Three White Supremacists Arrested in Terrorist Plot Targeting American Somalis in Kansas, USA

www-huffingtonpost-com_2016-10-15_11-04-113 Arrested in Alleged Bomb Plot Targeting Somalis in Kansas – ABC News – Prosecutors said the men don’t yet have attorneys. Publicly listed phone numbers for the men couldn’t immediately be found. The men are members of a small militia group that calls itself “the Crusaders,” and whose members espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs, according to the complaint. The complaint alleges group members chose the target based on their hatred for Muslims, people of Somali descent and immigrants — and out of a desire to inspire other militia groups and “wake people up.” The FBI began a domestic terrorism investigation of the group in February, and a confidential source attended its meetings in southwestern Kansas. In a June meeting, Stein brought up the Orlando nightclub shooting, and proposed carrying out a similar attack against Muslim refugees in Garden City, according to the complaint. They ultimately decided to target the apartment complex because of the number of Somalis who lived there and the fact that one of the apartments was used as a mosque. The complex houses about 120 Somali residents, Beall said.

Militia members arrested in alleged plot targeting Muslims – CBS News – The arrests were the culmination of an eight-month FBI investigation that took agents “deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence,” Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. A complaint unsealed Friday charges Curtis Wayne Allen, 49; Patrick Eugene Stein, 47; and Gavin Wayne Wright, 49, with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Their first court appearance is Monday. All three men are currently in the Sedgwick County jail on one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, reports CBS affiliate KWCH. If convicted, all three could face life in prison. Prosecutors said the men don’t yet have attorneys. Publicly listed phone numbers for the men couldn’t immediately be found. The men are members of a small militia group that calls itself “the Crusaders,” and whose members espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs, according to the complaint. The complaint alleges group members chose the target based on their hatred for Muslims, people of Somali descent and immigrants – and out of a desire to inspire other militia groups and “wake people up.”

Three Men Arrested in Terrorist Plot on Somali Muslims in Kansas – [patheos.com] U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news conference Friday that The Crusaders had stockpiled weapons and materials for bomb-making and other explosive components and were considering a number of other targets, “including public figures who showed support for the local Somali population,” according to this Mic article. The investigation that led to foiling the plot went on for eight months, taking the investigators “into a deep culture of hatred and violence.” The three men arrested are Curtin Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright. They had planned their bombing for the day after the election voting in November. The three refer to themselves as “militia,” and many media outlets have been identifying them as “right-wing militia members,” but many (Muslim and those not Muslim) are arguing to use the correct terminology: Terrorist.

Right-Wing ‘Crusaders’ Militia Group Plotted Terror Attack On Muslim Immigrants, FBI Charges | Huffington Post – The men are identified as Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen, and are all in their late 40s. They belonged to a group that espoused “sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs,” according to an FBI agent’s affidavit, and allegedly plotted to attack Muslim immigrants, focusing on an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas. According to the Department of Justice, the trio allegedly stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive materials, and discussed parking four vehicles filled with explosives at the four corners of the apartment complex in order to set off a massive explosion. The attack, which the men allegedly said would “wake people up,” was planned for Nov. 9, one day after the presidential election, according to the DOJ. The FBI had been investigating Stein, Wright and Allen since February and documented their violent rhetoric, excerpts of which appear uncensored below.

‘It will be a bloodbath’: Inside the Kansas militia plot to ignite a religious war – Federal court documents reveal how the trio’s hatred and Islamophobia coalesced into a plan for domestic terrorism. It was ultimately undone by an FBI confidential informant and Allen’s girlfriend, who showed authorities Allen’s supply room after he allegedly hit her during a fight. Earlier this year, investigators were tipped off by the informant, who had attended meetings of a group calling itself the Crusaders. Allen, Wright and Stein were the leaders and the chief architects of the plan, investigators say. The informant said the group’s focus was an apartment complex in Garden City, Kan., that had an apartment-turned-mosque attended by Muslims from Somalia. The Crusaders referred to them as cockroaches. “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,’” according to a criminal complaint unsealed this week.

Kansas Trump Supporters’ Plot to Bomb Apartment Complex, Mosque Foiled by Federal Investigators – “The “Crusaders” knew they wanted to kill Muslims — and with luck, use the “bloodbath” to ignite a religious war — but for months they couldn’t settle on a plan. The easiest way would be to grab guns, go to the predominantly Somali-Muslim apartment complex they’d been surveilling and start kicking in doors, court documents said. They would spare no one, not even babies. Stein allegedly remarked, “If you’re a Muslim I’m going to enjoy shooting you in the head,” before telling the group: “When we go on operations there’s no leaving anyone behind, even if it’s a one-year old, I’m serious. I guarantee you if I go on a mission those little f—— are going bye bye.” In the end, they decided to set off bombs similar to the one Timothy McVeigh used in 1995 to kill 168 people in Oklahoma City. They planned to strike after the Nov. 8 election, investigators said. Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Eugene Stein face federal charges of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction to blow up an apartment complex, a mosque and Muslim immigrants from Somalia, the Department of Justice announced Friday.”

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