Obama makes good on his pledge in Cairo: maker of “Innocence of Muslims” video is sentenced to a year in prison.
his June 2009 speech in Cairo said:
I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
About which I commented
, in the entry “Obama has turned America into Islam’s universal enforcer”:
Obama, like Bush … claims a universal mandate, except that Obama’s universal mandate is not to end tyranny everywhere, so as to protect American liberty and security; Obama’s mandate is to end negative stereotypes of Islam everywhere, so as to protect Islam….
By defining the responsibility of the President of the United States as “fighting against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,” which means nothing less than punishing and silencing truthful criticism of Islam, wherever it appears, Obama has defined the United States of America as an agent of the Islamic agenda to Islamize the world.
And now we know that Obama meant it, he really meant it. Here is an editorial
in Investors Business Daily
, posted last evening:
Obama’s Benghazi Scapegoat Gets Year In Prison
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Scandal: The filmmaker blamed for the terrorist attack on our Libyan consulate and the murder of our ambassador goes to jail for an “unrelated” matter. If you believe that, you also believe al-Qaida is on its heels.
If the Obama administration had heeded warnings from Ambassador Chris Stevens that, after two previous incidents, the consulate in Benghazi was surrounded by terrorist training camps and couldn’t withstand an organized attack, Mark Basseley Youssef might still be a free man today.
If requests for enhanced security had not been repeatedly denied, or if nearby help that was requested and denied three times during the seven-hour attack had arrived, perhaps some, if not all, of the four Americans murdered by terrorists would still be alive.
And Youssef would not have been sentenced to a year in jail by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder the day after the presidential election.
That proverbial midnight knock on the door was a grim reality for Youssef, who previously used the name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, among others. The man said to be behind the film “Innocence of Muslims” blamed for inciting the Benghazi attack was taken in for “questioning” by no fewer than five Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at midnight on Sept. 15.
The cover story was that the feds were reviewing the probation of Nakoula, who was convicted of bank fraud in 2009 and placed on supervised probation for five years. He was subsequently charged for probation violations such as having a driver’s license with a fake name.
If you believed that, then you also believed the story line spread by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and others in the Obama administration and campaign.
To wit: The riots in Libya and Egypt that killed four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador and two former Navy SEALs, were the result of spontaneous outrage in reaction to his film and not Islamofascist hatred of an apologetic America seen as corrupt and weak.
Even when it was revealed that the administration knew it was a terrorist attack before, during and after, it was clear Youssef was not going to get a slap on the wrist as many truly violent and dangerous felons do.
The designated scapegoat for Benghazi would still have to pay as no one in the administration has or probably will for what we have properly called criminal negligence in the death of four Americans.
I remember seeing an article by Andrew McCarthy in which he explained how the man’s arrest and detention was not something that the federal authorities would ordinarily do in a parole violation case, showing that the arrest was politically motivated; but I haven’t found the link yet.
Paul K. writes:
I agree that the imprisonment of “Innocence of Muslims” maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is politically motivated. At the same time, this is an immigrant who should have been deported a long time ago, as in his two decades of residence here he has done nothing but break the law. This is from his Wikipedia entry:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 10, 2012 07:16 AM | Send
In 1996, a lien for $194,000 was filed against Nakoula’s gas station for unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest dating from 1989 to 1992. A $106,000 lien was filed against him in 1997. He filed for bankruptcy protection in 2000, owing several banks a total of $166,500, but later failing to make payments under the bankruptcy plan. A $191,000 tax lien was filed against him in 2006.
Why is an immigrant like this allowed to stay in our country? Because we are insane, that’s why.
The Daily Beast reported that Nakoula was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1997 after being pulled over and found to be in possession of ephedrine, hydroiodic acid, and $45,000 in cash. Nakoula was charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 1997 to one year in Los Angeles County Jail and three years probation. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, he violated probation in 2002 and was re-sentenced to another year in county jail.
In 2010, Nakoula pleaded no contest to federal charges of bank fraud in California. Nakoula had opened bank accounts using fake names and stolen Social Security numbers, including one belonging to a 6-year-old child, and deposited checks from those accounts to withdraw at ATMs. The prosecutor described the scheme as check kiting: “You try to get the money out of the bank before the bank realizes they are drawn from a fraudulent account. There basically is no money.”…. He was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison, followed by five years probation (supervised release), and ordered to pay $794,701 in restitution. He was sent to prison, then to a halfway house, and was released from custody in June 2011. A few weeks later, he began working on Innocence of Muslims.