Anyone who believes in complete and unbiased investigative reporting will always owe a debt of gratitude to James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas.
For a long time, he and his undercover agents have exposed grafts, corruptions, and ill-intents. The organization has revealed the left-biasness of many media organizations including CNN.
So it is quite obvious for James to have some potential enemies from different fields of society.
This week, he understood just how far the state is willing to go in preventing him to avail the constitutional rights that he deserves.
In a video published on the website of his organization, James explained how he was denied his second amendment right to keep and bear arms after the background check was done by the FBI—who called James a felon and prohibited him from buying guns.
The Blaze reported, “Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe posted a video Thursday, in which he was purportedly denied the right to purchase a firearm due to an erroneous entry in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) system. The interactions led O’Keefe to file a lawsuit against the FBI in order to have his name removed from the registry.”
“The lawsuit is being filed in the Southern District Court of New York seeking an order requiring the FBI to remove him from this list as required by law under 18 U.S.C. § 925A,” stated by Jered Ede Esq, who is representing James in the court of law.
“Notably, the FBI has not disclosed what information it is relying on to place him on its watch list,” Ede stated in the complaint filed with the court.
“This is patently false,” Ede added. “Mr. O’Keefe has never been convicted by any court anywhere of any crime punishable by more than a year of imprisonment.”
“Simply put, the FBI’s placement of Mr. O’Keefe on the NICS deny list for felons is wholly and unequivocally improper and based on demonstrably false information. Notably, the FBI has not disclosed to Mr. O’Keefe what information it is relying on to place Mr. O’Keefe on its watchlist.”
In the particular video, James wondered if he was “targeted” by the FBI because of his organization’s journalism.
“Of note, O’Keefe was charged with a felony of entering federal property under false pretenses for his actions related to an attempted sting operation against former Sen. Mary Landrieu. They ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of entering a federal building under false pretenses. He was ordered to pay a fine and serve two years of probation,” the Blaze reported.
“That charge, however, carried a maximum jail sentence of six months. However, it is within the realm of possibility that some states may bar persons who were charged with felonies but pled down to misdemeanors from owning a firearm. Additionally, it is possible that O’Keefe’s name was entered into the NICS database when he was charged, but never removed when the plea was actually entered,” the Blaze further added.
In other words, O’Keefe, a controversial journalist who might someday become the target of leftist violence, is currently unable to legally purchase a firearm to defend himself.
An article published by the Hollywood Reporter said, “Love him or hate him, James O’Keefe has been establishing legal precedence throughout the nation. A conservative activist, O’Keefe’s Project Veritas pushes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism through the use of undercover video and audio, and sometimes, fooling subjects — government officials, members of academia, community-based social organizations, etc. — into saying things they perhaps shouldn’t.”
“Deception is to get the meeting. We never lie to the American people,” James O’Keefe said, “we only tell truths to the American people. We never deceive the mass ever, period.”