WND: Obama Nemesis D'Souza Learns Punishment

Originally posted at WND.

Filmmaker’s supporters claim prosecution political payback.

Filmmaker and Obama critic Dinesh D’Souza was sentenced in Manhattan Tuesday morning in his campaign finance case to eight months in a work-release center during five years of probation, community service one day a week and a $30,000 fine.

D’Souza pleaded guilty in May to arranging straw donors to contribute $10,000 to the failed 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a college friend.

D’Souza let out a big sigh of relief when U.S. District Judge Richard Berman began the sentencing hearing, which lasted more than two hours, by stating he didn’t believe prison was necessary.

“I want to thank the judge for imposing what I believe is a fair sentence,” D’Souza told reporters after the hearing.

D’Souza will spend the first eight months of his five-year probation in a community confinement center in San Diego, where he currently resides. He will be allowed to continue his writing and filmmaking but must set aside one day a week during his probation to teach English to non-English speakers.

Prosecutors had asked for a prison term of at least 10 months, insisting D’Souza had not shown remorse. D’Souza’s allies contend the case is politically motivated payback for his two successful documentaries and companion bestselling books critical of Obama and what D’Souza regards as an anti-American ideology.

D’Souza explained his attitude toward the case in an interview with WND earlier this month.

“I am contrite for exceeding the campaign finance limit, but I am not contrite for being a public critic of the Obama administration,” he said.

Federal sentencing guidelines had given Berman the option of up to 24 months.

D’Souza argued for leniency, asking to be allowed to do community service under probation. He argued his prior criminal record was clean and he was genuinely contrite for having committed what many consider to be a technical violation of campaign finance laws.

Supporters of D’Souza see a double standard, maintaining Eric Holder’s Justice Department typically ignores similar technical violations in contributions to Democratic Party campaigns.

In January, Geraled R. Molen, producer of D’Souza’s two films, told WND the charges were “the equivalent of prosecuting a political dissident in the Soviet Union for jaywalking.”

“Yes, jaywalking in the Soviet Union is a crime, but it’s a minor crime. The real point is that you are a political dissenter and the government wants to put you away,” said Molen, who won an Academy Award for co-producing “Schindler’s List.”

“When Dinesh D’Souza can be prosecuted for making a movie,” he said, “every American should ask themselves one question: ‘What will I do to preserve the First Amendment?'”

Obama’s America

D’Souza’s documentary 2016: Obama’s America hit theaters during the 2008 presidential campaign, and America was released in July.

After ringing up approximately $14.5 million in nationwide theater distribution, D’Souza’s latest film is scheduled to go into DVD distribution in October.

His book by the same title was a No. 1 bestseller both on Amazon.com and on the New York Times list.

WND broke the story in July that wholesale giant Costco had removed D’Souza’s book America from shelves nationwide, prompting many Costco shoppers to cancel store memberships. Amid the backlash, Costco reversed the decision and reordered the book.

Sales figures obtained by WND show that since July, Costco has sold more than 75,000 copies of D’Souza’s book. Costco has placed a substantial order for the forthcoming DVD.

D’Souza can now claim two feature films in the top 10 political documentaries, with 2016: Obama’s America ranked No. 2, with nearly $33.5 million in lifetime gross revenue. It trails only Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, with lifetime gross revenue exceeding $119 million.

America opens with a dramatic fictional scene of the British defeating the American Revolutionary War Army as Gen. George Washington is shot to death on the battlefield by a British sniper.

The documentary considers what the world would look like if American didn’t exist.

It depicts iconic American monuments such as the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington dissolving into sand.

It dramatizes Abraham Lincoln arguing famously that the future risk to United Sates national security will not come from foreign enemies but from within.

D’Souza draws on Howard Zinn’s socialist-inspired bestselling college textbook, A People’s History of the United States: 1482 to Present, to articulate the leftist indictment of the United States.

The film features interviews with prominent leftist authors and activists ranging, including Norm Chomsky and Ward Churchill, who portray the U.S. as a racially oppressive nation in which power has been accumulated through imperialist foreign wars and domestic class warfare that oppresses people of color, starting with the indigenous Indian tribes displaced from their lands and slaves brought in chains from Africa.

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8 Comments

  • Fred & Betty Campbel says:

    September 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Thank God for Dinesh D’Sousa.

  • Pat says:

    September 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    So sorry you have become a victim of this current vicious evil Government.

  • Gray Jones says:

    September 26, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    The judge imposed months of “therapy” as well. Don’t do it Dinesh. Military suicides are prescribed, this documentary chronicles their cause and money trail…http://www.cchr.org/documentaries/the-hidden-enemy.html …Semper Fi Nam 66-67

  • Royal D. Whetstone says:

    September 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    It’s refreshing to hear your views. Honest and straight to the point.
    Seeing you on the Kelly File, is a delight. Meghan and you really had a time with Churchill and Ayers. These 2 individuals are the type of people that spread their evilness in our colleges. These kids are so naive that they can’t see the forest because of the tree’s. Ayers should be in prison and Churchill should have been fired a long time ago. Ben Carson and Allen West are also the type of people I like to listen too.
    Keep up the good work. The people have your back always.

  • Edie says:

    September 27, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Loved your movies, you are a brave man

  • Joe says:

    September 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    D´Souza… Modern Patriot.

  • Kevin Peterson says:

    October 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Perhaps Al Gore and Bill Clinton and a gaggle of non citizens = Buddhist monks ( with their vow of poverty intact ) openly donating money to the Democrat federal election campaign of theirs will be doing community service there as well ? No, ——————-I thought not ! Hypocrites !

  • Chris Garthwaite says:

    October 6, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    To learn proper English, why not have your students learn the founding documents and The Federalist Papers? 🙂 Seyem Lampard is a personal friend and I’d like so much to thank you for making yourself available to help the fundraiser. I’d like to have been there but I’m in California on SSI, a schizoaffective who supports Republicans who might very well cut my benefits! 🙂 My meds work extremely well and I am highly functional; I have over 315,000 views on wikiHow.com of my 100 articles which mostly teach about how to turn trig and calculus into art using MS Excel. I contribute politically all I can. I am confident we’ll retake the Senate and gain seats in the House, in no small part due to efforts of patriots such as yourself! Keep up the magnificent, brave job you are doing and I shall see you on FOX in the coming months I’m sure.

    Gratefully,
    Chris G.