'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. bumcheek7

    LOL! He didn't have a passport either!

    April 14, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. _The LONE GUNMEN _

    ...Somebody's been watching too much X-FILES ...

    April 15, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Charles manson

    He aint in prison just like KSM aint in prison it is all phony B.S. THE MASTERMIND OF 9~11,yeah right!!!

    April 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    April 16, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • OMGeez

      what a crock! you are a bunch of low-life (make that no-life) criminals...you can look forward to one day having the same accomodations as the underwear bomber.

      April 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigdawg

      Lighten up, Francis!

      April 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alaska

    Hope he enjoys his newdigs.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. DeeNYC

    shouldn't this piece of garbage be put to death? dirt bags like this are perfectly at home in prisons.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Manny

    "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"

    Well then, now they can form the worlds first all-bomber basketball team !

    April 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Soapbox

    BWAA HAA HAA.. He wen tfrom expcting 72 virgins to being a prison virgin for 72 men....Karma

    April 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Maltese Falcon

    Kinda looks like Trayv-On, man.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Maltese Falcon

    You mean it actually showed up? Oh, the technological wonders of the internet!

    April 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Maltese Falcon

    He wasn't responding to the psychological torture in the expected manner at the other prison.
    Isn't the "Supermax" a torture prison?

    April 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr. Jerry

      ADMAX is not a "torture" prison, it is an ultra-high security prison which keeps all of the inmates in isolation cells. Some people call that a form of 'psychological torture' but it has been adopted as the safest way to incarcerate the most dangerous–the worst of the worst–of prisoners.

      April 17, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • emma

      ...no such luck.

      April 17, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • WVU

      HOPEFULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      April 17, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. alan Marcus

    hmmm - how about a firing squad- by a squad with minimal skill- so it takes a while for him to die

    April 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Maltese Falcon

    UN? International Red Cross?

    April 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. sulayman

    it is very simple just tie him to a bomb and have it detonate.that is what he wanted yo do ,let him teste it.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • janna

      i LOVE this comment.

      April 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Why are they wasting my tax money ....take him to 10k feet and just drop him out of the sky.....he wanted to fly anyway....

    April 17, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
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