Saturday, September 15, 2012

Freedom Of Speech Under Attack

In recent news, the producer of the film Innocence of Muslims, Nakoula Besseley Nakoula, was "escorted" from his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies to a meeting with his federal probation officers. 

NBC News September 15, 2012
Suspected Anti-Islam Filmmaker Questioned By Federal Probation Officers
Updated at 10 a.m. ET: A man purported to be a filmmaker involved with the anti-Islam video sparking violent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa was escorted by deputies from his Cerritos, Calif., home shortly after midnight Saturday morning, reported.
Media and law enforcement had been staking out the home at the end of a cul de sac in the Southern California city for about 48 hours when Nakoula Besseley Nakoula emerged wearing a coat, hat, scarf and glasses.
L.A. County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore confirmed to NBCLA that Nakoula, 55, was taken to the Cerritos sheriff’s station for interviewing by federal probation officers aimed at determining whether he violated the terms of his 5-year probation by uploading a video to the Internet.
"We are in an assist mode," he said.

Supposedly the interview with federal probation officers from Probation and Pretrial Services (PPS) was voluntary.

Whitmore added that Nakoula, who has denied involvement in the film in a phone call to his Coptic Christian bishop, agreed to the interview prior to the deputies arriving at his home, that the move was "entirely voluntary" and the man was "very cooperative."

But a midnight interview of a felon released back in 2010 in a local law enforcement agencies office is highly unusual.  

What is more unusual is that the overworked officers would have any concern about the issue at hand, a clear 1st Amendment activity.  Even though Nakoula was apparently prohibited from using aliases and using the internet, Probation and Pretrial Services would not have been concerned unless there was evidence that the subject was involved in criminal activity, such as back bilking banks or stealing identities.  

It is also clear that orders to effectively arrest Nakoula and interview him came from the highest levels and are only related to the content of the movie production itself.  No federal probation officer would be concerned in any other case about the content of an internet movie, unless it criticizes Islam.  

In fact most federal prisoners released on probation are not monitored at all and even if evidence of violations of parole conditions come to the attention of PPS, only serious violations are investigated and never at midnight. PPS officers are a 9-5 lot.  In any event, the usual process is to call in a probationer to the PPS office if there is an issue.  Only if the probationer fails to respond do PPS officers leave their desks.  And they have a rather large office in Los Angeles for probationers to come into; no need to use a sheriff's office.  It should be noted that the LA PPS office is one of the busiest in the nation.  PPS is overwhelmed with huge numbers of federal arrests and has no time to monitor parolees released from federal prison.  Unless they offend Muslims.

This is just more evidence of the growing Muslim dictatorship led by Barak Hussein Obama.

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