"Underwear Bomber" Unexpectedly Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 4:10pm

After sitting through the first day of his trial without saying a word, accused terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab surprised everyone by changing his plea to guilty.

Abdulmutallab, acting as his own defense, ignored the advice of his stand-by lawyer and told the court he was guilty of all eight charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit terrorism and attempted murder.

"I don't believe that there was any particular piece of evidence or photograph that caused that," said Anthony Chambers, Abdulmutallab's stand-by lawyer. "I think that Mr. Abdulmutallab also had something he wanted to say when he made a statement today."

The statement came after the plea when he said the explosives hidden in his underwear were "a blessed weapon to save the lives of innocent Muslims. I intended to wreck a U.S. aircraft for the U.S. wreckage of Muslim lands and property."

"There is no regret," said Alan Ghonda, passenger of Flight 253. "He is trying to kill innocent people and you don't feel any remorse about it"

Passengers on the plane the night of the attack were as surprised as everyone else with the sudden plea but confident justice has been served.

"He was guilty," said Demetrius Besses, another passenger on Flight 253. "He put terror in children's eyes and in mother's hearts."

"He did everything he said that he did," said passenger Lori Haskell, "We witnessed it. I don't know what the sentence is going to be but he deserves what he got."

What he "will get" is now the only question left in the high profile case.

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