It is increasingly clear that the video, “Innocence of Muslims” which sparked protests in Egypt, and provided a window of oppurtunity for attacks killing several at the US Embassy in Libya, was intended to cause just such reactions.
It has become clear that the Sam Bacile, “California Israelli Real Estate millionaire” supposedly behind the film does not even exist. Israel was quick to say they have no record of any such citizen.
Instead, an Egyptian Coptic christian in sothern california, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is currently on parole for “financial crimes” (an intricate scheme using fake bank accounts and stolen SS numbers, which resulted in a 21 month sentence and $790,000 in fines and/or restiution) was behind this clip. It is also being reported he was previously arrested as a methamphetamine cook in the Los Angeles area, to which he plead quilty and was sentenced to one year with three years probation).
With another egyptian coptic christian activist, Morris Sadek, based in Virgina being behind sending it to arabic news networks just prior to 9/11.
And Pastor Terry Jones, famous for his Q’uaran Burning stunts, “promoting” it with his International Judge Muhamad Day on 9/11.
Also involved were Steve Klein, who founded the anti-muslim, anti-mormon, and anti-jehovahs witness group “Courageous Christians United” . He now heads a group the sothern poverty law center lists as a hate group, the “Concerned Citizens for the first Amendment” . Klein has also made grandiose claims about rooting out numerous Al Queada cells in southern california.
Several of the actors in the clip have been tracked down and all have told the same story. The “movie” they were hired for was named “Desert Warrior” and that the offensive dialogue was dubbed in later. They had no idea what they were participating in.
All indications are at this point that this goes beyond hate speech, which as distasteful as it is, is protected, and has crossed the line into, as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes phrased : “shouting fire in a crowded theater” . It appears the timing of this was intentional- to provoke a response from radical muslims to further justify hatred of all muslims.
And while those responsible for the violence and deaths in the middle east need to be prosecuted- so do those who intentionally, and callously, orchestrated this chain of events.