It’s a busy week in homeland security here in the U.S., what with the news of an alleged Iranian attempt on the life of a key Saudi diplomat (a case that wasn’t exactly news to select members of the Obama administration), and now a new chapter to an even older story with a prepackaged, media-generated catchphrase you may recall: “underwear bomber.”

Yes, there’s fresh action in the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the now-25-year-old Nigerian al-Qaida operative who became instantly internationally notorious on Christmas Day 2009, when the explosive device he’d planted in his pants failed to detonate aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. On Wednesday, Abdulmutallab entered a guilty plea at the second day of his trial in a Detroit federal court after holding forth with what The Detroit News called a “lengthy rant” against America. Here’s what he had to say, MSM spoonfeeding aside. –KA

The Detroit News:

“You knew it was an explosive, correct?” Tukel asked him.

“Yes,” he answered.

“It was intended to explode?” Tukel asked him.

“Yes,” Abdulmutallab answered.

Abdulmutallab also ranted against the U.S. after pleading guilty.

“The United States should be warned,” he said. “If the United States continues to persist and promote the blasphemy of Mohammed and the prophets and continues to support those who kill innocent Muslims, they should await a great calamity that will befall them at the hands of the mujahedeen by God’s will and permission soon or God will strike them directly with a great calamity soon. If you laugh at us now, we will laugh at you later in this life and at the day of judgment.”

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