The pretend jihadist, Ergun Caner, was exonerated of all allegations of lying about his background? So he claims. A recent whirlwind of online activity from Caner is all pointing to one message: EXONERATED. Caner seems to be claiming he did nothing wrong. No need to repent, how can you repent when you’ve done nothing wrong?
A few examples of Caner’s claims to have been exonerated from twitter:
- “Never Accept the Accusations of the Ignorant. Never Apologize if innocent & never Allow the Devil to steal Ur Joy!” #ExoneratedSeries
- “No need to prove anything. Certainly not u. Again, 3 schools looked at it all. Finding? Exonerated”
- “I think the word you’re looking for is EXONERATED. Cleared by three schools since attacked by the Calvinlluminati.”
This so called exoneration seems to come from deleting all evidence of lies from the Internet. Bloggers have been reporting that Caner has been asserting copyright claims on any video where he lied about his past having them removed via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). On June 3rd, Caner’s attorney sent such a notice to Viddler concerning one video Witnesses Unto Me posted. However, this video is a US Government work, not subject to copyright. This didn’t stop Caner’s attorney from stating “… under penalty of perjury, I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner…” Although, Caner is clearly not the owner. The letters from Caner’s attorney attesting to lies “under penalty of perjury” are embedded at the end of this story. Of course the other videos being taken down across the internet seem to fall squarely under fair use.
Witnesses Unto Me has filed a grievance with the Texas State Bar against Caner’s Attorney, David C. Gibbs III. The bar has not yet had time to review the complaint. Witnesses Unto Me asserted that any attorney practicing in copyright law would know that his client does not own a US Government work and is abusing the DMCA takedown provisions to assist his client in erasing the clear trail of lies.
Witnesses Unto Me last wrote about the Caner fiasco in 2010 with the story: United States Marines duped by pretend jihadist, Ergun Caner. This story included two videos where Caner trained the US Marines on cultural issues before being deployed. These are the videos that Caner has asserted ownership of and has had removed. Caner goes so far as to explain how to discern is a person in a Muslim country is friendly or hostile toward the soldiers based on their hair coverings. While Witnesses Unto Me is unable to determine if this information is true, we have determined that Caner’s basis for knowing the information is false. Caner claimed to have grown up in Turkey, hating americans, unable to speak English, and “trained in the protocols of Jihad” which he defined as “holy war” and said he was going to be a soldier in Jihad.
Witnesses Unto Me revealed in 2010 that Ergun caner was actually born in Sweden and moved to America when he was one year old. He grew up in Ohio, mostly with his Swedish, Lutheran, mother. The truth is clearly in contradiction with the stories told to the Marines and elsewhere.
The so called “exoneration” seems to come from Caner’s interpretation of the statement from Liberty University when he wasn’t fired, rather, Liberty University decided not to renew his contract. Liberty’s statement was carefully worded to avoid calling Caner a liar, saying: “Dr. Caner has made factual statements that are self-contradictory.” The complete statement from Liberty clearly looks like a face-saving admition of wrong doing, yet Caner calls it “exoneration.” Decide for yourself:
After a thorough and exhaustive review of Dr. Ergun Caner’s public statements, a committee consisting of four members of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees has concluded that Dr. Caner has made factual statements that are self-contradictory. However, the committee found no evidence to suggest that Dr. Caner was not a Muslim who converted to Christianity as a teenager, but, instead, found discrepancies related to matters such as dates, names and places of residence. Dr. Caner has cooperated with the board committee and has apologized for the discrepancies and misstatements that led to this review. Dr. Caner’s current contractual term as Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary expires on June, 30, 2010. Dr. Caner will no longer serve as Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. The university has offered, and Dr. Caner has accepted, an employment contract for the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Caner will remain on the faculty of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary as a professor.
The DMCA requires that videos be restored after ten days if a proper counter-notification is sent. Witnesses Unto Me filed such a notice, and these videos should be restored at the end of the ten day wait unless Caner chooses to file a lawsuit, which could keep them offline longer. In the meantime, the videos have been reposted on YouTube. The videos will be embedded following the letters from Caner’s attorney below. The audio has been corrected some from the original posting so it is easier to hear.