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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.

Alleged Garden City bombing plot revealed

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.

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‘It will be a bloodbath’: Inside the Kansas militia plot to ignite a religious war

The Washington Post

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.

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Hillary released this statement on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton Statement on Alleged Plot Against Somali Community

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.”

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Prior to boarding her plane in White Plains, Hillary took a few moments to speak to the press about the ongoing investigation into Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey.  She is on her way to Philadelphia where she will speak to millennials at Temple University.  Later, she will return to New York for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who is in town for UNGA.

Hillary was firm, clear-headed, and knowledgeable.  She emphasized communications preparedness and as key in the battle against terrorism.
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Hillary Clinton Statement on Apparent Terrorist Attacks

After yesterday’s attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey and New York, Hillary Clinton released the following statement:

“I strongly condemn the apparent terrorist attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. I pray for all of those who were wounded, and for their families. Once again, we saw the bravery of our first responders who run toward danger to help others. Their quick actions saved lives. Law enforcement officials are working to identify who was behind the attacks in New York and New Jersey and we should give them the support they need to finish the job and bring those responsible to justice – we will not rest until that happens. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Minnesota, and this should steel our resolve to protect our country and defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. I have laid out a comprehensive plan to do that. This includes launching an intelligence surge to help identify and thwart attacks before they can be carried out, and to spot lone wolf attackers. We also need to work with Silicon Valley to counter propaganda and recruitment efforts online. Americans have faced threats before, and our resilience in the face of them only makes us stronger. I am confident we will once again choose resolve over fear.”

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“All Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.” —Hillary

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The only two people not remaining mindful of the Brussels attacks, the ongoing police activities, and the implications for homeland security here in this country are two of the candidates campaigning to lead us.  This should be cause for pause and reflection on the part of anyone considering voting for them.

After rattling off, in the wake of the attacks, their slash-and-burn plans for defeating ISIS, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz moved on to occupy themselves with attacks that seem, to them, to be much more crucial: personal accusations that have made their way to tabloids.

Cruz accuses Trump of planting National Enquirer story alleging affairs

Trump hits back: ‘I had absolutely nothing to do with it.’

To hear Ted Cruz today, the rhetoric of outrage and  indignity indeed would be appropriate to a terrorist attack – a level we did not hear from Cruz after the actual bombings.  Trump’s responses about not knowing are equally disconcerting.

Someone should do a corpus search of his speeches, interviews, and press conferences for [negatives+know].  It appears Donald Trump knows nothing about anything and represents an unfortunate throwback to the Know Nothings of the 1840s and 50s who sought immigration abatement.  Why would anyone vote for that?

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile has delivered a major address and held a round table on homeland security in the days since the attacks while the two top Republican guys squabble about personal jabs and tabloid scandals of questionable sourcing.

Can you imagine what Hillary’s campaign would look like if she concerned herself with tabloid stories?  Can you fathom what critics would be saying about her?

Hillary soldiers on with a real and doable plan to protect us all and keep us safe from true danger and terror.  Hillary’s story is not among the headers on The Nightly News this evening.  The Trump-Cruz story is.  What a sad testament to the duty of the press to inform voters.

Here is Hillary Clinton’s response to the true outrage of the week.

Hillary Clinton has a real plan to defeat ISIS and prevent another attack like Brussels. Here’s how.

Mar 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Chan

“If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin.”

Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels were a horrifying reminder that the fight against ISIS and radical jihadist terrorism is far from over. Keeping us safe at home and defeating ISIS and global terrorism abroad are going to be some of the biggest challenges facing our next Commander-in-Chief. And that’s why we need to elect a president who’s prepared to do all parts of the job from day one.

Hillary Clinton responded to the Brussels attack, explaining her plan to defeat ISIS and the global terrorist movement, and sharing her vision for the role that America and our allies must play in the fight against terrorism around the world. Here’s what you need to know (and you can read her full remarks here).

1. The threat of terrorism knows no borders—and we aren’t going to stop it with a wall.

In the past year alone, terrorists have attacked transportation hubs in Brussels, a nightclub and restaurants in Paris, a office holiday party in San Bernardino, a hotel in West Africa, a beach resort in Tunisia, a market in Lebanon, a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai—and too many other places. The threat of terrorism in the 21st century is real, urgent, and borderless.

As Hillary said, “Walls won’t protect us from this threat. We can’t contain ISIS—we must defeat ISIS.”

2. ISIS and terrorist groups like them are constantly adapting and operating across multiple spaces, so our response needs to be just as nimble and far-reaching.

Today, ISIS controls a sizable (yet shrinking) territory in Iraq and Syria—but it also leads a wider network that reaches across the Middle East and North Africa and into Europe, Asia, and North America and includes other terrorist groups. To win the war against global terrorism, Hillary argued that we have to do battle on each of these fronts.

And she has a plan to do that:

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Hillary’s plan calls for taking out ISIS’s stronghold in Iraq and Syria by intensifying the current air campaign, stepping up support for local forces on the ground, and pursuing a diplomatic strategy to resolve Syria’s civil war and Iraq’s sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias—both of which have contributed to the rise of ISIS.

But we also have to dismantle the global terror network that supplies money, arms, propaganda, and fighters. That doesn’t just mean going after enablers who help jihadist terrorists with things like travel and document forgery—it also means denying them virtual territory by discrediting their ideology online and stopping their digital recruitment strategies.

And hardening our defenses and building our resilience at home will help us discover and disrupt plots before they’re carried out. That requires an intelligence surge, including partnering with Silicon Valley to track and analyze ISIS’s social media posts and map jihadist networks online. As Hillary said, “The tech community and the government have to stop seeing each other as adversaries and start working together to protect our safety and our privacy.”

3. Our alliances have been core pillars of American power for decades. They should be reinforced, not abandoned.

America’s alliances make us stronger. Hillary argued that turning our back on our European allies who are on the front lines of the war on terror would be dangerous and foolish, and it would send the wrong signal to our friends and our foes. “Putin already hopes to divide Europe,” Hilary said. “If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin. It will make America less safe and the world more dangerous.”

What Republicans like Trump don’t understand is that we need Europe. We need European intelligence and diplomacy, European banks fighting terrorist financing, European aircraft flying missions in the Middle East, and European special forces helping train and equip local forces fighting ISIS.

In fact, we need Europe to do more—and that’s why Hillary called on our European partners to take more steps to stop the flow of foreign fighters to and from the Middle East. Knowing the identities of every fighter with a European passport who makes the trip, revoking passports and visas, and sharing information in real time is essential in this fight. So is a commitment by countries like Belgium to identify and invest in the neighborhoods, prisons, and schools where terrorist recruitment happens.

4. Despite what Republican candidates for president say, we need to rely on what actually works—not on what makes a catchy sound bite or riles up the base.

Take it from our nation’s former chief diplomat: Bluster doesn’t work—we can’t just “carpet bomb” populated areas “into oblivion,” as Ted Cruz has suggested. Bigotry is also an unacceptable response: Hillary pointed out that it’s just as dangerous to promote offensive, inflammatory rhetoric that demonizes all Muslims—the very people who are most likely to recognize the warning signs of radicalization before it’s too late and who are in the best position to block it. And torture—a tactic promoted by Donald Trump—puts our troops and civilians at greater risk. That’s why Hillary pledged that if she’s elected president, she will never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.

So what does work? Smart, strong, steady leadership from the United States. As Hillary said, “No other country can rally allies and partners to defeat ISIS and win the generational struggle against radical jihadist terrorism. Only the United States can mobilize common action on a global scale in defense of our peoples and our values. And that’s exactly what we need to do.”

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Voters need to ask themselves which type of attacks are personal to them: the verbal kind that target individuals related to a campaign or the ballistic kind that killed Americans and others in Brussels this week.

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Hillary spoke at Stanford University this afternoon.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives with former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul to speak about counterterrorism, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives with former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul to speak about counterterrorism, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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We can be strong and smart without advocating torture or bigotry.

We live in a complex and dangerous world. We need leadership that’s strong, smart, and steady.

“We need to rely on what actually works, not bluster that alienates our partners and doesn’t make us any safer.” —Hillary in CA

Hillary has a three-part plan to defeat ISIS in the Middle East, around the world, and here at home.

“We can’t let fear stop us from doing what’s necessary to keep us safe—nor let it push us into reckless actions that make us less safe.”

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Slogans aren’t a strategy. Loose cannons tend to misfire. What America needs is strong, smart, steady leadership.

“If Mr. Trump gets his way, it’ll be like Christmas in the Kremlin. It will make America less safe and the world more dangerous.” —Hillary

America should not be shutting our doors to orphans or applying religious tests for people fleeing persecution. That’s not who we are.

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In our fight against radical jihadism, we have to do what actually works. What doesn’t work: offensive rhetoric that demonizes all Muslims.

When Republican candidates like Ted Cruz call for treating American Muslims like criminals, it’s not just wrong—it’s counter-productive.

“If I’m president, the United States will not condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.” —Hillary in CA

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We face serious challenges in the world—but Americans will not turn on each other, turn on our allies, or turn away from our principles.

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 There were several dignitaries and former officials in the room.  Hillary stopped and spent time with them after the speech.

Former Defense Secretary William Perry, left , introduces Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to his son David Perry, right, as former Secretary of State George Shultz stands second from left, after Clinton spoke about counterterrorism, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Former Defense Secretary William Perry, left , introduces Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to his son David Perry, right, as former Secretary of State George Shultz stands second from left, after Clinton spoke about counterterrorism, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak with President Ronald Reagan's former Secretary of State George Shultz after speaking about counterterrorism, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak with President Ronald Reagan’s former Secretary of State George Shultz after speaking about counterterrorism, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with former Secretary of State George Shultz, right, and former Defense Secretary William Perry, center, after speaking about counterterrorism, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with former Secretary of State George Shultz, right, and former Defense Secretary William Perry, center, after speaking about counterterrorism, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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In this speech, Hillary referred specifically to two Republican candidates and their plans.  She mentioned proposals by some Democrats, but did not mention Senator Sanders by name.  He should afford her the same courtesy.  Senator Sanders should stop attacking Hillary in his speeches and stop giving his audiences reasons to boo her.  When Hillary mentions him, usually in primary night speeches, it is to congratulate him, not to criticize his policy and plans.

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