Judge not lest ye be judged. Yet, one can’t help but label Adel Daoud, 18, of suburban Hillside, as an (alleged) idiot. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the devout yet misguided Muslim teen was arrested after plotting to blow up a bar in the South Loop. Have no fear Chicagoans; the city was saved by stupidity!
Daoud allegedly planned his plot via the Internet. He frequented jihadist message boards, read Al Qaeda’s English language magazine, and communicated with a couple of fellow plotters via email and text message. One eventually agreed to provide him with a bomb after Daoud chose to target a bar next to a liquor store.
But when Daoud allegedly tried to detonate the bomb Aug. 31, he got the metaphorical middle finger from our FBI friends, one of whom had been working undercover as Daoud’s “supplier.” What Daoud thought was a bomb was actually a dud.
Seriously. Despite news stories of a handful of other terror plots being foiled by FBI agents trolling wannabe terrorists, including the guy who tried to blow up Wrigley Field, idiots still flock to the Internet for plans and supplies. Idiocy can sometimes be a blessing.
Daoud has now been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to destroy a building by means of an explosive.
Under the WMD charge, anyone who, without lawful authority, uses, threatens, attempts, or conspires to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States, can be sentenced to anything deemed appropriate under the circumstances. If someone is killed in the plot, then the defendant can be sentenced to death or life in prison.
Under the second charge, any malicious attempt to damage or destroy a building or vehicle by means of fire or an explosive is met with a sentence of between five and 20 years. If someone is injured by the attempt, the sentence is seven to 40 years. If someone dies in the plot, the defendant faces death or up to life in prison.
Based on those two charges, Adel Daoud probably faces something close to a life sentence if he’s convicted. The most common defense to these charges is entrapment — when police convince you to engage in illegal activity that you otherwise wouldn’t have engaged in. Fortunately, the FBI seems to have their bases covered on that defense. The criminal complaint cites several attempts to let Daoud walk away from the plot. Daoud allegedly pressed forward anyway.
- Consult a Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney (FindLaw)
- Man Is Accused of Jihadist Plot to Bomb a Bar in Chicago (The New York Times)
- Terrorism (FindLaw’s LawBrain)
- NATO Summit Terrorism Suspect’s Defense: Intoxication? (FindLaw’s Chicago Criminal Law Blog)
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Adel Daoud’s Terror Arrest: Tried to Blow Up Chicago Bar, FBI Says