by Scott Creighton
UPDATE 6: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been a “fed snitch” since his 2009 arrest. read The Smoking Gun article
With an Arabic interpreter standing by, Nakoula told Snyder about his decision to inform. He explained, “I decided to cooperate with the government to retrieve some of these mistakes or damage happened. I want to cooperate with the government that they can catch with this other criminals who is their involvement.”
In return for Nakoula’s cooperation, prosecutors provided Snyder with a letter noting that his substantial assistance to authorities warranted a sentence reduction.
UPDATE 5: The Smoking Gun uncovers the fact that Nakoula had worked out some sort of deal with Federal authorities to get a lighter sentence but the details of which have been sealed by the courts. They also show that Nakoula was released from prison in late 2010 to live at a halfway house, but he violated the terms of his parole and ended up going back inside til June or July of 2011. When he came out, he immediately began working on his honeypot trap.
A variety of documents filed in the U.S. District Court case were sealed at the request of prosecutors and Nakoula’s lawyer. The sealed records–from the transcript of Nakoula’s change-of-plea hearing to sentencing memoranda–appear to indicate that his plea agreement with the government included some form of cooperation.
UPDATE 4: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula also busted in late 90s for manufacturing crystal meth and again in 2002 for parole violations. He is currently being investigated to see if he violated the terms of his parole, just as I wrote in this article last night.
UPDATE 3: Washington Post reports “Gadhafi loyalists did it” aka the Green Revolution… that didn’t take long, did it?
UPDATE 2: Justin Raimondo of AntiWar takes a look at the various pieces of the puzzle and concludes that there is a real possibility that this entire thing was created by someone other than “Bacile”. He makes some good points, the best of them is the writing of the film itself and how it specifically deals with things designed to anger Muslims not to convert them as Klein claims.
UPDATE 1: Steve Klein continues the hate-mongering while propping up the story that ‘Bacile” approached him out of the blue with money and an idea to rope all the “dangerous Muslims” into the honey trap.
Hillary Clinton has stated unequivocally that the U.S. government had absolutely nothing to do with the making of the film which has reportedly caused so much anger and hostility across the Middle East. I think she’s lying and there’s good reason I think that.
It turns out that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula fits the profile of an FBI confidential informant perfectly. His criminal background and the terms of his parole make it seem very likely that he may have been approached by the FBI to help flush out some “extremists” in California. Statements made by Klein make clear they had the intention to only show the film “Innocence of bin Laden” in California in hopes of finding radical Muslims. This is not something that average people just jump up and decide to do out of the blue for the greater good of the community. Especially career criminals.
The film did not achieve it’s goal and it’s my contention that the film may have been retooled, turned into “Innocence of Muslims” by certain elements to achieve a different objective: the justification for an all out military invasion of Libya.
Not only does the background of the film and Nakoula’s criminal past fit into this mold, but also the outrageous negligence of the State Department and the fleeing of the security personnel at the Libyan compound also leads us to this unfortunate conclusion.
What Really Happened at the Libyan Embassy?
It’s come out that the State Department knew of the pending troubles for at least 48 hours prior to the attacks on the Libyan embassy and yet, they issued no warnings. A warning would have motivated embassy officials to increase security measures which may have prevented the mob from entering the compound.
“According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.” Independent
Despite President Obama’s praise of the Libyan security forces for their bravery and heroic actions trying to save Chris Stevens, the fact is, most of them, if not all 30 of the security personnel assigned to the compound, took off once the protest outside the building began. The head of the security forces in Benghazi blames that on the video as well.
“The security people just all ran away and the people in charge were the young men with guns and bombs.”
Wissam Buhmeid, the commander of the Tripoli government-sanctioned Libya’s Shield Brigade, effectively a police force for Benghazi, maintained that it was anger over the Mohamed video which made the guards abandon their post. “There were definitely people from the security forces who let the attack happen because they were themselves offended by the film; they would absolutely put their loyalty to the Prophet over the consulate. The deaths are all nothing compared to insulting the Prophet.” Independent
Why would the president of the United States praise the efforts of the Libyan security forces who fled their posts and directly or indirectly helped to cause the deaths of 4 U.S. citizens?
It’s known that the attack was planned well in advance but it certainly wouldn’t have been nearly as successful nor as deadly if the security forces had remained and had the State Department issued a warning 48 hours prior to the attack.
What we have now is an open invitation for the president and the state department to launch full scale military actions and stepped up covert actions inside Libya, something that they have needed to do since the Green Revolution has been gaining strength and support from the average Libyans.
So the question that should be on everyone’s mind is this: Did this just “happen”, this stupid little hate video, or did someone MAKE it happen in order to facilitate a new military “surge” in Libya?
Is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula an FBI Informant?
In order to come to a better understanding of that question, since obviously we aren’t going to get a straight answer from anyone in Washington, we have to look at the source of the film “Innocence of Muslims” and try to figure out how it came to be made and how it made it’s way to the public’s attention.
The FBI has a long sordid history of using confidential informants (CIs) to work undercover in order to root out extremist of all sorts. This is an unremarkable claim not needing source material as proof, but I will provide two recent examples in anticipation of future doubters.
1. Did FBI Employee Shaquille Azir Set Up His Own Employees in Fake Bombing Plot in Exchange for Light Sentence on Bad Check Charges? In this case, the FBI took career criminal, Kelvin Jackson and turned him into Shaquille Azir in order to set up and entrap 5 low-life semi-literate laborers for a fictitious bomb plot. Interesting to note: Jackson was facing 20 years on federal check fraud charges. Keep that in mind for later.
2. Sikh Temple Massacre: CNN Cites David Gletty, the SPLC, and the ADL in ONE Article David Gletty boasts about his exploits as a FBI set-up man. He was living with his mother back in his days posing as a neo-Nazi and running a fake troop out of Orlando. Eventually he framed up two unwitting dupes for ripping off a drug dealer. Not much came out of that little charade.
There are far more of these type operations these days than I would like to have to list but suffice to say it happens with an almost eerie regularity.
The typical MO of such an operation is as follows:
- you take someone outside of the justice or legal system because you don’t want them to be tracked back to law enforcement training or career. Usually someone with a criminal record so they are less likely to betray your project and if they do, you have a built in smear campaign to deny them credibility if, say, they go to the press.
- you create a new identity for them, something that suits your specific needs. In the case of Kelvin Jackson, it was an angry Muslim. In the case of Gletty, a pissed off white guy.
- you accord them some kind of credibility either cash and resources for bombing attacks or a background in whatever endevour you plan.
- fund them through back door channels so it can’t be traced back to the source (Feds, FBI, DEA, etc)
- you set up the sting hoping to catch extremists showing up with bad intentions on their minds.
It’s come out that the phone number for “Sam Bacile”, the director of the 14 minute video at the heart of this psyop, is actually registered to the home address of a man named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Nakoula was interviewed by the Associated Press outside his home and he admitted to working on the film but not to being Bacile. Under the assumed name of Sam Bacile, the director of the film gave several interviews claiming to be an Israeli-American Jew. He also claimed to have raised 5 million dollars from 100 Jewish investors for the film. He ranted about “Islam being a cancer”. Clearly this person’s intention was to stoke racial hatred on several fronts.
It’s pretty well established at this point that “Bacile” is a fake name and the more one looks into it, the more one comes to the conclusion that Nakoula was actually the director of the film. But for argument’s sake, let’s take Nakoula at his word and pretend someone else directed the film. Nakoula admits he produced it and if you know anything about film making, the producer IS the film maker for all intents and purposes.
So if Nakoula produced this film, the questions we have to ask are “why?” and “how?”
Nakoula’s Current and Past Legal Problems
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is a career criminal and just like Kelvin Jackson (aka Shaquile Ariz) his crime was bank fraud and just like Jackson, he is still on the hook for it.
Nakoula was sentenced to 21 months for bank fraud back in 2010. He was sent to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Lompoc which is a minimal security prison for white collar criminals in California. Go here to read the court order judgement. He was also given 5 years after that 21 month sentence on highly supervised parole.
(As a side note, part of the parole stipulation set forth by the judge is that if he were to enter into any kind of confidential informant type of operation for any intelligence or law enforcement agency, it first has to be cleared by the judge in the case. So in fact, there may be legal documentation filed in a California court which ties Nakoula and a branch of the U.S. government to each other and this film. See #13 of the Standard Conditions of Probation on page 4 of 4)
What he had been doing was creating new identities by combining fake names with real social security numbers in order to open credit card accounts with Wells Fargo bank. He would draw money out at ATMs or write checks to other fictitious accounts and cash them at the bank. It was quite extensive his little scheme. Go here to read the court report on his crimes. In the court order he was ordered to pay just north of $794,000 in restitution which he apparently is going to have to be paying back for a very long period of time.
Also of note in the court order: he was not to buy,pay or transfer anything in the dollar amount of over $500 without informing his parole officer first. Well, wouldn’t the producer of a film have to make payments like that with regularity?
He was also ordered to report exactly where he was working and every source of income. He was only allowed to keep one bank account due to the nature of his crime and that account was to be monitored.
So we know he was on probation and being watched carefully. But right after he gets out of the Federal Penitentiary, he hooks up with some shady guys and starts making this ridiculous movie.
Why would he do that?
I noticed when I first saw the 14 minute trailer for the film that it didn’t have a single title block anywhere in it, not at the beginning and not at the end. I therefore concluded that the trailer had actually been lifted from some film school thesis project and retooled for this psyop.
I was partially correct.
The film was not made to this end. It was actually made in the hopes that the filmmakers could smoke out “dangerous” Muslim extremists in California and I believe that was done by Nakoula on behalf of the FBI.
Take a look at what Steve Klein said when interviewed about his role in the film and what he knew about “Sam Bacile”
The original title was “The Innocence of Bin Laden,” which the filmmaker expected would attract an audience of radical Islamists who would become disillusioned about their faith after watching, Klein said.
“Sam had a crew of people passing out fliers around the dangerous mosques in California, trying to get these folks who love Osama Bin Laden who would come to cheer Osama Bin Laden,” Klein said. “But the movie was going to expose all the stuff that Muhammad really did, like murder and pedophilia and stuff like that.”
The movie had one theatrical showing at a cinema on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Klein said.
“I got there about a half hour before the movie started and stayed a half hour after it started and I saw zero — nada, none, no people — go inside,” Klein said.
The lack of interest in the movie left the filmmaker depressed and embarrassed, Klein said. He said he didn’t know how much the budget was or who gave money for production. He said he didn’t invest. “ San Fransisco Chronical
What we have here is a perfect description of an FBI confidential informant honey pot project. Notice that Klein doesn’t know where the money came from.
He said that Bacile had “a crew” of people handing out fliers in the “dangerous” Muslim areas trying to get extremists to show up to the theater and the plan failed. This, according to Klein, depressed “Bacile”. That’s understandable if he needed to produce patsies in order to please his FBI handlers.
Again we have to ask, if Bacile is indeed Nakoula, where did the money come from and how was he able to funnel it all through his bank accounts without the approval of the courts? I also wonder if taking on an assumed name is a violation of his parole considering the nature of his crimes.
There really is no other possible explanation for all of this unless Klein is just making this entire thing up out of whole cloth and maybe Klein himself is Bacile and he’s fingering the producer to avoid taking the blame.
But of course, all of the questions about the identity of Bacile and Nakoula could be over in a flash if someone from the press would just show a picture of Nakoula to the actors and technicians and ask them if it’s Bacile.
But, for some reason, to my knowledge, that hasn’t happened yet. Which in itself is an odd thing when you think about it.
There is no possible explanation for Nakoula to get out of prison and jump right into this project in hopes of trapping the angry Muslims. It appears that Nakoula is a conman, a career criminal who has little to no regard for Muslims or community service. So why would he suddenly jump into this project with money from out of the blue?
He wouldn’t unless he was promised something out of it. One thing he could get out of it is forgiveness of that $780,000 debt hanging over his head. That would be a good motivation, wouldn’t it?
Typically these CI projects eventually come out in court but this one won’t. Now that the film has been retooled and stands at the heart of several deaths, this CI project has got to be flushed down the memory hole forever and if I am right about this, that doesn’t bode well for Mr. Nakoula.
I don’t know if I have proven hypothesis or not. The film was once used as a honeypot, that much is for sure. And it was clearly re-purposed for the “Innocence of the Muslims” mini-flick without even taking the time to put a cheesy title block on it. Who could have done that? Who knew it existed? Who benefits from the attack at the Libyan embassy? Who left the embassy wide open for an attack and provided them with no warning?
A lot of things had to happen just right for the U.S. to be sending drones, destroyers and marines into Libya right now. Everything seems to have fallen into place and at the heart of all this is a film that appears to have been created to sucker extremists into a Sunset Strip theater to meet their demise. Well, retooled or not, the film is now serving a similar purpose and if I am correct, the Feds are finally getting some payoff for the little honeypot deal with Bacile.