Skip to comments.US police protect suspected anti-Islam filmmaker
Posted on 09/14/2012 1:44:46 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
The man suspected of producing a crude film lampooning the Prophet Mohammed has been placed under police protection after protests erupted around the world, a force spokesman said on Thursday.
Journalists gathered outside the home of a 55-year-old Coptic Christian, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, in the city's southern suburbs, after reports he had directed the movie that triggered protests in the Muslim world.
There was no sign at the house of Nakoula, who is thought to have uploaded a trailer for the movie to the YouTube video-sharing site under the pseudonym 'Sam Bacile', but police said he had asked for protections.
"We did receive the call and we did respond. We're providing public safety and we will continue to do so," said Steve Whitman, a spokesman for the county sheriff in Cerritos, 24 miles (40 kilometers) south of Los Angeles.
Little is known about Nakoula, who was sentenced to 21 months in prison in 2010 for bank fraud. His family refused to speak to reporters at his home.
If he is the figure who has been posing as Sam Bacile, then he told two US media outlets that he was Israeli-American and Jewish, but an associate has now confirmed to AFP that he is a Christian American and not Israeli.
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"When I found out this movie had caused all this havoc, I called Sam and asked him why, what happened, why did he do this? I said, 'Why did you do this to us, to me and to us?' And he said, 'Tell the world that it wasn't you that did it, it was me, the one who wrote the script, because I'm tired of the radical Muslims running around killing everyone,'" she said.
Garcia said the director, who called himself Sam Bacile, told her then that he was Egyptian.
The man identifying himself as Bacile told the AP he was an Israeli-born, 56-year-old Jewish writer and director. But a Christian activist involved in the film project, Steve Klein, told the AP on Wednesday that Bacile was a pseudonym and that the man was Christian. Klein had told the AP on Tuesday that the filmmaker was an Israeli Jew who was concerned for family members who live in Egypt.
About 15 key players from the Middle East - people from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan and Iran, and a couple of Coptic Christians from Egypt - worked on the film, Klein said.
"Most of them won't tell me their real names because they're terrified," Klein said.
Bishop Serapion of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles said Thursday that the church opposes the views expressed in the inflammatory movie, and, initially, none of his priests recognized Nakoula as a congregant. On Thursday morning, Nakoula called Serapion and said he had attended services at the church in Bellflower, Calif.
......The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, said Klein is a former Marine and longtime religious-right activist who has helped train paramilitary militias at a California church. It described Klein as founder of Courageous Christians United, which conducts protests outside abortion clinics, Mormon temples and mosques.".........
What some say about Joe Klein (feel free to add your own information):
“......Klein is also closely affiliated with the Christian right in California, organizing resentment against all the usual targets Muslims, homosexuals, feminists, and even Mormons. He is a board member and founder of a group called Courageous Christians United, which promotes anti-Mormon, anti-Catholic and anti-Muslim literature (including the work of Robert Spencer) on its website. In 2002, Klein ran for the California Insurance Commissioner under the American Independent Party, an extremist fringe party linked to the militia movement, garnering a piddling 2 percent of the vote.”.....
Truly amazing that a man needs to be protected by the police for producing a film in America.
This is not progress and this is not America.
This IS living proof that Muslims don’t belong here - NONE of them. They should all be shipped out to North Africa or Saudi Arabia.
Only in the age of Obama would the military and media expose someone they way they have.
I can’t wait to leave this alternate universe of Obama we’re living in.
November can’t come soon enough.
I am very suspicious about this character and his true involvement. Why would these folks create a persona of a “film-maker” who says he is a “Jew” and “Israeli citizen”, who had a “budget of $5 million” (the film was obviously produced on a shoestring), “funded by contributions from 100 Jews” and who later turns out to be an ex-con for financial crimes? Was this film a setup by the Muslim Brotherhood as a pretext for rioting?
November cant come soon enough.
Obama’s base is comprised of liberal women, “woosified” men, minorities, communists & Marxists, union goons, queers of all stripes, entities that receive government business and checks (intimidation of employees to vote for him), and the largest voting sector of all......bums and cheats on welfare.
That is his voting base and the sad fact that it is larger than the entire conservative voting block.
My radar is up too. It "reads" like Steve Klein set this man up and then outed him. There appears to be many threads to this.
It would appear we’re being pushed closer to a “Helter Skelter” scenario between races, cultures and ideology by more than one side.
The Obama administration (and their compliant, lap-dog media) are enthusiastically using this “film” to distract from their own complicity in the erupting Middle East.
Meanwhile Israel is exposed to annihilation, with the much “advertised” position of the U.S. president of turning his back on her.
A very strange story, with many strange characters.
All acting out their bit parts in the midst of the fog of war.
The “fog” seems to be lifting a bit EV.
CORRECTION on name in Post#2:
“What some say about STEVE [NOT Joe] Klein (feel free to add your own information):”.....
Good question, particularly in light of the fact that the Arabic version was posted only last week, right before the 9/11 assassination of Ambassador Stevens.
The trailer posted in July appears to have attracted little notice. But last week, a second version of the trailer was posted this time in Arabic.
I am not sure about it being a set up for rioting. The Muslims use any reason for rioting. They don’t need to spend time of money to justify killings. But I might be wrong.
“They dont need to spend time of money to justify killings. But I might be wrong.”
No, you’re right.
>> This is not progress
This, ZULU, is indeed Progressivism.
>> Was this film a setup by the Muslim Brotherhood as a pretext for rioting?
Well, we know it served as a pretext to excuse terrorism. That is now a historical fact unless the official statements are amended very soon.
I hope that you and your friends have not done anything to jeopardize everyone who is a poster on this web site.
I have read all comments on this thread. Would you please explain this loaded accusation?
My comment was in reference to the political party that Eternal Vigilance represents and that this Klein fellow is a member of.
Every poster on FreeRepublic is now going to be smeared along with the makers of this movie, whether or not the makers did anything against the law.
I have been warning for four years that the rabid anti-Mormon, anti-Mitt Romney campaign on FreeRepublic was going to paint the web site as part of the lunatic fringe. It looks like my prediction has come true.
What part did this Klein fellow have in making a 14 minute video?
See now you have a credibility problem with me as you once accused me of being a RonPaulbot without nary a shred of evidence. And you are worried about smears. I don't like nor do I trust MittRomney, he hangs with the very peoples that are in large part responsible for our state of affairs... Harry Reid. NOW I have no clue if that is directly attributed to their religion or if they are just nasty politicians. I am Christian, and any Christian worth his/her salt knows that God said homosexuality is an abomination. Political parties who want God's attention are soon going to find out His reaction. He did give us a man-child to rule over US, wonder why that was?
You need more than baseless accusations to necklace anyone with such outrageous claims.
Oh, just so I am clear here I have NOT yet decided IF I will vote for Mitt, maybe I can vote for Ryan. But it is people like you making accusations based upon your own prophetic prowess turns me off.
Bath salts. Definitely, bath salts.
Then there is this from Smoking Gun:
“SEPTEMBER 14—In remarks stressing that the U.S. government had absolutely nothing to do with the anti-Islam film that has touched off violence in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday sought to quash Arab concerns that the disgusting and reprehensible movie was somehow produced or condoned by American officials.
However, Clintons attempt to distance the U.S. from Innocence of Muslims—and, by extension, its felonious producer—may be complicated by the revelation that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula became a government informant after his 2009 arrest for bank fraud, The Smoking Gun has learned.
Though many key documents from the U.S. District Court case remain sealed, a June 2010 sentencing transcript provides an account of Nakoulas cooperation with federal investigators in Los Angeles (and how his prison sentence was reduced as a result).
Nakoula, 55, was arrested in June 2009 for his role in a check-kiting ring that stole nearly $800,000 from six financial institutions by using stolen Social Security numbers and identities. Nakoula was named in a six-count felony indictment accusing him and unnamed co-schemers of perpetrating the bank fraud.”......
The rabble-rousing Egyptian tele-Islamist knew he had found a ratings-grabber when he found an obscure, badly-made film on the internet called the Innocence of Muslims.
It had actually been online since July, but nobody had paid attention to its crude libels against the Prophet Mohammed until Mr Abdullah's show broadcast clips from it last weekend, calling for the film-makers to be executed.
Within hours the hardline Salafi Islamists who watch his programme, and who have been growing in strength since last year's revolution, were demonstrating in Cairo's Tahrir Square and outside the US embassy, which they stormed on Tuesday, burning the US flag."...........
An initial report about the federal probation review appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
There are indications that "Innocence of Muslims" may have already been under way as a film project when Mr. Nakoula was arrested. A casting call for actors and crew for a film called "Desert Warrior" ran in Backstage magazine, based in Los Angeles and New York, in May and June 2009. The casting call described the film project as a "historical Arabian Desert adventure" and listed a "Sam Bassiel" as producer.................."
WSJ - Sept 15, 2012: Authorities Interview U.S. Filmmaker