In 2012, an FBI sting led to the arrest of the then 18-year-old, Adel Daoud. Daoud was charged with an attempted terrorist attack when he planted a bomb near a downtown Chicago nightclub. Now 22, Daoud believes that The Illuminati, Freemasons, and ‘Lizard People’ are out to get him.
While incarcerated he has racked up further charges. One for soliciting the murder of an undercover officer and another for attacking a fellow inmate who taunted him by referring to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed in derogatory terms.
After four years in jail, Adel Daoud has now been pronounced as “mentally unfit” to stand trial by the U.S. District Court of Chicago. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, overseeing the case, determined Daoud is delusional.
She believed Daoud is genuine in his assertion that there are lizard people, Freemasons, The Illuminati, and other nefarious groups out to get him.
For any judge to rule a potential terrorist as unfit to stand trial is quite rare.
Daoud insists he is competent stating:
“If I’m crazy now, and I feel this is the best state I’ve been in, I had to be crazy forever.”
It’s important to note that Daoud is an American citizen. He has been incarcerated since the age of 18. During this time, Daoud witnessed the suicide of his cellmate in January of this year. On top of the four years spent in jail, much of his time behind bars has been spent in isolation.
This in no way diminishes his terrorist attempt, but it does lead one to question his mental state. It was his attorneys who insisted he be deemed mentally unfit. Adel Daoud has plead not guilty to all the charges against him and insists he is mentally stable.
One doctor who examined Daoud, over the course of two days, supported the prosecutors’ notion that he was not paranoid or delusional. That in fact, some of his unusual behavior may be calculated.
Daoud’s lead defense lawyer, Thomas Durkin, has made the argument for years that federal law enforcement tends to go after the young and impressionable factions of terrorist groups.
These FBI operations rarely get at the leaders of these organizations. Durkin had emphasized this to Judge Coleman. He also said it would be impossible to defend a client who thinks he and the rest of his legal team are part of the Illuminati.
This case touches on many areas of our justice system and the institutions entrusted to keep violent offenders locked up. I don’t believe this young man should be roaming the streets, but I don’t think he should spending “much of his time in isolation” either.
One can almost understand why a young and impressionable man would start to fantasize that lizard people, Freemasons, the Illuminati, his lawyers, and the judge may all be out to get him. What else does he have to focus on?
He’s young and he has energy, as all youthful people do. That energy needs to be directed and guided by those older and wiser than he. The fact remains, he will be guided one way or the other no matter what.
So, why aren’t our prisons doing more to get the prisoners more physically active and mentally engaged? Why allow them to stew in their own corrosive musings?
Why allow them to create these mental worlds that force the rest of us to question their mental fitness?
Let’s do more to stop the madness by filling in the gaps with useful, positive activities. What have we got to lose?
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