Friday, February 8, 2008

Confession Blog By Hashemsfilms Co-founder


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Cult Wars

The next victim Abdullah Hashem had on his list was a man who called himself "Prophet Yahweh". He was the leader of a black hebrew-israelite movement who believed that he had the power to summon ufos. Please believe me when I say that I had the best intentions, as I thought Abdullah had by exposing these "Prophets". I cannot say if Abdullah Hashem had the right intentions or not, that is not for me to know, but what I can do is tell you how we went about "Exposing" them.

We flew out to Nevada again, this time to meet with Prophet Yahweh. The time, Abdullah decided to bring a friend at work as a "Security Guard" and a friend from school as a "Cinematographer" to look more legit I suppose. Again, all of us being short on money, we all had to support our own way, while we helped Abdullah create his project. We fed Prophet Yahweh lie after lie, convincing him that we were an established documentary crew and he agreed to come out to Indianapolis and film the documentary with us.

Prophet Yahweh was a good man, he was very enjoyable to be around and he was very funny. Again, I do not agree with his beliefs or his teachings, but as a human being, he was terrific and I'm not going to judge him any further than that. Before I forget this, and this was just said about six months ago, Abdullah had called me and said that Prophet Yahweh had died, in Abdullah's words, "He died while taking a shit on the toilet, the fucker deserved it." That didn't sit well with me, didn't we make this guy's life a living hell already?

Many of you have seen the videos of Prophet Yahweh declaring "spiritual warfare" on Rael and the Raelians. There are countless videos of Prophet Yahweh ranting on and on about Rael and how much he hates him. It seems like this hatred was buried so deep, but the reason it appeared that way, is because he had only felt that way for the three days we were filmming him. Something that Abdullah and I always joked around about, was a cult war. Two cults battling it out and how we would handle being right in the middle of it. Abdullah decided to find out first hand and said that we should tell Prophet Yahweh that Rael called him a "False Prophet". As elementary as it seemed at the time, we both thought it was funny and we told him. Prophet Yahweh took great offense to it, and I could see in Abdullah that had finally found his big break perhaps. Throughout the next couple days, we were constantly telling Prophet Yahweh about things "the Raelians" had said about him, and Abdullah would point the camera in his face saying, "Do you have anything you would like to say to Rael and the Raelians." That's how Prophet got so angry at Rael and the Raelians, not because of some past rivalry, not because of anything the Raelians did, because we lied again and created controversy around him.

I never thought I would come out against Abdullah this way and I want Abdullah to know that I never wanted it to be this way, but you left me with no choice. We were at a laundry mat one night, when Abdullah finally decided to show up, and they were up there talking on the balcony forever. I finally got impatient and stood behind Abdullah and Abdullah scalded me like a little kid, for not abiding by his commands of staying downstairs. Well...the next day I finally found out what they were talking about. Abdullah Hashem proposed to Prophet Yahweh that he get shot a couple times and blame it on Rael and the Raelians to create publicity for the documentary. This was something that they were seriously debating for over an hour, but get this.....When Abdullah decided it was time to turn on Prophet Yahweh, after he had all the footage he needed, Abdullah Hashem went on the XZONE and said that it was Prophet Yahweh's idea to have himself shot! I can't believe I went along with these things myself, and again, I want to apologize to all the subscribers, to Prophet Yahweh, his family and friends, the Raelians, and to everyone that was involved in this. If you did hear that interview, the things Prophet was trying to say were true, we were the ones lying, so that we could get more publicity for the documentary.

Just like the Raelian documentary, Abdullah Hashem spent hours upon hours, editing, mixing and matching, until he had the ultimate video clips to post on youtube. The Prophet Yahweh documentary was much easier, because he has so many hours of footage on him and Prophet trusted us very much and told us many things. Prophet Yahweh wasn't dangeroud, neither were the Raelians. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want to believe, we will leave it up to God to decide who is wrong. Abdullah only wants you to believe what he believes, and he will leave it up to himself to deceive you into doing so. I can't tell you what he has been doing since November of 2007, but ever since August of 2001, it seems that he has a guide on how to manipulate people and to create his own reality, and if we continue to let him do so, I believe he will become the very thing he told me he was in 2002.

The Truth Behind The Raelian Documentary

After May of 2005, many of you read articles and watched videos on the story of Abdullah Hashem and Joe McGowen infiltrating the Raelian movement and coming away with never before seen footage to expose them. Many people were in support of what we did, praising our hard and honest efforts of exposing these frauds and standing up for truth. The simple truth of it is, we were the frauds, and always have been.

This was no dangerous infiltration, Abdullah Hashem had been emailing the Raelians for weeks, trying to gain permission as a religious studies major at IUPUI to film a school project, instead of taking a written exam. They kindly agreed and Abdullah Hashem asked me to go along with him and I sold everything that I had to get the money for a plane ticket and hotel. When we got there, the Raelians welcomed us to the seminar and told us that we could not film inside, but we could interview members. Although I do not agree with their beliefs, or their activities, they were very kind to us and most of the members were more than happy to give an interview. During the first days, we were approached and it was said that this film could not be shown to anyone until the Raelians approved it, that it could only be used for the class project and not for profit. Of course, Abdullah had other plans and he convinced me to sign the paper. He told me, "this paper says any still, audio or video taken, you're not taking it, so they can't do anything." Again, and I put this warning out to anyone who is working closely with Abdullah, he does not have your best interest in mind, he will get what he wants and will set you up to take the fall for him. Out of my ignorance at the time, I signed the paper, and the Raelians have every right to be as angry as they are. We lied straight to their face, we lied straight to your face, and innocent people got hurt because of it. Of course Abdullah doesn't care, he tried to justify it by saying, "We are like CIA agents for God, we're on the front lines and we have to do what's necessary to expose these frauds" Well, I cannot begin to tell you how God works, but it's hard for me to believe that anyone working for God would be a constant liar, manipulator, user, and a beneficiary to their ownself.

The only inside activity we got to film was the talent show, where Abdullah and I both performed comedy acts. There was no danger posed by this group, and we did not tape anything to give us the impression that they were dangerous, but that wasn't the story you heard when we got back home. One thing that I can give credit to Abdullah Hashem for, is that he is very crafty when it comes to editing videos. News started to spread of the two young men who "infiltrated" the Raelian movement, and former members sent Abdullah old footage of the group. This footage in itself was not exposing, nor was the footage we had taken, but the two of them put together was exactly what he was looking for. Abdullah began posting videos of Rael watching strippers, as if it was the show we were at, began mixing comments from interviews with other videos, and with a little dramatic music, he had the exposing footage he was looking for. One thing that I noticed while sitting next to Abdullah while he was editing, was the thought he put into the music he picked for the clips. Now that I think about it, it was the music and the way that he put the videos with it, that brought people's attention to him.

We went on several radio shows and t.v. shows, giving interviews on our dangerous infiltration. A couple shows in paticular was A Current Affair, and the Canadian radio show Strange Days Indeed. I couldn't begin to tell you some of the things that we have said about the Raelians that wasn't true, because many of the things we said never happened. Abdullah Hashem even wanted me to publicly make a statement that I was raped or molested by Rael himself, if not him, one of the top bishops. I can also go on record by saying that it wasn't the first time that he had attempted to put me in a compromising situation for his own laugh or benefit. We created hype on the internet by going into different blogs as different usernames, directing them to videos, causing arguments between ourselves to fuel the hype, and making up things to get people talking about us. I guess now that I look back on the past seven years, that's what we did. We lied and manipulated situations, to get people to talk about us. You know the funny thing is, he made over $5,000 for that A Current Affair interview, I made $250 for my interview, and he couldn't even cover my plane ticket and hotel money. When he asks you to help him, you are his partner, team, brother, all these things, but after you help him complete his project, it was your choice, something you wanted to do, in my case, I chose to come along like a vacation he said.

As I have said before, I do not support the Raelians, but I do want to apologize for what I have done, it was wrong and I know that it hurt many people. I do not expect any of you to forgive me, I find it hard to forgive myself for the things I have done in my life, but please know that I am not the one making these videos, I had nothing to do with the editing and uploading process, and all that is taking place now is being done by Abdullah Hashem without my permission. I was very lucky to ever get a camera credit or co-producer credit with Abdullah, but now that he is under pressure, he is posting these videos of me, saying that I'm the writer, director, producer, etc.....I can tell you now, that he has been the director our entire friendship, but no more.

Bottomline to all of this, for all of you who watched any Raelian videos that Abdullah Hashem has posted on his youtube channels under HashemsFilms, they were nothing but distorted lies, half-truths, and illustrious editing. We were the frauds, not the Raelians, and for all of those who looked at us as two young honest men, seeking to expose evil men and defend the truth, you should reconsider, and know that Abdullah Hashem will do everything necessary to be the head of all tables

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