January 6th, 2010
05:33 PM ET

Documents: Airline bomb suspect's federal indictment

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Editor's Note: The suspect in the failed Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner faces a six-count federal indictment issued Wednesday, including an attempt to murder the other 289 people aboard.

United States District Court
Eastern District of Michigan
Southern Division

The seven-page indictment charges Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab with the following:

Attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; attempted murder within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; willful attempt to destroy and wreck an aircraft within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; willfully placing a destructive device in, upon and in proximity to an aircraft within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; and two counts of possession of a firearm/destructive in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Read the full indictment here...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Terrorism
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Rosalind Green

    The young man's father may have been discounted when he tried to warn the CIA. He did not enjoy "WHITE PRIVILEGE". The official may have subconsciously viewed him as a father with a problem, instead of seeing this as a problem of American security. The fact that he was a respected Nigerian banker did not give him the capacity to command the respect and consideration of the CIA officials who viewed him as a Nigerian with a Problem. There was not enough interest in him or his son

    January 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Haydee

    Call them what they are: terrorists!! Americans can take it stop thinking the public is dum!! This is not how we should deal with terror please someone do something about this!! What is happenong to our beautiful America?

    January 7, 2010 at 1:24 am |

    I'm not sure why the president is allowing this terrorist a fair trial. I have to believe that he is counting on offering this guy a plea bargain. Maybe snitching for a lessor sentence would be a better scenario for intelligence in this case.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  4. Haydee

    Transperancy??? We have not been told the truth about anything! Guys rep or democ who cares!!! Americans are not being protected by their own president who is going to protect us from terrorismo?????

    January 7, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  5. Kevin

    Hi Anderson:

    I'm amazed that after Obama would leave a golf game with a government vehicle.....his limo......to take a friend to his private rented house in Hawaii....over a person matter....and then not even comment personally.....for days....... on an event that compremised many, many lives not only in America but around the world.....that he say's he takes
    responsibility for.......doesn't that mean he should resign???

    Let me know please.....

    because someone should resign and
    he's taken the responsibilty for it according to you!



    January 7, 2010 at 1:15 am |
  6. Paul

    Why is the media focusing on blaming someone for this terrorist attempt when they didn't accuse anyone about 9/11? Surly Bush should have fired someone but as I remember no one was let go. There were many dots that weren't connected in the Bush years but somehow the media never took aim at the mistakes the way they are focusing on this event.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:01 am |
  7. Jen

    ..and the system whereby the US State dept with visas issued to foreigners and tips at consulates is not communicating to US Immigration SINCE 9-11 has never been fixed at all??? What's up with that. Obama is exposing it and wants to do something about it. Bush was snoring on the job! Nothing changed since Bush's investigation and recommendations sot he 3,000 lives were in vain.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:09 am |
  8. Stan

    Stoping Terroist from getting on Planes #1 Priority!! We need to have a back up to the Body scan, that is 100% full proff. We can not take anything for granet, because terroist do not!! I do believe that Identa Corp, has the answers to keep us safer!! To many Americans travel for their Jobs and Vacations for the United States to not have a back up plan to the full body scan, Identa Corp is the answer. If Identa Corp products are good enough for other Countries to be safe, I think they would be good enough for us in America!!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  9. Woody Feliciano

    I wouldn't want to be in the Presidents shoes at this time, but he has himself to blame for repeating the mistake of fighting the war that was declared on us in 1994 as a criminal matter. Its a war and anyone caught trying to commit an act of terror, or caught after committing an act of terror should be given to the military for interrogation and should be tried in military tribunals. Using our court system to fight these terrorist didn't work in the 90's and help to bring about 9/11. This is not the change I was hoping for, but you know what they say, becareful what you wish for you just might get it.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  10. CJK

    This is exactly why i support the death penalty. I have literally no sympathy for anyone that try's to kill innocent american lives and why should we even hear him out? activities like this should have automatic death penalty.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  11. Bobo

    Anderson it is unfair how the media is labeling Nigerians as Terrorists. this is a lone act by a young man who was obviously radicalized in the UK and Yemen. he was involved with some BAD people and got radicalized. to show you how much Nigerians value the human life and do not condone terrorism his own father contacted the embassy in Nigeria. By the way his father also tried to travel to Yemen to go find his son but his Visa was denied by the Yemenese embassy stating he had no business there. If he was granted the Visa he might have been able to speak some sense to his son and taken him home.. now Nigerians are labelled as terrorist and we have been put on a watch list mot right.......

    January 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  12. Bessie-Toronto

    We have to think of this young man as not only a terrorist but a victim himself. I know what I say is controversial, however, deprograming these young men is key to fighting terrorism.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  13. Luis Monge

    Why does no one look at the root cause of the problem which is obviously his religion and what it teaches. Radicals are only following Islam more closely that regular muslims do. You dont see terrorists recruiting christians, or baptists, or jehova's witnesses. Study what they study and then you will see why they act the way they act.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  14. Jozef Mitros

    I am curious how long CNN will continue terror hysteria related to this Nigerian guy who burned himself badly. The second Nigerian guy occupied plane restroom too long scaring flight attendants and police. Your TV almost made alarm that Nigeria is attacking the United States. There are no other interesting news in the United States and around the world?

    I read that Nate Silver analyzed Bureau of Transportation Statistics for the last 10 years. He found that the odds of being on a plane that is the subject of a terrorist attack is 1 in 10,408,947 over the last 10 years.

    There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States. If you force people to drive cars to avoid excessive hassle related to traveling by air then you will increase number of travelers dying. This will be the consequence of mindless terror hysteria.

    Please think a little bit!


    Jozef Mitros

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  15. SJ

    The boy should be tried and jailed for life.What he did is not acceptable even though the United States practices the same thing it is not ethical.I also think his case should not be used as a standard to judge Nigerians.If we are to go by sterotyping then i think UK,USA should be on the list of terrorists too.Nigeria bears no blame for the action of Abdulmutallab.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Cecil

    Many Americans seem to have more concern about the rights of the terriorist than the fact that he almost murdered 300 innocent people!

    January 6, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  17. Stanley Johnson

    Homeland Security: I do believe that their is a Company out their right now that has the knowledge, to stop people from entering any plane with explosives. The name of the Company is IDENTA CORP, they are becoming well known in a lot of other Countries and they could help America. They not only have a Drug testing kit, the also have a explosive testing kit, that the U,S. could probably use to keep Americans more safer. We need a back up to even the full body scan. I think we should explore any Companyn that can keep all of our flights safe, and I think IDENTA CORP has the answers.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  18. lasco

    Buying tickets with cash is normal procedure in most of Africa. Should not be a criteria in flagging potential risk

    Buying a ticket cash is normal procedure in most african countries!
    Stop usi

    January 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  19. Mark

    I am wondering why this news organization or any of the others for that matter always fail to ask the hard questions.

    If we can put a plate in a crotch area to block the scan then how would they have ever seen the bomb in this idiots underpants. A failure to use common sense in this country is just getting ridiculous!

    Also the next issue will be these people putting bombs in body cavities and then how much more money will we waste?

    Everyone is always ok with spending this money on extra security so why not just ask for donations to pay for these. If the American people are so worried about it the monies should flow in like water. (just a suggestion

    Please stop skirting the issues and ask the hard question please CNN

    January 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  20. frank

    anderson help me understand. no one ever tell us why the terrorists hate us so bad. what has the united states done to thut e ese people .and i dont see barack fixing the problem . stop playing with these people . these people are fearless they dont care if the us people had the guts they have we would not have this problem. im sorry anderson but it makes me so mad to see these other countries walk all over us. have a great day man

    January 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  21. Jim Johnson

    he broke the law of??? Was it war or law breaking I think we send him back to the us military... He is not a citizen so he has no right to civil laws let the military deal with him he is a prisoner of war....

    January 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  22. Ryan


    Why does CNN keep checking with quotes from Sarah Palin on current events? She is no longer Gov. Why is her opinion relevant? If this is the case, why not get opions from former NJ Gov. Jim Florio or Tom Kean? Why not air their quotes?


    January 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  23. cherie spells

    pretty much the faa has the ability to press charges on anyone who might even mention the fact that you may have explosives on you,this suspect is very much in between worlds of law

    1. he was not captured on a battle field.

    2. On U.S soil he pretty much is under the states jurisdiction and can be tried in a public court with all the eminities

    January 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm |