The real face of terrorism in America

Gavin Wright, 49, Curtis Allen, 49, and Patrick Stein, 47

Three Kansas men from a militia cell called “the Crusaders” plotted to bomb a mosque and apartment complex home to Somali immigrants…

Curtis Allen, 49, Gavin Wright, 49, and Patrick Stein, 47, were charged Friday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, according to the Department of Justice’s national security division. The Crusaders call Muslims “cockroaches,” and they had discussed attacks brutal attacks on Muslims for months, federal prosecutors said.

FBI agents working on tips from an undercover informant said the three men planned to blow up four car bombs at the Garden City apartments. Allen, Wright and Stein hoped the attack on the 120-resident complex would “wake people up,” the feds said.

The arrests followed an eight-month investigation that took the agents “deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence,” said acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall. “Many Kansans may find it as startling as I do that such things could happen here.”…

If you read more than the TV Guide, watch more than Fox Noise, you shouldn’t be surprised.

…Allen, Wright and Stein had stockpiled guns, ammunition and explosive components, prosecutors said. They also spied on possible targets and planned to issue a manifesto, according to the feds.

They decided on the apartment complex in Garden City, a meatpacking town of 26,000 people in southwestern Kansas. Many Somali refugees who work at a Tyson Foods beef slaughterhouse live there, and the complex includes a mosque where they worship together.

“They chose the target location based on their hatred of these groups, their perception that these groups represent a threat to American society, a desire to inspire other militia groups, and a desire to ‘wake people up,'” the complaint said…

They talked about attacking targets such as city or county meetings, landlords who rent to Muslim refugees, organizations that assist Muslim refugees, a mall frequented by Muslims and Garden City’s African Community Center, investigators said. They decided on the W. Mary St. apartment complex in August, according to the complaint.

…Police in Liberal arrested Allen on Tuesday night after his girlfriend said he beat her, the charging documents showed. His car had ammo for an AR-15, an AK-47 and a Glock handgun, according to investigators.

Liberal police later found nearly a metric ton of ammo at Allen’s house, investigators said. FBI agents who searched G&G, where Allen worked for Wright, said they uncovered a detonator believed to be a homemade explosive and other bomb components…

Federal agents took custody of all three of them Friday morning. Allen, Wright and Stein face up to life in federal prison without parole if they’re convicted.

Throw away the key!

8 thoughts on “The real face of terrorism in America

  1. Nikohl Vandel says:

    Have really long conversations with every social worker you can send their way! Seriously, we need to learn how to heal this kind of hate in our communities. Omg, these men needed mothers, what kind of life gave us this result?

  2. BJ says:

    What these guys were planning was terrible. I fully agree with that and my sentiment is the same as yours. Throw them in a cell and lose the key.
    That said, however, let us keep the big picture in mind. The same day these guys were arrested a suicide blast by a Sunni Muslim killed 35 people and injured 63 more at a Shiite funeral. The day before that a Muslim extremists in Egypt unleashed machine gun fire killing 12 and injuring 8 more. The day before that a Fedayeen (Muslim) suicide bomber in Syria blew up himself, his car, and 23 other people injuring 25 more. The day before that in Afghanistan a Muslim suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite mosque killing 14 and injuring 36. The same day in Nigeria a Muslim suicide bomber killed 8 and injured 15. Also that day Muslim extremists in the Central African Republic hacked 13 Christian refugees to death. The day before that in Iraq a Fedayeen Muslim suicide bomber killed nine and injured twenty.
    I have only gone back five days shall I continue? Two more attacks in Afghanistan and one in Syria also happening on the 11th raise that day’s total to 41 killed and 124 injured. As horrible as it is, we are usually fortunate enough to months if not years before hearing of a terrorist attack (or plot) committed by non Muslims. It is a rare and blessed day when we do *not* hear of an attack committed by a Muslim.
    Where is the outrage for these others? Do their lives matter less? Are these victims any less important? Do we really care about speaking truth or are we more concerned with pushing an agenda?

  3. keaneo says:

    1. Headline says “terrorism in America” – have you adopted the agenda that says every ill in the world reflects just one religion? And that’s all you will address.

    2. Properly, your comment is a non sequitur.

    3. Anyway, look at the name chosen by these thugs. Crusaders. Do you think anyone in the Muslim world doesn’t know who Christian Crusaders were? And are? Ever consider what most of the world thinks of a nation that took over imperial rule of the globe when the Brits walked away from empire after WW2?

    4. Did we invade VietNam and bomb Cambodia and Laos because they weren’t Christian nations – or just to carry forward the imperial profit structure of French colonialism. You accept this generation, this year’s excuse for economic and military hegemony as easily as our obedient 2-party politics.

    Take it back to the beginning. With the sole exception of 9-11. The overwhelming incidence of terrorist attacks IN America are creeps like this Kansas militia. Want to discuss the history of imperial wars since the start of colonial empires? Anytime.

    How about discussing the wonderful life the Christian life we brought to the native population of this continent? Mean anything to you? We can sit in front of Basha’s supermarket in Chinle in the Navajo Nation – with the homeless and unemployed who hang out there every day. Ask them to join in.

    All non sequiturs to the article. All as important as strife, religious or otherwise, around the whole world. I would only submit to you that you’re better served if you follow the money – not the ideology, beliefs of convenience held by a populace. See who profits from wars to see who starts them.

  4. True Believer says:

    “Attorneys representing a Kansas man convicted of a 2016 plot to massacre Somali Muslim refugees by bombing a mosque and apartment complex in Garden City, Kan., have asked a federal judge to consider a more lenient sentence, arguing that President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric should be taken into account as the “backdrop” for the case.” (Washington Post 10/30/18)

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