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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/...

Klein updates a Facebook page "Altar or Abolish"  and  parallel websites.   http://www.altarorabolish.com/  http://abolishislam.com/   or https://www.facebook.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"
http://wisehomeinsurance.com/
 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.

... 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'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/...

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.
http://maxblumenthal.com/...

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 desertwarrior@jimmyisrael.com
See: https://www.facebook.com/...

jimmy israel is a person.

Jimmy Israel
Owner, jimmyisrael.net (and .com)

    Work Phone
    347-770-7052

    Work Email
    jimmy@jimmyIsrael.net
    jimmy@jimmyIsrael.com
    literaryscreenplays@jimmyisrael.com

    Work Address
    11061 Missouri Avenue, Suite 3
    Los Angeles, California 90025-5623
    United States

    Work Webpage
    www.jimmyisrael.com

    "Real Estate Financiers and Investors"
    Nouveau Riche

Jimmy 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.
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.

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.

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 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.
‘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.’

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.  
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.

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  •  Wonder if he is true believer (psychopath) (6+ / 0-)

    or in it for the money (sociopath).

    Sometimes I want to get off this planet.

    "Drudge: soundslike sludge, islike sewage."
    (-7.25, -6.72)

    by gougef on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 12:35:54 PM PDT

  •  The First Rule for Total F*king Lunatics is... (10+ / 0-)

    ...so often overlooked.

    1.) When you are a total fucking lunatic, make at least a minimal effort not to sound like a total fucking lunatic.

    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.

    Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

    by teachme2night on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 12:45:01 PM PDT

    •  To a man who does nothing but pound nails (7+ / 0-)

      everything looks like a hammer.

      THE TELL-TALE HEART
      by Edgar Allan Poe
      1843

      TRUE!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily—how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

      To my mind, the best part of A Beautiful Mind was the transition between John Nash having hallucinations and not being able to tell that they were hallucinations, and continuing to have hallucinations but recognizing them as hallucinations.

      Think about that whenever you hear Republicans hallucinating. Are they absolutely mad, or just semi-mad and lying? It doesn't always matter to listeners, but it does matter for those few hallucinators who recover and repent publicly, and bring some of their former followers with them.

      • John Newton, for example, who took three years after converting to Christianity and writing the hymn Amazing Grace to realize that he had to give up being a slave ship captain, and join the campaign to end slavery in the British Empire.
      • Nixon lawyer John Dean, hung out to twist slowly in the wind, who vowed that he would not be the patsy, and that if he went down all the others involved in Watergate would go down with him. went on to write Worse Than Watergate and Conservatives Without Conscience.
      • David Brock, who eventually admitted that his book The Real Anita Hill, centered on the Clarence Thomas hearings, was pure character assassination, and went on to found Media Matters for America.
      • Lee Atwater claimed that he repented after he learned that he had an inoperable brain tumor, and started reading the Bible. However, Mary Matalin claimed that he was just spinning right to the end, noting that the Bible he claimed he was reading at the time was found later, still wrapped in cellophane. He certainly published an apology to Michael Dukakis, and cited other instances of his own wrongdoing. He did not, however, apologize for the racist Southern Strategy that he helped to create.
      • Former insurance executive Wendell Potter, who has come over from the dark side to tell us all how insurance companies rob and cheat us, and even kill us.
      • Child prodigy in Evangelical Christian revivalism Marjoe Gortner, who came to denounce the hypocrisy of professional evangelists.
      • Child prodigy Jonathan Krohn, who once wowed CPAC audiences with his eloquent and seemingly mature Liberal-bashing, who is now an Independent highly critical of Right wing group-think.

      Hey, this is turning into a Diary. I'll go think about that.

      Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare. http://www.healthcare.gov

      by Mokurai on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:44:36 PM PDT

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    •  He sounds just like (0+ / 0-)

      the person I'd recruit to invade an Embassy in disguise, kill a Commie gay Ambassador and show the Black man in the WH that the Teabag revolution had begun.

      Brought to you by Halliburton

      We made it through puberty - how awful can dying be?

      by nolagrl on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 04:06:30 PM PDT

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  •  More and more names are emerging (7+ / 0-)

    as orchestrators of this violence-promoting clusterfuck: Klein, Morris Sadek, Terry Jones (the useful idiot), Andrew Saqib James ... the list is certain to get longer.

    The question that's bound to arise is whether or not anyone in the Romney campaign knew these particular protests were planned for 9/11. Please, let's not jump the gun on that one.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 12:55:16 PM PDT

    •  why should the loonies (0+ / 0-)

      have all the conspiracy theory fun?

      Besides, you can truthily say that a former Special Ops type wrote that there were accusations on the internet that Cheney was responsible for the attacks, to defeat Obama and protect his business investments.  And Romney's.

      All true.   I refuse to blame generic enemy 'Islamic Extremist'  until independent sources confirm. Pull the other one, Dick.  No more lynch mobs.

      We made it through puberty - how awful can dying be?

      by nolagrl on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 04:15:57 PM PDT

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  •  @PrinceofRazors on Twitter (15+ / 0-)

    is working on this too.

    By the way, the Coptic Orthodox Synod has responded in an official press release as follows:

    The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church issued a statement after its meeting on Wednesday September 12, 2012, condemning the funding and production of the film that insulted Islam and it's prophet saying its release at this specific time is part of a malicious campaign targeting defamation of religions, aiming to divide the people, most notably the Egyptian people.

    The Holy Synod said that before this film, several western films have insulted Jesus Christ and Christianity in general. It is with deep sorrow felt before by such grievances that the Coptic Church is appalled at such abuse of Islam and Muslims inside and outside of Egypt. It is with great shared pain that the Holy Synod issued the following words:

    First, the defamation of religion, its symbols and teachings is incompatible with Christian values, the teaching of Jesus Christ and the apostles as is demonstrated in the Bible, so those who participate in such a production, display or promotion of such a films should be held fully accountable for operating outside of Christian principles and church laws.

    Second, the defamation of any religion and its symbols is a crime against all humans and should be prevented and addressed by everyone alike.

    Third, those present during the meeting know that Coptic Christians living abroad and belonging to the church have expressed a deep dissatisfaction with this abusive film.

    Fourth, those present during the meeting firmly believe what is mentioned in the statement is a sincere expression of the feelings of all Copts in Egypt and abroad and we strongly reject such offenses. Islam, and Muslims in general, are partners in our nation and humanity.

    Fifth, it is the unity of the Egyptian people – Muslims and Christians – that will enable us to overcome this ordeal with a common expression at all levels to reject this unfortunate event.

    Sixth, this statement is an official media release, communicated to President Mursi and the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb.

    And here is an article about a Coptic protest against the movie: http://www.merip.org/...

    I am sick over this whole thing and frustrated with some of the discussion here (not in this diary) so I'm kinda taking a break but I thought these might be good to share.

    The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

    by emidesu on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 01:50:20 PM PDT

  •  Linked below is the SPLC report referring to some (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    madhaus, Sylv, JVolvo

    of the names in the diary and the thread. Here. They're all in it.

  •  The military was paying this assclown (0+ / 0-)

    $550 per hour?

    Talk about pissing our money away ...

    “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

    by jrooth on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:05:11 AM PDT

    •  grrr ... typo - $500/hour nt (0+ / 0-)

      “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

      by jrooth on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:05:47 AM PDT

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  •  Desert Warrior casting call (1+ / 0-)
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    JVolvo

    Starring the current and former Secretaries of State

    Female Roles: CONDALISA (featured) 40, attractive, successful, strong willed; HILLARY (featured) 18 but must look younger, petite; innocent; YOUSTINA (featured) 16-18, Daughter of doctor; MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN (Various Featured Roles) 18-40, attractive, exotic; OLDER WOMAN (featured) 60-70, feisty.

    Robin Hood and Pinocchio: a Republican fairy tale

    by YankInUK on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:33:55 AM PDT

  •  One further possible link (0+ / 0-)

    Is that Hemet is one of the Church of Scientology strongholds; David Miscavige, its head, owns a compound there (which has been described as resembling "a Nazi amusement park").

    I'd dismiss that as just a coincidence -- everyone has to live everywhere -- except for the name of Klein's insurance firm, Wise Home Insurance: WISE is the abbreviation for a Scientology organization, World Institute of Scientology Entertprises. Further, Scientology has a number of contacts into the movie industry -- many actors & actresses are Scientologists -- so it's plausible that Klein may be a low-level Scientologist, or has some kind of connection to this nasty organization.

    I'm probably wrong about all this, but it was definitely a shock to encounter so many pointers to this cult in this story.

    •  Wise-- Klein's wife maiden name (2+ / 0-)
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      llywrch, Catte Nappe

      As far as I can tell, Wise is Klein's wife maiden name.  It appears the insurance firm predates his marriage.  

      •  The funny thing about Scientology (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Sandino

        Is that they act a lot like the evil bad organization in a cliche conspiracy theory: every organization they run has to have some hint indicating who is behind them.

        This bizarre habit can make a person see monsters where there are none. Still, I had to mention the possibility, if only to have someone to dismiss it.

    •  The Hemet Connection (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      llywrch

      I had the same ridiculous thought at first.  The Hemet connection and all.  I mean, are there really THAT many crazy cults in the same town?

      I suppose you'd have to ask the people that know, the regular folk of Hemet.

      The WISE thing got me, too though.  Very odd coincidence.

      I really doubt any "professionals" in Hollywood had anything to do with that piece of crap film though.  If you could call it that.

      "There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS." - Gandhi

      by hopesprings on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 10:20:12 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for pulling this all together. (0+ / 0-)

    This just keeps getting weirder and weirder.  Do any of these people have any connection you know of to Adelson?

  •  Take a step to the right (0+ / 0-)

    and ask yourself if the whole thing doesn't read like a halfassed CIA plot carried out by whatever Blackwater is calling itself these days.

    The hidden hand of Cheney could arrange this with a phone call.  
    Most military resources are contractor owned, anyway.  

    Thousand of Aryan nation/racist trogs would give their right nut to be part of an operation like that. Militia Rambo wet dream.

    Pioneers of the revolution.God's soldiers. White Christian males only. Demi gods and chick magnets.

    All on the part of the 'real' America. Trog heaven!!!!!

    Easy enough to blend with a crowd  and start shooting.  Disappear into crowd. Halliburton's got your 6. Kill the Ambassador. Send a message to the Kenyan in the White House that he's next.  KKKbliss.

    Muslims get blamed.
    Obama is 'pressured' to commit troops to Libya.
    Mittens pounds his chest. Forgets to put down scissors first.
    Cheney gets hard on. He loves seeing dead people.
    Next quarter's profits look good for arms makers..

    We made it through puberty - how awful can dying be?

    by nolagrl on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 03:58:25 PM PDT

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