Sam Bacile is an obvious pseudonym. The very earliest web trace is the Y-tube account created on April 4 2012, the "trailer" was posted on July 2, 2012. The 14 min film "trailer" is the only independent evidence that a longer film may exist.
Three names have been associated with the Mohammed film.
Terry Jones, the media-whore pastor from Florida
Morris Sadek (Gergis) - a Coptic agitator with a media relationship to Terry Jones
Steve Klein of San Jacinto/Hemet
Klein has been most available to the media. He has made a recent interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic. http://tinyurl.com/...
Below the fold I will present additional sources and information.
Steve A. Klein lives in the interior southern California region of Hemet/San Jacinto He is associated with an small insurance agency, Wise and a contracting firm "Heritage Ranch"
Klein describes himself:
I am a born-again Christian – in history Cromwell and George Washington are my heroes. I look at life as ceaseless spiritual warfare ending only in a noble death for King Jesus – and I conduct myself as if it is spiritual warfare, using the skills of the USMC to resist evil with good.
... With 9/11 2001 I immersed myself with Islam in America – went to every major Mosque in SoCal with Arabic-speaking Christians as translators and uncovered useful information about many Mosques being the head quarters of terrorism in America.Klein's Facebook most frequently promotes a site http://www.atvsat.com/... This is a evangelical Islam>Christian conversion platform. Klein hosts a video podcast out of the site called "Wake Up America" http://www.atvsat.com/... Klein's personal facebook page is mostly private, but does provide access to his enormous "friends" list https://www.facebook.com/...
... Contracted with USMC, IMEF – to teach Marines Arabic and Islamic Philosophy – fired by the USMC as I taught the TRUTH about Mohammed and how Muslim soldiers and leaders follow his murderous example. I was paid $500 an hour and was told by the IMEF operations officer, “Mr. Klein, you may be correct about Mohammed, but I have been commanded by the Pentagon that I must be PC … and PC I will be. I politely told the Colonel that I would not comply and was fired.
Klein associates with James E. Horn to distribute flyers at Temecula/Murietta High Schools protesting Islam. See news articles , and (more importantly) the massive comments by Horn and Klein on these the agit-prop events. Klein's archive comments are http://temecula.patch.com/...
The Murrieta leafleting news reporting archives the leaflet handed out. This is useful for additional links and sources. http://murrieta.patch.com/... see the pdf file. Similar fliers are online with a website called Defendstudents.org, mentioned on Klein facebook blog and in his news-site comments. Defendstudents is registered to "Tri-City Tea Party" out of Oceanside Ca using the name Andy Lambo, a Oceanside real estate character.
The leaflet (and the Altar or Abolish) website make the child marriage of Mohammed a central issue. This parrallels the video.
Horn and Klein also agitated on a mosque in Temecula with much additional reporting and letters to the editor.
Horn has published several books. He claims to be CIA officer from Vietnam-era Cambodia. He maintains websites http://www.dididawdawdidi.com/ http://experiencingislam.com/ http://www.jamesehorn.com Horn links to the virulently anti-Muslim website http://www.godsaveusa.com
Klein is also an author "Is-Islam-Compatible-with-the-Constitution" Google books has excerpts and the whole text is at http://www.scribd.com/...
Klein's Altar or Abolish page has screed's against a host of enemies:
LA sheriff Lee Baca, Grover Norquist ??
Max Blumenthal has a blog post that recapitulates much of this information, and expands it by placing Klein as an armed trainer at a Sequoia area Christian militia camp.
Much of Blumenthal's information was sourced from this SPLC report on the Kaweah Christian compound. http://www.splcenter.org/...
The local Hemet press is now reporting on Klein. They add the information that Klein was a 2002 candidate for California Insurance Commissioner with American Independent Party backing. http://www.pe.com/...
The charity Klein was associated with "Courageous Christian United" has IRS form 990's on Guidestar for 2002, 2003 (when Klein was "CEO") and 2009 (when he is secretary). The current president is Rob Sivulka from W. Jordan Utah. Sivulka was paid 22,855 in 2009. Sivulka maintains a facebook page (updated to include the Blumenthal blob article). The 2009 board has other Sivulka family members. Other names include Brett Kunkle from Newport Beach Ca -- the only other holdover (with Klein) from the 2003 board. https://www.facebook.com/...
The current iteration of CCU is virulently anti-Mormon.
Gawker has an interview with one of the film's actresses: http://gawker.com/...
an archived casting call is here: http://casting.backstage.com/...
The casting call identifies the Producer as Sam Bassiel and the director as Alan Roberts
Company is cited as DW Productions. A DW Productions exists in the Ca database, linking back to a conservative Baptist preacher in Tenn. Danny Whetstone. I don't think these two DW Productions are identical, and the anti-Islam strands in the Danny Whetstone page are just coincidental. Danny Whetstone does has pix on the Web, and is white haired, so the Actress could ID (Klein is also whitehaired).
Cindy Lee [Davis] Garcia, the actress who has stepped forward lists a "Steven Goldberg" as the producer on her INDB resume. Cite: http://www.imdb.com/... Ms. Garcia has a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/... (name refers to a Christian outreach where she was pastor for >20 years). Linked in for Ms Garcia: http://www.linkedin.com/...
A casting call has email for response as email@example.com
jimmy israel is a person.
Jimmy IsraelJimmy Israel is associated with a multi-level Real Estate training scheme called "Nouveau Riche University" The scheme is being sued for fraud. On Sept 4 2012, Israel was on a message board defending the network.
Owner, jimmyisrael.net (and .com)
11061 Missouri Avenue, Suite 3
Los Angeles, California 90025-5623
"Real Estate Financiers and Investors"
I know Jim PIccolo and attended Nouveau Riche and Picollo International University. The ideas and the execution of both learning centers was EXCELLENT. I was a veteran Real Estate Trader when I went in, I learn a great deal and met a netowrk of other Real Estate Traders with whom I am now associated and with whom I am doing business. I am not super successful yet but what I learned and the access to others of the same ilk was invaluable and I believe that I will soon climb the ladder to a big success because of Nouveau Riche and Piccolo International University.http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/... The jimmyisrael.net version of his website has more extensive information and a resume of sorts. http://www.jimmyisrael.net/...
AP has tracked the "pseudonym" to the LA Coptic community.
LOS ANGELES — The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film that triggered mobs in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.The production company of Nakoula is "Pharaoh Voice, Inc". The registered address is 11804 Carson St. Hawaiian Gardens Ca 90716. This is a converted gas station, now a "smog test" depot. The name associated with ownership at this address is Fahmi Abdel Malak . This is another Coptic surname.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, told The Associated Press in an interview outside Los Angeles that he was manager for the company that produced “Innocence of Muslims,” ....
Nakoula denied he had posed as Bacile. During a conversation outside his home, he offered his driver’s license to show his identity but kept his thumb over his middle name, Basseley. Records checks by the AP subsequently found it and other connections to the Bacile persona.
Nakoula was released from prison for bank fraud in June 2011. The film was in preproduction-casting in July 2011. Nakoula may be just a convenient source of an alias, and the genuine funds and sources further removed.
Recent interview with Klein point to a rogue or private anti-terrror operation aspect in the original screening in June 2012 at the Vine theatre.
Steve Klein, who said he served as a script consultant, said that he and the producers originally called the movie "Innocence of Bin Laden" in hopes of drawing underground Islamic extremists in the Los Angeles area.A local San Gabriel Valley paper has discovered that a Duarte non-profit "Media For Christ" took out a Filming Permit for Desert Warrior/Innocence. "Media for Christ" and "The Way TV" (the Video blog channel used by Klein) share officers and addresses.
‘In the end nobody showed up to see the premiere. I called Sam right away and he sank into a depression.
‘I told him nobody was there and he said: ‘Really?’ He was really upset. It seemed to fizzle out until a few days ago.'
In a bizarre twist, Mr Klein added: ‘I was so worried about retaliation that I did not get out of my car when I was watching to see who turned up to the film.
‘I have gray hair and a big grey moustache so I dyed them both black and wore sunglasses so nobody would recognise me. I was worried somebody would turn up who knew who I was.’
Both Media for Christ and The Way TV are run by Joseph Abdelmasih of Arcadia, who is listed as chief executive officer for both entities, and president of Media for Christ, public records show.http://www.sgvtribune.com/...
Media for Christ is a IRS non-profit. Guidestar has 2009-2011 Form 990 tax returns available. Joseph N. Abdelmasih reported compensation of $30,000, and board member Rania W. Mossad was paid $26,400. Total contributions in 2011 was just over 1 Million, and expense about the same with 648,000 spent on TV production. Income has grown rapidly from 46,000 in 2008> 195k in 2009, 645k in 2010 and 1,016k in 2011
The whois information for this site lists Joseph Nassralla as the contact/admin for Media for Christ. Nassralla spoke at the P. Geller sponsored "anti-mosque" rallies in NYC in 2010 and 2011. See for instance this video: http://rainoutreachtv.com/... Nassralla has an enormous facebook following: https://www.facebook.com/... Legal documents imply that Joseph Nassralla is an alias for Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih.
Nassralla appears to be an especial favorite of the P. Geller/ David Horowitz / Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch media circle. He was a featured speakers at all the Geller promoted anti-Islam events in NYC. This, of course, means that funding for the Nassralla video project would be relatively easy to come by via the enormous following that the Geller group has cultivated.
Media for Christ has a New Zealand branch with whois of Ethan Shakoor (aka Hasib Shakoor) in Auckland. Ethan Shakoor is evidently a con-man, with complaints online about his behavoir. Shakoor has a facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/... One of the Courageous Christians United board members (Brett Kunkle) abruptly announced a New Zealand trip on his facebook this week. Don't know if this is related, but a funding stream may route overseas.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/... Buzzfeed has a new interview with Jimmy Israel, and a cast member. Important corroborating info in this piece are another of Nakoula's alias: Abanob Basseley Nakoula (apparently lifted from his son), further description of Jimmy Israels role (he clashed with Nakoula and left the production), and the claim the Duarte studio of Media for Christ was lent to the Nakoula group.