Threats, jail breaks may blunt Obama plan to empty Guantanamo

Threats, jail breaks may blunt Obama plan to empty Guantanamo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- President Obama's push to close the U.S. prison camp in Cuba has been jeopardized by threats and jailbreaks that freed hundreds of terrorists, officials say.
Awlaki's killing and the Constitution

Awlaki's killing and the Constitution

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- An American overseas is linked to acts of terror in the United States. He repeatedly calls for more American killings. On the run in a foreign desert, he is beyond the reach of the U.S. justice system. So the president, acting to protect the country, orders him killed. A CIA drone strike takes him out in Yemen. Simple, right?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Affairs Writer

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Awlaki calls for revenge

SANAA, Yemen, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Americans are to blame for any terrorist attack on U.S. soil because of their support for leaders who are waging war on Islam, a radical Yemeni cleric said.

Terror suspect's relatives helped in probe

DETROIT, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Flying in two relatives of Nigerian terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab helped persuade him to cooperate with U.S. authorities, sources say.

New bin Laden tape surfaces

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in a tape aired on al-Jazeera TV Sunday, claims responsibility for the thwarted Dec. 25 bombing of a Detroit-bound jetliner.

New scanners use terahertz waves

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Scanners using terahertz waves would ensure privacy during security screenings but detect explosives or other weapons, engineers in Michigan said.
Muslim leaders condemn Flight 253 attack

Muslim leaders condemn Flight 253 attack

DETROIT, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A group of Muslims leaders said Friday the terrorist attack on Northwest Flight 253 bound for Detroit portrays their religion in a negative light.
Suspect's links were known during flight

Suspect's links were known during flight

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. authorities were aware of an accused terrorist's extremist links while the man was en route to Detroit Christmas Day, law enforcement officials said.

Kean: Terror suspect did U.S. 'a favor'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did the United States "a favor," former Sept. 11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean said Sunday.

U.S., Britain plan Yemen terror unit

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The British and U.S. governments plan to fund and train a counter-terrorist police unit in Yemen, the prime minister's office announced Saturday.

Accused bomber attended Houston seminar

HOUSTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The young Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane showed no signs of radical views at an Islamic seminar in Texas, a leader says.

State Dept. to require visa information

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- New U.S. State Department rules require information on visa status to be included in reports on those suspected of terrorist ties, CNN reported Thursday.

SpectraFluidics completes tests

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- California-based SpectraFluidics Inc. announced its explosive detection technologies under development have successfully completed recent testing.
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Umar Farouk

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (also referred to as Umar Abdul Mutallab and Omar Farooq al-Nigeri; Arabic: عمر فاروق عبدالمطالب born December 22, 1986, in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Muslim Nigerian citizen who allegedly attempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear on board of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day December 25, 2009. He was subsequently charged, and is in U.S. custody awaiting further legal proceedings.

Abdulmutallab is the youngest of the 16 children of Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, one of the richest men in Africa and the prominent former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and former Nigerian Federal Commissioner for Economic Development. His Yemeni mother, Aisha, is the second of his father's two wives.

The family comes from Funtua in Katsina State. Abdulmutallab was raised initially in an affluent neighborhood of Kaduna, in Nigeria's Muslim-dominated north, and at the family home in Nairobi, Kenya. As a young boy he attended the Essence International School in Kaduna, as well as classes at the Rabiatu Mutallib Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, which is named after his grandfather. As a child he enjoyed playing PlayStation and basketball, but as he grew older he abandoned such pursuits in favor of striving to be more devoutly Islamic. According to one of his cousins, Abdulmutallab condemned his father's banking profession as "immoral" and "un-Islamic" for charging interest, urging him to quit.

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