Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the fellow who attempted to blow up an airliner flying into Detroit on Christmas day 2009, was sentenced to LWOP in federal court today.
There is much to be said about this case, from the Administration's bungling of the initial interrogation to its related changing and incoherent policies about
inviting terrorists to clam up giving Miranda warnings to terror suspects.
For the moment, I just want to highlight two gems from today's story:
In his court statement Thursday, according to NBC station WDIV of Detroit, Abdulmutallab praised Allah and ranted that his life and the life of Muslims has changed. He said al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and other terrorists the government says were killed are alive.
He called his sentencing hearing a day of victory and claimed U.S. attorneys on his case intentionally misquoted him and mishandled his case "to achieve their Hebrew goals." He said the Jews need to be "ripped out of Palestine ... the capital of the Muslim world."
Wow. This makes me really happy that we have an effective policy to contain the world's leading terror state, Iran. That is.........uh.............well..........never mind.
Anyway, Abdulmutallab's appointed legal assistant chimed in as well:
Anthony Chambers, an attorney appointed to assist Abdulmutallab, had urged Edmunds to declare that a mandatory life sentence is unconstitutional, claiming it is a cruel punishment in a case where no one but Abdulmutallab was physically hurt. His groin was badly burned.
As if our hero would have gotten anything other than LWOP anyway.