The Underwear Bomb of Northwest Flight 253 … The Lengths that Terrorists Will Go to Kill US, Allegedly!


ABC News has pics of the the accused terrorist bomber Abdulmutallab’s underwear, explosive packet and detonator. How and why after so many years following September 11, 2001 was this terrorist allowed to board a Northwest plane with an explosive device?



As seen in these photos, the alleged bomb consisted of a packet of powder sewn into the briefs of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian. Al Qaeda took credit Monday for the attempted bombing, boasted of its ability to overcome U.S. intelligence and airport security, and promised new attacks.

Terrorist will stop at nothing to try and circumvent security measures in order to murder innocents. They are already learning from this failed attempt and on to the next contingency plan. The fact that the US has measures that are not constantly reviewed is rather unsettling. Are we resting on our laurels?


It is a six-inch long packet of the high explosive chemical called PETN, less than a half cup in volume, weighing about 80 grams.

A government test with 50 grams of PETN blew a hole in the side of an airliner. That was the amount in the bomb carried by the so-called shoe bomber Richard Reid over Christmas 2001.

The underpants bomb would have been one and a half times as powerful.

American Power has a VIDEO of a test explosion with just 20 grams of PETN.  Nigerian Muslim terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had 50 grams of PETN in his underwear bomb. Take a good look at the test explosion, it is chilling. Now imagine an explosion one and a half times as powerful.

UPDATE I: Obama finally drags himself away from the golf course to make a statement on the terrorist bombing attempt aboard Northwest

BTW Mr President, ALLEGEDLY???

Did allegedly almost 300 innocent people almost get killed except for the luck of a detonator failing? ALLEGEDLY!

Here’s a small example of the difference between treating terrorism like a crime and like an act of war. In his press conference today:

Here’s what we know so far: On Christmas Day, Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was en route from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit. As the plane made its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a passenger allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device on his body, setting off a fire.

This is reassuring and gives you a warm fuzzy, there are “More Like Me In Yemen.” This is hardly a solo isolated act.

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  • Comments

    33 Responses to “The Underwear Bomb of Northwest Flight 253 … The Lengths that Terrorists Will Go to Kill US, Allegedly!”

    1. Michelle Smith on December 29th, 2009 10:45 am

      More arrogance & ineptness from the POTUS. What a tool.

    2. G.O.T. on December 29th, 2009 10:55 am

      Well they certainly missed the source of those explosive underpants ;

    3. NewGirlBoston on December 29th, 2009 10:59 am


      I hope Obama has the gonads to fully prosecute this Man for his attempt to murder hundreds of innocent people!

      ZERO TOLERANCE FOR TERRORISTS, BARRY ! WAKE UP! And BTW, the full investigation you have ordered is a day late and thousands of dollars SHORT! These breaches in security are going to cost American lives again—-IF YOU CARE!

      Apparently, vacationing, golfing and entertaining your golf buddies families and children are MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WELFARE OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO IT IS YOUR JOB TO PROTECT AND DEFEND!

      IDIOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. Ron on December 29th, 2009 11:35 am

      What Next For Flyers, Underwear Checks?

    5. rightknight on December 29th, 2009 12:42 pm

      Can’t we lure these brainwashed automatons away
      from their terrorism careers with the promise of say
      100 or more virgins? It is, after all, a much better
      deal than the 78 currently being offered. It’s been
      said that you can catch more flies with ‘Honeys’ than
      with vinegar.

    6. Kim on December 29th, 2009 1:13 pm

      I believe it is a fact that should a high government person or news organization fails to use the term allegedly, the defendant can file for mistrial as the jury would be influenced by an accusation stated as a fact. I guess SM wants the bomber to get off. Why do you hate America so much?

    7. rightknight on December 29th, 2009 2:11 pm

      The ‘Diaper Bomber Terrorist’ should not have
      gotten permission from Hillary Clinton’s State
      Department crowd to get a visa. Where is Hillary
      on this failure of State? She was hoping to be
      President of the US at one time, no? Are her
      speech writers preparing an excuse at this time?

    8. Kim on December 29th, 2009 5:54 pm

      # 7,,,,,He was issued the Visa in June of 2008 from Condoleezza Rice’s State Department crowd.Where is Condoleeza on this failure of State?

    9. Carpe on December 29th, 2009 8:01 pm

      Boxers would have yielded a bigger load.

      Granny Gumpkin’s garden variety bikini briefs are good… but not necessarily
      ‘bring a plane down’ good.

      You’re more likely just to wind up with a very nasty rash.

      Terrorism: A brain is a terrible thing to waste!

    10. Susan on December 29th, 2009 8:01 pm

      There is no “alleged” to it! The radical Islamic TERRORIST detonated the IED, carrying out his ACT OF TERROR aboard the plane :-( Thank God the device malfunctioned :-)

      GOD BLESS AMERICA, each and everyone of us!!!

    11. FL on December 30th, 2009 5:04 am

      The Minister of Justice in The Netherlands said Amsterdam Airport will use so-called “Body Scanners” soon as possible for all flights to the US. There are 15 Body-scanners on the airport for testing purposes. In a later stadium all passengers for all other destinations will be required to step into a body-scanner.

    12. Rusty Bridges on December 30th, 2009 9:35 am

      How come Bush doesn’t get credit for the somali that was busted trying to board a plane with the same bomb back in November?

    13. Jack Hammer on December 30th, 2009 10:08 am

      Kim, it really is no use trying to make sense of the people that post here. I have been trying for a few months. They are very misinformed. Now I just come here to get a daily laugh. They seem to be racist and just a tad bit un-American. They like to insult and call names, but actually add no substance to a comment.

    14. Wolf on December 30th, 2009 11:11 am

      How about the fact that 108 republicans voted against spending $$ on full body scanners?

    15. NewGirlBoston on December 30th, 2009 12:22 pm

      #13—Jack Hammer—the only one who is UNAMERICAN here is apparently, YOU.

      So, we are now misinformed—is that correct? So it was not an act of Terrorisim that was attempted? Wow….Jack- why don’t you give us your take on what happened then?

      Why are you so far in denial about the obvious? Also want to point out–if you come on to this website for a “daily laugh” —what is it that you find even remotely funny about a headline like this? Your mockery of this site just proves how ignorant you really are.

      The facts stand alone. This man has ties to Al-Queda—yet how dare you call those of us who condemn his attempt at terrorisim “UNAMERICAN” ???

      Do you add any substance at all to anything, Jack?

      If you have any valid input or facts to support the contrary (that this was not an act of Terrorisim) then we’re all ears.

      Otherwise, it’s no use for “us” to try and educate Jack THE TROLL Hammer. Get lost!

    16. Kim on December 30th, 2009 12:32 pm


      They must hate America too./

    17. Michelle on December 30th, 2009 4:28 pm

      Racist & un-American huh? Why because we call a spade a spade and a terrorist a terrorist and don’t sugar coat everything? Is that it? Please Jack & Kim, enlighten us on how we are un-American & racist because we don’t want terrorist in our Country.

      I don’t see anything humorous about an attempted mass murder of innocent people.

      You are really sick if you find anything remotely funny about this incident.

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    23. Dolf on January 6th, 2010 7:13 pm

      @13,14,15,16 and 17.

      you know what cracks me up (been a Dutch citizen): both sides call each other unamerican

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    25. Anthony Zahler on January 23rd, 2010 1:42 pm

      How do we, as American’s win if we give up more of our freedoms? As with the “Shoe Bomber”, who was caught, the potential may have been possible, it was not probable that either bomb would have worked.

      As usual, we hare OVER-reacting to stupidity. While the thought process to these kinds of attacks is reprehensible, both acts were unsuccessful.

      Unthoughtful reaction to require US citizens to submit to scans is ridiculous and needless.

      Maybe having better trained, USA citizens as TSA agents would be a better first step toward real security measures at airports, not just the appearance of security (why are we still taking our shoes off?).

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    28. sammyb on March 12th, 2010 2:43 am

      its not only my wish,im sure its the wish of all true americans to just put this mr underwearer guy to death,and show these terrorist that were not playing around.there not worth the money we spend to even try them in court!!! no good human being believes in killing for no good reason at all!! put all terrorists to death without trial,humiliate them in front of millions!!!!

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