Self-Radicalized Islamist Avionics Technician Terry Lee Loewen Arrested & Charged in Planned Suicide Bombing Attempt at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to Inflict Maximum Number of Death Before Christmas (VIDEO)
Terrorism has reached The Heartland of America …
Terry Lee Loewen, a 58 year old avionics technician has been arrested after his failed suicide bombing terrorist attemp at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports, that Loewen was arrested without incident after his failed suicide bombing where he planned to inflict a maximum number of deaths at the airport prior to Christmas. Thankfully, unbeknown to Loewen, the individual he had been conspiring with in the bomb plot were FBI agents. Loewen is now facing federal charges of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Before you say, hmm … looks like a domestic terrorist because all the media was quick to say is that, he is white. Yup, no Muslim connection here. WRONG!!! Terry Lee Loewen is a white male who self-radicalized himself by reading Islamist literature online and had made statements about wanting to commit “violent jihad” against the United States. As Jihad Watch aptly and correctly states, when will this ignorant media get a clue as they “continue to pretend that jihad terror has something to do with race rather than with religious belief and ideology.”
Terry Lee Loewen
For months, authorities allege, a 58-year-old avionics technician named Terry Lee Loewen – driven by radical ideas and prepared to die in a suicide attack – moved forward with a plot to detonate explosives at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
The planned attack was designed to inflict the maximum number of deaths at an airport in the nation’s midsection before Christmas, says a detailed criminal complaint filed Friday.
The plot got as far as a gate to the airport shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, when authorities arrested Loewen without incident. What he didn’t know until his arrest is that the people he had been conspiring with all along were FBI agents, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Friday, stressing that the public and passengers were never in danger.
Loewen now faces three federal charges filed in Wichita: One count of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization that Loewen thought was al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen.
Press Conference with United States attorney Barry Grissom announces the arrest of Terry Lee Loewen on terrorism charges on Friday.
From the presser, Terry Lee Loewen has been under investigation by the Wichita Joint Terrorism Task Force since early summer 2013:
Loewen has been under investigation by the Wichita Joint Terrorism Task Force since early summer 2013, Grissom said. Loewen didn’t realize he was having an online conversation with an FBI employee in which Loewen expressed “desire to engage in violent jihad on behalf of al Qaeda,” the criminal complaint said.
Over a period of months, Grissom said, Loewen took a series of steps to act on the plot, as part of the jihad, or “holy war.”
There is an Aug. 5 communication in which he told an FBI employee, “As time goes on I care less and less about what other people think of me, or my views on Islam. I have been studying subjects like jihad, martyrdom operations, and Sharia Law.” He was also quoted as saying “I believe the Muslim who is labeled ‘a radical fundamentalist’ is closer to Allah … than the ones labeled ‘moderates’. Just my opinion; if I’m off base, please set me straight.”
UPDATE I: CNN has a time line of the criminal complaint against Loewen of what led to his arrest and includes excerpts from statements and written communications.
UPDATE II: ‘Brother Bin Laden is a great inspiration to me’:
- Loewen told an undercover FBI agent whom he believed to be like-minded that he ‘wanted to commit violent jihad against the US’
- Suspect wrote in an online chat: ‘Brothers like Osama bin Laden and Anwar Al Awlaki are a great inspiration to me’
- Neighbor told MailOnline that Loewen ‘kept to himself’ but that his arrest was a complete shock
- According to the affidavit, Loewen wrote in a suicide note to a family member: ‘I expect to be called a terrorist (which I am), a psychopath, and a homicidal maniac’