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January 26, 2010

Is this the same Stan Dai arrested for trying to bug Mary Landrieu's office?

Stan Dai is one of the four men arrested with a failed attempt to bug Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.

I did some research. Ten bucks says this is the little (would-be) bugger:

STAN DAI, Lisle, Ill., attends The George Washington University majoring in Political Science. He is editor-in-chief of The GW Patriot, an alternative conservative student newspaper, a Club 100 Activist of Young America’s Foundation, and an Undergraduate Fellow on Terrorism of the Foundation for the Defense of the Democracies. He is co-founder of GW’s Students Defending Democracy, a volunteer on several political campaigns, and active in the GW College Republicans and GW Colonials for Life. He was a 2003 Honorable Mention in the U.S. Institute of Peace Essay Contest.

One Stan Dai was listed as the Assistant Director of the The Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (ICCAE) at Trinity (Washington) University. The ICCAE says it prepares young people for careers in intelligence.

(Original reporting, please credit Lindsay Beyerstein.)

Update: Welcome, Politico readers. Many thanks to Laura Rozen for the link.

Stan Dai spoke about torture and terrorism last June at a "CIA day" organized by the Junior Statesmen Summer School at Georgetown. The program included a field trip to the CIA and lectures at Georgetown the next day, according this event program I found online. As we know, Dai served as the assistant director of a program dedicated to steering young people into careers in intelligence.

Get this: according to the flier, Adam Brandon, the press secretary of FreedomWorks (Dick Armey's town hall mob outfit) was on the same program. David Mark of POLITICO also spoke at the event. Update: Mark says he didn't know about the CIA component of the event when he was invited to speak. A Chinese human rights activist and an official from the NAACP also spoke that day. Mark stressed that he didn't meet Dai at the Georgetown event and had no idea who Dai was until he read about his arrest.

Some highlights from Stan Dai's bio:

B. Career History• Mr. Dai has been involved in JSA since 2001: after attending summer school at Yale, he founded the JSA chapter at Naperville North, served in various Midwest region positions, and was a resident assistant at Georgetown.

• Mr. Dai was the first Assistant Director of the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence at Trinity in D.C.
• Prior to that, he served as the Operations Officer of a Department of Defense irregular warfare fellowship program.

• Mr. Dai graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the George Washington University. He was the editor-in-chief of The GW Patriot, an alternative conservative student newspaper, a Club 100 Activist of Young America’s Foundation, and an Undergraduate Fellow on Terrorism of the Foundation for the Defense of the Democracies.

In college, Stan Dai co-wrote a satirical work entitled The Penis Monologues, apparently a takeoff on the Vagina Monologues. Here's a taste:

My Angry Penis

MY PENIS IS ANGRY!!!!!!! You want to know what happened to my penis? Joan happened to my penis! There I was, sleeping peacefully when Joan stormed in and dragged me out for “an educational program.” I thought was going to see Mr. Rogers! But nooooooo! It turned out to be the “Whine-gina Monologues!”

From angry penises to irregular warfare. Quite the trajectory. Would you be surprised to learn that a guy like this got arrested for helping his buddies dress up like telephone repairmen/Village People and trying to bug a senator's office? I wouldn't.


The John Yoo of the future.

"little (would-be) bugger"? Kinda of racist there. Not very progressive.

I'd say they didn't target Landrieu's office out of nothing.

Dai allegedly got caught trying to bug Mary Landrieu's office. That makes him a would-be bugger in my book.

"they didn't target Landrieu's office out of nothing."


no, they targeted her out of MALICE and ILLEGALLY. What next, will you defend Nixon for bugging the DNC? With those clowns plus Bush Jr.s illegal wiretaps, the GOP has no claims to respecting the rule of law or the Constitution.

This is such fun. ACORN is going to have a field day. It's probably to much to hope, that this incident will lead to their getting their funding back.

Couldn't have come at a more perfect time considering the last week and a half we've had.

The lunatic wingnuts will settle on that theme. If there wasn't something suspicious about Landrieu her office wouldn't have been bugged!


jurassicpork, that's what i said. the best news progressives have had in a week.

also: it's hard out here for a pimp.

Students Defending Democracy was a Morton Blackwell operation (you remember him -- he was the Purple Heart Band-Aid guy, and his Leadership Institute also trained Gary Bauer, Karl Rove, and Jeff Gannon). Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute also financed the right-wing campus newspapers that O'Keefe and Basel edited.

Links here:

Sorry -- Ralph Reed, not Gary Bauer.

Exactly which intelligence agency was he hoping to work for? I don't think Leon Panetta would be too impressed.
Landrieu was selected for bugging because of the Medicaid deal she negotiated for LA in return for supporting the health Care bill. These twits probably figured she was involved in some major wheeling-dealing. -And maybe she is, I don't know. But I do respect her for her filibuster in support of the National Guard, and it appears as if she is actually trying to bring home the bacon for people of her state.

Little bugger sounds bad. Could you not do that while we're... ever?

On another note, there could be a good play about My Angry Penis. Unfortunately Dai's reads like shit from what you've posted. But the basic idea may not be so stupid.

The health care deal is the most obvious motive for bugging Landrieu. There's a lot of conservative rage against her over the $100 million health care quid pro quo. No doubt, O'Keefe thought he smelled blood in the water.

It's weird conservatives would bug her and not one of the more liberal Senators. The only good thing that can come from bugging is the discovery of a skeleton in the closet so bad that people will be more outraged over it than over how it was found. That's a tactic best employed against people you want discredited, not people who are on the fence and who you want voting your way.

re: little bugger:

Me: [spiel explaining the bugging incident]
Me: so, someone referred to the Asian operative as a "little bugger." Do you find it racist?
Genevieve: who's the little bugger?
Me: the operative who's Asian. The four operatives are the buggers, and he's the little bugger.
Genevieve: what? Um, okay...
Me: that's the answer I was looking for.

It's weird conservatives would bug her and not one of the more liberal Senators.

The reason behind it seems to be that the buggers were affiliated with a Louisiana-based right-wing think tank, so Landrieu would be their main target.

No, they're all little buggers, i.e., they're kids in their twenties who apparently decided it would be fun to dress up as construction workers and bug a Senator's office.

I changed the title of the other post, just to underscore that Dai's not the little bugger among buggers. He's one of four little buggers.

Nice reporting, Lindsay. Thanks for pulling more facts out of the story.

Since Dai also belongs to an anti-choice org, perhaps another purpose of ICCAE at Trinity (CATHOLIC) College, is to use anti-terrorism tactics against feminists and pro-choicers. Doesn't Landrieu sometimes vote pro-choice?

At least Karl Rove wasn't so incompetent and nit-witted when he began his career of criminal dirty tricks as a young Nixon-backer.

Who says this is the first government office they have attempted to wiretap? It's just the first time these "third rate burglars" have been CAUGHT.
Now, the investigation needs to FOLLOW THE MONEY.

I don't understand why the broadcast news channels aren't reporting this?
This is worse than Watergate because they were trying to bug a federal bldg and a senator who serves on the HomeLand Security committee.
What were they going to do with the information they received, sell it to terrorists

He was in JSA??? (Junior Statesmen of America) As a Junion States(wo)man myself from waaaay back in the 1960s, I say this is bad. That's not the JSA spirit, Stan. I hope they revoke his membership.

WOW did anyone actually look at the 2005-2006 award winners? They are all suprise suprise HUGE F'NG DORKS! Mr. Dai looks like the only one who some intellegencia would pick out of that line-up to do some dirty work pro bono. Mr. Dai also looks like the only dork in that group to use free time to write "my angry penis"...what a twerp. Whoever was trying to give that guy some comedic credit is a moron.

I'm shocked that anyone is playing political sides on this one...trying to bug a senator's office is ILLEGAL whether they are wheeling and dealing or not...its called politics...either get rid of the shi**y politicians or deal with the consequences. The minute we accept some dumbass overachiever with a bad attitude bugging a senator's office because we don't accept her politics is the minute our country dies...whoops looks like we're all dead...and it's all our faults.

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