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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 1, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano and David G. Savage
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]
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.
April 6, 2010 | By David S. Cloud
After concluding that he has taken on an operational role in attempted terrorist attacks, the Obama administration has authorized the capture or killing of a U.S.-born Muslim cleric who is believed to be in Yemen, U.S. officials said. Anwar Awlaki, 38, who was born in New Mexico, recently was added to the CIA target list after a special government review of his activities, prompted by his status as a U.S. citizen, one of the officials said. Awlaki was in e-mail contact with Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army major accused of killing 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas.
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 31, 2009 | By Josh Meyer
U.S. counter-terrorism agencies are investigating whether an American-born Islamic cleric who has risen to become a key figure in the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen played a role in the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing over Detroit, intelligence and law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Intercepts and other information point to connections between terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Anwar al Awlaki -- who also communicated with the accused U.S. Army gunman in last month's attack on Ft. Hood, Texas, that left 13 people dead.
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.
December 26, 2009 | By Sebastian Rotella
In what was described as an act of terrorism, a Nigerian passenger attempted to ignite an incendiary device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Friday as the plane began its approach for landing, federal officials said. Other passengers overpowered the man and the plane landed safely. The suspect, identified as Abdul Mutallab, 23, suffered severe burns as a result of the attempt, authorities said, and two of the other 277 passengers reported minor injuries.
March 5, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano and Andy Grimm, Los Angeles Times
The president has legal authority to target and kill American citizens working with Al Qaeda and its allies overseas, according to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who declared that when such people pose a threat to the country and cannot be captured, "we must take steps to stop them. " Speaking to an audience at Northwestern University Law School, Holder gave the most complete explanation to date of the Obama administration's legal rationale for killing people such as American-born Anwar Awlaki, who was targeted in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen last year.
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