Hmm, are the jack-booted thugs coming to take those who insult Islam away?
(The Smoking Gun) The producer of the controversial anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” has been arrested for violating terms of his probation and is set for an appearance today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, is scheduled for an initial appearance in the courthouse where Judge Christina Snyder sentenced him in June 2010 following a bank fraud conviction.
[UPDATE: Citing Nakoula’s “lengthy pattern of deception,” a federal magistrate this afternoon ordered him held without bond for alleged probation violations, including making false statements to his probation officer and using aliases. The judge rejected a plea from Nakoula’s lawyer, who argued that the convicted felon’s life would be in danger at an L.A. lockup due to the facility's large population of Muslim inmates. Nakoula will remain in custody in advance of a probation revocation hearing, the date for which has yet to be scheduled.]
Lest you think it over the top for federal agents to arrest him and see him appear in federal court, many of his original charges were federal ones.
Investigators have not yet provided details about how Nakoula allegedly violated probation, but it seems clear that his involvement in the “Innocence of Muslim” production is central to the government’s new charge.
Glenn Reynolds writes “Ya think?”
Included in his probation terms were prohibitions on his use of the Internet, unless he secured prior approval from his probation officer. Additionally, he was not to “use, for any purpose or in any manner, any name other than his/her true legal name or names without the prior written approval of the Probation Officer.”
From Allahpundit: “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.”
There was quite a bit of outrage on Twitter over this yesterday, and……I’m not going to take part in that. Certainly, the film played 100% of a role in Nakoula being arrested. You have Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Boy Wonder Jay Carney, and other administration officials criticizing the film, but, it appears that by making the film and disseminating it on the Internet while using multiple aliases Nakoula broke the terms of his probation. He’s not exactly an upstanding, law abiding guy.
It may seem that the jack-booted thugs are coming for him to stop his freedom of speech which was highly critical of Mohammed, but the only person to blame is Nakoula himself for breaking the terms of his probation.