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December 30, 2009

The Near Explosion in Abdulmutallab’s Underwear. An ABC Exclusive.

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Thanks to ABC for cobbling together the cash to bring us an exclusive look at foiled shoe bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s underwear. I haven’t been so excited since I saw that photo inside Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan’s laundry dryer.   

Snark aside, however, it’s interesting to consider the almost screaming connection between Abdulmutallab’s search for acceptance and belonging, the dynamics of the religious warrior packing an explosive against his genitals, and the tremendous discharge and simultaneous emasculation the young man was looking forward to.

Previous ABC terror forensics here.

photo 1: ABC News. caption: A slightly charred and singed underpants with a packet of explosive powder sewn into the crotch is seen in government photos obtained exclusively by ABC News, released to Reuters, December 28, 2009. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, said it provided Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, with an explosive device to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253, a Delta-owned Airbus 330, as it approached Detroit on a flight from Amsterdam on Friday with almost 300 people on board. linked photo: unattributed. Via Sydney Morning News Nidal Hasan apartment slideshow.)

  • Evan

    In addition to all these angles, there seems to be a religious one. When I first saw this image it reminded me of a bird or perhaps an angel with outstretched wings. This seems to be an allusion to an angel of death of sorts.
    Then again, maybe it’s just terrorist underwear.

  • Julia Grey

    I’m sorry, I’m finding this whole thing becoming funnier and funnier as time goes on.
    I am a sick, sick woman.

  • Stella

    Me too Julia.
    Underpants, underpants.
    Pretty soon it will all be so last year, but we’ll still be taking them off for inspection in airports.
    What we need now is a distracting reality-show entrant.

  • Carol Maltby

    I’m curious about the way they couldn’t manage to get a professionally lit picture that was evenly illuminated. The first examples I saw had a pronounced pinkish cast, as well.
    This appears to show them being not so much “tighty whities” as “baggy beigies.” Or is that discoloration from the smoke?

  • Rima

    Don’t fret. My first thought was, why aren’t there any stains? You’d think an impending explosion would scare one you-know-what-less.

  • Karen H.

    Juan Cole called him the “crotch bomber.”

  • Julia Grey

    This appears to show them being not so much “tighty whities” as “baggy beigies.”
    Okay, I’m screaming now.

  • Jeany

    So the burns are on his junk? Smoldering pooty hair? That’s a smell.

  • g

    Someone I read on another blog called him the “Knickerbomber.”
    The humor dividend from this incident is awesome.

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