'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. NipponReptilian

    How about all the CIA and FBI who helped him to get on the plane even WITHOUT his passport? Alex Jones said this is again FALSE FLAG OPERATION!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • U.S.Army-OverLord

      Someone's off their meds Again!!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike


      October 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • CorruptUS

      ?? I knw the flight was to Detroit but was he coming from outside of hte country? If not, than why would he be required to have a passport on him?

      October 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • concerned vet

      True. Where did he board? Was it a layover stop on the East Coast? Or was this a direct flight (the article says the flight was en route from the Netherlands)? Is it true he had no passport? If he's a foreign citizen and not a U.S. citizen, how did he enter the country even to board a flight stateside?

      October 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. U.S.Army-OverLord

    Just another failed terroirist, "Osama's Alive" boy this guy is stupid. I figure he will have to wait for those virgins for about 20+ years 😉

    October 12, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. paulr50

    Janet Napolitano is responsible for this guy getting on the plane. Her agency failed along with her boss.... Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Um, you're surely aware that NW Flight 253 originated in AMSTERDAM?

      October 12, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Alert Citizen

      Another tea bagger!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • U.S.Army-OverLord

      Mike don't confuse this guy with the FACTS 😉

      October 12, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • EJ in Metro Houston

      yeah the very SAME Obama that is taking the terrorists down left and right. Smart comment there Sherlock!

      October 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Punkass

      The flight did originate overseas but TSA security measures are followed in all foreign airports that ahve flights en route to the US. Having said that, clearly paulr50 is out in left field. I am definitely not an Obama supporter but I dont see how his name has anything to do with his allegance to the country he is president of. If anything, this shows how ineffective TSA procedures are.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Now we can throw him off an airliner at thirty thousand feet above the black sea,with a seven minute detonating dinamite stick stuck and taped tight inbetween his but cheeks.Somewhat like the devil was cast down over two thousand years ago.OK?

    October 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dreamer96

    Gee I thought He would claim the bomb was not his, that somebody planted it on him while he was using the bathroom, and evil hand came up from the toilet you know....

    October 12, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Roy Rogers

    He should spend the rest of his natural life in solitary confinement on once a day bread and water. That would be an object lesson to other wannabe terrorists.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |


    October 12, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. MadCityBabe

    and yet another misguided loser who thinks he has a just cause.........................just die already!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. ir007

    Allahu akbar means god is great. Allah means god in arabic whom jesus,moses.david.soloman and all the other prophets including prophet mohamed (peace and blessing be on all of them) pray to. U will find details about all known prophets in the quran so read quran urself and find the details rather than from media

    October 12, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • dawnwalters

      you know you muslims are a real pain. You say convert or we kill you. you are cowards. Complete cowards. jesus didnt teach eye for an eye he taught love that was his message. LOVE. ISREAL IS THE CHOSEN NATION. LIKE IT OR NOT.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • concerned vet

      dawnwalters: that's very good. You make a great point in that your truth is the only truth, i must really express my appreciation to you. And to think ir007 had the temerity to offer her opinion on this open forum and suggest others expand their minds by reading about what rings true for him/her. Becuase that isn't what this country is about at all, is it? On the same note, why would anyone learn a foreign language, when we English-speakers are the only ones that matter, right?

      October 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • concerned vet

      Oh, yea, and everyone should know that all Muslims are out to kill us if we don't convert. Because Christians have never said that.

      October 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • GodEater

      There is NO GOD. Ban All Religions of Abraham !!! Stupid Sheep

      October 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Albro

    Give him his wish: pack his 'skivvies' full of C-4 and light the fuse. It cant be considered inhumane, since HE was going to do it himself!

    October 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fundies

    he is said to have yelled "Ala Fart!" just before detonating........

    October 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Um, I always thought that one could stop a trial at any time by changing a plea from not guilty to guilty.
    Then it goes directly to allocution and the sentence is pronounced.

    Am I wrong?

    October 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Beat me to it, concerned vet.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mad Granny

    Super Maxie Pad him as he's probably gonna die a slow painful death from crotch rot.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. No17839

    Electric CHAIR!!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
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