Anti-Islam Film Producer Wrote Script in Prison: Authorities

By , (@brianross) and CINDY GALLI

Sept. 13, 2012

The controversial “Innocence of Muslims” was written, produced and directed by a convicted drug manufacturer and scam artist, who has told authorities he actually wrote the script in federal prison and began production two months after his June 2011 release from custody.
Authorities say Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, of Cerritos, California, admitted his role in the film, after seeking help from law enforcement in dealing with death threats he has received since the release of the film. Excerpts from the film led to outrage and violence in the Arab world.
Authorities told ABC News that Nakoula told them he and his son, Abanob Basseley, 21, were responsible for producing the movie which, he reportedly said, cost between $50,000 and $60,000 and was shot in a little over 12 days.
Authorities say he claimed the money for the movie came from his wife’s family in Egypt.
Using the false name Sam Basile, Nakoula had told reporters earlier this week that he was an “Israeli Jew,” that the film had cost about $5,000,000, and that the money had come from wealthy Jewish friends.
Now he is “scared to death,” authorities told ABC News, and fearful that harm could come to his wife and other family members.

But most of the threats have been directed at him, authorities said.
According to California law enforcement officials the other members of the team that produced the movie are also fearful that harm could come to them. Authorities were seeking to talk to each of them.
Records obtained by ABC News show Nakoula was convicted of intent to manufacture methamphetamine in the 1990s, and also served time in federal prison on bank fraud charges, where he told authorities he wrote the script.
Sentenced to 21 months in prison and five years on probation, Nakoula was moved from the federal correctional complex in Lompoc, California to a halfway house in 2010, according to the website The Smoking Gun. He was released from federal custody in June 2011 and production on the film began just two months later at a soundstage in Southern California. 
(Reuters) – An eruption of violent unrest across the Middle East is confronting President Barack Obama with the most serious challenge yet to his efforts to keep the Arab Spring from morphing into a new wave of anti-Americanism – and he has few good options to prevent it.
The timing of the protests in Libya and the Arab world just after 911 anniversary together with the precision attack on American Libya embassy smells fishy of a plot, even the film-maker could be indirectly involved, to cultivate “Hate” in the muslim world against americans, but if it is not handled properly it could turn out to be a war between muslims and christians.
– Contributed by Oogle. 

S$3K for a dishwasher? Another PR exercise?

Last Friday, Sakae Sushi CEO Mr Douglas Foo went on UFM100.3 to talk about the difficulties of hiring locals in blue-collar positions. During the interview, Mr Foo complained that he was unable to find any cleaners despite a salary offer of $3,000 a month.
This sparked much public debate, with many netizens saying that it was too good to be true.
One member of the public was quoted in Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao as saying: “I used to be a manager and was only paid $2,500. A dishwasher earning $3,000 is unbelievable.”
However, when Mr Foo was approached by the paper for an interview, he not only dismissed the naysayers but also added that Sakae Sushi is looking to hire ten people to clear dishes and maintain the hygiene in the store.
They will also be required to come to work before the store opens daily to clean the premises and clear the rubbish bins.
Even though the restaurants are equipped with dishwashing machines, Mr Foo says that manual labour is still required to clear leftover food from the dishes.
Mr Foo said that candidates for the cleaning position have been unsuitable one way or another, and that there are 10 spots to fill.
On Wednesday, the company confirmed on its Facebook page that they are recruiting Singaporeans or permanent residents as dishwashers for $3,000.
In a status update posted at about 5pm, Sakae Sushi said:
“We would like to confirm that we are recruiting Singaporean or PR dishwashers for SGD 3,000”.
People who responded to the posting were sceptical and thought that it might have been a marketing gimmick.

I Not Stupid said

I agree with you. Maximum OT allowed per month is 72hrs. Sakae Sushi is breaking labour law and MOM is sleeping.
Secondly, can the boss stand 12hrs per day 6 days a week? If he can many of us also can.
I spoke to a waitress (Filipina) at a SS outlet. She said she was on S-Pass. I said so your pay must be S$2,000. Her reply: “No $1,200pm” Employer definately breaking a few laws!

unscrupulous Singaporeans bosses said

Is it true about the Filipina waitress?
If it is, then I strongly suggest that you get the Filipina to make a complain to MOM or maybe you can get MOM to investigate this company.
I heard many F & B companies are doing this.
I have also heard of foreigners doing delivery jobs for catering companies but yet holding S-Pass saying that they are managers.
Too many fishy things going on in this country over foreign worker quotas.
I wonder if MOM is aware of all these.

This is a classic case of some employers trying to work up a case to continue hiring cheap FTs by not being sincere in what they claimed to the government, ntuc and the MSM. And all these so called talented leaders just swallowed everything they claimed and start blaming the local workers of being choosy. When put them on the line they changed tune and started to come up with all kinds of caveat. I hope this serve as a lesson for all our ministers not to jump to conclusion when they receive feedback and lobbying from employers and their associations. All of them were full of exaggeration to get attention.

Myron Chua wrote:
“Imagine 20k for a one day advertisement in the Straits Times. You can pay six months of the worker’s salary.
“This stupid idea help Sakae to be in the new and old media spotlight for weeks. Brilliant marketing there you got.
“They save so much money on advertisement.”
Chew Porridge wrote:
“You are recruiting and state that no one is willing to take the job.
“However, there are many people online that are interested. Why not have a post that states all the criteria clearly and start to recruit those who show interest? Or have a place for walk-in interviews?
“You don’t really need to explain those, if those are true, start posting the recruitment posters and hire people.
“Explaining so much but not recruiting at 3k per month is just making things worse.
“Of course, state all the criteria required like six days per week, 12 hrs per day, etc. Benefits too if possible, like number of days of leave available, meals provided. You are recruiting.
Furthermore, you are hiring a dishwasher for 3k but he has a lot more other job scope besides washing dishes.
“Don’t tell me you are paying someone 3k to do a three-man job.”
Low Shu Jun wrote:
“Lolx… I guess the idiom goes very well with this uproar, ‘any publicity is good publicity’.
“Sakae Sushi is famous now.”
Elan Govan wrote:
“Imagine working 12 hours continuously non-stop and standing too.
“It exceeds employment law regulations by a whopping 28 hours of COMPULSORY overtime just like the security industry.
“That is why these industries are facing the shortage. It is their own doing yet they glorify the lack of manpower.”

$3K for dishwasher? Another PR stunt! Just ask the other employees at SS and the truth will be known! Are they being paid higher than the dishwasher? NO!
– Contributed by Oogle.