Last night, this story was trending on Twitter under the titles “Garden City” and “Kansas Plot.” So far, last night and this afternoon, I have yet to see even a mention of it on cable news. Here is a report from a local news source.
By Jonathan Shorman The Topeka Capital-Journal
WICHITA — Three men planned to bomb a Garden City apartment complex housing Muslims in a post-election attack, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Friday as it unveiled the results of a months-long investigation.
Federal prosecutors said the men were part of a small militia group called the Crusaders and had discussed using four vehicles filled with explosives that would detonate at the four corners of an apartment complex, located at 312 W. Mary St., home to Somali Muslims and containing an apartment used as a mosque.
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.
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.
Hillary released this statement on Saturday.
Following news that the FBI had charged three Kansas men for plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction against an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, that is home to many Somali immigrants, Hillary Clinton issues the following statement:
“I applaud law enforcement for detecting and disrupting a highly disturbing terror plot in Kansas, in which men were allegedly planning an elaborate attack directed at Muslim Americans, including directing four car bombs at an apartment complex housing more than 100 men, women, and children. This plot is an affront to all Americans. We all must stand firm in fighting terror and rejecting hateful and divisive rhetoric–and we must do it together. According to the FBI, their eight-month investigation uncovered ‘a hidden culture of hatred and violence.’ We should all be grateful to law enforcement for preventing this plot from being carried out, and as President, I will work with law enforcement at all levels and with our communities to make sure we have the tools we need to prevent both domestic and international terrorist threats.”