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Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:01 PM

 

ANTI-ISLAM Filmmaker Went by ‘P.J. Tobacco’ and 13 OTHER NAMES

He went by many names, the man who helped produce “The Innocence of Muslims,” the inflammatory video now roiling the Middle East: Matthew Nekola; Ahmed Hamdy; Amal Nada; Daniel K. Caresman; Kritbag Difrat; Sobhi Bushra; Robert Bacily; Nicola Bacily; Thomas J. Tanas; Erwin Salameh; Mark Basseley Youssef; Yousseff M. Basseley; Malid Ahlawi; even P.J. Tobacco. But his real name — the one he used when he was sent to prison for bank fraud — was Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. His habit of adopting other identities earned him a 21-month sentence in federal prison. During 2008 and 2009, court documents reviewed by Danger Room (.pdf) and embedded below show that Nakoula again and again opened bank accounts with fake names and stolen social security numbers. Then Nakoula would deposit bogus checks into the new accounts and withdraw money before the checks bounced. The scheme worked for more than a year, until he was indicted in June of 2009. Eventually, he was ordered to stay off of the internet unless he got his probation officer’s permission, and pay a $794,700 fine.




- In the summer of 2011, Nakoula started casting actors for “Innocence,” then titled “Desert Warriors,” a film ostensibly about life in ancient Egypt. In reality, it was a bloody anti-Muslim propaganda movie. The pseudonyms from Nakoula also kept coming. L.A.-based actress Cindy Garcia, who played a role as the mother in the video, listed a “Sam Bassiel” as the film’s producer on her resume. Crew member Jimmy Israel was given the name “Abnob Nakoula Basseley” for registration with the Screen Actors Guild. A company behind the casting, called Pharaoh Voice, Inc., listed a “Youssef M. Basseley” as its president. Another name, “Alan Roberts,” was listed as director in the casting call.




Nakoula told the Associated Press he managed a company that produced the video, but has since denied any involvement in the film. “I’m a gas station worker, I didn’t work on it, I know nothing about it. They need to blame someone,” Nakoula later told the Telegraph during an interview outside his Los Angeles home. But on Thursday, federal law enforcement officials said that Nakoula was in fact Bacile. Reporters also noted a resemblance between Nakoula’s front door and a chandelier inside his home to a door and chandelier seen in the film. Filming also reportedly took place at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. Christian non-profit group Media For Christ — based in the L.A. suburb of Duarte — helped produce the film, according to Duarte’s city manager.




Adding onto the false identities, a man named “Sam Bacile” reportedly told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he is a 52-year-old Israeli-born real-estate developer who raised $5 million from Jewish donors to make the movie. These claims are totally bogus. Israel officials found no evidence of an Israeli Sam Bacile. Nor is there anyone with the name holding a real estate license in California. The multi-million dollar financing claim has also stretched credulity owing to the film’s disastrously cheap, sub-pornographic production values. “All these Middle Eastern folks I work with have pseudonyms. I doubt he’s Jewish. I would suspect this is a disinformation campaign,” Steve Klein, a 61-year-old Christian activist who also worked as a consultant for the movie, told The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg. Klein said about 15 people were involved in making the film, all American citizens, but coming from countries including Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and Turkey, and “the vast majority are Evangelical,” Klein said.


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http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/anti-islam-flick/#more-91374




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http://www.scribd.com/doc/105824369/03118316918






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Reply ANTI-ISLAM Filmmaker Went by ‘P.J. Tobacco’ and 13 OTHER NAMES (Original post)
Segami Sep 2012 OP
alcibiades_mystery Sep 2012 #1
sufrommich Sep 2012 #14
Viva_Daddy Sep 2012 #2
Blue_Tires Sep 2012 #3
Segami Sep 2012 #8
Laurian Sep 2012 #4
Guy Whitey Corngood Sep 2012 #5
qb Sep 2012 #6
Jessy169 Sep 2012 #7
msongs Sep 2012 #12
Jessy169 Sep 2012 #16
Kindly Refrain Sep 2012 #9
Segami Sep 2012 #10
L0oniX Sep 2012 #11
rustydog Sep 2012 #13
Segami Sep 2012 #15
Segami Sep 2012 #17

Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:04 PM

1. Run of the mill fucking check kiter

 

Nice guys these evangelical Christians hang out with, yeah?

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 02:11 PM

14. It reminds me more of the run of the mill criminals

that broke into the Watergate.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:07 PM

2. This guy changes his name almost as often as Romney changes positions.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:11 PM

3. Even the XXX movie industry doesn't use this many aliases

I'm VERY interested to know who this guy is connected to...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:47 PM

8. Its strange, that with all these alias names, we still don't have a mug shot of this guy.

 

I would think its pretty strange that a mug shot of this guy hasn't turned up yet?


This looks like a different indictment - 7 Pages:


http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/nakoula-charges




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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:24 PM

4. Such a good Christian!

Damned crook. So many of the vocal Christian right exemplify anything but true Christian values. I am always leery of those who feel a need to shout and push their Christianity no matter the circumstances. They almost always turn out to be phony hypocrites.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:29 PM

5. He's like a one man degenerate version of The Yes Men. nt

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:31 PM

6. Surely there's something this clown can be prosecuted, or at leased sued for.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:46 PM

7. Now Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has another name:

Last edited Thu Sep 13, 2012, 03:16 PM - Edit history (1)

Accessory to Murder.

Freedom of speech is one thing. Abusing that right to knowingly incite mayhem is another. This pathetic loser is NOT just an innocent opinion maker. If he can be linked to any past statement, written or verbal, that shows he had reasonable belief that his production would incite violence, then I'm pretty sure that could be used against him. I'm no lawyer -- it just makes sense. I want to believe that the FBI and other legal enforcement personnel are digging all around this pile of shit, looking for any and all clues that might be used to either get leverage on Nakoula, or outright implicate him. If he posted the video or caused his video to be posted on YouTube, wouldn't that be a violation of his probation? There has got to be a way to get leverage on this loser, and force him to give up information on who else might be involved in this disaster flick. Wishful thinking, maybe...

Updated info -- add link:

Looks like Nakoula isn't the mastermind of this film after all: Nakoula just a fall guy. Keyman: Joseph Nassralla

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/13/1131422/-Nakoula-just-a-fall-guy-Keyman-Joseph-Nassralla

Unfortunately for the narrative, Nakoula was in federal detention in the period when the movie was planned, he was released from detention only in June 22, 2011.

Far more likely, Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, owner of Media for Christ, and a right-wing media star during the NYC anti-mosque rallies is responsible.
More follows........

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Response to Jessy169 (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 02:02 PM

12. are you going to arrest all bible promoters for 'accessory to murder" as well? nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #12)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 02:19 PM

16. I don't get the connection

Promoting bibles does not equate to producing and publishing a pack of incindiary lies in video format meant only to incite violence. My point is, if it can be proven that this already-convicted criminal published his video with the intent to provoke or incite violence, then that would possibly make him responsible. And the deeper point is that the timing of his video production and publication seems very suspect, and well worth looking into.

Another point, on edit: If I go into a crowded theatre and yell "fire" when there is no fire, and injuries result, then I'm legally liable. Correct? Any idiot with half a brain should have known that the video in question would be the rough equivalant of walking into a theatre and yelling "fire" -- mayhem is sure to ensue.

Please read my post as only hoping and grasping for possibilities that this criminal joker WILL be held responsible for the mayhem that his video release created, and as a not unreasonable suspicion that the timing of his video release/publication is part of a larger plan. Could be wrong, definitely. But worth looking into.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:49 PM

9. Sounds like he has a background in intel

 

or is a wannabe

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Response to Kindly Refrain (Reply #9)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:52 PM

10. Where are the recorded mugs shots of this guy if he's been indicted?

 

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 01:54 PM

11. We need a law that requires everyone to use their proper name ...even here on DU.

 

DUH!

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 02:10 PM

13. Criminal, shady actions, GOP tool...why am I not surprised?

The only thing missing is a political background. He had to have run for office as a Repugnant at least once.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 02:12 PM

15. Movie that set off violence in Middle East produced by Duarte nonprofit

 


A building that houses a non-profit that produced "The Innocence of Muslims." The film has sparked
riots in the Middle East and the Tuesday's murder of the U.S. ambassador in Libya on Wednesday,
Sept. 12, 2012 in Duarte, Calif. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)




An inflammatory anti-Muslim film that has been blamed in this week's deadly attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya was produced by a Duarte-based Christian non-profit, officials said.

Media for Christ, which has its administrative offices south of the 210 Freeway in Duarte, took out a film permit for the production, according to City Manager Darrell George.

The producers also used Blue Cloud studios in Santa Clarita, also known as Blue Cloud Movie Ranch, as the film's location, George said.

"It was filmed in Santa Clarita," George said. He said he obtained the information from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

The film negatively portrays the prophet Mohammed as a sex-obsessed, bisexual who thrives on acts of sadistic violence. Several scenes are fairly pornographic including one which appears to depict Mohammed engaged in oral sex.

Much of the film was obviously shot in front of a green screen, several portions - especially where Islam is defamed - have been clearly overdubbed.

Typically overdubs and green screen shots are done in post production studios.


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http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_21530557/movie-that-set-off-violence-middle-east-produced?source=rss_viewed





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Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 03:21 PM

17. Daily Beast: Anti-Muslim Movie Maker a Meth Cooker

 

Update: The man behind the incendiary film, Innocence of Muslims, has a criminal record that includes a narcotics conviction. According to a source close to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested by the L.A. Country Sheriff's Department on March 27, 1997 and charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 3, 1997 to one year in county jail and three years probation. The D.A.’s office said he violated probation on April 8, 2002, and was re-sentenced to another year in county jail


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/13/mohammed-movie-s-mystery-director.html

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