James O’Keefe’s SAVAGE Response to Connecticut Attorney General’s Threat to Subpoena Veritas


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Mission Statement
Investigate & expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions in order to achieve a more ethical & transparent society.

Core Values
MORAL COURAGE – Courage is the virtue that sustains all others. We choose to overcome our fears.

WE ARE ALL LEADERS – Turning people into leaders. Completed staff work. Ownership.

COLLABORATION – Best not to work in silos. No one individual is as smart as all of us.

RESILIENCE – Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Never, ever, ever give up. We don’t let mistakes or setbacks discourage us. Pursue perfection, knowing full well you will never attain it.

MISSION DRIVEN – The best people are motivated by purpose. We are passionate and truly believe in our cause. We must be externally focused, not internally focused.

MAKE THE STATUS QUO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE – We move mountains. Failure is not an option. We do whatever it takes.

THE TIP OF THE SPEAR – We are a loss leader. We do not shy away from conflict or litigation.

Ethical Values
Rule #1 – Truth is paramount. Our reporting is fact based with clear and irrefutable video and audio content. Truth is paramount. We never deceive our audience. We do not distort the facts or the context. We do not “selectively edit.”

Rule #2 – We do not break the law. We maintain one-party consent when recording someone is inherently moral and ethical. We never record when there is zero-party consent. In areas where we are required to have consent from all parties, we seek legal guidance regarding the expectation of privacy’s impact on our right to record.

Rule #3 – We adhere to the 1st Amendment rights of others. During our investigations we do not disrupt the peace. We do not infringe on the 1st Amendment rights of others.

Rule #4 – The Zekman Test. The undercover investigations we pursue are judged by us to be of “vital public interest” and “profound importance.” The Zekman Test is our baseline. Undercover investigative reporting is necessary because, “…there’s no other way to get the story…” Whereas the Society of Professional Journalists allows for undercover techniques, if undercover techniques are necessary to expose issues of vital public importance; we believe they are not only allowed but required.

Rule #5 – We Protect the Innocent When Possible – Embarrassing private details are not to be investigated. We stay away from irrelevant embarrassingly intimate details about private citizens personal lives. We look for individual wrong-doing and judge its public importance. The irrelevant religious or sexual dispositions of our targets are not to be investigated.

Rule #6 – Transparency. Our methods & tactics must be reasonable and defensible. We use the “Twelve Jurors on Our Shoulder” rule. The work has to be done with such a degree of integrity that it can withstand scrutiny in both law & ethics. We are comfortable with transparency. We must be willing to be ready to disclose our methods upon publication.

Rule #7 – Verifying and Corroborate Stories – Evaluate impact on third parties and Newsworthiness of Statements Alone.We consistently consider the probable truth or falsity of statements, examine any reasons to doubt the veracity of underlying assertions and whether the assertions are newsworthy. When possible, we will confirm with our subjects that their statements captured on video are accurate & truthful. At the very least, we will give our subjects an opportunity to elaborate and/or respond. In all matters, we rely on the 1st Amendment to protect our ability to publish newsworthy items after our internal deliberations. On whether there is an obligation to ensure the veracity of statements made on video, 1.) consider whether the remarks may potentially impact an innocent third party. (Factors in support of releasing the content) and 2.)The Newsworthiness of the statement alone by itself. (Factors against releasing the content).

Rule #8 – Raw Video. In certain circumstances we may release the “raw” video to the press and or the public. But as a rule, we do not.

Rule #9 – Subject Anonymity. We investigate & question sources before promising anonymity. Once we confirm, we will do everything in our power to protect the identity of our confidential sources.

Rule #10 – Being Accountable. Admit mistakes & correct them promptly.

Rule #11 – We do not manufacture content. We do not put words in our investigative subjects’ mouths. We do not lead the horse to water. Our purpose is to elicit truth.

Rule #12 – With Great Power comes Great Responsibility.

Written by Project Veritas

Project Veritas was founded by James O'Keefe. The mission of Project Veritas is to investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions in order to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.We will accomplish this by:Launching specific journalistic investigations and widely publicize the results.Conducting training workshops to teach others how to become modern-day muckrakers.Creating a method for the public to alert journalists of issues and institutions that need to be investigated.Project Veritas is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Project Veritas does not advocate specific resolutions to the issues that are raised through its investigations, nor do we encourage others to do so. Our goal is to inform the public of wrongdoing and allow the public to make judgments on the issues.


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  1. The Elite have gone Under-Ground…they have taken all that is of Value with them…all the Rest are Actors, Players, and Portrayers…..Until the Apocalypse is over….Bunker's a-Way, they are either listed as Dead or no one Noticed they were Missing!

    All are Actors…except the Royals…they are Real! …Rootin' for Putin!

  2. This issue is across the u.s. They all need to be exposed, fired, placed into jail for harming our Children and never allowed to work with another child ever again. Clean house!

  3. Anything coming out of the mouths of the current radical Leftist administration is ugly. As ugly as it gets. Connecticut has been all but ruined by decades of Democrat control. It’s time for the injection of some traditional conservative values. Vote for Stefanowski and his great and competent team. Try it . You will like it.

  4. This was so much more fun to watch and listen to than professional wrestling! 👏 Bravo Mr. O’Keefe! That was the most satisfying smack down I’ve ever witnessed. Please keep up the great work.

  5. Mr. O'Keefe. As I am sure you know, ridiculously embarrassing letters like this one are NOT sent so that the recipient might read them openly, and get everyone to laugh at a state official. Those letters are meant to threaten and imtimidate. You wre supposed to be scared. Do you not know how this works?

  6. Corruption has gotten so bad because our society has less and less skilled workers every year. We've turned into a socialist police state that feeds off its host. Do away with the police, the schools, and colleges, and just like that you got a trillion dollars back a year, maybe more.

  7. I'm confused. The AG's letter says they're opening an investigation into discriminatory employment practices in whatever school based on what came to light from PV's release. The letter is telling them not to destroy that evidence as it may be used by them in the future. I don't see anything at all about an investigation into the journalist or PV. We have received that exact letter in South Carolina…word for word….to preserve video footage in investigations of things that have happened around our business. I'm a big supporter of PV, but I don't see the big issue with the AG's letter.

  8. Connecticut Teachers Unions are a Terrorist Organization. I've lived here many years and they have zero concern for the children, they are a militant self interested group of bullies who told the children hostage to their demands.

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