Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the infamous "underwear bomber," has pleaded guilty of attempting to blow up Flight 253, a US-bound transatlantic airliner, flying from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, with 289 people on board, on December 25, 2009.
The "Underwear bomber," according to Reuters report was unrepentant in court on the second day of his trial in Detroit Michigan, as he gave the courtroom audience a brief lecture on the evils of U.S. foreign policy.
According to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 25-year old Nigerian, in a prepared speech he read to the court,
"I am guilty of this count in US law but not in the Koran. The United States should be warned that if they continue and persist in promoting the blasphemy of Mohammed and the US continues to kill and support those who kill innocent Muslims then the US should await a great calamity through the hands of the Mujahedeen...or God."
In the speech, he admitted that,
"...I carried with me an explosive device onto Flight Northwest 253, again to avenge my fellow Muslims...I attempted to use an explosive device, which under US law is called a weapon of mass destruction, which I call a blessed weapon to save the lives of innocent Muslims for the US used weapons of mass destruction on innocent Muslims...If I said I did it, but the American people are guilty of the sin and Obama should pay for the crime the court would not accept that...However, according to US law which is unjust...my actions make me guilty to a crime."
According to The Guardian, Abdulmutallab was relatively quiet and well-mannered in the first two days of his trial. This was in contrast to his behavior during the jury selection in which he railed at the U.S., promising the "holy warriors" would deal with the "cancer U.S," and composed speeches in praise of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlqi, and Osama bin Laden.
According to The Guardian, lead prosecutor Jonathan Tukel, presented the case against Abdulmutallab on Tuesday. Tukel described a screenshot from a video which showed Abdulmutallab in a brief speech:
"My Muslim brothers in the Arabian peninsula, you have to answer the call of jihad because the enemy is in your land along with their Jewish and Christian armies."
MSNBC says Abdumutallaba's attempt to blow up Flight 253 failed because the bomb failed to detonate in the pants he was wearing. An eyewitness said the pants looked like adult "Pampers." Passengers noticed something was amiss when smoke and fire came from under the blanket he drew over his head. Someone shouted, "Hey dude your pants are on fire!" There followed a scuffle in which passengers out-powered the bomber and put out the fire. Flight 253 made an emergency landing in Detroit.
The incident caused the U.S. security agencies considerable embarrassment because Abdulmutallab's father, a wealthy Nigerian banker, had warned the CIA of his son's radicalization. The incident also brought the Arabian Peninsula to attention as al-Qaeda center in the Middle East, after Abdulmutallab told investigators he was trained in Yemen.
Legal experts say the eight charges the Nigerian has pleaded guilty to carry mandatory minimum sentences of 30 years without parole.