JIHAD: Kansas Man Who Tried To Bomb Airport Pleads Guilty
A Kansas man pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to bomb a Wichita airport in December of 2013.
Terry Lee Loewen pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He was arrested for trying to bring a car bomb to the airport with the intent of detonating it in the name of Allah.
He will likely spend 20 years in prison since both parties have agreed to recommend that sentence.
Loewen became friends on Facebook with a person advocating Jihad on their page. An undercover FBI agent then reached out to Loewen and offered to help him carry out a terrorist plot. Loewen planned everything with undercover FBI agents and planned to target a plane when it would kill the most people possible.
Loewen told the agent he was waiting on “the green light” from Allah to carry out the attack and that he was willing to die for it. He said he looked up to Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki and had downloaded thousands of pages of writings about Jihad.
Loewen sent photos of airplanes on the tarmac at the Wichita airport saying that he could have “walked over there, shot both pilots … slapped some C4 on both fuel trucks and set them off before anyone even called TSA.”
Loewen was an employee of the airport who used his security card to get onto the tarmac where he was carrying a bomb he did not know was a dud.
“Protecting the American people from terrorism is our primary mission,” U.S. Attorney Barry R. Grissom said in a statement. “It is vital that we disrupt attacks against our homeland and bring terrorists to justice.”
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