Filmmaker Hillary & Obama Framed Still Rots in Prison

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


311310The mainstream press has suddenly woken up to the Obama administration’s trashing of the First Amendment after one of their own – the Associated Press – became the administration’s latest target. But the mainstream press and self-styled civil liberties groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union disgracefully chose to ignore the canary in the coal mine. He is the hapless and forgotten video producer Mark Basseley Youssef, an Egyptian-born Christian and U.S. citizen whose First Amendment rights have been sacrificed at the altar of the Obama administration’s accommodations to the Muslim world.

Youssef has been rotting in jail in California on trumped up charges since September 27, 2012. Youssef’s real offense was to produce the anti-Islam video the Obama administration falsely blamed for the attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.  The truth is that Islamist jihadists took the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in a pre-mediated terrorist attack.  The Obama administration knew the real cause of the violence well before it chose to make Youssef and his crude video the scapegoat.

Youssef was on probation after being convicted on federal financial fraud charges in Los Angeles in 2010 and serving approximately a year of his twenty-one month sentence in prison.  One of the conditions of his probation was that he was barred from using “any online service at any location” without the prior approval of his probation officer. While on probation he produced the anti-Islam video. He used aliases and brought in actors who were allegedly not aware of the real purpose behind the roles they had been asked to play. No doubt he had violated the terms of his probation, which could be used to justify revocation of the probation and his return to prison. However, the public display of Youssef being hauled in, his being held in solitary confinement according to his lawyer, his shackling in court and the threat of a new prison sentence in excess of the sentence for which he was originally convicted all point to one thing: The Obama administration’s goal all along was to punish Youssef for blasphemy against Islam – a crime under Sharia law – and to make sure that the Muslim world was fully aware of the punishment. Youssef’s probation violations served merely as a pretext.

Indeed, spontaneous mob violence in response to the video became central to the false narrative that the Obama administration concocted. It was trying to cover up its own failure to secure the Benghazi consulate adequately against the potential danger of an Islamist terrorist attack about which the CIA had previously warned. The video provided an alternative justification for what triggered the violence. The Obama administration’s public display of resolve to catch and prosecute the video producer was meant for the Muslim world’s consumption.

E-mails recently released show how the State Department pressured the CIA to remove any specific reference to al Qaeda and to remove the adjective “Islamic” before the word “extremists” from the infamous talking points that were supposed to inform the American people about the Benghazi attack. State Department and White House officials wanted to retain the talking points’ assessment that “the demonstrations” (replacing the word “attacks”) were believed to have been “spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct attack against the US Consulate and subsequently its annex.” However, they insisted on omitting the unambiguous CIA statement in its earlier drafts of the talking points that “we do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qa’ida participated in the attack.”

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland got involved in the back-and-forth on the talking points. In one email dated September 14, 2012, she expressed her frustration that the CIA had not gone far enough to satisfy her own “issues or those of my building leadership.”

Who did Nuland have in mind when she referred to her “building leadership”? We do not know for sure if it was then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself. However, what we do know is that Clinton was busy pushing the video narrative at the very same time as these e-mail exchanges were taking place. Indeed, on September 14, 2012 – the same day as Nuland’s e-mail citing the unresolved issues of her “building leadership” – Hillary Clinton hammered away at the video. At a memorial service at Andrews Air Force attended by President Obama, Hillary Clinton and family members of the fallen heroes, Clinton vowed to the father of Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, who was killed in the attack, that the Obama administration would “arrest and prosecute” the producer of the video.  In her remarks at the service, she denounced the “awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with” as the cause of the violence.

Clinton was not alone in pushing the false video narrative. President Obama told the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2012 that a “crude and disgusting video” was responsible for sparking “outrage throughout the Muslim world.” Obama delivered this distortion of the truth on the world stage two weeks after the Benghazi attack, by which time there was no doubt the Benghazi attack was a pre-mediated Islamist terrorist assault that had nothing to do with Youssef’s video.

Obama declared to the General Assembly: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Just two days after Obama’s UN speech – and barely two weeks after then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s vow to the Benghazi victims’ families to “arrest and prosecute” the video producer – Youssef was arrested and held without bail. The charge was that Youssef had violated the terms of his probation linked to his prior conviction for the non-violent crime of bank fraud.

The Obama administration would settle for nothing else than significant jail time for Youssef.  It wanted to send him away for at least two years, more than the term of his original sentence and far in excess of a sentencing guideline range for a probation violation of four to 10 months. Moreover, Youssef had already served approximately a year of his original 21 month sentence for which he does not appear to have been given full credit in determining his sentence for violation of the terms of his probation.

The Obama administration brought in the Criminal Division chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Robert Dugdale, to personally handle Youssef’s case. Dugdale usually handles such high profile cases as a Mexican Mafia trial, not violations of probation for non-violent crimes. Indeed, according to his office’s website, the Criminal Division led by Dugdale consists of approximately 190 Assistant United States Attorneys and 70 support staff. There were plenty of lower level attorneys to deal with Youssef’s case if it were truly a typical instance of a probation violation or a garden variety fraud case.

Dugdale’s Criminal Division website states: “As a result of the events of September 11, 2001, DOJ [Department of Justice], of which the USAO [United States Attorney's Office] is a part, has refocused its efforts to prevent terrorist crimes before they occur and to bring those who participate in the planning and execution of such crimes to justice. This is the first priority of both DOJ and the USAO.”

Yet while the jihadist terrorists who committed the murders in Benghazi remain at large, the Obama administration decided to use the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division chief to make Youssef the scapegoat, in order to prove to the Muslim world that it would spare no effort to punish “those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Rather than risk a longer sentence than what he was originally put away for, Youssef took a deal for a one-year term.

On November 7th – the day after President Obama was re-elected – U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder, a Bill Clinton nominee, sentenced Youssef to one year in prison where he remains today.  Youssef was brought into court in shackles to hear his sentence. Only one pool reporter – from the Associated Press, which ironically now finds itself a target of the Obama administration’s anti-First Amendment fervor – was allowed in court.

Youssef’s attorney delivered this prescient statement of Youssef’s to the media on the courthouse steps: “The one thing he wanted me to tell all of you is President Obama may have gotten Osama bin Laden, but he didn’t kill the ideology.”

We can stipulate that Mark Basseley Youssef produced an “awful Internet video” as Hillary Clinton put it. And we can also stipulate that he committed probation violations, used aliases and misled his actors. However, when the only person in prison in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack is someone who produced a controversial film in the exercise of his First Amendment rights and not the jihadist murderers, something is very wrong in America under the Obama administration.

As Michael W. McConnell, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit who now directs the Stanford Constitutional Law Center stated, “It sends exactly the wrong message abroad, because when people are becoming violent to try to pressure the U.S. to violate someone’s constitutional rights, we ought to be going out of our way to make it clear that we will not accede to that kind of pressure.”

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    All kinds of bait and switch had to be accomplished in order to shield themselves from illegal actions. However, it was not as if this filmmaker was a completely innocent target, as he too had some fishy Islamic connections. Be that as it may, it was his film which served their purposes, but it backfired big time. Unbridled arrogance always bites back.

    So if Obama Inc thinks they are walking away unscathed they shouldn't bet their financial fortunes on this being the case – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/07/further-untan

    Separating the forest from the trees is more than mandatory.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Michael Copeland

    A small plea, made elsewhere: it is not accurate or true to say the video is “anti-Islam”. It is low quality, yes, even “awful”, as Hillary Clinton put it, but it DUTIFULLY FOLLOWS Islam’s own texts relating Mohammed’s life
    Obama called it “crude and disgusting”. We can agree with him on that.
    (Revealing the Truth Behind the Mohammed Movie Part 1 – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lclYpsz0Iwo).
    The high quality film “The Ten Commandments” dutifully follows its source texts. It is not “anti-Jewish”.

    • PhillipGaley

      No, we can well stipulate that, Mark Basseley Youssef produced an “awful Internet video”, and simply because, doing so has nothing to do with common sense in the rational administration of law and governance; in a word, whatever he made has nothing to do with any difference in the price of oolong between Berlin and Cairo—please, just forget about it! Whatever he did in that way, was a simple 1st Am exercise in freedom of expression.

      The ever much greater truth has to do with the fact that, Hillary Clinton—as many others in gov't office do—speaks for the Am people, and will continue to speak—and, get away with blooky murder, if she so chooses—until a sufficient number of them write or in some way pipe up to say such as: "Hillary, you don't speak for me.", "No, Hillary, you don't speak for me.", "Hillary doesn't speak for me.", and so forth.

      As things now stand, there are simply not enough Am citizens who do that.

      • PhillipGaley

        CORRECTION: "No, we cannot well stipulate, . . .".

  • Michael Copeland

    A word about “those who slander the prophet of Islam”. In Sharia law:

    “Slander means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike” (Manual of Islamic Law r2.2).

    Truth is no defence. It can be seen that this concept is hugely different from slander in the West. Obama’s statement is thus openly ambiguous.

    The Manual of Islamic Law, “Reliance of the Traveller” is available as a free download http://www.shafiifiqh.com/maktabah/relianceoftraveller.p....

  • Leslie51

    We now know that Hillary first mentioned the video in connection with Benghazi just after her 10:00 pm phone conversation with Obama on September 11 – well before the ceremony when the bodies returned to the US.

  • Chanameel

    You can bet your sweet bippee,

    that the only film he will be making will be about,

    picking up soap in a prison shower.

  • fiddler

    Mark Basseley Youssef — political prisoner.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      It is not to far fetched to think he will one day receive and Oscar or Pulitzer, he most
      likley is on a target list and prison is a safe place for him. His post imprisonment will
      probably be in witness protection doing x-rated movies starring Weiner………..William

  • Adheeb

    Mark Basseley Youssef previously broke the law, then violated his probation. This enabled the 'powers that be' to jail him. While I personally sympathize with Mr. Youssef, never-the-less he made himself vulnerable and now he pays the piper. We who seek to proclaim truth need to make doubly sure we live it.

    • http://twitter.com/PWaliser @PWaliser

      Who cares? I don't see our incompetent, corrupt government enforcing our immigration laws (despite swearing to do so when hired on) and then to blatantly on camera send in an army of 50 swat along with law enforcement to arrest one Mark Basseley Youssef. Explain what in his film is a lie? Do you Muslims hate it when the truth about Mohammed and the killing cult of Islam is exposed for the world to see?

  • Paul

    As crude as the video may be, there is nothing in it that isn’t true. I’m sick of Muslim butt lickers and other dhimmis thinking they have to constantly appease these stone age Cretans. Since when did truth become the new hate speech? Also, when will the world’s agenda be about the advancement of mankind, instead of the Islamic Global Menace?

  • Looking4Sanity

    This is just a snapshot of what "fundamental transformation" looks like. I could see the sheepish public being suckered in the first time, but after re-electing the Chicago mobster, one can only assume that a majority of the voting public are just too stupid to retain or deserve their freedom.

    "Blow up your TV. Throw away the paper. Move to the country. Build you a farm." – John Prine

  • tanstaafl

    Free Yousef! Free Yousef!.

  • Looking4Sanity

    Chronicling the decline of American Civilization

    "That depends on what the meaning of the word 'IS 'is."- Bill Clinton

    "We have to pass the Bill in order to find out what's in it."- Nancy Pelosi

    "What difference, at this point, does it make?!"- Hillary Clinton

    "That's an old story. It's not news."- Jay Carney

    "The law is irrelevant."- Dan Pfeiffer

  • BS77

    I feel sorry for the dude…..I have not seen the film, so I don't know anything about it….but I am sure it isn't any worse than most of the Hollywood trash.

  • Ann

    who says we don't have the SS in AMERICA…now we know they will come in the night and scoop you up and put you in jail… they came for my neighbor 5 houses down from me …and I said nothing…they came for my neighbor 2 houses down from me…and I said nothing…then they came for me…AND NO ONE SAID ANYTHING FOR ME…

  • JAMAL

    MY FRIENDS I BRING TO YOU MANY GREETS AND PEACES. I WOULD LIKE JUST TO SAY THAT IT IS GOOD THAT THIS MEN OF EVIL IS IN THE JAIL. IT IS FORBIDDEN TO INSULT THE PROPHET (PEACE ON HIM) AND YOUR AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IS SEEING THAT WHICH IS GOOD. PLEASE BELIEVE NOT IN THE LIES OF THIS MEN AND OTHERS ON ISLAM. ISLAM IS THE PEACEFUL RELIGION AND THE WORD OF THE GOD. AMERICA MUST SOON KNOW ISLAM. YOU MUST KNOW THIS AND FIND THE TRUTH OF ISLAM. I ASK TO YOU PLEASE SEE THIS WEBSITE: http://www.converttoislam.org/ PEACE ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.

    • Alvaro

      "IT IS FORBIDDEN TO INSULT THE PROPHET (PEACE ON HIM)"

      No, It is forbidden for *Muslims* to insult the "prophet". In this case it was a non-Muslim telling the truth about Muhammed. I know it must be hard to swallow the truth. After all he was a pervert and a child molester who heard voices in his head. Fortunately for him he was able to convince the cretin Arabs that he heard messages from God.

      If God is perfect, would he pick an illiterate murderer, thief and child molester as a prophet? I think not.

      Just face it: Following the example of an evil man like Muhammad will make you an evil person.

      It is not too late for you to convert.
      http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-to-Christianity

  • Chanameel

    Jamal,

    May you indulge and pleasure yourself with the same soap bar as Youssef.

    And may the blessed Mohaaahmah be with you.

    Figuratively and spiritually at the highest levels of conciousness of course.

    Many Blessings to you and Mohaamed.

  • esperanto

    Check out:

    "A Debate already watched by 58,000 since June 2011:”Woman and Marriage in the Quran and the Bible”
    http://www.antisharia.com/2013/05/21/a-debate-alr

    AND ALSO

    "Sam Shamoun vs Nadir Ahmed: Is Islam a Religion of Peace?"
    http://www.antisharia.com/2011/12/02/sam-shamoun-

  • MVLL

    Nakoula Bassily Nakoula is the name I first located as the video maker. The vid was supposedly posted on YouTube 3 months before 9/11/2012 .

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    what Ann answered I didn't know that someone able to make $8478 in a few weeks on the computer. have you seen this site… up444.c­om

  • Asher

    So the Patsy, who had nothing to do with the deaths of Americans in Benghazi takes the fall…How convenient for the Obama administration who aren't accountable for anything they do!

  • Guest

    It’s like boycotting cauliflower. Uh, okay. I’m in.