Skip to comments.Justice Dept says Abdulmutallab has been charged with attempting to bring down Northwest flight
Posted on 12/26/2009 1:07:52 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESaturday, December 26, 2009
Nigerian National Charged with Attempting to Destroy Northwest Airlines Aircraft
WASHINGTON - A 23-year-old Nigerian man was charged in a federal criminal complaint today with attempting to destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day, and with placing a destructive device on the aircraft.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian national, boarded Northwest Flight 253 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 24, 2009 and had a device attached to his body. As the flight was approaching Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdulmutallab set off the device, which resulted in a fire and what appears to have been an explosion. Abdulmutallab was then subdued and restrained by the passengers and flight crew. The airplane landed shortly thereafter, and he was taken into custody by Customs and Border Patrol officers.
A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a high explosive. Further analysis is ongoing. In addition, FBI agents recovered what appear to be the remnants of the syringe from the vicinity of Abdulmutallabs seat, believed to have been part of the device.
“This alleged attack on a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism at all times,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured. We will continue to investigate this matter vigorously, and we will use all measures available to our government to ensure that anyone responsible for this attempted attack is brought to justice.”
Abdulmutallab required medical treatment, and was transported to the University of Michigan Medical Center after the plane landed. He will make his initial court appearance later today.
Interviews of all of the passengers and crew of Flight 253 revealed that prior to the incident, Abdulmutallab went to the bathroom for approximately twenty minutes, according to the affidavit. Upon returning to his seat, Abdulmutallab stated that his stomach was upset, and he pulled a blanket over himself. Passengers then heard popping noises similar to firecrackers, smelled an odor, and some observed Abdulmutallabs pants leg and the wall of the airplane on fire. Passengers and crew then subdued Abdulmutallab and used blankets and fire extinguishers to put out the flames. Passengers reported that Abdulmutallab was calm and lucid throughout. One flight attendant asked him what he had had in his pocket, and he replied “explosive device.”
These prosecutions are being handled by the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Departments National Security Division.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Customs and Border Protection, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The public is reminded that criminal complaints contain mere allegations and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Let the criminal proceedings begin!!
Where? In Detroit? Sorry — I couldn’t resist.
Also...waiting for a statement from CAIR....
Ahh, what ever happened to attempted murder or terrorist acts?
Thank you, Cindy.
LOVE the last sentence. ;-)
but no, he is not an enemy combatant either...he is an enemy SPY
execute him...Do it NOW....it is WAR!
I don’t understand. How could an airliner be endangered by an Overseas Contingency Operation?
If he fakes a disease like cancer, we can just hand him over to Nigeria on “compassionate grounds”.
We get it. It didn't happen until an O.J. jury says it happened!
I like the part where they keep saying on the tube the FBI is “talking to him”.
Sounds like tea and crackers are next...
Seems like they are quickly releasing a lot of information on this incident. I wonder why the details are being released so quickly?
Apparently we won't be hearing what a good boy he is via his father considering his father brought up concerns earlier.
and we will use all measures available to our government to ensure that anyone responsible for this attempted attack is brought to justice.
They will give him the finest ACLU lawyer in the land.
Richard Reid, aka The Shoebomber, failed also, but still got a life sentence.
Has Adbulababa filed a lawsuit against Northwest Airlines yet for the injuries he suffered?
Thanks for posting!
It was a sucessful attack in regards to the fact that now Americans have to go thru the same stupid checks like the Shoebomber made happen. It was also sucessful because it did go off, but not all the way. If it werent for the Brave people who put it out, we would have been witnessing another Islamic Terror attack.
We shouldnt let these people anywhere near the inside of a airplane.
I’ve seen what Detroit has become over these past 40 years or so. I’m still trying to figure out what any kind of bomb there could do that Democrats haven’t already done - and much more effectively. I keep thinking the Mayor of Detroit or the governor of Michigan might have hired the guy to do this.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the Mrs.
Yup...and bammie would still be yucking it up on his vacation.
there, fixed it
And of course they forgot to add, but it is implied in Sec'ty Holder's press realease by his failure to utter the word ...muslim:
"although the man is from a Muslim country and has a typical Muslim name no possibilities that he is a Muslim Jihadi bent on killing infidels should be entertained by the public."
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab? Prince Umar? That SOB owes me 20 million dollars!
Or Dearborn maybe...and under Sharia Law.
Here is the article:
It didn't take long for new rules to be issued. Fox reporting that all passengers are now required to remain seated beginning one hour before landing with nothing on their laps and no access to overhead compartments. Of course, if your flight is only 1 to 1.5 hours long as many are, you essentially are a prisoner. Wonder if they will issue depends to passengers who have too many cups of coffee while waiting to go through security.
Article posted here:
Flights between NYC & DC have been subject to the “no getting up” rule for a long time already.
Ooooooooooooooooooooooh. Eric Holder is sooooooooo tough.
Different AG. Different world as well apparently.
Thanks to piasa for the ping to this post - quote:
To: Cindy; Grampa Dave
Re-ping to the threat about the five DC area American terrorists caught in Pakistan. Two of them as I recall had Yemeni roots.
Now there are some rumblings about the airliner “crotch terrorist” having connections to an imam in Yemen- perhaps this imam is Major Hasan’s Dar al Hijrah imam al Aulaqi/al Awlaki :
NW Bomb Planned by al-Qaeda in Yemen,”
The Blotter from Brian Ross News ABC ^ | Dec. 26, 2009
RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS
Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 3:01:37 PM by gandalftb
The plot to blow up a passenger jet was launched by al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect’s underwear.
The suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin. Yesterday’s bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in “proper contact” with the explosive material.
Abdulmutallab made contact via the internet with a radical imam in Yemen who then connected him with al-Qaeda leaders. The suspect lived with the al-Qaeda leader in Yemen for about a month and was not allowed to leave as he was trained in what to do and how to do it. ....
6 posted on December 26, 2009 1:36:30 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
To: Lurker; Cindy
Same stuff the shoe bomber used or tried.....semtex, dupont, ensign bickford, royal ordnance, etc all use it as a primary. ANFO is a .60, Military Dynamite is .80, TNT is 1.0 and C-4 is 1.34 on the relative equivalency scale and PETN is 1.66 on same scale before you get into insensitive / sensitive exotics used in nukes etc ....
You can get this in a medical form, from cannibalizing uxo on a battle field or by stripping det cord.
Last but not least you can buy it, say you blew up 30 pounds of it , keep 10 pounds for yer buddies......common in military and construction to keep a little around for emergencies........
I read that somewhere........;o)
87 posted on December 26, 2009 11:33:02 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
“PETN...why am I not surprised.”
You’re not surprised because jihadis keep doing things over and over until they get as many people killed as possible.
Correct. Fred Meyer was an Air National Guard pilot, in the air when the “Accident” happened - he saw the missile and the plane blow up.
Where? In Detroit? Sorry I couldnt resist.
Maybe he was just tryin’ to get some of that “Obama money”. /s
The f***in’ Kenyan poser is PLAYING GOLF right now.
Barack Obama: "Yes!! Immediate and decisive action is called for! We cannot permit this kind of lawless and potentially disasterous behavior!"
Attorney General Holder: Right, chief! I will issue felony arrest warrants for all the passengers and airline employees who carried out their brutal, racially motivated attacks on this lone, defenseless, peace loving, muslim passenger."
Barack Obama: Fist Bumps! Fist Bumps!
Seriously.....I wonder if Mutallab is retarded. He may not be competent to stand trial. Maybe we’ll end up just spending a couple hundred grand nursing him back to health under heavy security, then do something really radical like deport him.
BTW, what would we call a retarded Muslim? A mustard?
In the UK, the news reports always say "the accused is assisting the Detective Constables with their enquiries."
Translation: They are beating the krep, and the truth, out of him in the basement of the main New Scotland Yard building.
Yeah, we can’t be sure he’s guilty until CAIR condemns his action.
I had a similar thought. Detroit could use a really good purge. Really good. Had the plane exploded, I may have found myself disagreeing with the media whores and the race whores gnashing their teeth and wringing their hands over the tragedy of losing so many fine, upstanding members of the “African-American community”. But since the plane started in Amsterdam, my guess is that most of the passengers are not from Detroit and had connecting flights to other parts of the country, I would have felt very conflicted. But I have to admit that some Katrina-like footage of Detroit would have been fun.
Our muslim communist leader will want a change of venue to Nigeria and have him charged with failing to accomplish his mission.
Sad but true. We would be told not to rush to judgment and that it was very likely a mechanical malfunction and anybody who says otherwise is a tinfoiler. The crash in the Atlantic last summer is an example.