'Underwear bomber' pleads guilty to all charges
Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to blow up a Christmas 2009 flight.
October 12th, 2011
10:03 AM ET

'Underwear bomber' pleads guilty to all charges

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate an explosive device in his underwear aboard a Christmas 2009 flight to Detroit, pleaded guilty to all counts in court Wednesday.

He had been indicted on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence.

AbdulMutallab had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The announcement comes one day after the prosecution finished its opening statement.
On Tuesday, the prosecution finished its opening statement and the defense said it would reserve the right to give an opening statement at a later point in the trial.

The judge in the trial refused to prevent the prosecution from calling the device he allegedly carried a "bomb."

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds also refused to exclude a photo of AbdulMutallab's burned genitals from the evidence.

While at previous court appearances AbdulMutallab has had outbursts - including yelling "Osama's alive," a reference to Osama bin Laden - he remained calm Tuesday.

AbdulMutallab was indicted on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence.

He was a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from the Netherlands to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

U.S. officials say the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the alleged bombing attempt.

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  1. JeffinReno

    Of course he plead guilty, he is trying to be a martyr you don't deny your actions in martyrdoom you celebrate them

    October 12, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • The Realist

      If that were the case he would have pleaded guilty from the very start.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Antwoine

      The Shoe bomber comes to mind...Richard Reid Pleaded guilty right from the start..... So maybe the underwear bomber just wanted this show to be over. Thanks for saving us "SOME" of the expense of putting you on trial.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. forwardbias

    the guy lost his genital?

    October 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. EnjoyPrison!!

    Hee, heee, heeeeee.

    You are going to love prison.

    Allah Akbah!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • concerned vet

      It's "Allahu Akbar."

      October 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Merci

    What a bunch of crap and lies. if anyone believes this vile I feel sorry for you. You are brainwashed.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • concerned vet

      Then educate us with what facts you have. I'd be nice if these forums were used, as intended, for the free exchange of ideas and information, rather than the back-and-forth of ignorants.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • clearfog

      When god was handing out brains and he came to you, he said: "No Mercy."

      October 12, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    good, now put the bomb back in his underwear and blow his brains out.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. strangways

    great. now we can pay for his room, board and medical care for the next 50 + years.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. clearfog

    Martyrmer Snerd

    October 12, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sooo what you're really trying to say is...

    this is a wanna be terrorist... sheesh, idiot deserves to go to prison!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    Time to DIE !

    October 12, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. TheTraveler

    Can you imagine being known as "the Underwear Bomber" for the rest of your life? Sounds more like a green chile burrito ...

    October 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Merci

    That never happened it was a load of crap to instill fear, Just like the guns to cartels was to crack down on gun suppliers once they blamed them for selling the weapons to the cartels. this and every admin since world war 2 has not told the truth and has worked steadfastly with the corporations to control the world and keep you all as slave workers. Free energy is available and hidden from the public to keep you enslaved, 6500 classfied patents do NOT LIE, but the media does.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • clearfog

      Unfortunately, it is not true that you never happened.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • concerned vet

      You make so many interesting claims. Do you have evidence? Is there anything you can point to? I mean, I don't doubt that the government has not dealt fairly with the American people in a very long time. But are you just spewing hateful conspiracy theories so that your world becomes more managable to your limited though process?

      October 12, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • concerned vet

      *thought process.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Moe Green

    I haven't had an explosion in my pants since junior high.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. tct

    I was hoping underwear bombs would catch on, it couldn't work the way it was designed and it could've neutered a lot of miscreants.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. JOE

    Now if the Tea Party would only plead guilty and take responsibility for blowing up the oil rig in the gulf.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nick Rymond

    WHILE WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON MEXICO AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HERE IN THE U.S. THE LAST 20 YEARS, WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON CREATING DICTATORS AND HARASSING MUSLIMS WORLDWIDE. NOW 20 YEARS LATER, EVERYTHING IS HITTING THE FAN. WE ARE HATED EVERYWHERE, OUR COUNTRY IS A MESS SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY AND MEXICO IS THE WORST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET. WAY TO GO AMERICA !!!! YOU CREATED THIS WHOLE MESS.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
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