Archive for December, 2009


Detroit Terror Plot: DOJ Press Release

December 29, 2009

Department of Justice Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 26, 2009 U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
Nigerian National Charged with Attempting to Destroy Northwest Airlines Aircraft

WASHINGTON—A 23-year-old Nigerian man was charged in a federal criminal complaint today with attempting to
destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day and with
placing a destructive device on the aircraft.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian
national, boarded Northwest Flight 253 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 24, 2009 and had a device
attached to his body. As the flight was approaching Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdulmutallab set off the device,
which resulted in a fire and what appears to have been an explosion. Abdulmutallab was then subdued and
restrained by the passengers and flight crew. The airplane landed shortly thereafter, and he was taken into custody
by Customs and Border Patrol officers.

A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a high explosive.
Further analysis is ongoing. In addition, FBI agents recovered what appear to be the remnants of the syringe from
the vicinity of Abdulmutallab’s seat, believed to have been part of the device.

“This alleged attack on a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against
terrorism at all times,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been
successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured. We will continue to investigate this matter
vigorously, and we will use all measures available to our government to ensure that anyone responsible for this
attempted attack is brought to justice
Abdulmutallab required medical treatment and was transported to the University of Michigan Medical Center after
the plane landed. He will make his initial court appearance later today.

Interviews of all of the passengers and crew of Flight 253 revealed that prior to the incident, Abdulmutallab went to
the bathroom for approximately 20 minutes, according to the affidavit.  Upon returning to his seat, Abdulmutallab
stated that his stomach was upset, and he pulled a blanket over himself.  Passengers then heard popping noises
similar to firecrackers, smelled an odor, and some observed Abdulmutallab’s pants leg and the wall of the airplane
on fire. Passengers and crew then subdued Abdulmutallab and used blankets and fire extinguishers to put out the
flames. Passengers reported that Abdulmutallab was calm and lucid throughout. One flight attendant asked him
what he had had in his pocket, and he replied “explosive device.”

These prosecutions are being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, with
assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The public is reminded that criminal complaints contain mere allegations, and a
defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Nigerian Airline Bomb Plotter Charged. Read the DOJ release here.

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Detroit Terror Plot: Steve Emerson Interview

December 29, 2009



The New Presbyterian Church: Messiah Photos

December 29, 2009

The New Presbyterian Church
Messiah Photos

It really was a wonderful Lord’s Day. We had between 1100 and 1200 people in attendance to our very first concert at TNPC. There were a tremendous number of visitors – making the program a true outreach to our community. Many thanks to the many volunteers who made this program possible!

Merry Christmas,

Samuel Metzger
Church Administrator
Senior Organist

1 Messiah Audience Wide Shot
2 Messiah: Christine Crawford
Choir 2
CJ Baik
David Schwartz
Messiah John Wilson
Choir 1
Gibson Dorce
Samuel Metzger
Messiah Chuck and John
Messiah Side Wide Shot
Phil Alongi
Pricilla Mercer
Anne and Jennifer
John end of concert
Mesisah Closer Wide Shot

Curtain Call


VIDEO: Happy Birthday Jesus-Christmas Lights

December 21, 2009

Cartoon: THE Original Christmas Light

December 21, 2009


Cartoon: Christmas, Jesus’ Gift to All

December 21, 2009


Cartoon: Real Gifts

December 21, 2009