RSS Feed for This PostCurrent Article

[Breaking News] The hoax that led to film that ignited death, looting

EXPOSED: How the now-infamous film that mocks Muslims was made, then translated to Arabic to stir up trouble. Laura Rozen’s Tweet (@lrozen) takes you to the story about the American Coptic (Christian) community, some behind the making of this film (See trailer.)

I had assumed that our intel community (and Obama’s national security staff) had been tracking these filmmakers and asking the State Dept. to protect embassy staffs in Egypt, Libya and NOW YEMEN from hooligans and murderers. (Fox News says intel wasn’t onto the planning of riots and murders, and no one beefed up security.)

MORE Breaking News:Embassies in 7 countries warn of possible attacks,” A.P./WTOP News. “US: Warships move toward Libya, consulate in Berlin [GERMANY] evacuated,” A.P.).

Questions surround incendiary Islam film
(Note the self-rationalizations.)

See the film’s 17-minute trailer below.

From the Christian Science Monitor article, “The Filmmaker Who Wasn’t,” a segment about the faux film-makers who have strong ties to the Coptic community in the U.S., all the more troubling because Americans have been very concerned about the burning of Coptic churches and murders of Coptic Egyptians:

The man claiming to be the writer, director and producer of the anti-Islam film that reportedly spurred deadly anti-American protests in Libya and Cairo Tuesday appeared on Wednesday not to exist — at least, not under the name, nationality, origins, religion or profession he claims.

“Sam Bacile” told The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press in interviews Tuesday that he was an Israeli-born Southern California-based real estate developer, who received $5 million from “100 Jewish donors” to finance his anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, “Islam is a cancer,” he told the Journal and AP.

[S]everal elements of “Bacile’s” story [appear] to be phony. [...]

A trace of the cell phone number used by “Sam Bacile” led the AP to a man named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, outside Los Angeles Wednesday. Nakoula, of Egyptian background, acknowledged to the AP that he had been a manager for the company which produced the video, but denied … Court records show that Nakoula was convicted of federal bank fraud in 2010 and sentenced to 21 months in prison.

The AP said it had originally been given Bacile’s cell phone by Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-American Copt and anti-Islamic activist who is a principal with the National American Coptic Assembly. Coptic groups sharply distanced themselves from Sadek and the film, and expressed sorrow for the violence in Egypt and Libya. [...]

Notably, a July 2011 letter from Klein on behalf of the Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment to the Los Angeles City Attorney was posted by Klein to the website for the National American Coptic Assembly. … (Read all: “The Filmmaker Who Wasn’t“)

A U.S. Ambassador — who LOVED Libyans — is murdered, along with THREE other Americans. American embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen are attacked and defaced, a Libyan consulate burned to the ground, and the American flag torn to shreds?

FOR WHAT? Because a couple nutjobs in California make a terrible two-hour movie and translate the YouTube trailer to Arabic that spreads like wild-fire and ignites the plots to attack U.s. embassies and murder Americans on September 11th.

What were the filmmakers thinking? To get help for Coptics? To incite Muslims in already unstable countries? When it is Americans who have been worried sick about the Christians in Egypt? Dear God.

Then we have a president is in Las Vegas campaigning and begging for money while he blows off the entire nightmare (and ignores Netanyahu)? Our next president carefully words his statements, yet is widely attacked? This is insanity that is indescribable. Read Larry Johnson’s posts for the best analysis of all of this.

More Stories:

“Actress: Director of anti-Islamic film deceived us,” Yahoo News || “Many questions arise about anti-Islam filmmaker,” A.P./Yahoo News || “Who Is Sam Bacile? Anti-Islam Filmmaker’s Bio Doesn’t Add Up,” ABC News || “Sam Bacile Mystery: All We Know Is That His Film Exists,” Huffington Post || and many more via Google News search results.

More Tweets on the Murders and Rioting Caused by a Fraudulent Movie-Maker Who’s Anti-Muslim:

Obama Says He Doesn’t Consider The Egyptian Government An Ally, Buzzfeed | by Dorsey Shaw

The president added that that current Egyptian government is not an enemy but the United States will have to “wait and see” how they respond to the attacks on the U.S. embassy.

THAT LINK ABOVE takes you below. Please try to explain this logic from a ?journalist? for ?U.S. News & World Report:

“Romney will pay for his cruel Sept. 11 opportunism in November.”

Mitt Romney will never be president

After Palin imploded in self-pity and bitterness in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting, accusing her detractors of committing a “blood libel” by suggesting that she’d gone too far putting Giffords in cross hairs during the 2010 campaign, I wrote, with easy confidence, “Sarah Palin will never be president.” I feel the same confidence saying the same thing about Romney after his performance today. Decent Americans recoil at his cruel opportunism.

Simon Owens is an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Email him at sowens@usnews.com

ONWARD: Whoever Anne Leary is, she is a pistol!

THEN there are the snot-nosed brats:

RECOMMENDED READING: CNN’s report, “Six things to know about attack that killed Ambassador Stevens,” is excellent, and covers the fraud perpetrated on millions of Muslims, Jews, the people of Egypt, Libya and the United States, and far more.

BEYOND LIBYA and EGYPT:

That DID take real courage, Nick Kristof. And you WILL lose readers. But screw ‘em — just because you more or less agree with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan isn’t THAT big a deal … uh … I just hope you have a job come Monday.

FOR FUN:

  • Pingback: Pakistani riots ignored by U.S. media : NO QUARTER USA NET

  • creeper

    I’m so glad I dropped in today. Of course you’re right, Susan. It’s all the fault of those horrible Christians.

    BTW, I’m an atheist.

  • HObama HObamanana

    I don’t think we know enough about the actual circumstances concerning the maker and making of this film to attribute any credibility to any media outlet’s version of the “facts.” For all we know, this was financed and created by Al Qaeda. Not saying it was, but a verifiable attribution of responsibility doesn’t exist anywhere, at least not at this point.

  • mgm

    It doesn’t take much to inflame Islamic militants. And although they are always depicted as “only a handful”, that hand is getting larger and larger. Who can forget their hysterical response and call for jihad over Salman Rushdie’s book some time ago?—the author had to go into hiding for years. And then there was the Danish newspaper cartoon which drove MORE THAN A HANDFUL into a frenzy of hate and violence against Danes. Are these Muslims unable to distinguish between an individual expression of opinion and the policy of a country?
    I refuse to feel the least bit of guilt because of the willful ignorance and savagery of their religious environment. Any religion that teaches and encourages brutality against other human beings deserves disrespect.

  • DianaLC

    I do not respect the film maker for putting this out, translating it to Arabic. It was an obvious attempt to finally get attention to the sorry state in this world surrounding radical muslim terrorists.
    On the other hand, I still cannot put the blame on him for what is happening in the ME. I’ll use an analogy. My younger son was caught spitting on a girl in his second grade class while they stood in the lunch line. He was dragged to the office and had to be punished. I agreed. He was absolutely wrong to do that.
    His excuse was that he was tired of her spitting on him and telling him to pass it on. He said it happened all the time and no one ever did anything to her. That was terribly wrong of her, and since she was a teacher’s child, I knew why no one ever caught her or did anything about her.
    I just told him that next time he should tell on her (or anyone else doing something like that). Then I said that if no one believed him, I would step in.
    My boy was wrong for spitting. The muslims are wrong for rioting and killing. The girl was wrong for using her situation to get away with something that she knew might get someone else in trouble. The filmaker should have thought hard about the ramifications of his actions even if he knew he had the first amendment right to do it. But, my son was at fault, and thank heavens it was nothing but spitting during second grade class. The muslims who riot and burn and KILL are the ones really also at fault.
    The film is a distraction. It’s still just an excuse to do something horrible to get back for OBL’s death on 9/11.

  • MG6

    From the Quran…

    O believers take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people” – Sura 5:54
    “Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter” – Sura 2:191
    “Allah will humble the unbelievers. Allah and His apostle are free from obligations to idol-worshipers. Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers” – Sura 9:2-3
    “When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them” -Sura 9:5

    Dhimmitude:

    In a country ruled by Muslim authorities, a non-Muslim is guaranteed his freedom of faith…. Muslims are forbidden from obliging a non-Muslim to embrace Islam, but he should pay the tribute to Muslims readily and submissively, surrender to Islamic laws, and should not practice his polytheistic rituals openly. (Abdul Rahman Ben Hammad Al-Omar, The Religion of Truth, Riyadh, General Presidency of Islamic Researches, 1991, p. 86.)
    Islam permits lying it is called “Al-taqiyya.”or Kitma. Taqiyya means saying something untrue and Kitman is lying by ommission. All are in the Hadith and the Quran. Lying is permitted to advance the cause of Islam…”Muslims lie when it is in their interest to do so and “Allah” will not hold them accountable for lying when it is beneficial to the cause of Islam. They can lie without any guilt or fear of accountability or retribution. A lie in the defense of Islam is approved even applauded in their “holy” books.” (/www.thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/011-taqiyya.htm)

    Can we really trully trust these people and/or their leadership?

  • http://www.theindependentview.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

    Off-Thread: New unemployment numbers up substantially to 382,000 when 370,000 were anticipated. Plus, fuel up more than 17 cents a gallon in the past month. At what point does the media and president admit we are in a recession? Obama’s Recession.

    • elizabethrc

      I think at this point we also have to call it the media’s recession, since they have pushed Obama and ignored or slighted Republicans for over three years now.
      That’s an industry which could use a higher unemployment number, starting with Chrissy.

      • DianaLC

        I was watching Hannity last night because the show started with a tickler about taped conversations between members of our supposed fourth estate.
        The tape clearly gave evidence of reporters colluding over the “gotcha” questions they were going to give Romney about his statement. Sickening!

        • CathyInKs

          The press probably has less credibility than Obama these days. I caught part of Hannity’s radio program and he played it on his radio program as well as last night! When you think of the audience conservative talk radio has as well as Fox Cable News, I would say those journalists were none too smart not knowing their little “plot” was caught on an open “mic”! I watched the press conference Mitt Romney had and when I watched the so-called “journalists?” repeatedly ask the same question without much variation, I thought about the time when I was in Jr. High and we did a similar thing with one of our teachers. Where are the “professionals” ( sorry, that’s too much to hope for)- where are the “adults” in our media today?

    • HObama HObamanana

      I’ve come to conclusion this morning that the reason there is collusion between the Obama Administration and the “media” is because there is a great effort being made to prop up this President due to his race. It isn’t actually a racist plot (or perhaps it is depending upon your definition) but rather a willingness to overlook certain otherwise blatantly obvious failings because of how history might portray the first half African American President. In other words, they have applied Affirmative Action qualifications on him to boost his standing. To defend, at all costs, his job performance because he deserves it, because of his race. It’s the Dims way of apologizing for their slavery, lynching and Jim Crow past without coming right out and admitting it.

  • lola828

    Why don’t you actually read something from someone who actually knows what they are talking about:
    “Romney Jumps the Shark: Libya, Egypt and the Butterfly Effect”
    The late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury authored a short story about time travelers. They were careful, when they went back to the Jurassic, not to change anything, but one of them stepped on a butterfly. When they got back to the present, the world was slightly different.
    When scientists studying complexity put forward the idea that small initial events could have large effects in non-linear, dynamic systems like the weather, they chose the term ‘butterfly effect.” One of the images students of weather instanced was that a butterfly flapping its wings might set off minor turbulence that ultimately turned into a hurricane. (In the older model of Newtonian physics, small events have small effects and large events have large effects, so you wouldn’t expect a minor action to produce big changes).
    So the Associated Press did a careful investigation of the ‘Sam Bacile’ who supposedly directed the hate film, ‘The Innocence of Muslims.’ And AP found that probably he does not exist, but is a persona used by a convicted Coptic Egyptian fraudster, Nakoula Bassely Nakoula.
    But the story gets more complex. Nakoula had Coptic and evangelical associates in the shooting of the film, including Steve Klein, a former Marine and current extremist Christian who has helped train militiamen in California churches and has led “protests outside abortion clinics, Mormon temples and mosques.” My guess is that most of the Egyptian Copts involved are converts to American-style fundamentalism.
    The Egyptian Coptic church has roundly condemned the hateful film they made smearing the Prophet Muhammad.
    Anyway, the bigotry of the edited film, directed at Muslims, is part of a movement of religious prejudice that also targets . . . Mormons.
    Mitt Romney may want to rethink his ‘visceral’ reaction to the US embassy in Cairo’s tweet condemning the group’s hate speech.
    Then it turns out that the film was shot in such a way that there was originally no mention of the Prophet Muhammad in the script, and the cast had no idea what they were getting themselves into, and then the name of Muhammad was clumsily dubbed into the final edit.
    So, the film was from the beginning a fraud. It was directed by a fraud. It was promoted by a militia trainer. And Nakoula marketed it fraudulently as the work of a fictitious Israeli-American Jewish real estate agent, ‘Sam Bacile,’ and falsely said it had been funded by “a hundred Jewish donors.”
    The group behind the film, in other words, managed to evoke all the classic themes of anti-Semitism as a way of disguising the Coptic and evangelical network out of which the ‘film’ came. When they weren’t busy picketing Mormons and defaming Muslims they were trying to get Jews killed for their own smears of Islam!
    Of course, given the strident hatred of Muslims promoted by a handful of Jewish American extremists such as Pamela Geller, David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes and others, in which they gleefully join with white supremacists and Christian fundamentalists, it was only a matter of time before their partners in hate turned on them and used them.
    The bad, dubbed ‘film’ only had one theater showing in some dowdy place in LA. Then in July the group had the trailer for it dubbed into Arabic with subtitles as well, and put it on Youtube, where it was found by strident Egyptian Muslim fundamentalist Sheikh Khaled Abdallah, who had it shown on al-Nas television and caused the sensation that led to Tuesday’s demonstrations in Cairo and Benghazi. As I argued yesterday, the vigilante extremists or ‘jihadis’ have been left on the garbage pile of history by the democratic elections in Egypt and Libya, and are whipping up the issue of this film in a desperate attempt to remain relevant.
    Aware of the building sensation about the film, an employee of the US embassy in Cairo condemned it as hate speech before the rally began outside its premises.
    In other words, this is a non-film and a non-story, a fraud, promoted by the worst people in each culture.
    In Cairo, the rally allegedly got out of hand because the Ultras or soccer ruffians joined in, and they were probably the ones who tore down the American flag and ran up a black Muslim-fundamentalist one. Ultras are not fundamentalists but they are mischievous and resent authority, so a superpower that backs the army and police they hate might be a target of their wrath. There may have also been a handful of al-Qaeda supporters there, not surprising on the anniversary of September 11. The crowd at the American embassy was tiny by Egyptian protest standards.
    In Benghazi, Hadeel Al Shalchi got the story. She talked to Libyan special forces members who explained that there were three stages to the events there. First, there was a demonstration. Then when the police and consulate guards tried to curb it, the demonstrators got angry and some of them went for guns and a rocket propelled grenade, so that the consulate was set on fire and looted. It was at that second stage that US ambassador Chris Stevens and another diplomat were killed (Stevens inhaled too much smoke in the fire and the other man was shot). Stevens’ death is a great tragedy and irony, since he was liaison to the transitional national council during the Libyan revolution and many Libyans lionize him. Why in the world he was in an insecure minor consulate in a provincial city on September 11 is a mystery to me.
    Then 37 embassy personnel escaped to a rural safe house. The Libyan special forces commander charged with evacuating them to Tripoli at first was stymied by not having enough vehicles for so many people. Then the safe house came under fairly precise mortar fire from members of an al-Qaeda affiliate operating in Benghazi, which must have been surveilling consular personnel. Finally, the Libyan government forces got the Americans to the airport and they flew back to the capital of Tripoli.
    It should be remembered that Libyan forces fought and risked their lives to protect Americans. In opinion polling in Eastern Libya, the United States has a 60% favorability rating, while the Salafis or hard line Muslims stand at only 28% favorable.
    It was while all that was going on in Cairo and Benghazi that Mitt Romney took it into his head to condemn Barack Obama for the tweet issued by the Cairo embassy before the demonstration. He alleged that Obama had *reacted* to the embassy attacks by showing some sympathy for the attackers. This allegation is untrue and absurd, but Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan went on repeating it all day Wednesday.
    Romney was caught on camera walking away from that shameful performance with a shark-like grin on his face. Since he was talking about matters of life and death, the expression was inappropriate. But a darker theory is that he was grinning about having stuck it to Obama.
    Romney’s politicization of September 11 and of the horrible events in Benghazi was poorly received among opinion leaders, including prominent Republicans, and some observers suggest that this miscalculation may have been a decisive nail in the coffin of his sputtering campaign.
    Meanwhile, the Libyan government apologized for and vehemently condemned the attack on the consulate and the killing of its personnel. And, on Wednesday Libyans staged pro-American demonstrations in several cities.
    http://www.juancole.com/2012/09/romney-jumps-the-shark-libya-egypt-and-the-butterfly-effect.html

    • HARP2

      STFU….

      Your boy has no room to talk.

      Barack Obama Used Troop Death To Slam Bush And McCain in 2008

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXNF4_09BOI&feature=player_embedded

    • Hokma

      Juan Cole???? THE most anti-american anti-semitic SOB is your source??? Get lost. Juan Cole is a communist and radical Muslim sympathizer. Its not worth reading.

      • lola828

        More unsubstantiated blah, blah, blah from you…

        Juan Cole is one of the best experts on the Middle East in the U.S. He speaks the languages and certainly knows more about these issues than Larry Johnson.

    • HARP2

      “I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts –
      what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one,
      any of us would be pretty angry; number two that he Cambridge police
      acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that
      they were in their own home,” Obama said in response to a question from
      the Chicago Sun-Times’s Lynn Sweet.

      This AFTER admitting he never had all the facts.

      WHAT AN IDIOT.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LucTPdK8VTc

  • HARP2

    The Obama campaign hit Mitt Romney for using the “tragic death of one
    of our diplomatic officers in Libya” to “launch a political attack.”
    On a July 2008 appearance on CNN, then-Senator used the death of U.S.
    troops in Afghanistan as talking point to ding John McCain and President
    Bush for their support of the Iraq War.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXNF4_09BOI&feature=player_embedded

  • Hokma

    The RNC should get a court order barring Joe Scarborough from identifying himself with the GOP or as a “small government conservative.”

    With riots in Yemen and continued tensions in Libya and Egypt, Scarecrow was pounding Romney for his statement yesterday which correctly pounded Obama.

    The MSM is not reporting what is happening and not holding Obama to account for his failed policies.

    • http://www.theindependentview.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

      Every time Scarborough opens his mouth, he should be asked about his involvement in killing his young female aid in Florida years ago. Did he get away with murder?

      • Hokma

        I noticed that the only Republicans they have on are the outcasts like Michael Steele, Mark McKinnon, and Steven Smith.

        I watch it instead of taking an liquid energy shot in the AM

  • KataKimbe

    Sorry, just don’t get it. Who cares what or who made a movie? These deeds were planned way before this movie started to make the rounds on You Tube. They are just using it as an excuse to get the flock riled up… while in reality they planned on this for 9/11 because of the blind Sheik.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      ALL any young Arab male needs is to see 1) the trailer translated into Arabic, and 2) the day 9/11 + directions to the American Embassy. BOOM.

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/12/inside_the_public_relations_disaster_at_the_cairo_embassy

    does this sound right to anyone? one lower lever state dept staffer responsible for initial tweets apologies after being told not to send them.
    sounds like a here comes the bus statement

    • Hokma

      getting cory bookered

      • HObama HObamanana

        Probably a typical white person.

    • DianaLC

      Doesn’t change my thinking at all about WHO was ultimately responsible.
      Analogy: I had a terribly incompetent lawyer who went through four paralegals during the time I worked with him. Those people were pleasant and seemed to me to be doing the best they could. Finally, toward the end of having to deal with him, he pushed some blame off onto his last paralegal. I cam unglued. I told him that I fel all his paralegals so far were competent and were doing the best they could given that they were dealing with an incompetent, rude, and egotistic idiot for a boss. I then made it clear that all along I had never doubted that the mistakes made in my case–that I kept catching for him while also working a full-time and a part-time job–were HIS mistakes.

  • HELENK2

    http://wireupdate.com/wikileaks-u-s-govt-gave-tacit-approval-to-attack-embassies-worldwide.html

    wikileaks : US govt gave tacit approval to attack embassies worldwide

  • mgm

    All this cable news furor about an independent film maker (who may or may not exist) and about Romney’s perfectly justifiable criticisms are just strawmen to distract Americans from focusing on Obama’s disastrous ME policies. And it is really hard to believe that the US President saw fit to go to Vegas today for fundraising after the murders of four people who died representing their country. What is wrong with this man?

    • http://www.theindependentview.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

      Yes, more needs to be said of Obama’s choice to go to a Las Vegas fundraiser while the bodies of dead Americans were still warm after the attack on them in Libya and while our embassy’s their and in Egypt are under siege.

    • elizabethrc

      He’s acting like a moth trapped in a bottle. Call it panic.
      Someone posted that Romney won’t do well in the debates. So what! The country’s rise or fall doesn’t depend on whether a person can debate better than the other guy or not. It runs on whether a person has the ability and wisdom to make right, thoughtful decisions beneficial to Americans first and the rest of the world second. Obama has put America’s interest dead last, but oh boy, how that man can debate!

      • MG6

        Didn’t Hillary wipe the floor with Obama in their debates. Obama strategy along was to have Hillary answer the question then parrot back the same answer. AND! Nobody called him on it!

    • BronwynsHarbor

      RIGHT ON, MGM. But it is his ties to the American Coptics that just blows my mind … but Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have not lifted a finger to help any of the Coptics in Egypt — so American Coptics got imaginative. Tragically, they went too far.

  • HELENK2

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/12/Exclusive-Obama-Skipped-Intel-Briefings-Week-Before-Embassy-Attacks

    backtrack was too busy last week to get intel briefings
    that campaigning and fund raising was just so much more important

  • HELENK2

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/world/middleeast/origins-of-provocative-video-shrouded.html?_r=3&hp

    fruitcake that made the film says he got the attention of the people he wanted.

    to make it worst the dipshit lives in my little town.
    we have had skinheads try and blow up the police station a couple of years ago now we have this idiot

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Oh dear, Helen. I hope that angry Muslims don’t torch a Christian church or worse … that’s highly unlikely (I hope).

      • HELENK2

        this small town seems to have more nutjobs than any place i have ever lived

        • MG6

          Is it town full of liberals?

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Helen, I haven’t had a chance to read all of your links/titles and trust I didn’t miss one of your comments … bet I did. So sorry about that.

  • HARP2

    PICKET:Lebanese paper report – Murdered U.S. Ambassador to Libya reportedly raped

    According to the Lebanese news organization Tayyar.org,
    citing AFP news sources, U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens,
    who was killed by gunmen that stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on
    Tuesday, was reportedly raped before being murdered.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/sep/13/picket-report-murdered-us-ambassador-libya-reporte/

    I had a mad dog once……….had to put it down.

    • beachnan

      The people doing this are evil. This evil must be defeated.

      • Hokma

        so much for a peaceful religion