The FBI in Kansas foiled a plot to bomb a Mosque and finally a media source–if not a mainstream one–calls the white plotters terrorists. Content Notice for violent racism and xenophobia:
The feds arrested three members of a right wing militia for allegedly planning to detonate explosives at an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, with Somali Muslims specifically the target, law enforcement announced at Friday.
The men were Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, both 49, and of Liberal, Kansas, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, of Wright, Kansas, according to a Department of Justice press release. Their arrests Friday morning were first reported by CBS News.
The attack was allegedly planned for the day after Election Day, law enforcement said at a press conference. The men were recorded calling the immigrants “goddamn cockroaches” and “fucking raghead bitches” in recordings, according to court documents. They planned the attack as a response to the Orlando massacre, as well to the fatal shooting of Oregon occupier Lavoy Finicum, the docs said.
They are facing domestic terrorism charges, which, if they are convicted, could result in a maximum sentence of life in federal prison, law enforcement said.
An affidavit signed by FBI special agent Tracey Jenkins (embedded below) details law enforcement’s investigation into the group’s activities. The men were operating in a group that called itself the Crusaders and in an overlapping organization known as the Kansas Security Force, according to the affidavit.
“These are militia groups whose members support and espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti- Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs,” the affidavit said.
The investigation uncovered stockpiles of firearms and explosive materials, as well as a manifesto, Beall said at the press conference.
“One of them said, ‘The bombing would wake people up,'” Beall said.
According to the affidavit, the men were recorded numerous times by an unnamed FBI source discussing their plans while smearing Muslims and immigrants.
“The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim,” Stein said in a recording, according to the affidavit. He later added: “If you’re a Muslim I’m going to enjoy shooting you in the head.”
The suspects allegedly planned to attack the housing complex, where approximately 120 people live and where one of the apartments was used as a mosque, the officials said. They planned to use four vehicles, each filed with explosive and parked at each corner of the parking lot, to create a big explosion, according to the affidavit.
Yes, obviously the answer to a terrorist plot executed by an American citizen is to start a terrorist plot targeting American immigrants.
How did I not think of it sooner?
Edit October 23: Changed a reference to the targets being refugees to immigrants.
In the Granuiad, Kansas men face life in prison for alleged terrorist plot against Somali immigrants:
Is this a plot against refugees specifically? Not that it’s any better if the Somali targets are not refugees of course, but I couldn’t find anything in the article to support the notion that this is a refugee community rather than just a regular community of immigrant Americans. Or is it just safe to assume they’re refugees (are all Kansas Somalis recent arrivals fleeing the wars in Somalia, or…?).
Still, good thing they’re calling a spade a spade at last. Even if it has taken a decade and a half.
I threw this up on the schedule a while ago, so I don’t remember why I made that mistake. But it’s been updated. ^_^