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January 8, 2010 | By Haley Sweetland Edwards
A senior Yemeni official downplayed his nation's connection to the Nigerian Islamic militant suspected of trying to bomb a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day, saying the man became an Al Qaeda militant in Britain, even though he met with a radical cleric in Yemen shortly before allegedly undertaking his alleged mission. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab joined Osama bin Laden's group while living in Britain from 2005 to '08, Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Rashad Alimi told reporters Thursday in Sana, the capital.
October 13, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The terrorism trial of the man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to blow up an international flight to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 has ended with the Nigerian defendant accepting responsibility but justifying his failed attack on the United States. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab abruptly pleaded guilty to eight felonies Wednesday, halting the trial of the confessed Al Qaeda operative whose attack on a jetliner carrying 279 passengers and 11 crew members embarrassed the Obama administration and led to heightened security at many airports.
December 30, 2009 | By Josh Meyer, Peter Nicholas and Alana Semuels
U.S. intelligence agencies had enough "bits and pieces" of information to thwart the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing, a senior administration official said Tuesday, but they failed to properly analyze and share it. Instead, what President Obama called a potentially catastrophic "mix of human and systemic failures" allowed a 23-year-old Nigerian to board a U.S.-bound airliner, allegedly hiding an explosive device that could have killed nearly...
February 3, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano and Greg Miller
The Nigerian man arrested on Christmas Day for allegedly trying to explode a bomb on a plane arriving in Detroit has begun talking again to authorities, officials said Tuesday, a development that is likely to ratchet up the debate over whether he should be tried in federal court or before a military tribunal. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirmed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had changed his mind and was speaking to federal agents again.
January 21, 2010
The preflight intelligence Here are some key pieces of information known to U.S. intelligence officials before the failed Christmas Day bombing attack that, they said, should have kept suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab off a U.S.-bound jetliner: The United States had electronic intercepts linking an individual with the partial name Umar Farouk to Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The National Security Agency had learned that the Yemeni group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was planning an operation using a Nigerian.
December 12, 2010 | By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau
Nudity. Sexual activity. Animal abuse. All are reasons YouTube users can flag a video for removal from the website. Add a new category: promotes terrorism. YouTube and its parent company, Google, have been criticized by lawmakers for refusing to prescreen militant speeches and propaganda videos that have been cited in more than a dozen terrorism investigations over the last five years. But rather than submit to policies that many argue would amount to an erosion of 1st Amendment rights, particularly in an open-access environment such as the Internet, YouTube is taking a decidedly more democratic path ?
April 4, 2011
There was an uproar when it was revealed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called Christmas Day bomber, was read his Miranda rights. The hysterical reaction obscured a real dilemma for law enforcement: how to obtain what could be vital information about terrorist plots without denying suspects their legal rights. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and the FBI have produced guidelines that adroitly balance the two interests. Issued Oct. 21 but made public only recently, the guidelines will not please those conservatives who insist that suspected terrorists shouldn't be Mirandized at all. But they strike us as reasonable and, equally important, useful in heading off efforts in Congress to weaken Miranda.
September 11, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Sept. 11, 2001: Terrorists use commercial airliners to attack World Trade Center towers in New York City and other U.S. sites. Nov. 19, 2001: Federal officials order cockpit doors locked and hardened. Nov. 19, 2001: The Transportation Security Administration is created to oversee security on all modes of transportation. Dec. 22, 2001: Terrorist Richard Reid tries to ignite bombs in his shoes aboard a transatlantic flight, prompting shoe inspections at all U.S. airport security checkpoints.
January 24, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Beirut — Al Qaeda's leader claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day attempt to blow up an American civilian jet in an audio tape broadcast today on Arab television. In the clip, Osama bin Laden said his group was behind the failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight. Speaking directly to President Obama, he vowed to continue launching terrorist attacks against the United States so long as Washington supported what he described as Israel's unjust treatment of Palestinians.
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