So a Southern Californian Coptic Christian, of Egyptian heritage, named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula creates a low budget film with American actors, called "Desert Warrior" that tries to mock Islam, under the pseudonym "Sam Becile". He then redubs it in Arabic, calls it "Innocence of Muslims", changes the verbal content to be more inflammatory, posts a trailer for it on Youtube, shows it once in a lonesome Hollywood theater with no one attending. He then calls his friends in Washington (Steve Klein) and Florida (the traitor, Terry Jones), to get the ideologue propaganda machine ramped up to Push the links out to the Arabic speaking world. (link here)
Crowded Theater + an American Shouting Fire, that results in American deaths = Felony (not misdemeanor)
Congratulations to Eric Holder's Justice Department for finding this Nakoula guy. I hope he enjoys his up-coming stay in federal prison for multiple charges, including implication in the death of Christopher Stevens, former US Ambassador to Libya. Stevens joins the previosuly killed-in-the-line-of-duty Ambassadors Cleo A Noel Jr and Arnold Raphel, who were killed in Sudan and in Afghanistan respectively, in 1973.
It's truly sad that such despicably motivated people can cause such global death and destruction, with a reactionary religious group, by feeding them snippets of poorly produced, incorrectly attributed, intentionally derogatory crap.
I don't recall how many people died when Last Temptation of Christ came out, or how many theaters burned after Jesus Christ Superstar or Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat premiered... but I'd say it was an integer value close to zero. Those works were actually somewhat entertaining, and though inflammatory (to some people in the world) had value, and resulted in no human deaths.
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