AG Holder: Outcome of underwear bomb trial shows that courts work against terror

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the outcome of the underwear bomb trial in Detroit shows that the U.S. courts are "one of the most effective tools we have to fight terrorism and keep the American people safe."

A Nigerian man today changed his plea to guilty in the attempt to bring down an international flight near Detroit on Christmas of 2009. The guilty plea came on the second day of testimony in the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

After entering the plea to eight charges, including conspiracy to commit terrorism, he told the court that the underwear bomb was a "blessed weapon to save the lives of innocent Muslims." And he warned that the United States would face a "great calamity" if it continues to, in his words, "promote the blasphemy of Mohammed and the prophets."

Outside court, defense attorney Anthony Chambers said Abdulmutallab had pleaded guilty against the lawyer's wishes. The Nigerian had chosen to represent himself, but Chambers was assisting.

Abdulmutallab faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

The bomb he carried onto the plane didn't work. Passengers jumped on him when they saw smoke and fire.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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