Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wait, what?


One in a series where we take a look at the unexpected, the unusual and certainly, the absurd.

So, with violence breaking out around U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and which resulted in the deaths of 4 Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, you would be confident that the U.S. is mobilizing its assets to not only protect our people over there but also to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of our citizens.

Federal authorities have identified a southern California man once convicted of financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official said Thursday.

Wait, what?

Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department officials had opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats killed during an attack on the American mission in Benghazi. It was not immediately clear whether authorities were focusing on the California filmmaker as part of that probe.

Holder. Of course.

Unfortunately, this is not The Onion, it's the Associated Press.

More from the AP article:

A federal law enforcement official said Thursday that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was the man behind "Innocence of Muslims," a film denigrating Islam and the Prophet Muhammad that sparked protests earlier in the week in Egypt and Libya and now in Yemen. U.S. authorities are investigating whether the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya came during a terrorist attack.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation, said Nakoula was connected to the persona of Sam Bacile, a figure who initially claimed to be the writer and director of the film. But Bacile quickly turned out to a false identity and the Associated Press traced a cellphone number used by Bacile to a southern California house where Nakoula was found.

Bacile initially claimed a Jewish and Israeli background. But others involved in the film said his statements were contrived as evidence mounted that the film's key player was a southern Californian Coptic Christian with a checkered past.

Nakoula told The Associated Press in an interview outside Los Angeles Wednesday that he managed logistics for the company that produced "Innocence of Muslims," which mocked Muslims and the prophet Muhammad.

We'll stop there as we don't wish to make you as ill as we were by the time we got to the end of the article.

Suffice to say, the Associated Press did more leg work in this single article than they did in vetting candidate Obama back in 2008 and most certainly more than what they have expended in investigating the federal gun-running scheme, Fast and Furious, that was operating under the auspices of that miserable hack that runs the Justice Department.

Good to know our government, aided and abetted by the 4th estate, is in the business not of protecting its citizens and defending their free speech rights, rather outing them when they have done no wrong.

That Nakoula… Bacile… whatever the hell his name is, is being investigated is an enraging travesty. There is no clearer violation of one’s 1st amendment rights and violation of one’s civil liberties than what is going on here.

You’ve got a weak economy, a sustained run of record unemployment numbers and a thug administration led by constitutional illiterates who can’t seem to figure out who the bad guys are.

Good, god… November 6 cannot come soon enough.

P.S. Filmmaker, Spike Lee, tweeted out George Zimmerman's address when the whole Trayvon Martin case blew up (the jack-ass tweeted the wrong address, by the way). Well, our federal government, just Zimmermaned Nakoula.



Doo Doo Econ said...

Great point!

B-Daddy said...

Dang, you beat me to this one. Truly outrageous. And who is the AP to assert as fact that the film denigrates Islam? The film depicts Mohammed as a homosexual and a pedophile. Is the AP rendering judgement that accusations of such predilections are denigrating? What happened to gay pride? Why aren't they celebrating Mohammed being let out of his closet? I think the AP needs to rethink their assertions.

Dean said...

B-Daddy, you bring up an interesting point that parallels all the "Obama is a Muslim" noise.

It was epitomized by Katie Couric getting all huffy in reminding us that Obama was NOT a Muslim, rather a Christian all you clueless rubes out there. Her tone and demeanor indicated that there was something wrong with being associated with the Islamic faith. It was all very strange to me.

Anonymous said...

This is the " last temptation of christ" mentality and for better or worse, it provides undo attention to a crappy product.
This film, irrespective of quality will achieve greatness for the fifteen minutes of fame. The enemy will enjoy shouting "blasphemy" despite the predisposed intentions of the rioting.
There is a lesson to learn: We need to take note of the promotion of distasteful products by our providing attention. The Islam community will provide more attention to the crappy film by the protest, just as the gays provide chic-filet with Christian eaters. I am a KFC, Pollo Loco guy myself, but made an effort to patronize Chic Filet because of free speech, even though I disagree with them regarding gay marriage
We will never change the minds of the radicals, but we can benefit from understanding their behavior.

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