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Rightwing militia group charged with plotting to bomb Kansas apartment complex

 

 

Here's the Justice Department's full statement:

 

Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, both 49, and of Liberal, Kansas, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, of Wright, Kansas, appeared in federal court to face a charge of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives), in connection with their plot to detonate bombs at an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas where Somali immigrants live and worship.

The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall of the District of Kansas.

According to the complaint, these three defendants conspired to conduct a bombing attack against an apartment complex occupied by men, women and children in the Garden City, Kansas community, said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. Protecting our nation from such attacks, whether they are rooted in domestic or international terrorism, is our highest priority.

These charges are based on eight months of investigation by the FBI that is alleged to have taken the investigators deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence, said Acting U.S. Attorney Beall. Many Kansans may find it as startling as I do that such things could happen here.

The complaint alleges that since February the FBI has been investigating the defendants activities, including their plans to carry out a violent attack against Muslims in southwestern Kansas. The defendants were key members of a militia group that referred to itself as the Crusaders. A confidential source attended meetings of the group and provided the FBI with information about the defendants activities.

The criminal complaint alleges that the men conducted surveillance to identify potential targets, stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive components, and planned to issue a manifesto in conjunction with the planned bombing. The attack, the defendants said, would be intended to wake people up.

After considering possible targets, the defendants decided to conduct the attack on a Garden City, Kansas apartment complex that houses a mosque and a large number of members of the Somali community. They discussed obtaining four vehicles, filling them with explosives and parking them at the four corners of the apartment complex to create a large explosion.

On Oct.12, Stein met with an undercover FBI employee in rural Finney County, Kansas. After examining and test firing automatic weapons, Stein took the source to see the apartment building that the defendants were targeting in Garden City, Kansas. Stein said he would provide ammonium nitrate for the bomb and contribute $200 to $300 for other materials.

Stein also talked with the undercover employee about defendant Allens arrest in a domestic violence case in Liberal, Kansas the previous day, Oct. 11. Stein said he was concerned that Allens girlfriend would give the Liberal Police Department in Kansas information about the defendants plans.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Investigating agencies included the FBI, the Liberal Police Department, the Seward County Sheriffs Office, the Ford County Sheriffs Office, the Garden City Police Department, the Dodge City Police Department, the Finney County Sheriffs Office, and Kansas Highway Patrol, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Mattivi for the District of Kansas and Counterterrorism Section Trial Attorney David Cora are prosecuting this case.

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that bush/cheney-Neo-Con decision of LYING us into Iraq sure was a good one!

 

 

 

Not to mention doing NOTHING about 9-11 even with all the LOUD DAILY Warnings that we were going to be attacked soon

The 9/11 kookaboos came in on Clinton's watch - - - what did he do?

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Under President Clinton:

 

-- Developed the nation's first anti-terrorism policy, and appointed first national coordinator of anti-terrorist efforts.

 

--Stopped cold the Al Qaeda millennium bombing plot.

--Stopped cold the planned attack to kill the Pope

--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up 12 U.S. jetliners simultaneously

--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up UN Headquarters

--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up FBI Headquarters

--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Washington

--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up Boston airport

--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up Lincoln and Holland Tunnels in NY

--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the George Washington Bridge

--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the US Embassy in Albania

 

-- Tried to kill Osama bin Laden and disrupt Al Qaeda through preemptive strikes (efforts denounced by the G.O.P.).

 

-- Brought perpetrators of first World Trade Center bombing and CIA killings to justice.

 

-- Did not blame Bush I administration for first World Trade Center bombing even though it occurred 38 days after they had left office. Instead, worked hard, even obsessively -- and successfully -- to stop future terrorist attacks.

 

--Named the Hart-Rudman commission to report on nature of terrorist threats and major steps to be taken to combat terrorism.

 

-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to TIGHTEN AIRPORT SECURITY. (Remember, this is before 911) The legislation was defeated by the Republicans because of opposition from the airlines.

 

-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to allow for BETTER TRACKING OF TERRORIST FUNDING. It was defeated by Republicans in the Senate because of opposition from banking interests.

 

-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to add tagents to explosives, to allow for BETTER TRACKING OF EXPLOSIVES USED BY TERRORISTS. It was defeated by the Republicans because of opposition from the NRA.

 

-Clinton increased the military budget by an average of 14 per cent, reversing the trend under Bush I.

 

-Clinton tripled the budget of the FBI for counterterrorism and doubled overall funding for counterterrorism

-Clinton detected and destroyed cells of Al Qaeda in over 20 countries

-Clinton created national stockpile of drugs and vaccines including 40 million doses of smallpox vaccine.

-Of Clinton's efforts says Robert Oakley, Reagan Ambassador for Counterterrorism: "Overall, I give them very high marks" and "The only major criticism I have is the obsession with Osama"

-Paul Bremer, current Civilian Administrator of Iraq disagrees slightly with Robert Oakley as he believed the Clinton Administration had "correctly focused on bin Laden.

-Barton Gellman in the Washington Post put it best, "By any measure available, Clinton left office having given greater priority to terrorism than any president before him" and was the "first administration to underatake a systematic anti-terrorist effort"

 

Here, in stark contrast, is part of the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism record before September 11, 2001:

 

-- Backed off Clinton administration's anti-terrorism efforts.

-- Shelved Hart-Rudman report.

-- Appointed new anti-terrorism task force under Dick Cheney. Group did not even meet before 9/11.

-- Called for cuts in anti-terrorism efforts by the Department of Defense

-- Gave no priority to anti-terrorism efforts by Justice Department.

-- Ignored warnings from Louis Freeh about the urgency of terrorist threats.

-- Halted Predator drone tracking of Osama bin Laden.

-- Did nothing in wake of August 6 C.I.A. report to president saying Al Qaeda attack by hijack of an airliner almost certain.

----Now we've got Bush knowing about the terrorists plans, and the fact that they were in flight schools in the US, and little georgie takes a four week vacation..

-- By failing to order any coordination of intelligence data, missed opportunity to stop the 9/11 plot as Clinton-Gore had stopped the millennium plot.

--Blamed Clinton for 9/11.

 

--In the meantime, his father was working for bin Laden's family business. "Wall St Journal: Bush SR in Business With bin Laden Conglomerate" CARLYLE GROUP, Washington DC

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According to Trump it's muslim immigrants we should keep an eye on but it's muslim immigrants who get attacked in rising numbers. Something doesn't add up

I wonder if they were self radicalized or if a year plus hate speech by Trump had something to do with it

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