February 11, 2012 |
Anwar Awlaki, the U.S. citizen killed last year in a CIA drone strike in Yemen, was instrumental in the failed plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in December 2009, according to a Justice Department court document filed Friday. A sentencing memorandum for Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who pleaded guilty in October to attempting to down the jetliner with a bomb sewn into his underwear, makes public for the first time some of the evidence that led President Obama to order a lethal strike against Awlaki, the Al Qaeda-linked cleric who was born in New Mexico.
February 4, 2010 |
In his first public defense of the arrest of a Nigerian man accused of trying to bomb an airplane on Christmas Day, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that he personally made the decision to prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and that no one in the Washington intelligence community objected that the alleged Al Qaeda operative should instead be turned over to military interrogators as a prisoner of war. Holder also applauded the work...
October 13, 2011 |
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.
February 1, 2010 |
The decision to advise the accused Christmas Day attacker of his right to remain silent was made after teleconferences involving at least four government agencies -- and only after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had stopped talking to authorities, according to knowledgeable law enforcement officials. Among those involved in the hastily called teleconferences were representatives from the Justice Department and the FBI, along with officials from the State Department and the CIA. "It was a [law enforcement]
December 30, 2009 |
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 |
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.
September 11, 2011 |
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.
October 22, 2012 |
At LAX and other major airports, the Transportation Security Administration is replacing full-body scanners that have been criticized for creating potential health risks and privacy violations with a type of scanner that has not been condemned as harshly. The TSA said Monday that the move is intended to relocate faster scanners to busier airports. The TSA operates more than 700 body scanners at about 180 airports across the country. The machines were introduced at the nation's airports after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up a U.S. airliner near Detroit with explosives hidden in his underwear on Christmas Day 2009.
January 24, 2010 |
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.