Controversial Anti-Islam Film a Fake Used to Reverse Democratic Gains?
As angry fingers continue to point at a controversial anti-Islam film for enflaming the Middle East, some have begun to question the real underlying causes of the violence - and even if the film shared online is a carefully constructed sham.
Ever since Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ death amidst an angry protest in Benghazi last Tuesday, those on the streets have stated, over and again, that the growing call to arms began with the YouTube release of what was advertised as a 14-minute clip of “Innocence of Muslims”, a confusing video diatribe that came out of nowhere, leaving even its actors baffled.
Directed by Nakoula Bassely Nakoulaan (aka Sam Bacile, aka Sam Basselley and perhaps a few other aliases), a Cerritos, California based Egyptian-American with a less than clean police and court record, “Innocence of Muslims” was shown only once in an almost empty Hollywood theater. Hardly to be considered a popular American choice to share popcorn and sodas over, as has been alleged by those inciting the crowds overseas.
Nakoulaan's family has left their home and have joined him in hiding following word that thousands were planning to descend on their Cerritos home.
As arrests grow over the Embassy assault and evidence mounts that that it may have been pre-planned (or exploited) by extremists, questions also have arisen about whether the original movie, as advertised on YouTube, ever actually existed in its more toxic form.
According to actors on the movie’s set, the video clip apparently has been radically altered, its content far from that of the original movie. Actors who have been recently interviewed stated that they had taken part in filming an action movie called “Desert Warrior”, set over 2,000 years ago - 600 years before the Prophet Mohammed and the rise of Islam. Some of the actors now fear for their lives because of the original footage's wholesale editing.
According to those actors much, if not all, of the dialogue shown in the YouTube clip had been dubbed over their original lines, adding in the offensive references to the Prophet Mohammed that have embroiled the Middle East. A simple review of the video clip reveals that in every instance of an insult in a scene containing the actors in traditional garb, you can hear obvious (and poorly performed) dubbing, or a break-away from the actor's face.Continued on the next page