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AUTHORITIES READY TO CHARGE INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS DIRECTOR WITH SOMETHING, ANYTHING AT THIS STAGE
September 15 2012
Los Angeles, CA – It’s rare that a movie, any movie, can have a real social impact any more. We live in such a complex and diffused society with so many influences hitting us at any given moment that for any one thing to gain real momentum and have a real impact in the world is rare.
That has happened, clearly, in the case of the strange semi-film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ which has garnered so much attention of late. That ‘film’ has of course been the basis for riots in multiple countries at U.S. embassies, riots which have killed multiple people including an U.S. Ambassador.
Now the man behind the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, has finally been tracked down and is currently being interviewed by authorities in his home state of California. Nakoula, since the release of the movie, has been in hiding and now given the violence it has inspired, is currently under investigation by police authorities. While few expect that the film itself will bring charges, Nakoula has been in trouble with the law before and is on probation so it is likely that even if he has done nothing the filmmaker will end up in jail because someone needs to be punished.
“He went to the Cerritos station to talk with probation officers. He's not under any arrest,” said Sheriff's Deputy Don Walker. “I have no information on the nature of the interview or how long it lasted.”
Federal authorities have asked YouTube to remove the video from their site which they have declined to do because they possibly hate America.
It’s believed the incarceration of Nakoula will help assuage the violence in the region no matter the charges.
“It’s really a shame that this movie has inspired all of this because it really is an awful picture, like really beyond anything anyone can even describe. It’s hardly even a movie really and not worth anyone getting killed over. It’s like a child’s drawing and you don’t kill people over a child’s drawing, or at least you shouldn’t really though I guess that’s true in general, about killing people,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “I doubt that arresting the director will actually do anything to abate the violence but it will make the authorities feel like they are doing something even if they have to trump up charges to punish him for expressing his freedom of speech. I mean this is only America, why should people have free speech?”
Nakoula was apparently born in Egypt so he’s not really American despite being in the country for decades.
“I mean there are limits to free speech and those limits have to be measured on how people respond to what you say. It’s fine to say fire in an empty theatre but in a crowded theatres people will overreact and you’ll get into trouble and so you go to jail for that kind of thing. It isn’t Nakoula’s fault that people overreacted to the video but he’s the one who is going to get the blame, clearly,” continued Martinez. “That may seem like it flies in the face of what it means to be American but luckily this guy is a foreigner, or at least he was, and is only kind of Christian so it’s much easier to just toss his rights out the window. I’m sure the authorities are happy about that at least.”
Nakoula was released but is of course being watched just in case he tries to make another movie.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent