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Friday, September 14, 2012

Sam Bacile aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula responsible for anti-Islam video

An anti-Islam movie is being blamed for the outrage that sparked the murder of Christopher Stevens, the American Ambassador to Libya and three of his staff on Tuesday. 

Sam Bacile has claimed responsibility for the film and told the Wall Street Journal that he is a 52 year old Israeli-American real estate developer from California and that Jewish donors financed the film.  But Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Palmor said "Anything he did or said has nothing to do whatsoever with Israel."

A 14 minute trailer of the movie was posted on YouTube, originally in English but was recently translated into Egyptian Arabic and depicts Muhammed as a madman, womanizer and child molester.

On September 12, 2012, Time reported that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian in Los Angeles, admitted being the manager for the film's production, but denied being Sam Bacile.  Associated Press interviewed Nakoula at his home after finding evidence connecting Nakoula to Bacile, including a shared phone number.  He has used many aliases in the past, including Nicola Bacily.

In 2010, Nakoula was charged with bank fraud, and was ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution and sentenced to 21 months in prison. He was forbidden to use the internet for five years and released in 2011.  According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Leigh Williams, Nakoula opened bank accounts using stolen identities and Social Security numbers, and deposited cheques from those accounts to withdraw money from ATM machines. 

He  went into hiding when news of the Ambassador’s murder was released and his video has created huge problems for President Obama.  

Hillary Clinton has denounced it and tried to explain that it has nothing to do with the American government.  “To me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible” she said “It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose – to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.” Notice the word “great” - she’s bending over backwards to placate these murdering maniacs and she shouldn’t have to.

The Arab Spring we got so excited about seems long forgotten as it becomes clear that much of the Muslim world still doesn’t understand the concept of ‘free speech’.  We have seen offensive material on the internet about Christianity and Christ worsen over the years, but nobody seems compelled to rush out and kill those responsible.  Yet if some hate-filled American idiot makes a video that insults their prophet, all hell breaks loose.  

But as these pictures show, hope springs eternal.