October 4, 2011 by staff
Underwear Bomber, The trial of a young African man accused of trying to bring down a plane near Detroit with a bomb in his underwear is not who did it. Prosecutors have their hospital-bed confession, dozens of witnesses, the remains of explosives and a video of Al Qaeda with the 24-year-old, explaining his suicide mission.
However, Omar Faruk processing Abdulmutallab has high stakes. His attack was not the first act of t*rror*sm in the United States during the Obama administration, and could have implications in the debate over whether terrorist suspects should be tried in civilian courts or military.
The case, which begins today with jury selection, also revealed the emergence of a dangerous affiliate of Al Qaeda and the growing influence of radical Islamic cleric who was assassinated by the CIA and U.S. military assault last week.
Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian from a good education in a high class family who has pleaded innocent, was led by US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, and said he wanted to become a martyr at Christmas 2009, when he addressed the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam with 290 passengers and crew, according to the government.
A conviction for multiple counts could strengthen the argument that t*rror*sm suspects should be tried by civilian courts, not military procedures. A full-throated bipartisan opposition forced the administration to cancel Obama retrial 09.11 professed York, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, although there have been similar problems in Detroit.
“The convictions are achieved in federal court with appropriate procedures will be upheld on appeal. That’s just too powerful instrument for the president not to use”, said Vijay Padmanabhan, a lawyer for the former State Department handled cases related to t*rror*sm detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Abdulmutallab faces eight charges, including conspiracy to commit t*rror*sm and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. The government says it wanted to fly the plane detonated chemicals in your underwear, just seven minutes before Flight 253 was landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
But the bomb did not work. Passengers with the assistance of crew members saw the flames and rushed Abdulmutallab.
The smoke was everywhere and “we thought we were losing our lives,” said Patricia “Scotti” Keepman Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, who sat several rows behind Abdulmutallab with her husband, newborn daughter and two adopted from Ethiopia.
The government says Abdulmutallab voluntarily explained the plot twice, first to the official U.S. border that led him to get off the plane and then in more detail the FBI agents who interviewed him at a hospital after treatment for serious burns to the groin.
Abdulmutallab told authorities he trained in Yemen, base of operations for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He said he was influenced by al-Awlaki, who was killed Friday by an air strike that President Obama called a blow to the franchise’s most dangerous Al Qaeda.
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