only a pretext
“…before the Obama administration knew who [the film maker] was, they had to mount a deliberate investigation, determine his identity, and then do a comprehensive background check to find out if there was anything they could do to him.”
That’s the problem. It isn’t that this guy should be immune to prosecution if he violated his parole. It’s that violating his parole had nothing to do with it. The FBI investigated him for causing trouble for the administration by making a (lame, tedious, misleading) movie insulting to Mohammad.
If he’d made a movie insulting Jesus Christ he would have caused no trouble for Washington, he’d never have been investigated by the FBI, and the same people who now condemn him would have given him an NEA grant for being edgy and transgressive.
The administration deliberately outed this film-maker, but the story is supposed to be all about western insensitivity and Moslem outrage.