OHATCHEE, Ala., September 26, 2013 — A year ago, in wake of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ventured to console the father of slain Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods by promising to arrest and prosecute “that person who did the video.”
It is well known by now that the shoddy video on YouTube had nothing to do with the 9/11 eleventh anniversary attack on Americans in Libya. The “Innocence of Muslims” fourteen minute excerpt on the web was mistakenly linked to the terrorist attack when that same video appeared to generate protests outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
Although some sources in Cairo never heard any mention of the infamous movie among the protestors, clips of the video were aired on an Egyptian TV channel.
But even when Nobel Peace laureate President Obama avoided mentioning the video specifically, his implication was that Islamists commit acts of terror not for an all-consuming worldview of conquest, and people in the Middle East are frustrated not because we have lately encouraged over them the establishment of cobras in place of scorpions, but rather such things happen simply because Muslims get easily offended, and we should socially engineer ourselves accordingly.
Perhaps we should community organize an international Islamic proletariat of human heart-eating, beheading rebels to upset the existing world order while we’re at it.
This disconnect from reality permeates our national bureaucracy. The joint resolution on Syria cited “world peace” as a cause related to U.S. national security, when such a thing hasn’t existed since the Garden of Eden.
A year before the Benghazi attack, the Obama administration supported the implementation of U.N. Resolution 16/18 presented by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which among other things “[c]ondemns any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, whether it involves the use of print, audio-visual or electronic media or any other means.”
Never mind the fact that just about anything “constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence” in the minds of discriminatory, hostile, violent people regardless. Controlling speech is like controlling guns. Trying to shut up the bad voices only muzzles the good voices, which are actually the voices statists want to control anyway.
Obama’s September 12th, 2012 Rose Garden speech specifically said “the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,” wording which echoes the OIC and its brainchild Resolution 16/18’s goal to criminalize such “denigration.”
The bizarre filmmaking attempt featuring Islam’s beloved Mohammed would certainly be flagged under Sharia policy. “Maybe someone now in the grip of this culture will see the human disaster of the riots, death threats and the fanaticism that follow a simple film,” Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker, writes in the introduction to a published version of his screenplay dedicated to the four Americans slain in Benghazi.
But the circumstances surrounding Nakoula and his video are duplicitous.
Casting calls for the project described a romantic and charismatic warrior leader named “George,” an attractive and successful strong-willed woman named “Condalisa,” and a petite woman named “Hillary.” Political parallels, much?
The cast was furious when their already nonsensical lines were dubbed over in English and Arabic to tell a raunchy story about the origins of Islam. Actors signed up for the presumed “Desert Warrior” film ostensibly produced by “Sam Bassiel,” whose aliases include “Sam Bacile,” “Nikola Bacily,” “Mark Youssef Basseley,” “Erwin Salameh,” and most commonly “Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.”
Nakoula’s disastrous venture was hastily pronounced by some as a project of right-wing Christians, thereby framing a secular narrative while simultaneously perpetuating the contention that Christian conservatives are lousy filmmakers.
While Nakoula was described by some as a Coptic Christian, he claimed to be a Jewish Israeli. But an actor told Vanity Fair that Nakoula alluded to having lived where Muslims would put a tattooed person to death. In an Arabic interview according to a translation by Walid Shoebat, Nakoula claimed to be neither Christian nor Jew.
Nakoula initially said that his film was produced with $5,000,000 donated by wealthy Jews. But he later told authorities that the film only cost $50-60,000 and that the money was provided by his Egyptian in-laws.
An inability to keep the story straight often indicates a cover-up.
Nakoula was scheduled to be released from federal prison on September 26th of this year (given supervised release on August 13th) after serving a sentence for a parole violation related to his earlier fraudulent crimes. Nakoula’s partner in crime was Palestinian Islamic terrorist Eiad Salameh Daud Shoebat (cousin of Walid). These two were members of a check-kiting ring that used stolen Social Security numbers and forged identities to milk U.S. financial institutions.
A man with Islamic terrorist connections successfully dodged the FBI as a fraudster, made an amateur film under multiple aliases, and got blame for an Islamic terrorist attack deflected onto the sleazy satire supposedly created by Christians and Jews when he himself is neither Christian nor Jewish.
It was effectively a cruel joke that diverted Americans’ attention and advanced the OIC narrative that is contrary to our Bill of Rights.
We have reached the 224th anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights, which begins with freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition. This year, despite Senator Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster, John Brennan became CIA Director and was sworn in not on the Bible, but on the original draft of the U.S. Constitution omitting the Bill of Rights - the same John Brennan who edited talking points on Benghazi as Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor and who speaks of “the goodness and beauty of Islam.”
The murkiness leaves much to be speculated, and indicates a vulnerable spot in American government. It would appear our current federal administration and its allies are too busy manipulating crises for community organizing to acknowledge rights that exist to impede such nonsense.
Amanda Read is a columnist for the Communities at The Washington Times. Trained as a historian, skilled as a writer, and aspiring to be a filmmaker, Amanda investigates the ideas behind contemporary culture and politics. A professional writer and researcher, she is also a Christian homeschool graduate, unconventional college graduate, military daughter, and eldest of the nine Read children at Fair Hills Farm. Find more of her work at www.amandaread.com. Follow @SincerelyAmanda
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