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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, February 07, 2005

Michael Moore sued for using Bin Ladin Footage

Keeping up with our Bin Ladin theme today, here is some news that is bound to bring a smile to your face: Michael Moore is being sued by a Bin Ladin "former" close associate. A FORMER close associate of Osama Bin Laden is to sue the film-maker Michael Moore for using his footage of the Al-Qaeda chief in the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Essam Deraz, an Egyptian, spent almost four years in Afghanistan filming Bin Laden at training camps and fighting, gaining unprecedented access to the terrorist leader. He was the only person to film Bin Laden during the late 1980s and has the only footage of the Saudi exile in battle in Afghanistan. Deraz has started legal action in Egypt and America to seek compensation for use of his footage in Fahrenheit 9/11, the biggest-grossing documentary in cinema history. Deraz claims he had not signed a distribution agreement with Moore or anyone else. “I was the only cameraman with the Arabs. All of those shots of Bin Laden talking in the cave, talking into his walkie-talkie, they were all my work. Hehe! Whoever said that Fate doesn't have an ironic sense of humor has no idea what they are talking about. I think the man deserves at least 100 million dollars as compensation. After all, all that money that Fehrenheit 911 made at the box office has turned Michael Moore into one of those rich people he hates so much. He must be really veklempt about what to do with it. Well, there ya go Michael. Practice what you preach and give your money away. After all, you wouldn't wanna be known to exploit non-rich people to make a buck now, do you mr. Nader voter? What do you guys think?


At 2/07/2005 06:14:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

That's hilarious! Almost. Imagine if Michael Moron has to pay mega bucks to the plaintiff and that money then gets used by the "network" to undertake more of their dirty deeds. Would the Moron be complicit?

At 2/07/2005 06:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Louise, if this happens and the money gets circulated, on the bright side we could send Moron to Gitmo. It would be good for him. He would lose weight!

At 2/07/2005 10:54:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...

I hear Alanis Morrisette: Isn't it ironic?

At 2/07/2005 03:10:00 PM, Blogger Louise said...

Kat, explain. That one about Alanis Morrisette landed in the vacant space between my ears.

At 2/07/2005 06:11:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Oh, I'd pay money to be in the courtroom when that one comes up. I hope the guy wins.

At 2/07/2005 06:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delicious to contemplate. What do I need to do to get on that jury?


At 2/07/2005 06:31:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

Sorry, I thought the ironic statement was clear.

Moore makes film and calls these guys "minutemen" and then gets sued by their associate.

Alanis Morrisette: Isn't it ironic? It's like rain, on your wedding day. A free ride, when you've already paid. It's good advice, that you just can't take. Who would have thought, it figures.

At 2/08/2005 05:47:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Kat, you must be much younger than I am. I'm completely on a another planet when it comes to details about popular recording artists and their music. All I know about Alanis Morrisette is that she's a fellow Canuck and apparently very good at what she does. Thanks for the explanation.

At 2/08/2005 06:03:00 PM, Blogger Kender said...

I have followed this story, and these comments and have finally decided that my two scents can be spared here, no matter how little it is really worth.

Ironic is a great word for this. So is hilarious. But much more fitting is cosmic vengeance. Whoever said God doesn't have a sense of humor?

I would like to see Moore-On sued into abject poverty. I would like to see him declare bankruptcy and need to ask for food stamps just so his application could be repeatedly "misplaced or lost". I would like to see him be labeled a supporter of terrorism and sent to jail. While there I would like to see him need a public defender. You know, one that is overworked and underpaid and has no clue how to defend such a high profile case.

Of course I won't see most of these things. His sheeple in hollywood would raise money to help the "town crier" of their demented little burg.

But I can hope.

At 2/14/2005 09:14:00 AM, Blogger yochanan said...

can they both lose?


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