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September 13th, 2012
10:40 PM ET

Anti-Islam filmmaker in hiding

Editor's note: CNN's Miguel Marquez reports on the investigation of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man the FBI believes is behind the anti-Islam film that has sparked outrage.

Some time in the summer, a small theater in Los Angeles screened a movie to which hardly anyone came.

It was a clunky film filled with scenes in a desert and in tents. The characters were cartoonish; the dialogue gauche.

The actors who'd responded to a July 2011 casting call thought they were making an adventure film set 2,000 years ago called "Desert Warrior." That's how Backstage magazine and other acting publications described it.

The American-made movie, it turns out, was hardly an innocent desert action flick.

Instead, the movie, backed by hardcore anti-Islam groups in the United States, is a tome on Islam as fraud. In trailers posted on YouTube in July, viewers saw this: scene after scene of the Prophet Mohammed portrayed as a womanizer, buffoon, ruthless killer and child molester.

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  1. Mortimer Levy

    ...and the beat goes on. Intolerance of other people's beliefs have cost millions of lives. The reactions we witness today in the Middle East, were, for the most part, predictable. Islamists take their beliefs very seriously.and they should be respected. However, this is nevertheless dangerous territory for people whom the Koran considers 'infidels'. All religions have a long way to go to achieve tolerance. It would be wise to withdraw completely from the Middle East and allow things to settle into a more tolerable climate. Let us withdraw our manpower and discontinue contributing the hard earned dollars of American citizens to an area that still needs time to understand democracy and appreciate how we have tried
    to help them achieve a better standard of living. M.L. Montreal

    September 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  2. lisa

    It is ridiculous to believe that a you tube video started all this, if that is the case you tube videos insult millions of people in every country everyday. the video was a scape goat for a preplanned attack.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm |