The would-be suicide bomber who, in 2009, failed to blow-up a Detroit-bound international flight but succeeded in burning his genitals was sentenced to life in prison without parole today.
Unlike anyone who has ever emailed you, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 25, actually is the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker. He pleaded guilty last October to all charges related to the attempted destruction of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, stating that the bomb in his underwear was a "blessed," (though, ultimately, defective) weapon to avenge Muslims who had been killed or poorly treated around the world.
While news outlets are reporting that Abdulmutallab showed little emotion throughout the sentencing, he did refer to his hearing as "a day of victory" and lamented that the U.S. attorneys appointed to his case intentionally misquoted him and mishandled his case "to achieve their Hebrew goals."
Also adding colorful opinions to the trial was Kurt Haskell, a lawyer, and one of four passengers and a crew member who testified. Haskell alleges that the U.S. government conspired to have Abdulmutallab carry the defective bomb onto the plane so that it would have justification to install full-body scanners at airports. He told judge Nancy Edmunds:
"Regardless of how media and government try to shape this case, I am convinced that Umar was given an intentionally defective bomb by a U.S. agent. It really saddens me that the government won't admit its role in the event. Because of this case, I will never trust anything the government says, ever."
Abdulmutallab's family released a statement today saying they hope the U.S. Justice Department will review the life sentence.
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