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"Innocence of Muslims" described as likely "psyop"

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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Widespread protests broke out in various parts of the Middle East about the obscure film, "Innocence of Muslims."  Some observers suspect that this anti-Muslim film has all the earmarks of a "PsyOp," or 'Psychological Operation' aimed at stirring up conflict between Muslims and Americans.  And a local Muslim chaplain whole-heartedly agrees that larger forces may be at work through this film.

The low-budget film, seen on YouTube, portrays the Prophet Mohammed as a bumbling adulterer and murderer.  "Sad, I was sad why somebody would do that," said Khurshid Khan, Vice President of the Islamic Association of Greater Shreveport.

"Being a Muslim chaplain I would not be blasphemous about anybody," added Khan, who said Muslims do not ridicule other faiths.  Khan also said people of his faith take the Koran, the Prophet Mohammed and Allah very, very seriously.  "So when somebody says something like that people just go out of their minds...and they will protect Koran and Prophet Mohammed at any cost."

That 'cost' translated into violence overseas, which Khan sees as a very likely orchestrated conspiracy to agitate the Muslim world against America, where the movie was made.  "Is there some other country or countries?  They are playing some games.  What they want to do is to get the United States fighting with the Muslims so they can have political gains."

Khan does 'not' name Israel as the country behind what he sees as psychological warfare against the Muslim world.  But the man supposedly behind the film described himself as an Israeli-American.  And it was reportedly financed by anti-Muslim groups in this country, which Khan sees as having one agenda:  "(To) keep the Muslims weak so they can become stronger militarily, politically, economically and all ways, you know."

The film's producer called himself Sam Bacile. In published reports, the Israeli government said it had no record of Bacile as a citizen.  But now, U.S. law enforcement officials confirm that Bacile is actually "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula," a California man and Coptic Christian who pleaded no contest to a charge of bank fraud in 2010.

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