative editing.

But Brown's findings are the most damning yet. Here, via MediaMatters, is one excerpt from Brown's office's report, and another from their press release. The findings echo those of all the professionals — including the Brooklyn DA's office — who have looked into the matter. ACORN was by no means perfect, but:

O'Keefe stated he was out to make a point and to damage ACORN and therefore did not act as a journalist objectively reporting a story. The video releases were heavily edited to feature only the worst or most inappropriate statements of the various ACORN employees, and to omit some of the most salient statements by O'Keefe and Giles.

Videotapes secretly recorded last summer and severely edited by O'Keefe seemed to show ACORN employees encouraging a "pimp" (O'Keefe) and his "prostitute," actually a Florida college student named Hannah Miles, in conversations involving prostitution by underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes. Those videos created a media sensation.

Evidence obtained by Brown tells a somewhat different story, however, as reflected in three videotapes made at ACORN locations in California. One ACORN worker in San Diego called the cops. Another ACORN worker in San Bernardino caught on to the scheme and played along with it, claiming among other things that she had murdered her abusive husband. Her two former husbands are alive and well, the Attorney General's report noted. At the beginning and end of the Internet videos, O'Keefe was dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.

O'Keefe asked for, and was granted immunity from prosecution for breaching California's privacy laws in exchange for the unedited tapes. There's so much more, and links to the unedited tapes (if you can sit through them) here.

 


 

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by SxyTaco on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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Not really. Makes sense when you go to trust a source and that source is known for shady activities and lying to promote their agenda and they have been fined by the courts for doing so...yea makes sense for someone to make the assessment they are not to be trusted. But hey if it floats your boat have at it.

Quoting grandmab125:

 Well then, your reply isn't worth the space it took to post it.  Rather pompous and self-righteous of you to criticize something that you didn't even check out.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Why watch it when he is a known cheat and that he edits his videos? 

Quoting grandmab125:

 Did you even bother to watch the video, or is this just your usual kool-aid drinker's response?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Whoops!

I'm sure we can trust him this time!

LOL

O'Keefe and Breitbart ACORN Videos 'Severely Edited'

The right-wing zealots were forced to release their unedited ACORN pimp tapes to California Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown found that O'Keefe had never claimed to be a pimp, and that the editing was creative to the point of dishonesty.

He's not the first to find similar nefarious-ness behind the ACORN tapes. James O'Keefe, an activist who thinks he's a journalist, had claimed that he'd wandered into ACORN offices dressed as a pimp, accompanied by a friend dressed as a prostitute, and found them willing to dispense illegal advice. Previous investigations had found that, and Andrew Breitbart(his mentor at BigGovernment.org, who aired the videos) had done some, um, creative editing.

But Brown's findings are the most damning yet. Here, via MediaMatters, is one excerpt from Brown's office's report, and another from their press release. The findings echo those of all the professionals — including the Brooklyn DA's office — who have looked into the matter. ACORN was by no means perfect, but:

O'Keefe stated he was out to make a point and to damage ACORN and therefore did not act as a journalist objectively reporting a story. The video releases were heavily edited to feature only the worst or most inappropriate statements of the various ACORN employees, and to omit some of the most salient statements by O'Keefe and Giles.

Videotapes secretly recorded last summer and severely edited by O'Keefe seemed to show ACORN employees encouraging a "pimp" (O'Keefe) and his "prostitute," actually a Florida college student named Hannah Miles, in conversations involving prostitution by underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes. Those videos created a media sensation.

Evidence obtained by Brown tells a somewhat different story, however, as reflected in three videotapes made at ACORN locations in California. One ACORN worker in San Diego called the cops. Another ACORN worker in San Bernardino caught on to the scheme and played along with it, claiming among other things that she had murdered her abusive husband. Her two former husbands are alive and well, the Attorney General's report noted. At the beginning and end of the Internet videos, O'Keefe was dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.

O'Keefe asked for, and was granted immunity from prosecution for breaching California's privacy laws in exchange for the unedited tapes. There's so much more, and links to the unedited tapes (if you can sit through them) here.

 


 


Aestas
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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You know, you're right. We should just let poor people go without phones. That way, when they or their kids have an emergency, they won't be able to call 911, and they'll just die instead of getting the help they need. Then we'll have fewer poor people who greedily expect those of us who have more than we need to contribute our fair share. Win-win! Okay, well, win-lose, but the "lose" doesn't count, because poor people are sub-human anyway and don't matter.

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by SxyTaco on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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Hey you know that also falls in line with their healthcare idea for the poor. 

1. Don't get sick

if you do

2. Die quickly

Quoting Aestas:

You know, you're right. We should just let poor people go without phones. That way, when they or their kids have an emergency, they won't be able to call 911, and they'll just die instead of getting the help they need. Then we'll have fewer poor people who greedily expect those of us who have more than we need to contribute our fair share. Win-win! Okay, well, win-lose, but the "lose" doesn't count, because poor people are sub-human anyway and don't matter.


lga1965
by on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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 She loves being lied to by those wingnuts,ya know. kiss miniThey're so darn cute, who cares if they lie and manipulate and slander,right?

Here:

http://www.freegovernmentcellphones.net/states

The ability for the financially disadvantaged to get a free cell phone in these tough economic times is moving at breakneck speed across the country. While the Lifeline Assistance and Link-Up programs were helping people afford landline phones since 1996. It wasn’t until 2008 that the first state certified a company to provide cell phones. That was when Tracfone launched Safelink Wireless in Tennessee.

Safelink Wireless went on a tear from state to state, expanding their subscriber base into the millions. Meanwhile, other companies like Virgin Mobile’s Assurance Wireless and Nexus Communications’ ReachOut Wireless were formed and are moving into states across the country as well.

In all, there are 44 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, where the government cell phone program is available to low-income and others already on government assistance

*******************

Continued at LINK . It's not a new program and shouldn't be called "Obama phone" unless, of course, you are a right wing Republican who has a grudge against the President and wants to be nasty.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Why watch it when he is a known cheat and that he edits his videos? 

Quoting grandmab125:

 Did you even bother to watch the video, or is this just your usual kool-aid drinker's response?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Whoops!

I'm sure we can trust him this time!

LOL

O'Keefe and Breitbart ACORN Videos 'Severely Edited'

The right-wing zealots were forced to release their unedited ACORN pimp tapes to California Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown found that O'Keefe had never claimed to be a pimp, and that the editing was creative to the point of dishonesty.

He's not the first to find similar nefarious-ness behind the ACORN tapes. James O'Keefe, an activist who thinks he's a journalist, had claimed that he'd wandered into ACORN offices dressed as a pimp, accompanied by a friend dressed as a prostitute, and found them willing to dispense illegal advice. Previous investigations had found that, and Andrew Breitbart(his mentor at BigGovernment.org, who aired the videos) had done some, um, creative editing.

But Brown's findings are the most damning yet. Here, via MediaMatters, is one excerpt from Brown's office's report, and another from their press release. The findings echo those of all the professionals — including the Brooklyn DA's office — who have looked into the matter. ACORN was by no means perfect, but:

O'Keefe stated he was out to make a point and to damage ACORN and therefore did not act as a journalist objectively reporting a story. The video releases were heavily edited to feature only the worst or most inappropriate statements of the various ACORN employees, and to omit some of the most salient statements by O'Keefe and Giles.

Videotapes secretly recorded last summer and severely edited by O'Keefe seemed to show ACORN employees encouraging a "pimp" (O'Keefe) and his "prostitute," actually a Florida college student named Hannah Miles, in conversations involving prostitution by underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes. Those videos created a media sensation.

Evidence obtained by Brown tells a somewhat different story, however, as reflected in three videotapes made at ACORN locations in California. One ACORN worker in San Diego called the cops. Another ACORN worker in San Bernardino caught on to the scheme and played along with it, claiming among other things that she had murdered her abusive husband. Her two former husbands are alive and well, the Attorney General's report noted. At the beginning and end of the Internet videos, O'Keefe was dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.

O'Keefe asked for, and was granted immunity from prosecution for breaching California's privacy laws in exchange for the unedited tapes. There's so much more, and links to the unedited tapes (if you can sit through them) here.

 


 

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