Oh yes, they stand by private citizens who wish to express their views or something.
The White House sternly addressed the hacking incident at Sony, insisting that artists in the movie industry should be allowed the right to free speech.
“What I can say is as a general matter, the president and the administration stand squarely on the side of artists and other private citizens who seek to freely express their views,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during the daily press briefing on Thursday.
Earnest added that even productions with “comedic response” or “pretty biting social commentary” deserved the right of free expression.
Unless you’re this guy.
The Southern California man who wrote and produced the controversial anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” was ordered detained without bail by a federal judge for allegedly violating the terms of his probation.
Citing a “lengthy pattern of deception,” Judge Suzanne Segal said that the court had a “lack of trust” in Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and believed him to be a flight risk who posed “some danger to the community.”
Nakoula, 55, appeared at the U.S. District Court preliminary hearing in Los Angeles. He had been asked to report to an office of the U.S. Probation Office, where U.S. Marshals officially arrested him.
Authorities have been investigating whether he violated the terms of his supervised release from a 2010 conviction in a bank fraud case.
Nakoula had met with federal probation officers on Sept. 14 about whether his involvement in the film violated the terms of his probation, which barred him from accessing the internet without prior approval and from using any name other than his legal name.
Role in Anti-Islam Film
The inflammatory film has been blamed for violent protests across the Middle East, including in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans died, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, when militants attacked U.S. diplomatic facilities there on Sept. 11.
You know who else likes to express their views? Americans. But they get harassed by Obama’s IRS.