WND: Obama Nemesis Defies Government Attempt to Silence Him

Originally posted at WND.

Dinesh D’Souza releasing DVD while preparing for 2016 feature

Even as he serves an eight-month sentence at a community confinement center in San Diego and is barred from traveling outside the county, filmmaker and best selling author Dinesh D’Souza is set to release for digital formats his anti-Obama film America and continues to secure financing for a 2016 film.

America earned $14 million at the box office, making it the No. 6 political documentary of all time, and will be released Tuesday on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming. The new release will have more than 40 minutes of additional footage, including interviews with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; former POW John Fer; liberal activist Ward Churchill; and conservative activist and WND columnist Star Parker.

“Our investors are extremely pleased we were able to make America a commercial success and that we did well enough to get them their money back,” D’Souza told WND in a telephone interview.

He said the investors haven’t been deterred by his sentencing in September to eight months in the work-release center, five years of probation and a $30,000 fine after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations. He must also undergo psychological therapy along with teaching weekly English classes to immigrants.

“All the investors in America are rolling back into the new film. I haven’t had a single investor that has backed off or even experienced a single qualm given all the rigmarole that’s going on with me,” he said.

“I thought it would not be surprising if a few said, ‘Well, there’s too much heat around this,’ but that has not happened,” he added. “Our existing investors remain enthusiastic and a group of new investors has come on as well.”

As WND reported Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, in a hearing in New York City Oct. 15, ordered D’Souza must not leave San Diego County during his time at the center, which forced him to cancel a scheduled speech at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

The hearing came after he traveled to New York City to film a segment on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show The Kelly File, which aired Oct. 16.

WND has confirmed that before traveling to New York, D’Souza’s probation officer approved the trip. The officer decided that allowing D’Souza to travel two nights a month for media appearances was reasonable, despite Judge Berman’s original order last month that he must spend his nights at the center.

Department of Justice prosecutors became incensed after reading a Breitbart News story Oct. 7 reporting D’Souza intended to film and broadcast his court-ordered community service of teaching English one day a week to immigrants and minorities preparing for citizenship.

Berman agreed to hold the Oct. 15 hearing after government prosecutors sought to force the probation officer to limit D’Souza’s ability to access the media while serving his sentence.

Along with restricting travel, the judge barred D’Souza from filming the English classes.

‘Recycled philanthropy’

D’Souza told WND he is trying to prove the viability of a model he called “recycled philanthropy.”

He explained how it works: “You give me money and I will make a film, running your dollar around the block. Then I give you the dollar back, plus a profit, and you give me the dollar back again, so I can make the next film. The same dollar achieves multiple benefits. The same dollar can be used over and over again.”

D’Souza said the method is succeeding and he has investors who are investing a third time after supporting the 2012 documentary 2016: Obama’s America and this year’s America.

He has guarded the identity of his investors to protect them from any possible government harassment or retaliation.

“Even in the heat of the 2016 debate, the identity of none of my investors was disclosed,” he said. “We have been successful in protecting the names of all of our investors.”

D’Souza said he was pleased with how his relationship with Costco has turned out after, as WND reported in July the wholesaler removed his book America from the shelves just before the companion move movie opened in theaters. Amid adverse customer reaction, Costco re-ordered the book.

D’Souza told WND that Costco is the only outlet so far to place a back-order for copies of his 2016 DVDs to market along with the sale of America DVDs.

“Costco has done more than a major mea culpa on this,” D’Souza said. “I believe Costco has realized they had initially made a bad decision, and selling my book America has turned out to be very successful and very profitable for them.

“My thanks go not out to COSTCO but to the patriotic Americas that let their views be known,” he said.

Adjusting to nightly confinement

D’Souza said he checks into the community confinement center in San Diego at 7 p.m. each night and leaves early in the morning.

“The bulk of the day is mine, and I am able to work productively, with the only restriction being that I cannot travel outside of San Diego County,” he said.

“There are some 120 people there, about 60 per floor roughly, and we sleep on bunk beds strewn around in a large open area. I sleep on the top bunk, and I have a locker, much like high school. When I check in, I read. I also found a guy there who is a good chess player. So, we usually play one game of chess a day. That’s fun. I love chess and it’s kind of ironic that I found a guy who is not only good at chess but at my level,” said D’Souza.

Everyone there wears comfortable clothes.

“Every day I wear pretty much the same thing; dark pants, brown or black, a brown or black T-shirt, brown or black tennis shoes. That keeps me relatively inconspicuous,” he said.

D’Souza said he is adjusting to serving the sentence.

“I’m coming close to the end of my first month, and so far I have never felt ill-at-ease here,” he said.

“That surprises me. I was concerned with security. But I find if you keep to yourself, do your own thing and are polite to everyone, then everybody pretty much leaves you alone,” D’Souza said. “I haven’t been looking to make friends or converts or anything like that. I’ve been pretty much looking just to keep to myself and get my work done.”

He said he is doing a lot of observing, though, and it “almost feel like I am an anthropologist.”

“By keeping my eyes open, I’m getting all kinds of fascinating new material and insight into the culture that exists there,” he said.

Selective prosecution

He reaffirmed he thought he was issued a “tough sentence” in September, “when measured as proportionate to what I did.”

“I’m trying to handle it with grace and dignity, and even to bring as much good out of it as I can. It’s a sentence I think is a victory only when measured against the alternative that the U.S. government was trying to impose on me,” he said.

D’Souza explained to WND that had prosecutors succeeded in obtaining a prison sentence, his filmmaking efforts “would have been severely retarded.”

Prosecutors had asked for a prison term of at least 10 months, insisting D’Souza had not shown remorse. D’Souza’s allies contend it was a case of selective prosecution in which government prosecutors – instead of considering the offense a technical violation justifying only a fine – were politically motivated to seek payback for his two successful documentaries and companion bestselling books critical of Obama and what D’Souza regards as an anti-American ideology.

“The government made a sentencing motion to the judge that was riddled with deliberate inaccuracies and misrepresentations clearly calculated to deceive the judge into thinking it was normal for a person who did what I did to get substantial prison time,” D’Souza said.

“Not only did the government misrepresent the cases, they deliberately did so. To me, that’s just part of the corroboration of what the government’s intent was in this matter,” he said.

D’Souza has explained, “I am contrite for exceeding the campaign finance limit, but I am not contrite for being a critic of the Obama administration.”

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15 Comments

  • Max Jones says:

    October 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    What you have done for this country is priceless and I thank you very much. I am sad to see what the Gov. has done to you , but I feel you are strong and will prevail . By the way, I have seen the movie and read the book and they are great…..should be required viewing and reading in every school.

  • Kim O. says:

    October 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Dinesh, you will gain so much more than you realize serving this ‘sentence’ because you’ll be able to tell Americans first hand perspective and it will enrich your writing, speeches and films all the more. Paul and others were imprisoned for their faith and the Angels freed him/them. Do it all for God and America. We need your voice. Leave the justice from the deceivers to God. He’ll be far more harsh to them than what anyone on earth can come up with. There are powers unimaginable they don’t believe in – for now anyways. Thank you Dinesh!!!

  • Charles says:

    October 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Mr. D’Souza, Sir..
    Do your travels by video{Tele-conference style}. Overcome the travel band.
    I enjoy what you are trying to do. When someone coming from another country and see how careless Americans are with their freedom , Then do what you have done it lifts me up.
    As a VietNam Veteran who heard Vietnamese call the United States Paradise, Then came home and saw how Americans take her for granted saddens me.

    Please don’t give up your fight. Your truth is effective and I hear many talk favorably about your movies.
    Charles May God Bless You and Your Family

  • Stephen Scherb says:

    October 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I was a county probation officer from 1982 to 1987, and a state parole agent from 1987 to my retirement in 2006. I have literally dealt with thousands of criminals, from shoplifters to murderers. I think it is absurd that Mr. D’Souza has to serve any time, in any county, state, or federal facility. I consider a “community confinement center” to be akin to a county jail. Had I written Mr. D’Souza’s probation report to the judge, from what I know of the case, I would have recommended a fine in the area of $10,000. Period. This is a purely political case, from the beginning to the present. Had Mr. D’Souza written and produced a liberal, left leaning movie which praised Barack Obama, the Justice Department would never have sought federal prison time for him.

  • Himanshu says:

    October 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Hi Dinesh,
    You are one of the finest and most accurate think tank in the world today. I read your book, watched movie and following you on fb. You r really an inspirational figure for all Indian Americans. A true patriot.

    You have all out support and blessings.

    Thanks
    Himanshu

  • Richard Beemer says:

    October 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Sir you are truly a modern day Patriot and an “Outstanding” American!

  • Richard Beemer says:

    October 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Sir you are a modern day Patriot and an “Outstanding” American!

  • Rev.Robert Villanova says:

    October 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Dear Dinesh,
    I am a 75 year old spiritual minister here in San Diego. There is a handful of human beings on this earth that I would be honored to meet and have conversations with, you being one of them, and also the Dalai Lama, Bill O’Reilly, Megan Kelly, and Sai Baba. Is there any way that I can correspond with you? I would love to share ideas and experiences with you, especially on immigration. I am also an immigrant, but from Mexico, and also love and appreciate this great country, and am very much concerned about its future. Thank you for your tremendous service and dedication, and for standing your ground.This country needs more people like you, and you are truly doing God’s work.

  • WeneedaPatrioticprez says:

    October 29, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Dinesh you are a true Patriot. We truly need a Washington or Reagan hopefully this crop of prospects well find one (Cruz, Carson, Paul, Romney)

    I want to invest!!

  • Dick Bates says:

    October 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Sir , I have no clue what you supposedly have done, but if it angered the black house, I’m on YOUR side ! Please realize that this country is going to hell in a handbasket very rapidly thanks to an abomination in Washington , which I’m sure you’re aware of. Please explain to all Americans so that we all get the message! Thank you sir ,and may God bless you. !!!!!!!

  • Sean Callahan says:

    October 30, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    Great article. One typo really concerns me – a hast where it should only be has, makes a causal glance look like hasn’t. Please correct that immediately. Thanks.

  • Terri says:

    October 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Kudos to you and telling the Truth.

  • carlton D'Netto says:

    October 31, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Only good can come from this.
    God bless.

  • Brandon says:

    November 2, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    God bless you, and thank you for defending the American idea.

  • Deborah Fiegener says:

    November 2, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Tears in my eyes, and lumps in my throat…..many times during the movie! Very humbled by this inspired film. Just sitting in the quiet of my room, contemplating! Thank you!