Applying the ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’ principle to ‘Innocence of Muslims’ filmmaker

The debate over whether Nakoula Basseley Nakoula should be in jail rages on…

Via the Los Angeles Times:

The jailing of one of the filmmakers involved in the infamous “Innocence of Muslims” movie has raised questions about whether the U.S. government is acting in response to the international furor the movie has caused.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula may face two years in prison for allegedly violating the terms of his probation through his actions surrounding the film’s production. News of his arrest and detention has been widely covered around the world.

Some legal experts said the government was on firm legal footing and had little choice but to enforce the terms of Nakoula’s probation once he came onto their radar.

But others question whether Nakoula’s notoriety — and the global political fallout over the contents of the film — is placing more scrutiny on the filmmaker and prompting federal officials to be harsher with him.

Government officials maintained that Nakoula was back in custody not because of the impact of the movie, which portrays the prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and a child molester, but because he had used aliases in producing the film and lied to probation officers.

Nakoula, who was on a type of probation known in the federal system as supervised release, served time in prison for a 2010 conviction for taking out bank and credit cards under myriad fake identities. He now faces eight charges of probation violation. The allegations include making false statements to authorities about the film — claiming his role was limited to writing the script — and denying he used the alias “Sam Bacile.”

Authorities say they have proof Nakoula’s role in the movie was “much more expansive” than that of a writer and that Nakoula could face new criminal charges for lying to federal officials.

Based on what we know about Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film, he should be in jail, not because he made an anti-Muhammad film but because in so doing he violated the terms of his parole. Saying that he shouldn’t be in jail because of the optics is advocating a ‘two wrongs make a right’ position.

It also takes away from the much bigger question, which is…

Where is Eiad?


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