Feds arrest Mohammed filmmaker on probation violation

posted at 7:12 pm on September 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

No word yet on what the violation was, but I assume it must be far more serious than using an alias or a computer. Given the insanity of the past two weeks, replete with the White House nudging Google to pull the video off of YouTube and the State Department running ads on Pakistani TV to apologize for a movie they had nothing to do with, I can’t quite believe the DOJ would risk the perception that they’re punishing this guy for a thoughtcrime unless something serious was involved. There has to be a real crime underlying this. Right?

The California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video that has inflamed parts of the Middle East was arrested Thursday for violating terms of his probation, authorities said.

[The filmmaker] has been on probation for a 2010 federal check fraud conviction that brought a 21-month prison sentence. Under terms of his probation, he was not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer…

A U.S. District Court hearing was scheduled for [him] on Thursday afternoon. It was closed to media and the public.

Meanwhile, new from Fox News:

Two weeks after the killing of a U.S. ambassador in Libya — an attack the Obama administration blamed in part on an online video mocking the prophet Muhammad — a majority of likely voters thinks the first thing a president should do in such situations is stand up for free speech, and not criticize how Americans exercise their First Amendment rights.

A Fox News poll released Thursday finds 61 percent of voters think the president of the United States should “stand up for freedom of speech, even if it’s offensive,” while 22 percent say the president should “condemn offensive speech if it might provoke Islamic violence.”

Those 22 percent know something important that the 61 percent don’t, namely, that the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. And if we occasionally have to haul a guy in on a probation violation to ensure that the future doesn’t belong to him, hey. Exit quotation from our new kinda sorta ally in Egypt: “Egypt respects freedom of expression … [but] not a freedom of expression that targets a specific religion or a specific culture.”

Update: In order to prove that it’s evenhanded about blasphemy, Egypt’s gone ahead and arrested a Muslim cleric for burning a copy of the Bible. Note to The One: If you want to show the Middle East that American free-speech principles are not, in fact, an anti-Muslim plot and apply even to people who insult the faith of most Americans, this is a fine opportunity. Speak up in this guy’s favor.

Update: According to TMZ, the guy’s probation report is sealed. Question for criminal defense attorneys: Is there any way to force it to be unsealed, or is that at the discretion of one or both of the parties? There’s a public interest at this point, I think, in knowing why they’re sending him back to prison. Did he commit a serious crime that we don’t know about, or are they using a technicality to punish him for blasphemy?


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Absolutely chilling. This whole episode ought to scare the living bejeses out of all of us.

First they came for the Palins, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Republican.

Then they came for FOX news, and I did not speak out–
Because I thought FOX lied.

Then they came for the Florida Minister, and I did not speak out–
Because I had no Koran to burn.

Then 12 armed ones came for a petty thief at 1:00 AM, and I spoke out, and the Mohammed Blastphemy police came for me.

–and there was no one left to speak for me.

And I do not know why much, much more hasn’t been made of the Chief of Staff calling a private citizen to shut that private citizen up—and please do not give me that free speech in a movie theater cr*p. No one and I mean no one did one official thing to stop Jane Fonda who was directly and proveably responsible for the death and torture of countless American soldiers.

Portia46 on September 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Obviously the US can and will in the future, throw someone in jail for something said that “offended” people in another country…. only in the hands of BHO MMM MMM MMM…. VOMIT

SoonerFn4Lfe on September 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Ask David Axelrod for help. he can get ANY sealed records unsealed. Just ask Blair Hull and Jack Ryan.

Colony14 on September 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Absolutely chilling. This whole episode ought to scare the living bejeses out of all of us.

Yeah well, people didn’t make a sound when the government used their FBI and BATF thugs to slaughter 80 men, women and children (some as young as 1 year old) in Waco Texas in 1993. This is nothing compared to that.

Americans are a bunch of sheep. Just remember that fact the next time someone tells you how our soldiers are “fighting for our freedom” in the Middle East or wherever the next hellhole is.

America is dead, long live Amerika!

woodNfish on September 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM

And the ACLU is ….. where?

NoPain on September 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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