March 31, 2010 | 18 comments
My legal battle with a suicidal maniac provides a case study for Islamist attempts at speech suppression.
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Even in death, though, Hamad perpetuated a fraud. First, he wrote a letter to his circle, creating the premise for violence against him (all spellings and ellipses exactly as in the original):
besides the government harassment, the hateful environment from some students at school because I am an Arab and a Muslim…and their racist comments, I have been getting phone calls around midnight by some one saying “where is your camel..” and last…a car was vandalized about two years ago….last night around 1 30 in the morning..someone rang the bell and ran away….and you could hear all the dogs in the neighborhood barking when the person who rang the bell ran away…A real loving environment towards Arabs and Muslims….
(Reflecting back on his lawsuit, one sees the source of his fantasies about harassment, hateful environment, and racism.)
Second, evidence suggests that Hamad staged his death to make it appear that he was murdered when in fact he checked out on his own. Based in part on the autopsy, a police statement asserted:
When the body was removed from the lake, tape was found around the eyes, and the hands and legs were loosely bound. The bindings of his hands and legs and placement of the tape were consistent with Hamad having done this to himself. Detectives know that Hamad walked from his vehicle to the water on his own based on evidence retrieved from the scene.
At this time, the Austin Police Department does not suspect foul play was involved. Witnesses and family members have confirmed with police that Hamad had extreme stressors in his life. This incident is still an ongoing investigation, but all signs indicate this may have been a suicide. According to the preliminary results from the Medical Examiner’s Office there were no signs of trauma to the body or signs of a struggle.
Even Paul Larudee, Hamad’s colleague and the last known person to speak to Hamad before his death, says that Hamad “did take his own life but he took it with a view of fueling the speculation that has in fact accompanied his death.” Translation: He wanted it to appear like a hit job. Despite his skepticism about Hamad’s demise, Larudee insists “I still think he was a hero.”
PALESTINIAN EXTREMISTS, Islamists, leftists, and assorted conspiracy theorists accepted Hamad’s fakery. According to Ibrahim Dremali of the Islamic Center of Greater Austin, who says after an autopsy he washed Hamad’s body, which was “cut all from the right shoulder all the way to the stomach, and from the left shoulder all the way to the stomach again, and from the stomach all the way to the bladder…from all the back of his skull is completely cut, is empty completely, empty.…His wrists were all slit open and cut.…His eyes actually dropped all the way down.…It is a barbaric act.…Like somebody is eating the body.…This is a message for all Muslims.” Dremali said it appeared as “something in the jungle, an animal attacking another animal.”
Kurt Nimmo, a prominent conspiracy theorist, asked “Is it possible a neocon hit team or as likely a Mossad ‘bayonet’ team took out the school teacher Riad Hamad?” Radio host Alex Jones and others spoke ominously of Israeli hit teams surveilling Hamad’s house. Some even accused “sociopathic FBI informant Brandon Darby” of killing Hamad. A Twitter site (riad_hamad) keeps these theories alive almost five years later.
In contrast to these lurid accounts, the Travis Country medical examiner, David Dolinak, who inspected Hamad’s body on the morning of April 17, found nothing alarming. Quite contrary to Dremali’s description of the body being variously cut up, the medical examiner reporter found little to report:
IDENTIFYING MARKS AND SCARS:
A 10 inch vertical scar is in the lateral aspect of the right thigh. There are no tattoos.
EVIDENCE OF THERAPY: [meaning needle puncture marks, surgical stitches, etc.]
EVIDENCE OF INJURY:
The organs are normally developed and are in their normal locations. The diaphragms are intact. There is no fluid accumulation in the pleural cavities or the pericardial sac. There is no fluid accumulation in the peritoneal cavity. There are no pleural adhesions or abdominal adhesions.
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