'Underwear bomber' moved to 'Supermax' prison
Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab was sentenced to life in prison in February.
April 12th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

'Underwear bomber' moved to 'Supermax' prison

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, dubbed the "underwear bomber" after he was convicted of trying to bring down an airliner with a bomb concealed in his undergarments, has been moved to the federal Bureau of Prison's "Supermax" facility in Colorado, the agency said Thursday.

Bureau of Prisons official Edmond Ross would not comment on why AbdulMutallab was moved from the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, to the ultra-high-security Supermax facility in the same city.

AbdulMutallab, 25, pleaded guilty in October to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, among other charges, in trying to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day 2009.

He was sentenced to life in prison in February.

U.S. officials say the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula helped plot the bombing attempt on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, which was heading from the Netherlands to Detroit. Authorities say AbdulMutallab, a passenger, tried to ignite a bomb that was hidden in his underwear shortly before the plane landed, but passengers and flight crew members subdued him and extinguished flames that erupted when the device briefly set his clothing on fire.

The plane was carrying 289 people.

"As this investigation and prosecution have shown, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is a remorseless terrorist who believes it is his duty to kill Americans," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Justice Department news release after the sentencing.

At the Supermax facility, AbdulMutallab joins Ramzi Yousef, leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, so-called "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, Atlanta Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph and "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski among an inmate population of more than 450.

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  1. President Obama

    If I had a son, he'd look like Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy ©

      This is very disrespectful of our President.

      April 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Not me. ^

      April 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shanaynay

    I thought Trayvon was younger than this. He looks lots older in this picture.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BOMBO ©

      I'm bad. I laughed. If I was a medieval monk, I'd be whipping myself with a chain right now.

      April 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      @BOMBO ©:

      What, no hair shirt?

      April 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      whaaaat no bread or water in the house???

      April 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. FloridaREVISITED

    Atchison, Kan. —
    Three members of a Fort Leavenworth military police unit were arrested last week after they allegedly shot up several vehicles in Atchison, a police spokesman said.
    Jeffrey N. Silva, 25, Charles W. Nunez, 25, and Dwaine M. McClough, 23, each has been charged with criminal use of a weapon and felony criminal damage to property, according to Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ANDRE HIMES

    Neither BILL CLINTON nor will the demon rulers of this world will be surprise by ANDRE HIMES" miraculous survival in the future ,since they knew by looking at ANDRE'S forehead , what the white feminists(WITCHES) did not know .REVELATION CHAPTER SEVEN) . Under racial profiling many BLACK AMERICANS were arrested and were either martyred within the prison system or were deported to AFRICA , where many of them were martyred there and were buried in mass graves in both the SUDAN and in the CONGO ,and it was this act as well as the rise of the hiphop nation which had been summom against black america by the white feminists(WITCHES) is what has contribute to the black holocaust in which much of the black human population was wipeout. Mean while a new demonic black america has arisen from both the black antebellum and hiphop nation and is based on stereotypical images of low class 'poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks and has replace the black human population in AMERICA and in AFRICAt

    April 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • President Obama

      If I had a son, he'd look like ANDRE HIMES with that mark on his forehead and everything.

      April 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Take him out to an abandoned bombing range. You know what to do... Look mom, no underpants, no bomber eirther.

    April 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy ©

      @Jeff:
      That's not all that's gone....

      April 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    lmao @ jeff, that was funny! Honestly, whos gonna miss this fool anyway.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. chrissy

    speaking of underwear mine are enormous and stained. Time for Depends

    April 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. ♚Mmmmm♛

    yep! put him in a supermax i padded prison... :)

    April 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @Chrissy
    Thank you (the real) Chrissy.
    @banasy
    Is that really our President?
    @Chrissy(faux)
    They should of stuck you in the bombers underpants, just before they take him out to the abandoned bombing range.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @President Obama
    The only reason your up in here, cause the header says Zimmerman on it, and of course your looking for sympathy votes. Go way!

    April 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. banasy ©

    @Jeff:
    That was a troll who posted at 3:31.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. raven

    I bet when that thing ignited, he had TWO bombs in his panties.yeowch!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    3:31 banasy? A troll? Fakes are getting harder to spot!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    These trolls..these fakes...isn't there a way to get rid of em?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. banasy ©

    @Jeff Frank:
    Yes, darlin', that wasn't me.
    This one isn't too mean spirited, although this one likes to pit me and another poster against each other...which I dislike.
    I don't know that there is anything that we can do.

    Lee used to say that he found it flattering.
    "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" and all that.
    Not sure I agree...lol..

    April 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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