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Posted on 05/09/2013 1:41:30 PM PDT by what's up
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula deserves a place in American history. He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.
You wont find that anywhere in the charges against him, of course. As a practical matter, though, everyone knows that Nakoula wouldnt be in jail today if he hadnt produced a video crudely lampooning the prophet Muhammad.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
I'm glad Lowry is writing about this.
” He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.”
He is also the first “person” in this country whose attorneys, family, friends, have not made the talk show circuit showing their outrage, demanding answers, seeking justice. Afterall, he was wrongfully accused by the US government for causing the deaths of four Americans and riots all over the Middle East. Gee, it’s like he doesn’t really exist........
"I've observed, and participated in, federal supervised release revocation proceedings since 1995. In writing about Nakoula I've drawn not only on that experience but on the actual documents from his case and on the law. My premise has been this: anyone on supervised release for a federal fraud conviction and owing more than $700,000 in restitution would face supervised release revocation if the Probation Office discovered that they were using aliases, engaging in unreported financial transactions, and using computers in those transactions, all in violation of their terms of release. Most federal judges would issue arrest warrants, not summonses, and most federal judges would order jail time to such a person if they found he had obtained and used a false driver's license and concealed transactions from the Probation Officer. Rich Lowry's claim that "[a] violation of probation, though, usually produces a court summons and doesnt typically lead to more jail time unless it involves an offense that would be worth prosecuting in its own right under federal standards" is quite frankly pulled straight out of his ass. Supervisees are routinely arrested rather than summoned, particularly when there are indications they might be a flight risk like using a false identity. Supervisees are routinely returned to prison for offenses that would never be prosecuted federally as separate crimes.
"Is Nakoula in federal prison because he made the "Innocence of Muslims" video? Superficially, perhaps, in the sense that his behavior may have escaped detection if he hadn't become famous. It's even possible that someone in the Obama Administration tipped off or pressured the Probation Office about his conduct. (If that's what happened, there ought to be a Congressional investigation.) But Nakoula's conduct is the sort that would absolutely be pursued if detected by his Probation Office and would routinely result in a revocation of supervised release and a return to federal prison. People saying otherwise don't know what they are talking about or don't care, or both."
Only the final one was forwarded, by persons unknown, to Sheikh Khalid Abdullah the cleric in Cairo who aired it on TV. Nakoula, the maker of the original film, was not the one who uploaded the final version, Innocence of Muslims, to the internet.
You can hear some interesting things about the timeline of all these iterations of "the movie" in the Youtube video linked below. Start at 9:30 and watch to 16:00 for the meat of that.
Even the protests and attack in Cairo weren't about that stupid 'video.'
Brian Lilley: The MSM is lying about the muslim riots
Interviews on the streets of Cairo. 'Video' had nothing to do with protests and attack.
He is the first person in history to have such a big part of such a big story who no reporter anywhere has made any attempt to interview.
Truly, Lt. Presley O’Bannon is spinning in his grave.
Thanks for info.
Since when does Rich Lowry write for Politico?
I also thought it strange.
Thank you for the kind remarks. Yes, we know that only the tip of a very big iceberg has been seen in the press or House hearings. Even the suspicions of gun running to Syria is only another small slice of the whole dark story.
The man should have a new hearing.
I wasnt involved in the talking points process.... As I understand it, as Ive been told, it was a typical interagency process where staff, including from the State Department, all participated, to try to come up with whatever was going to be made publicly available, and it was an intelligence product.
With all due respect,the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?Hillary Clinton
Why have no reporters tried to get an interview with Nakoula?