Latest Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Stories

2009-12-29 12:20:00

U.S. lawmakers say the use of body scanners at airport security points is likely to be revisited after a would-be attacker smuggled explosives aboard a plane on Christmas Day, AFP reported. The controversial machines, which can scan beneath clothing to detect items that may be hidden from ordinary view, are considered effective and have been tested at numerous international airports. Most security experts say the scanners likely would have detected the explosives that Umar Farouk...

2009-12-26 15:07:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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...

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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.