The irrepressible James O’Keefe, who first won fame by dressing as a pimp and went to ACORN offices asking how to set up brothels and a sex trafficking ring while hidden cameras rolled, has struck again. According to a Monday story in U.S. News and World Report, O’Keefe dressed up as Osama Bin Laden and splashed across the Rio Grande unopposed as the cameras rolled. The video also featured an unguarded foot bridge in Hudspeth County, Texas that essentially allows illegal aliens to cross the border without getting their feet wet.
O’Keefe, who’s Project Veritas seeks to expose government corruption and malfeasance through a combination of trickery, hidden cameras, and showmanship, was attempting to illustrate how vulnerable the southern border is. While many are irate about the millions of illegal immigrants from Latin America have crossed the border over the years, others are kept awake at night about the prospect of Middle Eastern terrorists doing the same thing to exact death and mayhem on a defenseless American homeland.
Some media reaction to O’Keefe’s latest escapade has been rather caustic. The Gawker claims that the guerilla journalist is getting “desperate” in his search for publicity. O’Keefe himself, on his Facebook page, reports that various journalists have actually asked him, with a straight face, whether he has violated Mexican law with his bit of showmanship.
A number of politicians, including members of Congress and President Obama himself, have actually claimed that the southern border is secured. This assertion has been hotly disputed by others, including officer holders in the border states and law enforcement officers along the border who have had to deal with the deluge of illegal immigrants. Thus O’Keefe splashing across a knee deep, muddy expanse of the Rio Grande in full terrorist regalia, frivolity aside, had a serious point to be made.