Accused ‘Underwear Bomber’ Said He Worked for Al-Qaida

MSNBC, August 26, 2011

A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009 told authorities after being led off the plane that he was working for al-Qaida and later offered up details of his “mission, training and radicalization,” prosecutors said in court documents filed Friday.


Abdulmutallab, 24, is accused of trying to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253, which had nearly 300 people on board, seven minutes before arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Airport by igniting explosives hidden in his underwear. He is trying to have his statements thrown out because he had not been read his Miranda rights against self-incrimination.


Abdulmutallab told U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents about his links to al-Qaida when they met the plane at the gate, the U.S. attorney’s office contends. The officers gave the information to FBI agents who met with Abdulmutallab for 50 minutes at the hospital, more than three hours after the plane had landed. {snip}

“Every question was directly related to identifying any other attackers and preventing another potential attack,” the U.S. attorney’s office wrote. “Defendant answered, providing details of his mission, training and radicalization, including his decision months earlier to become involved in violent jihad.”

Abdulmutallab said he “intended to cause Flight 253 to crash, killing all persons on board,” the government says.


A handwritten request by Abdulmutallab asks U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds to free him from federal prison because he “believes that all Muslims should only be ruled by the law of the Quran.”


In a second handwritten filing from Abdulmutallab on Thursday, he claimed that guards at the federal prison in Milan, Michigan used excessive force to restrain him after he “assaulted several officers” on Wednesday.



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  1. Question Diversity August 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    He could have been ruled by Muslim law if he wanted. But he forfeited that right by leaving his Muslim country with Muslim law (at least the Muslim part of Nigeria) and trying to kill Americans in a country that uses secular statutory law.

  2. Anonymous August 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    If he wanted to be tried in islamic courts, he should have committed his crime in an islamic country.

  3. neanderthalDNA August 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    If only he could have blown off his own genitalia without harming the other passengers…

  4. SickandTired August 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Here’s an idea….let’s try him “by the law of Smith and Wesson” for a change. It seems that’s the only language they understand.

  5. Abdul August 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    We all want him to be “tried” by the “laws” of Allah. Which according to their “scholars” is a “religion of peace”.

    Cut his head off.

  6. Anonymous August 30, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    At least this man is in custody and shall stay in prison the rest of his days. However, we are at war with radical Islam, and we should have interrogated him to find where his masters were and his masters like Anwar al-Awlaki would be dead today.

  7. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    “He is trying to have his statements thrown out because he had not been read his Miranda rights against self-incrimination.”

    “…he ‘believes that all Muslims should only be ruled by the law of the Quran.'”

    I didn’t know that Miranda rights were enumerated in the Quran. Interesting. You learn something new everyday.

  8. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    Of course, Abdullumatub worked for al-Qa’ida and he deserves, as an enemy of the United States to pay for his jihadi activities. If he wants to be a mujahid, then he needs to know and his ilk needs to know they will be treated as enemies of America, that being White Anglo Saxon civilization.

  9. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    The judge should tell him we will be happy to behead him since he likes Sharia so much.

  10. mark August 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    # 6 Anonymous

    “However, we are at war with radical Islam……”

    Wrong! Please don’t fall into the liberal trap. All islam is radical by definition. You abide by the law of muhammad or you die. Peaceful muslim is an oxymoron and it is the peaceful muslims who are radicals. Please read some koran when you have time. It is truly a book of evil. Islam shouldn’t qualify as religion but an evil cult.

    P.S. I purposely did not capitalize certain words to emphasize my complete lack of respect for islam.

  11. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Consider the damage done to American society by this fellow. As a result of his “plot,” law abiding travelers are being subjected to overly-intrusive searches by the minions of the TSA. But if he were a member of Al-Qaida, then why is the TSA then not going after Islamic radicals? Why the general shakedown?

    Abdulmutallab got more mileage for Al-Qaida than just about anything else they have tried since 9/11. He’s managed to get the US government to turn the airports upside down when it ought to be fighting Al-Qaida.

    And the nuttiness continues…

  12. Ben August 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    What a great defense!

    I’m sure multiculturalist agree that all laws from different cultures are equal.