By Pete Williams, Chief Justice Correspondent, NBC News
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.
Terry Lee Loewen ( Sedgwick County Sheriff )
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 had 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.
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.
Officials say no one else was involved in the plot.
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, about 7 miles west of downtown Wichita, is the largest and busiest airport in Kansas.
NBC News' Mike Brunker and Mike Kosnar contributed to this report.
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Judge Napolitano on the FBI's Long History of Orchestrating and then "Exposing"
Faked Terror Plots (posted April 19, 2013)
Published on Apr 19, 2013
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The bombing at the Boston Marathon could well be another FBI sting gone bad.
Reacting to a San Francisco federal judge's ruling that the FBI's secretive requests for customer information under provisions of the PATRIOT Act is "unconstitutional," Fox News judicial analyst and outspoken civil libertarian Judge Andrew Napolitano explained how the government uses the law to attempt to extract information without a judge's approval; and noted that the law only struck down a provision that prevents the free speech of the recipient of a "national security letter."
On Friday, the San Francisco judge ruled unconstitutional the FBI practice of sending secretive "national security letters" to banks, phone companies, and other businesses. Under the PATRIOT Act, the feds are able to send such letters to companies, demanding information without any judicial review. The recipients of such letters are forbidden from making them public.
That gag order on the letters' recipients violates the First Amendment, Napolitano explained, adding that "Congress shall make no law infringing the freedom of speech, so how could Congress make it a crime for people to talk about the government seizing private information without going to judges first?"
Host Shepard Smith added that there are likely "much more to come" in court cases attempting to review the PATRIOT Act. "It was matter of when we all settled down and remembered the Constitution," he said of when people would start to care about the controversial provisions contained within the 2001 law.
"People have the right to know when their records are being seized and they have the right to talk about it in public," Napolitano said after explaining how if the custodian of private records doesn't "squawk" or complain, the person whose records are being sought will never know they are the subject of such a search.
"Going to be interesting to see what has been done without anyone's knowledge," Smith remarked.
"Over 350,000 of these national security letters have been served since 2011," Napolitano warned. "Do you think anybody we know has been the subject of them?"
"I'm dreading it," Smith concluded. Napolitano agreed.
"Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people."
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Gutsy Ashley Calls Wichita FBI and Wants to File a Complaint Against FBI for Orchestrating Faked Terrorism
Published on Dec 14, 2013
Guerilla Girl Ashley confronts the FBI on their constantly propping up Terror Attacks against the American people
[Brain washed and fully compliant American female zombie can't fathom Ashley's reasons for calling the FBI]
1 week ago
You called the FBI for this? All you managed to do was get an FBI file. I do not in the least bit understand your call to them and the FBI is not setting up any kind of terrorist false flag type events. They are concerned with enforcement of the law. They are concerned with copyright theft, intellectual property theft, real threats hate crimes, real crimes, then they do become engaged. You really should not be calling them in this manner because it is simply not right. Your so wrong for this.
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