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Atty. Gen. Holder Holds Up Underwear Bomber Case As a Positive Example of Prosecuting Terrorism in Civilian Courts

Eric Holder Jr./ file photo

By Allan Lengel

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. took the opportunity  following the guilty plea Wednesday morning of  the “Underwear Bomber” to hold the case up as another example of the success the Justice Department has had prosecuting terrorism cases in civilian courts.

“Contrary to what some have claimed, today’s plea removes any doubt that our courts are one of the most effective tools we have to fight terrorism and keep the American people safe,” Holder said in a statement. “Our priority in this case was to ensure that we arrested a man who tried to do us harm, that we collected actionable intelligence from him and that we prosecuted him in a way that was consistent with the rule of law.”

“We will continue to be aggressive in our fight against terrorism and those who target us, and we will let results, not rhetoric, guide our actions.”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to all eight counts on Wednesday in the second day of his terrorism trial in downtown Detroit. He was accused of trying to blow up a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009.

The statement comes in wake of sharp criticism from Republicans in the past couple years over the Justice Department’s push to prosecute many of the terrorism cases in the civilian courts.

Some Republicans have argued that the cases should be prosecuted in a military court. They’ve also been critical of the FBI reading Miranda warnings to terrorist suspects.

FBI agents read the underwear bomber his rights after questioning him for a while.


Breaking: It’s Over! Underwear Bomber Pulls Surprise and Pleads Guilty

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel

DETROIT — The man dubbed the “underwear bomber” unleashed a surprise on Wednesday in the second day of his terrorism trial in federal court in  downtown Detroit when he decided to hang it all up and plead guilty to all eight charges.

The Detroit News reported that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, pleaded guilty to charges related to his attempt to blowing  up a Northwest plane bound from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009.

The bomb in his underwear never detonated properly.

His guilty plea is not likely to bring him any break.

The government had overwhelming evidence in the case and had declined to offer him any kind of break on prison time. Since no one died on the flight, he wasn’t going to face the death penalty.

The News reported that the plea came after a 45 minute recess in the trial before U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds.

The judge asked if he wanted to waive his right to a trial, to which he responded, according to the News:

“That’s right.”


Comment from Alan Stamm | [e]
Time October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

So he has at least a smidgen of sense after all, thankfully.

Next stop: federal Administrative Maximum Facility in Colorado.

Comment from Jim Burdick | [e]
Time October 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

And along the way went on a nasty rant that he did it because of America’s support of Israel and America’s killing of “innocent Muslims” (were they school children on busses??). He was doing “God’s work,” he says, and now will have a lifetime to pray. (But, first, he snitched out a whole lot of people right after he was arrested. Who knows what happened since then!)


Witness in “Underwear Bomber” Trial Says He Heard Someone Yell: “Hey Dude, Your Pants Are on Fire!”

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel

DETROIT — If it hadn’t have been so potentially deadly and scary, Nigerian terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s Christmas day Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in 2009 might have made a good Saturday Night Live skit.

Witness Michael Zantow, who was flying to Wisconsin to visit his ailing mom from his job in the Middle East as a U.S. Air Force contractor, testified Tuesday in U.S. District Court in downtown Detroit that he was sitting one row behind Abdulmutallab  (aka The Underwear Bomber) when the action started, The Detroit News reported.

Zantow testified that he noticed Abdulmutallab cover himself with a blanket minutes before hearing a loud pop, the News reported.

Zantow said seconds passed before a man sitting next to Abdulmutallab yelled: “Hey dude, your pants are on fire!”

He also testified, according to the News: “His underwear resembled something I hadn’t seen before. It was bulky, it reminded me of my son’s Pull-Ups. I assumed it was adult Pampers.”

The bomb never detonated and Abdulmutallab was arrested and quickly dubbed the “Underwear Bomber.”

Earlier in trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel told jurors in opening statements that Addulmutallab thought by trying to blow up the plane “he would end up in heaven because he would be a martyr.”

“He wanted jihad, and he sought it out and he found it,” Tukel told jurors.

Abdulmutallab, who is representing himself, but has an attorney assisting in his defense, was originally expected to give an opening statement. Then he handed the job off to his attorney Anthony Chambers, who decided to forgo any opening statement, the News reported.

Abdulmutallab appeared to figure he had nothing to lose by going to trial since the feds had offered him no deal considering they figured they had a smoking gun — or in his case, smoking underwear.

The trial is expected to last about a month.

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