Monday, December 16, 2013

Muslim convert gets Islam all wrong, tries to blow up Wichita airport

The would-be jihadist, Terry Lee Loewen

Another misunderstander of the religion of peace.  There seem to be many of these new Muslims (and old hats) who continually try to explode the claim that Islam means love your neighbors.  Terry Lee Loewen believed that Allah required him to kill and be killed (9-111) and so, on this he began his trip towards martyrdom.  Unfortunately he hooked up with FBI undercover agents who provided him with the fake bomb and the means to attempt to detonate it on the tarmac at Wichita airport next to a fully loaded plane.  He was arrested immediately upon him pushing what he thought was a detonator button.

Alas, no virgins for Terry.

From NBC December 14 by Pete Williams

Feds say they disrupted suicide bomb plot by worker at Wichita airport
A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.

The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician who lives in Wichita, was arrested earlier in the day as he attempted to use his security pass to drive a vehicle that he thought contained explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Wichita. In fact, the car contained only dummy explosives.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Loewen spent months developing a plan to drive a carload of explosives to the airport terminal and that he was determined to trigger the bomb himself and die in the blast.

Loewen, who is white, became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material on the Internet, Grissom said.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita charges Loewen with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He was scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. local time.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Investigators tell NBC News that Loewen has been under scrutiny since August, when he began having an online exchange with someone he thought was a like-minded individual but who turned out to be an FBI employee.

"Let me preface the bottom line by saying I have become 'radicalized' in the strongest sense of the word, and I don't feel Allah wants me any other way," he said in one message, according to the complaint.

But remember, it would be Islamophobic to point out that Islam drove him to behave this way.

At the news conference, Grissom and Michael Kaste, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Kansas City, stressed that the suspect was under constant surveillance and at no time was the public in danger....

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