2009 failed underwear bomber gets four life sentences

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab,25, will receive four life sentences for attempting to harm others when he brought a bomb on a flight Dec.25 2009.

WRITTEN BY: Jalesa Hall
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

A federal judge gave the failed underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab multiple life sentences for his attempt to blow up a Detroit- bound jetliner on December 25 2009.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said during the hearing for the 25-year-old Nigerian student, “The defendant has never expressed doubt or regret or remorse about his mission. To the contrary, he sees that mission as divinely inspired and a continuing mission.”

Edmunds continued by saying “I believe the defendant poses a significant ongoing threat to the safety of American citizens everywhere.”

Edmunds came to her final decision after several passengers aboard the Northwest Flight 253 that Christmas Day spoke out about how the bombing attempt changed their lives.

LeMare Mason, the flight attendant that put the flames out when Adulmutallab’s bomb went off in his underwear, said “I had a dream job traveling the world, this man has stolen and robbed me of the pleasure of going to work.”
Mason said that he often wakes up in night sweats and has been in therapy since the incident happened.

Shama Chopra was a passenger on the flight and said” It was the most horrible moment in my life, a moment which give me nightmares to this day. In the beginning, I would sit in a chair and just do nothing.”

However, due to the urging of her husband, Chopra has decided to speak out about that Christmas Day so that she can show the world that terrorists should not be able to ruin people’s lives.

Her and her husband have received apologetic phone calls from Abdulmutallab’s parents, Chopra says that although she feels for Abdulmutallab, he had to ultimately pay for his consequences.

Another passenger Kurt Haskell, a lawyer, believes that a federal agent gave Abdulmutallab a defective bomb to create an issue so that the government could install full body scanners at airports.

Haskell told the judge, “Regardless of how media and government try to shape this care, 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 said, “The Mujahedeen are proud  to kill in the name of God and this is exactly what God told us to do in the Koran…The situation of one who believe in Allah is always good.”

Abdulmutallab will most likely serve his sentences in an federal prison in Florence, Colorado, where several other convicted terrorists are.

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