Thursday, September 13, 2012

Update on the Film: Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theatre

Max Blumenthal has an extensive analysis of the guy behind the anti-Mohammed film over at his website:

The producer of the film is a real estate developer supposedly named “Sam Bacile” who claims to be an Israeli Jew. Bacile told the AP the film was made with $5 million raised from “100 Jewish donors.” He said he was motivated to help his native country, Israel, by exposing the evils of Islam.
While Bacile claims to be in hiding, and his identity remains murky, another character who has been publicly listed as a consultant on the film is a known anti-Muslim activist with ties to the extreme Christian right and the militia movement. He is Steve Klein, a Hemet, California based insurance salesman who claims to have led a “hunter-killer team” in Vietnam.
Klein is a right-wing extremist who emerged from the same axis of Islamophobia that produced Anders Behring Breivik and which takes inspiration from the writings of Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, and Daniel Pipes.
The American Taliban is hard at work here. The Fundamentalist Radical Christianists are doing everything they possibly can to bring on the Armageddon they want so badly. The sociopathic ruffians behind this project knew that it would create strife among their brothers-under-the-skin, the Fundamentalist Radical Islamists. That, it would appear, was the whole point.

Free speech ends, or so we were told by the US Supreme Court, with you not getting to yell "FIRE!" in a crowded theatre. Yeah, I know that there's that whole "religious speech" thing, which is supposed to keep government out of religious business, and this was a "religious" film, blah blah blah. But religious speech is not -- or should not be -- protected if someone jumps up in that same theatre and yells, "God told me, FIRE!"

I hope that Klein and his shadowy buddy "Bacile" -- who may not even exist -- are arrested, tried and convicted for provoking these riots and for causing those American deaths in Libya. But sadly I do not see it happening.

Oh, one more thing: That whole "hunter-killer team" thing. Yeah, uh-huh...