By Ross Kaminsky on 9.14.12 @ 6:09AM
A frightening violation of human rights by Eric Holder's corrupt Justice Department.
It is hard to know who should frighten Americans more: radical Islamists or our own government.
I say this with only the slightest hint of hyperbole following Thursday's Associated Press story about the evil genius (not!) behind the sophomoric film "Innocence of Muslims," which Islamofascists across the Middle East and North Africa are using as a flimsy excuse -- an excuse only believed by the Obama administration and other blame-America-first naïfs -- to kill American people and destroy American property.
The scary part of the story is not that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was described as having a "checkered past" including a criminal prosecution two years ago.
The scary part of the story is not that we now know that "Sam Bacile" is an alias used by Nakoula while making the film and publishing it online.
The scary part of the story is not that Nakoula, a Coptic Christian, was claiming, when talking about his ridiculous film, to be Jewish (as if my tribe doesn't have enough problems with people from the Middle East to Foggy Bottom).
The scary part isn't even that Steve Klein, a "Christian activist" who was involved with making the film, told the AP that he "warned the filmmaker that 'you're going to be the next Theo van Gogh.'" Van Gogh was the Dutch filmmaker who was shot eight times and nearly decapitated by a Dutch-born Muslim of Moroccan descent who disapproved of Van Gogh's short film Submission.
No, the frightening, terrifying, chilling part of the story is that Mr. Nakoula was identified to the AP by "a federal law enforcement official… who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation."
The AP notes that Attorney General Eric Holder, who presides over the most corrupt Justice Department of my lifetime, is launching a criminal investigation into the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other embassy staff in Benghazi, Libya.
It is inconceivable (to the extent that anything is inconceivable with this Attorney General) that Mr. Nakoula could be a legitimate target of such an investigation, regardless of what else he might have done wrong (such as misleading his actors and dubbing their dialogue with references to Mohammed after the film was made). Nakoula's First Amendment rights in this situation are absolute.
But even that misses the point: Our government just identified to a news organization the real name of a person who is undoubtedly the highest on the hit list, the forefront of the fatwas, of every hypersensitive but well-armed Muslim radical on the planet.
As if publishing the name isn't enough, the AP then tells the world that they found Nakoula "outside Los Angeles." Yes, I realize that's a rather large area and not exactly like giving his street address, but do you think that makes Mr. Nakoula feel better?
But wait, there's more! The Washington Post (and presumably other papers) later in the day named his home town as Cerritos, California. And as if that's not enough, we learn that at Nakoula's property, "county authorities were present because roughly two dozen reporters and film crews were waiting to interview Nakoula."
It is exceedingly likely that the Nakoula family will never be able to inhabit that home again… and that the people who live there next might always live in fear. (I wonder how much that will damage the Nakoula's selling price for the home.)
I stipulate that the AP already seemed on Mr. Nakoula's trail, having traced a phone number used by "Sam Bacile" to Nakoula's address.
I admit that Nakoula clearly knew that he would be taking a risk by making and releasing this film, despite it appearing more like a bad Monty Python production than serious social critique.