AG Holder: 'underwear bomber' guilty plea proves U.S. courts work
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October 12th, 2011
01:50 PM ET

AG Holder: 'underwear bomber' guilty plea proves U.S. courts work

Attorney General Holder released an interesting statement on today's guilty plea from alleged terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the so-called 'underwear bomber' or 'Christmas Day bomber.' Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty today on all eight counts of his indictment, and Holder had this to say in response:

"Contrary to what some have claimed, today’s plea removes any doubt that our courts are one of the most effective tools we have to fight terrorism and keep the American people safe.  Our priority in this case was to ensure that we arrested a man who tried to do us harm, that we collected actionable intelligence from him and that we prosecuted him in a way that was consistent with the rule of law.  We will continue to be aggressive in our fight against terrorism and those who target us, and we will let results, not rhetoric, guide our actions.

"Northwest Airlines flight 253 carried 279 passengers and 11 crewmembers, all of whom could have been killed or injured had this plot been successful.  Today, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is being held accountable for the attempted murder of 289 innocent people and he will face a potential sentence of life in prison at sentencing on Jan. 12, 2012.

"I want to thank all those who worked on this important investigation, particularly prosecutors from U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, as well as the many investigators and analysts from the Detroit Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is led by the FBI and includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and other law enforcement agencies."


Topics: Terror • The News

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Howard

    HOLDER IS WRONG ... AGAIN !!!
    Unlike a civilian court, a military court could have extracted volumes of valuable intel from the underwear bomber ... intel which could help us apprehend his accomplices ... and, intel which could save the lives of countless Americans in the future !!!

    October 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • jean2009

      Holder was right....Anwer Al Awlaki was the accomplice who walked the underwear bomber through what he had to do, where to get the bomb making material, etc., etc. I guess that alone proves Holder is right. The civilian courts work just fine. Now Al Awlaki is dead and the underwear bomber is found guilty.

      October 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Sigh, the guilty plea is that of an extremist that wants to be martyred.... nothing more nothing less.... the courts had nothing to do with it.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Hardly.

    This was a slam dunk.......but.....in the end, the reason it ended well, is the defendant himself, refusing legal counsel, and then pleading guilty.

    If he had legal counsel, it could easily have gone the other way, because our judicial system protects the criminal above all else. People like Holder, have corrupted our judicial system, to where it has become a mockery of real justice.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • XWngLady

      "it could have easily gone the other way"...This is such a loose statement with absolutely nothing to back it up. The man was caught having set his drawers on fire on the plane. There were witnesses, there was a video of him talking about his plot, physical evidence and an admission to FBI agents that he had been working with al Qaeda in Yemen. There was little to no chance that this dude was going to walk.

      October 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      It could go no other way, the refusal of council, the plea of guilty... this perspm plainly wants to be a martyr so that he can serve as a call to other extremeists. No evidence, not even opening statements ... or are you trying to tell us that the judicial system scared him into that plea????? Please...

      October 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Irrelevant...He is a criminal that will be behind bars forever. If others want to follow in his footsteps, they'll get the same, or we might just take 'em out Bin Laden style. Either way, they don't dictate to us how our systems of government should function. We dictate.

        October 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Irrelevant? Hardly! If you believe that the judicial system of this country scared him into a guilty plea then you are exremely gullable.... AND if you believe that he will be behind bars forever .... I question yout intellegence.

        October 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  3. XWngLady

    Thank you AG Holder! Please continue to catch and bring down would-be terrorists (al Qaeda wanna-bes, 2 Iranian terrorists this week, Somali-American terrorist recruting plots), drug lords, child-p0rn and human sex trafficking rings, mobsters and spies (Just caught a Syrian spy this week, Russian spies, Chinese spies, etc)...Though your record speaks for itself, those of us who actually appreciate all that you are doing to help keep this country safe will continue to support you!

    October 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  4. XWngLady

    Thank you AG Holder! Please continue to catch and bring down would-be terrorists (al Qaeda wanna-bes, 2 Iranian terrorists this week, Somali-American terrorist recruting plots), drug lords, child-p0rn and human trafficking rings, mobsters and spies (Just caught a Syrian spy this week, Russian spies, Chinese spies, etc)...Though your record speaks for itself, those of us who actually appreciate all that you are doing to help keep this country safe will continue to support you!

    October 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Isn't he the one in hot seat now.... something about a subpeona????? Yes thank you crime boss holder

      October 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • XWngLady

        "Hot seat"? If you call this hyper-partisan circus show the hot seat, then ok. I guess so. But none of this foolishness erases the fact that Holder has been doing what he was appointed to do well. It will lead to absolutely nothing and do nothing but waste the precious resources that Republicans swear they are trying to allocate wisely...Rrrright.

        October 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Yes .... like not going after those people that intimidated voters outside of the voting place.... If he had full knowledge of this fast and furious thing ... then he should be in the hot seat.

        October 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  5. como1

    This was an act of war not a criminal act. Holder dead wrong. But perhaps soon we shall see Holder in the defense box for contempt of congress. Maybe even accessory to murder for supplying illegal weapons to drug cartels that were used in murders in Mexico. Lets send Holder to Mexico for further trial and sentencing.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  6. I.P. Freely

    The Underwear Bomber, The Shoe Bomber, The Bronx Four, The Liberty City Seven, The Buffalo Six.

    These 'terrorists' occupy the same peer group as The Apple Dumpling Gang. Their incarceration should be considered protective custody, as their incompetence made them a greater threat to themselves than anyone else. But for Federal custody, we would have watched their demise on Worlds Dumbest or eFukt.

    It would build more confidence for LEO to intercept a plausibly competent terrorist, rather than crow about an undefeated record fighting tomato cans.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  7. I.P. Freely

    The Underwear Bomber, The Shoe Bomber, The Bronx Four, The Liberty City Seven, The Buffalo Six.

    These 'terrorists' occupy the same peer group as The Apple Dumpling Gang. Their incarceration should be considered protective custody, as their incompetence made them a greater threat to themselves than anyone else. But for Federal custody, we would have watched their demise on Worlds Dumbest.

    It would build more confidence for LEO to intercept a plausibly competent terrorist, rather than crow about an undefeated record fighting tomato cans.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm |