WASHINGTON, October 24, 2015 – The body of murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens wasn’t quite cold when White House fixers, which included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, began circulating a cover story that claimed the deceased American diplomat was a victim of Mark Basseley Youssef (a.k.a., Nakoula Basseley Nakoula).
The White House claimed that Yousseff’s YouTube video trailer for his movie “The Innocence of Muslims” incited a Libyan mob to attack the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 – two months before the U.S. presidential election.
“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” said Secretary Clinton. “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”
Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time, told Fox News, “What sparked the recent violence [in Benghazi] was the airing on the Internet of a very hateful, very offensive video that has offended many people around the world.”
And President Obama added the considerable weight of his office to what became known as the “Benghazi talking points” in a speech before delegates at the United Nations: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” said Obama. “I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to Americans as well.”
But the website Know Your Meme published a screen capture (pictured below) showing the video received so few views, its YouTube analytics remained near zero until the notorious White House talking points ignited global interest.
And Google Trends (pictured below) also proves public curiosity in the video was decidedly low prior to the White House disinformation campaign.
In other words, the many Muslims who later died in violent anti-American protests, from Cairo to Kuala Lumpur, would have never seen the video if not for President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s big lie – designed to cover up a major foreign policy blunder so close to a presidential election.
And so, the Obama-Clinton grand deception slithered along, moving from the bloodstained streets of the Islamic world to a more solemn setting at home.
During a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, where the flag-draped coffins of the Benghazi dead were met by a military honor guard and grieving loved ones, the president, Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Rice were on hand to console the families.
Pat Smith, mother of slain Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer, told Fox’s Bill O’Reilly that Obama, Clinton and Rice “all told me about the reason that this [Benghazi attack] happened was the video. Every one of them told me that… Nose to nose. I was with – they were hugging me.”
Charles Woods, father of dead former Navy Seal Ty Woods, said Hillary told him, “We’re going to have the person responsible for that video arrested.”
But the elder Woods is a lot more discerning than your average Democratic voter. “I knew she was lying,” he told Judicial Watch, “Her body language, the look in her eyes… I could tell she wasn’t telling the truth.”
During Thursday’s meeting of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, GOP Rep. Jim Jordan revealed that Hillary wrote an email to her family a few hours after the Benghazi attack, “Two officers were killed today in Benghazi by an al-Qaeda-like group.”
But Hillary made good on her promise to Charles Woods, and Mark Basseley Youssef was eventually arrested and imprisoned for violating a condition of his parole (he served time for check-kiting): going anywhere near the Internet.
And a free-speech hating, ultra-liberal minority on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals weighed in by issuing an order demanding that Google remove “The Innocence of Muslims” from YouTube “or any other platforms” in its control.
A year later (roughly the same amount of time Youssef cooled his heels behind bars) a 10-1 majority on the court overturned the order.
Justice M. Margaret McKeown wrote in the majority opinion, “The [original three-judge panel] deprived the public of the ability to view firsthand, and judge for themselves, a film at the center of an international uproar.”
When authorities released Mark Basseley Youssef from prison, he was asked what he thought of President Obama and Hillary’s focusing world attention on him and his video.
Youssef was understandably reticent.
“You think, sir, that I am worthy of criticizing the commander in chief?” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “I can’t. He’s the commander in chief. Maybe he saw something I didn’t know. Maybe he has intelligence I don’t know. What can I do? I’m an American citizen. I have to obey the commander in chief. I cannot judge him.”
It’s clear the Obama administration’s big lie affected Youssef in an old and familiar way.
In Wilhelm Reich’s 1933 classic, “The Mass Psychology of Fascism,” he explains that the success of Teutonic National Socialism rested solely on “the masses and not in Hitler. His propaganda could take root because of the authoritarian freedom-fearing structure of the people. Thus Hitler’s sociological importance does not lie in his personality, but in the significance which he is given by the masses.”
That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if the traumatized and newly submissive Youssef makes a new film titled “The Innocence of Hillary”… devoid of irony, of course.